Sunday, 26 July 2015

Barcelona - Where to eat and drink

Don't worry this is the last Barcelona post. Thank god considering it was nearly two months ago. 
I've put together my top recommendations of where to eat and drink into one post so brace yourself, it is a bit photo heavy but thought it was better not to drag these post holiday blues out any longer.

There's always a bit of uncertainty when we arrive in a new place and especially when you're only there a few days, you feel like you need to find good places to eat and drink as soon as you get there. Going out for meals is one of my favourite parts of being on holiday, but regardless of how good my intentions may be, I never seem to get round to doing any research before I go away.

I tend to use a combination of tripadvisor, guide books and my own two eyes to find some places to eat and sometimes its a good idea to book some meals for the next few nights rather than missing out on places you fancy. 

DAY 1
La Cuina d'en Garriga
C/Consell de Cent, 30808007
On our first night we were tired and hungry and a brief tripadvisor browse informed us of this little gem that was literally across the road from our apartment. Unfortunately I didn't actually get any photos of the photos as it was inhaled pretty swiftly after being placed on the table but we just got an assortment of meat and cheese platters with some delish wine to get us into the Barcelona zone.

DAY 2
Entrepanes Diaz
Calle Pau Claris, 189Entre Corsega y Diagonal08037

After a long day sightseeing when we were dehydrated, sweaty and in need of a rest, stumbling across this bar was just what we needed. It was like stepping back in time, the waiter was dressed in black tie despite this being the middle of a roasting hot day. An ice cold glass of Cava was just what the doctor ordered!
FISHOP
Passeig de Gracia 53
After taking in a bit of Gaudi on the way to dinner, we had the best meal in this underground gem. All seafood and with a huge sushi selection it was the perfect example of the huge variety of restaurants Barcelona has to offer. 

DAY 3
UMA
Carrer de Rossend Arus, 1208014
UMA. Where to start. This was the one restaurant that we booked before we arrived in Barcelona and I am so so glad we knew about it. It was featured on a Channel 4 programme and a friend told me about it before we went. You can go for lunch / dinner and it is always a fixed price per person (I think €55 each which was so reasonable for the experience!). You don't even get a menu, they check for any dietary requirements / allergies before and then off they go for, I think it was 15 courses!!! The whole menu was amazing, nothing was what it seemed and you never knew what to expect when you took a bite into anything. One course was called 'The rolling stones' which looked just like a plate of rocks but we were told - "Only 6 of these are edible". It was just such an amazing experience, I'm doing it no justice with these ramblings. The head chef Iker Erauzkin talks you through each dish and brings you into the kitchen at the start to see where the magic happens, so to speak. I would 100% recommend a trip to UMA if you're ever in Barcelona, we went for lunch which was ideal cause it was a little off the beaten track and the metro was ideal. 


DAY 4
Seafront Paella
This is so terrible but I actually can't remember the name of this restaurant. HOWEVER, if you go down to the beachfront in the Barceloneta area there is a promenade with loads of lovely (similar) seafood restaurants. This night, we were just in the mood for paella, so we took a wander along the front and picked a restaurant with a good table on the waters edge. There was no messing about, we ordered the seafood paella, enjoyed it thoroughly then finished off the evening with some cocktails by the beach. A great time all round. 


DAY 5
Bobby Gin
Carrer de Francisco Giner, 47, 08012
It took a couple of attempts to find this place but when we finally got a drink here on our last night, it was more than worth it. A big gin lover, a gin bar is always a hit with me. A ridiculously large selection of gin, with expert bartenders who can advise and recommend the perfect serve for each one. We sipped our gins, watched the bartenders work, and compared our terrible watch tan / burn lines after our day at the beach. I've seriously still not been able to shift that horrendous watch outline on my left wrist. 

SENSI TAPAS
Carrer Ample 26, Barcelona 08002
It got to our last night in Barcelona and we realised that because of the huge variety of food on offer we had actually ingested a disappointingly little amount of tapas during our stay. We found this restaurant during some exploring and it is actually one of a group of three restaurants by the same group. This is the only photo I got of the food as again we had that problem of it not lasting very long on the table but that little dish of baby chorizo braised in beer was amazing. Some other dishes we sampled included truffle ravioli, fried squid with panco and sweet chilli mayonnaise and the old favourite that is padron peppers - HEAVEN. 

Well I'm away to eat whatever I can get my hands on now as I have spent the last couple of hours salivating excessively while writing this. What wedding dress diet? 

I hope you've all enjoyed me rambling on about Barcelona for what feels like three years but we can all now move on and look forward to the next trip!

Jen 


Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Flares







Top:Warehouse@ASOS / Trousers:Missguided@ASOS / Hat:Catarzi / Sandals:ASOS

I have to say, the return of flares had me feeling a bit uneasy and, as amazing as I saw some bloggers work them, I just couldn't bring myself to try a pair of flared jeans. 
However, these jersey, patterned folk-esque flares from Missguided really appealed to me, and now, apparently I am a convert. They are so perfect for lazy, comfy summer days and I just love the pattern.
I'm going to leave it at that and let the flares do the talking. Over and out.

Jen 

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Barcelona - Part 3

We decided to spend our last two days in Barcelona doing slightly different things. Firstly we thought we should try and do something vaguely active to work off some of the tapas we had inhaled so far.
There is a cable car that you can take up to the top of Montjuic to see the castle but thinking that was too lazy we decided to WALK to the top. I don't even know who I am anymore. 


It just so happened that there was a huge colour run going on in the area that day so we were greeted by an absolute rave going on at the finish line complete with David Guetta blaring out at 10am on Sunday morning. The atmosphere was pretty great and kind of put our feeble walk up a hill to shame.


Sweaty Betty's at the top 

The cutest collection of cars

Paris, is that you?!

After our strenuous morning we decided to go to the park to chill out and even went for a wee row on the lake, it was dreamy.
Playsuit:Mango (similar) / Kimono:via Depop (similar) / Bag:Topshop

Barcelona FC also won some football thing (The Champions League maybe?!) when we were there so there was a big parade of the team through the city - this was my highlight:

Saving the beach for our last day we decided to venture out of town to the delightful town of Sitges in search of a slightly more secluded beach than right in the city centre. I would definitely recommend a visit to Sitges, it is so photogenic, instagrammable, pinterest-worthy and just damn nice to look at and actually enjoy in person! 



Bikini:Jaded London via ASOS (top,bottoms)


Shirt:Topshop (similar)

After a long day in the sun, we took our little sun burnt bodies (who knew feet could burn so bad) back to our apartment to pack and head home.

I have one more post coming on Barcelona and that will be all about where to eat when you're there. Then I suppose I'll need to move on and plan another holiday.

Jen

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

That ASOS Denim Dress











Dress:ASOS / Bag:Accessorize (similar) / Boots:Topshop (similar, similar) / Sunglasses:ASOS / Earrings:H&M (similar)

Since this dress first appeared in ASOS's 'New In' section it was one of those checking your saved items every 2 hours situation until it was finally available in my size. And, oh it was worth it. So worth it that the same dress in the terracotta / rust colour is currently in a DPD centre somewhere waiting to be delivered to me tomorrow. 

Paired with the dress of dreams, are the boots of dreams. I found these at the back of a messy Topshop sale shelf and my heart sank a wee bit when I found they were a size too small for me. However, never one to give up at the first hurdle I tried them on anyway. Not going to lie, they're a bit of a squeeze, but I am willing to have lengthy sessions walking around my flat with two pairs of socks on in an effort to stretch them out. So, the moral of the story is, sometimes its worth buying shoes too small if they're this beautiful. 

Jen