SPICY BARCELONA

PRE-READING WARNING: You should know I am a big spicy-food-addict: I use dijon mustard “extra forte” with just a bit of oil as my salad dressing, I don’t have my nacho crisps with spicy salsa but more have salsa with a bit of nachos  etc. you get the picture..

After having tried several Mexicans and Italians, and searching and searching… I HAVE FINALLY FOUND MY SPICY FOOD! The Infierno de Dante!

You know that expression: “stop looking and it’ll turn up”? Yup that’s exactly what happened to me:

It’s about 22h30, my friend and I are desperately looking for a restaurant which offers food other than tapas in El Barrio del Born but can’t seem to find anything decent…until we see on a plaça: VIA Margutta.  We look at the menu outside and the minute I see the L’Inferno di Dante with a little * next to the name I know that’s a good sign…

Indeed, I find the other * at the bottom of the menu where it is written: To those courageous who survive the Infierno de Dante, we will offer them a shot of Limoncello or Grappa. ….“Oh it is ON”.

The ingredients of the pizza: tomate, mozzarella, spicy salami ‘ciambella’, giundilla verde, chilli africano.

After a few bites, my tongue is already on fire and I am loving the fact that I need to inhale air several times in order to calm my taste buds! Unfortunately my friend, who is “normal”, does not enjoy it as much as I do… It is so spicy that he, who only takes a little bite, goes all red and is on the verge of crying.. Oops…

MENU:http://www.bcnrestaurantes.com/barcelona-carta.asp?restaurante=pizza-concept

Enjoy!

P.S this restaurant is good quality and also good for people who just want a normal Italian dish. It actually WON in eltenedor (better than trip advisor)

BEST ITALIAN IN BARCELONA NOVEMBER 2012

MOST RESERVED IN BARCELONA NOVEMBER 2012

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VEGETARIANS IN BARCELONA

Being a vegetarian isn’t easy. Yes you can always order a salad but let’s face it, how much variety can you get with salads and vegetables a la plancha? And even if you do find that ONE little vegetarian restaurant there isn’t always much variety or the food tastes like grass and you, most of the time, always end up paying a fortune…

NO MORE MOANS, THERE’S JUICY JONES !

Location

Here’s the thing… it’s on a long and narrow street full of 24h alimentaciones (24h open food-shops) and dry-cleanings and isn’t in the prettiest neighborhood: El Raval. However the beauty about this place is that because the location doesn’t attract many tourists, this is a “secret wonder”.

Décor

I barely notice Juicy Jones when I walk by it. It blends in perfectly with the rest of the surroundings. The only reason I stop is because of its colourful menu displayed on its windows and the fact that google maps was indicating “destination is on your left”.

I open the door and a wave of thoughts pour in my head.

COLOURS! It’s breath-taking! I’ve never seen a place with every inch of its walls and ceilings covered in them. Is Willy Wonka going to pop out at any moment? There are also words written every here and there, words such as Barcelona, berenjena (aubergine), tofu, ensalada…

Juicy Jones (4)

Toilet door

Toilet door

 

ODOR! It is unique. I can’t quite make out what it is… I’m smelling a mix of toasted organic and whole bread scent along with tofu, herbs, spices, fresh vegetables and fruits. ..

The wooden tables and chairs are very simplistic yet perfect for this environment and accompanied by a little pot of flower with a bottle of organic olive oil.

Different sounds invade my hearing: the casual chill music (not the stereotypical vegeterain music which sounds like you’ve just entered a yoga class), the light brouha from the different groups talking, chit-chatting or simply devouring their food.

Food & Beverages 

After being shown to a table by a friendly waitress I open the menu to find, yet again!, colours and graffiti-like writing everywhere. I have different options: starters, salads*, bocadillos (sandwiches), fresh juices, hot juices, sweets and smoothies. Taped on the back of the menu is the menu del dia; menu which varies every day depending on what the chef’s mood and consists of a choice of three starters, three mains and three deserts with bread and drink included.

