La Cuchara de San Telmo

La Cuchara de San Telmo 31 de Agosto Kalea 28 20003 Donostia, Gipuzkoa Spain TripAdvisor Enough of the fine dining stuff.  We finally got to hit up the pintxos bars in the San Sebastian’s old town.  The whole area is totally walkable and great for a “pintxos crawl,” where you just hop from place to…

Arzak

Arzak Alcalde J. Elosegi Hiribidea 273 20015 Donostia, Gipuzkoa Spain TripAdvisor Arzak’s reputation precedes itself.  Anthony Bourdain could not stop gushing about Chef  Juan Mari Arzak and his daughter Elena Arzak, who now helms the kitchen.  He made it sound like he’s basically the Godfather of San Sebastian and a torchbearer for modern Basque cuisine….

Martín Berasategui

Martín Berasategui Loidi Kalea, 4 20160 Lasarte-Oria Spain TripAdvisor We had a great time in Barcelona enjoying everything Iberico, razor clam, and tapas.  The next leg of our adventure took us to the world renown foodie capital, just a 5 hour train ride north of Barcelona, San Sebastián.  San Sebastián is a coastal city in…

La Paradeta

La Paradeta Passatge de Simó 18 08025 Barcelona Spain TripAdvisor As much as people like to believe, I’m not actually a slave to the Michelin guide.  I love all foods.  The blog may skew towards fancier foods because 1) it photographs beautifully and 2) it just seems like something to write home about versus a…

Cachitos Diagonal

Cachitos Diagonal Avinguda Diagonal 508 08006 Barcelona Spain TripAdvisor They say the best way to experience the food and culture of a city is to have a meal in the home of a local.  I see Anthony Bourdain doing it all the time.  Unfortunately, one doesn’t always have the connections to just in any random…

Disfrutar

Disfrutar Carrer de Villarroel, 163 08036 Barcelona Spain TripAdvisor Our second “fancy” meal in Barcelona was Disfrutar, a 2 Michelin star molecular gastronimical experience.  The 3 chef/owners, Mateu Casañas, Oriol Castro, and Eduard Xatruch, were veterans of elBulli, having spent many years in the kitchen compared to some other chefs that just passed through including Grant…

Bar Cañete

Bar Cañete Carrer de la Unió 17 08001 Barcelona Spain TripAdvisor The night we wanted to come here for dinner, the restaurant had an unfortunate black out.  A crowd of bewildered guests and stressed out looking employees surrounded the entrance.  It was unclear if the electrical situation was going to be fixed anytime soon, so…

Quimet Y Quimet

Quimet y Quimet Carrer del Poeta Cabanyes 25 08004 Barcelona Spain TripAdvisor I like to believe that Anthony Bourdain is a reliable source when it comes to food.  I mean, he has built his career around being “authentic” and just “telling it like it is.”  But I have always wondered what happens if he eats…

Churreria Laietana

Churreria Laietana Via Laietana 46 08003 Barcelona Spain TripAdvisor Aren’t churros a Mexican thing?  That was what we pondered as we sat down to enjoy the churros at Churreria Laietana.  Living in California, we are no strangers to this delicious foot-long deep fried dough, traditionally covered in cinnamon sugar, and sometimes served with a side of…

Cerveceria Catalana

Cerveceria Catalana Carrer de Mallorca 236 08008 Barcelona Spain TripAdvisor You’ll be hard pressed to find many good restaurants in Barcelona that are open before 12pm for lunch.  Cerveceria Catalana is unusual in that it opens up at 8am!  Yes, you heard that right.  If you want to have lunch for breakfast, you can easily…

Espai Kru

Espai Kru Carrer de Lleida 7 08004 Barcelona Spain TripAdvisor Barcelona had no shortage of fine dining options. It was rather difficult narrowing down the selection to just a few. I settled on Espai Kru and Disfrutar. The latter because of its connection to El Buli (more on that later) and the former because of…

Bar Pinotxo

Bar Pinotxo Mercat de la Boqueria Carrer la Rambla 89 08002 Barcelona Spain TripAdvisor Bar Pinotxo was another popular and highly recommended spot at La Boqueria. Again the wait times were reported to be lengthy but we got a table after about 15 minutes. Unlike the other bar eateries at La Boqueria, Bar Pinotxo actually…