Our Last Night Together
Trip Start May 04, 2011
124Trip End Oct 08, 2012
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Elspeth is an English friend of my friend Pilar (mentioned in the earlier postings) who was doing me a favor and returning the small suitcase that Pilar had leant me. She recently moved to Barcelona after living in Madrid for 18 years. She has also offered to host me tomorrow night .
Since she lives very close to Park Guell, I gave myself the downtime to enjoy the park filled with a thousand other tourists
Did I mention that the public transportation here is wonderful? Not only are the metros easy and efficient but I have discovered the buses and have become quite the regular on number 24.
My sinuses were starting to opening up enough to not feel like a walking zombie. Our last night together and determined to experience Spain, we searched for a cool, nice restaurant. We did an hour of homework searching the "modern and fashion" category of restaurants on Barcelona.com until we settled on a Michelin one called El Tunel de Marc Palou. We had no problem getting a 9:00PM rezzi but once we got there we understood why. Not only was 9:00PM too early for Spain but the vibe was just too stuffy for our taste. The host recommended another Michelin restaurant run by the famous chef a group like our equivalent of SBE called Projectes 24 by chef Carles Abelan. Located in Born, a hip area for bars that I had wanted to check out anyway, this place was definitely trendy and looked right up my alley. But they were quick to inform us that there were no available reservations until June 7. It was for the best, the menu was fish dominate and Lowell was craving meat but better yet because directly across the street from there was a cute little place called Picnic, chef's name is Jaime Riesco. We were the only other table in the place but it sat next to the kitchen and Lowell was immediately in heaven, chatting up the chef the entire meal.
We tried pretty much every small plate and then some. Lowell’s choices far from outdid my selection of the tuna roll and shrimp plate. The winners were the perfectly just under-cooked scallops with puffed wheat and then the kangaroo dish. We finished the meal with two desserts, still in competition: an apple cobbler (Lowell) and the caramelized banana in a puff pastry with caramel sauce (Stacey). Lowell’s was better yet again.
A final stroll through the hip Born area for one last glass of Spanish rioja and back to hotel.