The entire menu is very original and will please anyone! And I promise you, you won’t find these options in any other restaurant. In addition; the great thing about Juicy Jones is that everything is homemade and fresh!

Not feeling too hungry, I went for the Tofu bocadillo, the cake of the day: apple cake and the hot lemon & ginger juice. It was, excuse my French, ORGASMIC! The bread: light, tastey, perfectly toasted and integral! The filling: slightly cooked tofu with some sort of tastey herby sauce, onions, salad and tomatoes.

Bocadillo de Tofu

Bocadillo de Tofu

The cake, really nice! Not dry and very tasty!

Pastel del dia: Manzana

Pastel del dia: Manzana

The juice, well simple but really nice! I am a big fan of ginger and for ONCE I could taste the ginger in my drink!

Hot Lemon & Ginger Juice

Hot Lemon & Ginger Juice

Prices

No no, Juicy Jones is not like every other vegetarian place which charges you 5€ for a piece of tofu or 15€ for a salad .The menu del dia for example is only 8.50!

Being French and pessimistic I think: “right so everything must be small portions and you probably finish the meal still hungry..” WRONG! I saw all those dishes come out and boy,were they big!

So there you have it. And even if you’re not a vegetarian, I still think you should go to this place just for the ambiance and for the original food they offer.

Juicey Jones:

Carrer de l’Hospital, 74

Facebook Page 

 

Bon apétit!!

*Note: I know I said at the beginning that eating salads does get tiring, but these salads don’t qualify as “typical salads”. Have a look at the pictures of the menu and see for yourself!

I LOVE AFTER WORK: Free Tapas & Happy Hour

Take off that work outfit, kick off those shoes, put on your chic yet casual clothes cause, whether you live here or are just travelling to the city, you do not want to miss out Barcelona’s only  International After-Work on Thursday nights at Los Altos (Otto Zuts Club).

DÉCOR

Los Altos is a private V.I.P room in the famous Otto Zuts club in Grácia. It has recently been renovated so is quite a sight: mirrors everywhere, fancy sofas and tables, a nice bar and some pretty nice neon lights!

Los Altos

Los Altos

THE EVENT

I Love After Work (ILAW) is an official event since March 22nd. Created to give a place for Internationals to meet after work, this event offers FREE homemade food such as tapas, sushi, kebabs and deserts along with some happy hour deals: 4€ for a big glass of wine, cava, soft drink or beer. If you’re a big group, the bottles of wine are reasonable too: 22€/bottle!

On top of that, the entrance is FREE and you have access to the Otto Zutts club after for free.

Free Tapas

Free Tapas

Happy Hour

Happy Hour

“TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE!”

That’s what many people tell me when I tell them about my nights here YET I swear it’s true. And even if they do believe me, they say “I bet it’s one piece of yucky tortilla per person and a chocolate…” Now I am a food-lover, have a big appetite and I can promise you that I really like the food and there is enough for everyone to feast!

In addition, the food isn’t all fried and fatty things. You can enjoy some nice croquetas, fresh sushi, chicken kebabs with a teriyaki sauce, a “surtido de tapas” (mix of tapas), some salad, Swedish meatballs, chocolate fondants etc…

No worries the menu varies every week so you’ll never be bored!

SUSHI

SUSHI

Tapas & more

Tapas & more

HOW CAN THIS ALL BE FREE?

I spoke with Alexander Andersson, young entrepreneur and creator of ILAW, who told me that the reason why he created ILAW wasn’t to make any profit but genuinely to be able to hang out with his international friends in a place where there weren’t “kids” (I.e <20 year-olds) and share this opportunity with others.

Want more pictures, information or contact them: here’s the facebook pagehttps://www.facebook.com/ILoveAfterwork?fref=ts

Don’t hesitate to go on the page every now and then for there are always great offers.

Last week it was Thirsty Thursday: Bottle of Cava ON THE HOUSE for groups of 5 or more.

The weeks before you could win a Bottle of Cava!

