Hard to believe we’re about to cross the two week mark in Barcelona. I knew that time would fly, but I had no idea it would zip by this quickly. Working definitely eats up the hours, but we’re still managing to have lots of fun. We went to my first professional futbol match last weekend at Camp Nou, the second largest futbol stadium in the world. I have to say, it surprisingly lacked the pomp and circumstance…and massive LED displays…of American football. The fans were very respectful, cheering for good efforts as much as goals. Deportivo (#6) fans were thrilled to tie top-ranked Barca, gathering at the front of the stadium after the match to cheer and dance.
We also managed some window shopping along Passeig de Gràcia and Las Ramblas, and intentionally lost ourselves within the extensive maze of Barri Gòtic streets. And, of course, we had plenty of delicious meals around town. These are my picks for the week:
The Fish and Chips Shop – this highly ranked little hole in the wall conveniently located right around the corner from our apartment – perfect for last-minute late night dinners. They do just a few things, but do them well; their menu fits on a single chalkboard. We, of course, opted for the signature fish & chips served in a paper cone with sides of tartar sauce and mango chutney. Next time, perhaps we’ll try the very popular fried pimentons.
Federal Cafe – Feeling a bit cooped up, we searched for wifi cafes in our area and landed at Federal. Their egg dishes are popular for weekend brunch, but serve a menu of salads, sandwiches, and all manner of caffeinated beverages to fuel you during the work week. There is a large communal table on the first floor and smaller tables on each of the two floors above, as well as on the rooftop deck. We sat inside with lattes and delicious sandwiches – I even got mine on gluten-free bread!
A Tu Bola – This picture may not be pretty, but I had to open up the pita so you could witness the deliciousness that is the meatballs at A Tu Bola. Described as gourmet street food, you have the choice of meatballs (beef, chicken, Asian chicken, pork, shrimp, chickpea, or sweet potato) in one of 3 ways – tapa, pita, or plate. We splurged and ordered three pitas to share because we couldn’t settle on just two types of meatball. All were equally…I’m gonna say it…amazeballs! As were the chocolate dessert ball and house made limoncello, compliments of the chef.