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Bendita Helena, coffee and brunch

We visited Bendita Helena (C/Galileu 261, Les Corts area in Barcelona) after the good experience with their coffee in All Those  last year.

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Good coffee made of a blend from Nomad, artisan pastryshop and sorted brunch all day long. They offer also midday menus.

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Why “Bendita Helena” (in English: Blessed Helena)? Helena is not the name of the Venezuelan owners (Ana and Valeria). According to Ana,”Blessed” because it is the energy of a dish made with love and with ingredient that makes you good. “Helena” because it was always a name with which Ana had a lot of connection, like an alter ego. So, Bendita Helena sounded pretty and it stayed.

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Ana comes from Venezuela and has been traveling arounf the world. She was publicist before starting this business. You can feel this “baggage” in the philosophy of the place.

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Warm place, careful details and products choosen and made with love, following our grandma’s style. And also charming owners. Highly recommended!

And since a few months ago, they are taking part in Cooció (Morales St.,27) as a Coffee House. A bigger place in the area and a chance to enjoy of this fantastic project.

 

Espai Joliu, coffee in Poblenou

Nice place in Poblenou to taste a good coffee (best quality, because it is Nomad’s). It  is placed in Badajoz St., next to the “superilla” of Poblenou, a very quiet space.

Just in the entrance, a lot of plants, like a little home garden. Then, at the end, the bar and the space with wooden tables. Walls are from stone and brick. Confortable.

Another strong point are the home-made pastry. We taste the apple crumble and it was really wood.

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About the environment, perfect for hipsters, foreingn young people, people with laptops and curious visitants taking pictures. Or for headhunters! (we heard a job interview in the table next to us). So, you don’t find the newspaper, you can review cool magazines.

And as curiosity, if you ask for a caffe latte, be prepared to the question: “Single or Double” referring to the coffee. I think we are getting older 😉

Have a nice Sunday!!

Satan’s Coffee Corner Coffee in Casa Bonay (Barcelona)

Searching for good coffee next to Tetuan Square in Barcelona, nice surprise.

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Inside a beautiful and historical building, now a curious and versatile hotel, Casa Bonay (Gran Vía de les Corts Catalanes, 700) we found a little coffee shop, Satan’s Coffee Corner. The original Satan’s Coffee Corner is in Gòtic area, next the Barcelona’s Cathedral. So, good news for people living outside the city center.

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The coffee is fantastic and well-done thanks to the baristas team. You have sweet options, like croissant or donuts from La Donutería, so guaranteed quality.

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The coffee shop is small, but surprise: if you want, you can drink your coffee inside the bar restaurant of Casa Bonay, Libertine. It is an open space with the floor like the characteristical Barcelona sidewalk, very comfortable.

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So a quiet place to enjoy coffee pleasure in Barcelona. Welcome!

Busy Saturday in Barcelona!

Today (June 11th  2016) you have a lot of gastronomic activities to choose if you are in Barcelona!

Assaig General (June 11th): Popular event to recycle food, with Ada Parellada in Poblenou.

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Hotels rooftops week: (until June 12th) Last days to enjoy of different activities (music, activities for children or for the whole family, swimmingpools…) and showcookings or gastronomic tastings in the rooftops of 66 hotels in Barcelona. Our visit to one of the hotels: https://notonlyeating.wordpress.com/2015/07/14/afternoons-in-barcelona-in-the-rooftops-of-the-hotels/

Tast a la Rambla (until June 12th): In Las Ramblas, a lot of options to taste small dishes of some of the best restaurants in Barcelona. Also workshops. Our visit to the first edition: https://notonlyeating.wordpress.com/2014/06/21/tast-a-la-rambla-2014/

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All those food market (until June 12th): Inside the historic building of Barcelona University, fresh products, street food, tastings…A unique option to enjoy of food and one of the most beautiful buildings in city center. See our visit on June 11th: https://www.facebook.com/notonlyeat/posts/1089452914463520

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Matsuri – Japanese Festival (June 11th and 12th): In Barceloneta, next to the sea, Japanese culture, activities and Japanese food tastings.

And next weekend:

Born Street Food (June 17th to 19th): best xefs and gourmet food of the area together in Pla de Palau to show the  gastronomic offers in El Born.

Enjoy your weekend!

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On June 11th, Assaig General (General Rehearsal, included in FadFest2016), a gastronomic event to promote the food sustainability. There will be a meal for 900 people cooked by volunteers and based on “recicled” or recovered food, in Les Glories.