NATURO: BARCELONA’S SALAD BAR

Salads are the ideal lunch meals for the summer and if you want to be healthy. But it is quite annoying having to go out and buy all those ingredients to make the perfect and original salad, especially if you’re on your own.. Plus, how ridiculous do you look when you buy just one lonely tomato, only use half the pack of salad, half a cucumber…

No worries because Barcelona now has its first salad bar!

Located on Travesera de Gracia just above diagonal, NATURO is a cute little shop. You can take out, eat-in or even have them deliver to your office or house for you extremely lazy people.

STEP ONE: ORDERING

Step one: ORDERING

Step one: ORDERING

 

They offer three salad sizes and menus ranging from 3€50 to 5€ depending on if you want a salad and/or a sandwich and/or a drink. You can enjoy a simple salad with onions and lettuce or go a little crazy and add their tomato salsa, fried onions, broccoli and spicy peppers.

If you don’t want a salad you can also enjoy a homemade bikini (Panini), their two cremas del dia (soup of the day) and during the summer their gazpascho!

F.Y.I

– The waiter is really sweet: take your time in deciding what you want! He’ll even advise you on what to add to best accompany your toppings.

– Enjoy their free chocolates! Nom nom…

STEP TWO: DRESSING

Salsa Bar

Salsa Bar

You’re not quite finished yet. Once you’ve made your personal salad/bikini, head over to the salsa bar where you can create your own dressing. You have a wide variety of sauces: balsamic vinegar, red wine vinegar, different olive oils, Tabasco, salt, pepper, honey, mustard etc..

STEP THREE: ENJOY!

Just like at home

Just like at home

Now just sit down and enjoy this tiny shop’s homey atmosphere. With my friend, we ate our salads on a big wooden table where Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Hello! magazines were spread out.  (Thaaaank you NATURO) We felt right at home it was lovely!

I LOVE this place. I feel right at home, the waiter is really sweet and friendly and what better way to enjoy a salad than with a friend, chocolates and magazines!

For more information: visit their facebook page 

El Bosc de les Fades: Barcelona’s enchanted forest bar

Just a little off las Ramblas, next to the Museo de la Cera, there is a very small, short and obscure alley with only one sign, a Shakespearian, tavern-like wooden one, on which is carved: El Bosc de les Fades.  From the outside, with its windows filled with paper butterflies and grasshoppers, it looks like an arts and craft shop. But once you open those heavy wooden doors, you are transported into an enchanted-like forest with the view and sound of a small waterfall and an open room which looks like a rich families camping tent. Its rather dark, chunky trees are everywhere, the ceiling is filled with fairy lights and leaves from the trees.

el bosc 4                                                                            el bosc 2

The first mission is to find a spot. Obviously, everyone wants one next to the cascade so be patient if you go during rush-hour. Once you’ve chose either a table or a wooden counter around a trunk head towards the bar. The counter is all wooden, used candles burn, their homemade tapas are exposed (and waow do they look good) and you can view all their beers and wines.

el bosc 3   el bosc

FOOD & BEVERAGES

Whether you’re looking for a place to have breakfast, lunch, tea-time, dinner or just a drink el Bosc de les Fades has what you need: a variety of wines, beers, coffees and teas, tapas, tortillas, sandwiches, pastries etc.

El bosc de les Fades (6)

Whether you’re looking for a place to have breakfast, lunch, tea-time, dinner or just a drink el Bosc de les Fades has what you need: a variety of wines, beers, coffees and teas, tapas, tortillas, sandwiches, pastries etc.

With my parents, we went for the aperitif. We tasted their homemade empanadas de atún y de carne (a type of hard puff pastry filled with tuna or meat). They were delicious! The pastry was crispy on the outside but not greasy and the meat inside was tender and very tasty. To accompany them, we had a copa de Cava which complemented the tapas perfectly.

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DO NOT MISS OUT

  1. Every 45mins the big lights turns off, the fairy lights dim and lightning and thunder goes on for about 10minutes. It’s a unique experience!
  2. Go visit the toilets; they’re stunning!
  3. Walk around the place and discover more rooms

Addresse: Pje de la Banca, 5, 08002 Barcelona, España

Web: http://www.museocerabcn.com/es/bosc.html