Saturday, December 19, 2009

Bubo - Carles Mampel and why Barcelona is so special

I apologize for the delay in posting, it seems that my computer was not working so well in Spain and had trouble uploading videos. I am presently back in NY since yesterday, so I will be posting on all I should have posted while I was gone.

The first video below is from a pastry shop in the heart of the Gothic quarter in Barcelona, Bubo, owned by pastry chef Carles Mempel. I must admit that it was not on my itinerary since I had forgotten it was in Barcelona, not sure why (age?). I literally stumbled upon it while walking around. What is quite incredible is that it was at 12 a.m. and the shop wouldn't close for another hour! Where else do you see that? (rhetorical question). They were understandably low on product (it was midnight after all), but nonetheless what they still had was something to recon.

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The video below is not pastry related but nonetheless a snapshot of the curious/amazing nature of this city. This is a bar called "Espai Barroc", and it is set inside a very old building. At the front door there is a "bouncer" of sorts, dressed in a Baroque outfit,and basically lets you in or not depending on the impression he gets of you, not the clothes you wear or how attractive you are, which is fortunate for me on both counts. Once you enter, there is a patio with antique paintings and a lush vegetation. Inside the bar, well... you will see. It's like an antique shop on steroids. And the gin and tonics were quite nice.

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3 comments:

  1. Welcome back. And just to let you know, my copy of The Modern Cafe has shipped from Amazon. It will be here this week. Thanks so much for helping me ignore the family this weekend.

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  2. Sounds like a great trip. Did you get to try any savory food? Pork perhaps?

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  3. Well, I think that this one guy, TB, even though he observed kosher practices, ate most of the pork available. But I did have my fair share before it was all said and done.

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