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This popular event is organized by Plataforma Aprofitem els Aliments (PAA), an organization with experience in working this kind of sustainable events and focused on avoid waste food.

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Contact to them if you want to participate!

Gastronomic activities in Barcelona (weekend April 16th-17th 2016)

Spring comes with a lot of activities to do in Barcelona and near the city. Let’s go out!

Les Garrigues gastronomy (April 16th): In El Born Centre de Cultura i Memoria, you can taste for free different typical dishes from Les Garrigues (Lleida).

Black Music Van Van (April 16th-17th): In old Estrella Damm building, street food and music.


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Fira de la Terra (April 16-17th): In Ciutadella Park, a lot of activities and ecological food or artisan products, to celebrate the day dedicated to preserve the Earth.

Barcelona B>DELICIOUS  (April 15th to 17th) In Fira de Barcelona (Montjuic),  100 gastronomic proposals from all over the world.

IV Ruta del Bacallà Different menus in some Barcelona restaurants including codfish with special prices.

Hotel Tapa Tour (ends on April 17th): tapas from 4 to 8 euros in some of the best restaurants in Barcelona. At the same time, a jury will choose the best tapa.

 

With Children:

Festa de la Primavera in Can Roger (April 16th): In Sagrada Familia area, and during the morning, xocolate, vermut and activities for children in this space coordinated by neighbours of the area.

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Casa Orlandai Aniversary (April 16th) In Sarrià, this eventincludes jazz vermut and paella km.0 (12€) and a more activities for the family.

 

Out of Barcelona:

Ganxet Pintxo in Reus (ends on April 17th): tapa and drink, 2,50 euros in different places of the city. We recommend you to visit GELATS I TORRONS XIXONA, offering a delicious ice-cream!:)

Quinto Tapa Carxofa Prat (ends on April 22th): route in El Prat del Llobregat to taste disches with “carxofa”in restaurants with a beer, 2,50 or 3 euros (now you can go in metro linea 9 🙂carxofa

In Pals, rice gastronomic proposals, in Tossa de Mar, Cuina Indiana…Good reason to visit these wonderful towns next to the sea. And more!

St.Patrick’s Day in Barcelona

Omá Bistro Barcelona

Omá Bistró (Consell de Cent 227) is a bright place near the center, specialized in brunchs. Nordic decoration with wood, metalic chairs of different colours, a big table to share, a comfortable corner with a sofa… It’s perfect for Sunday morning.

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They have a varied sort of coffee (espresso, filter,…), homemade cakes and artisan beers.  To eat, bread, eggs, salads and more.

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We tasted a burger, a chicken wrap and nuggets. And good coffee (El Magnífico). If you want or need to drink soja milk, then you have to pay a small supplement.


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And if you want to stay quietly, reading a book, newspapers, working with your computer sharing you time with some trendy people, that’s a good place. But if you go there with a little boy, it’s good too. There are colour pencils and notebook for children.

 

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So, in summary, kind attention, comfortable place and good food. An attractive combination if you are in Barcelona.

 

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Bocca di Bonifacio, burgers and Italy in Barcelona

Placed near Sagrada Familia, Bocca di Bonifacio (Sardenya St., 370, Barcelona) is a rara avis in the area. They offer quality burgers in a comfortable place.

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The reason of the name is because the restaurant is in the corner between Còrsega and Sardenya Street and the strait between Corsica and Sardinia is called Strait of Bonifacio.

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Burgers are made from different kind of meat: veal, ox,etc. Are big enough and the average price is 10 euros by burger. We taste Genovese burger and the burger with foie, both very good.

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Moreover the name of the burgers, starters  (salads, brushetta,etc) and the desserts show people working in the restaurant come from Italy: cannolo siciliano, panna cotta, tiramisu.

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Very kind service and good food. You have the option of take away if you want.We recommend you a visit here if you are in the neighbourhood!

 

 

Onna Café, for coffeelovers in Gràcia (Barcelona)

Placed in a tiny street in Gracia, next to Corcega Street, you can find this small café: Onna Café (Sta.Teresa St.1)

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Inside, homemade pastry and different kind of coffee.

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If you want coffee with milk, you have an espresso coffee. But if you prefer another kind of coffee, you have different options. You can choose a filter coffee, prepared in a different way depending on the system, for ex., aeropress, Chemex or V60.

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A way to relish the coffee if you are a coffee lover. They advise you depending on your preferences.

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The place is small,  but  they offer a kind attention. It is worth if you want to taste coffee done by good baristas.

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