Barcelona: Tickets

  He’s a real nowhere man Sitting in his nowhere land Making all his nowhere plans for nobody Doesn’t have a point of view Knows not where he’s going to Isn’t he a bit like you and me? Nowhere Man, please listen You don’t know what you’re missing Nowhere Man, the world is at your command He’s as blind as he can be Just sees what he wants to see Nowhere Man can you see me at all? Lennon-McCartney   He’s sitting in the taxi. Not alone. No, he drags with him his wife and his children. His heart pounds … Continue reading Barcelona: Tickets

Two Michelin Stars: Ramon Frexia Madrid

No restaurants in Madrid have been awarded three Michelin stars, so restaurants with two Michelin stars are as good as it gets in the city. I made the two-starred Ramon Frexia the ‘food’ focus of my family’s brief visit to Madrid because it seemed to be the perfect fit for our rather not-fine-dining-friendly situation. It was located in a hotel; this meant that – if we stayed at the hotel (and we did) – the kids would be dining in a familiar environment and that we could immediately return to our room if we needed to. The restaurant did not … Continue reading Two Michelin Stars: Ramon Frexia Madrid

Madrid: L’Entrecote

  When it came time for me to have my first meal after suffering from the effects of food poisoning and not eating solid foods for two and a half days in foreign country, I chose to have steak. My wife did not think that it was such a good idea for me to go all-in with my first meal after being ill, but I had become so drunk with hunger that I wasn’t thinking straight. I assured her that I was feeling 100% and promised that I would not order my steak rare. L’entrecote was one of the several … Continue reading Madrid: L’Entrecote

Barcelona: A Generic Restaurant

The two and a half days in Spain that I was unable to eat because of food poisoning/stomach bug was a new and extremely interesting experience for me. Like everyone else, when I have a stomach flu or am otherwise unable to ingest solid food for a while, I will also be too weak to get out of bed – much less venture out of the house for a meal. But since we were on a trip to ¬†a foreign country, it was necessary for me to suck it up a bit and visit the sites that needed to be … Continue reading Barcelona: A Generic Restaurant

Barcelona: El Corte Ingles Cafeteria

El Corte Ingles is probably as close to a department store monopoly as I’ve seen anywhere. Try as I might, I was not able to spot a department store not branded “El Corte Ingles” during my trip to Spain. It seemed like it was everywhere, covered every market segment, and catered to every demographic. Because it was so all-encompassing and so omnipresent, it became a convenient shopping destination for my family when we were in Barcelona. When we needed a particular book, we went to El Corte Ingles. When we wanted to buy some children’s clothing, we went to El … Continue reading Barcelona: El Corte Ingles Cafeteria

Barcelona: Cinc Sentits

While doing research on restaurants to visit in Barcelona, Cinc Sentits was the one restaurant (other than Tickets, of course) that really piqued my interest. I was interested in the restaurant not because it currently owns a Michelin star – I’ve been to my share of restaurants awarded with one, two, and even three Michelin stars. I was interested in the restaurant because it was a Michelin-starred restaurant in the culinary hotbed of Barcelona owned, operated, and helmed in the kitchen by Canadians. How often do you get a chance to visit a Canadian-run Michelin-starred restaurant?¬†Granted, the Artal siblings that … Continue reading Barcelona: Cinc Sentits

Barcelona: Maritim Restaurant

This post will be the most difficult that I will have ever written. I don’t even know if I will be able to finish describing the dishes I had after I insert the photographs of the them into the post. Hopefully I will be able to suppress all of the negative images and feelings that my mind has associated with the food I had at Martim Restaurant. It’s not that the food was bad-tasting; The food that my wife, kids, and I had there was actually quite delicious. It’s just that I fell ill with an acute case of food … Continue reading Barcelona: Maritim Restaurant