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Barcelona – The Food

This is part three of my Barcelona trip – for parts one and two, please see below.

Barcelona – Lufthansa First Class and First Class Terminal
Barcelona – Mandarin Oriental, Gaudi and Mammoth Museum
Barcelona – The Food

Bread with tomato at Tapeo

Bread with tomato at Tapeo

I adored so many aspects of Barcelona – the beautiful architecture, friendly culture, amazing shopping, and more. My favorite aspect of Barcelona however, was of course, the food! It was so amazing and I would fly directly back to Spain tomorrow if I had the chance. We tried to eat at as many places as possible and I wanted to share some of my favorite spots and dishes here today.

Gelonch:

The very first restaurants we went to in Barcelona was Gelonch, which was recommended by a friend. Since we were facing several weeks of holiday gluttony right before, I really wanted our Barcelona stay to be more about casual dining – aka no formal dress code, 2-3 star Michelin places. Gelonch was probably the most formal place we went to, but it wasn’t even truly so – jeans and trainers (albeit nicer ones) were fine here.

Gelonch

Gelonch is the restaurant of Robert Gelonch, who was formerly at El Bulli. The food was very impressive – very modern but not overly complicated, and with great flavors. Here were two favorites from the tasting we ordered.

The first was a little duo of onion (I think one was an amuse bouche and one was the first course of our tasting). The right was a fried onion “paper” with onion cream, while the left was a flaky croquette that was also topped with an onion cream. Delicious! Continue Reading

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Barcelona – Mandarin Oriental, Gaudi and Mammoth Museum

This is part three of my Barcelona trip – for parts one and three, please see below.

Barcelona – Lufthansa First Class and First Class Terminal
Barcelona – Mandarin Oriental, Gaudi and Mammoth Museum
Barcelona – The Food

After our flight landed from Frankfurt in Barcelona, we headed straight to our hotel – the Mandarin Oriental on Passeig de Gràcia, one of the major streets in Barcelona. While my husband goes to Barcelona every year, this was my first time ever in Spain. For a first time visitor to Barcelona, the Mandarin Oriental is in the perfect spot in the city center – right next to a lot of beautiful sites, great shopping and restaurants. In this post I want to share some highlights from the hotel, as well as some of our favorite sites in Barcelona.

MO Night

MO Stairs

The Mandarin has a very clean, modern feel to it with touches of Asian decor. The hotel was very airy and filled with light. Every time I walked to our room, I loved the view of the open center and all of the little windows. Continue Reading

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Lufthansa First Class and First Class Terminal

This is part one of my Barcelona trip – for parts two and three, please see below.

Barcelona – Lufthansa First Class and First Class Terminal
Barcelona – Mandarin Oriental, Gaudi and Mammoth Museum
Barcelona – The Food

Today I want to share the first segment of our trip to Barcelona – which actually doesn’t even take place in Barcelona! Instead, it will just cover my experience on Lufthansa First and their First Class Terminal in Frankfurt, which I was incredibly impressed with.

I’m not a plane or airline nut so I’ve never been super passionate about aviation. I just always try to get booked on an Asian airline whenever possible, and go with it. Mr. Feather however, has been super interested in planes since a young boy and from his time in the military, and as a fluent German speaker has always been a fan of Lufthansa. I finally got to experience their long haul product and I was so impressed that I wanted to dedicate a whole post to it, it’s such a slick, fantastic experience from a product and service standpoint. Bravo!

LH First

The Lufthansa first class cabin has a very spacious layout, in my experience it was very close to Asiana, with pretty large TV screens and a nice color scheme.

LH Seat

Mr. Feather and I were booked in the “couple’s seat” which was in the back of the cabin. I was very happy to be placed in this seat, when booked in these types of setups I always end up chattering and bothering my seat mate endlessly which in this case was my hapless husband. He was continually ordering me refills of Cuvée Louise, probably in an effort to put me to sleep! Continue Reading