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Two Tapas places in Barcelona you can’t miss

Two Best Tapas Restaurants in Barcelona

If eating top quality food is in your to do list in Barcelona make sure to check out these two places that are definitely elevating the traditional tapas game in the city

Brugarol Barcelona

Brugarol is a small (only 20 seats) but cosy restaurant in one of the narrow historic streets of Barri Gótic that mastered a mixed vibe between old and hipster. It is possible to watch the kitchen/bar action from almost every table which adds a cool touch to the experience (especially for the foodies). Service is warming and attentive (a bit less when it is in it’s full capacity) but their tapas are undoubtedly next level and inventive with some perfected classics like the Patatas Bravas which was the best I’ve ever had so far.With a la carte or a degustation menu they have options that fit any appetite or budget levels. Wine list was to the point with great quality/price bottles to choose from. This was my favorite restaurant during this trip to Barcelona and if you’re looking for fine dining quality tapas Brugarol is an absolute must do. Make sure to book in advance.

Chaka Khan

Here you can get the best of both worlds: hanging out in a cool bar downstairs with trendy atmosphere and music, friendly service and tapas options to nibble on while enjoying your night out OR indulge in some serious take on fusion tapas in their restaurant upstairs that runs in a gastropub vibe with most of the tables by the bar, open kitchen and an equally cool ambiance. I tried one out of their many degustation menus and all dishes were creative and flavourful like the Jeow Mak Kewa a Laos dish made of coal fired Eggplant dip served with wonton chips. Chaka Khan is trendy and without doubt the perfect spot to try around the world tapas all while having a fun night out.

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Trips

High Up in The Nest

Sunset chaser

It’s been a week or so since I came back from the humid and hot Philippine (is)land(s) and I couldn’t wait to talk about one of the best choices of the trip: The BirdHouse.

The BirdHouse is a self entitled Glamping Experience, and whether or not you are acquainted with the term Glamping, you need to hear this one out cause I’m here to talk about food.

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Belgian Recipes

Scampi Diabolique

Scampi Diabolique

This recipe is a culinary fast food! Scampi Diabolique is one of the most traditional Belgian dishes and definitely one of my favourite. I’ve had many different versions in the past and it took me some time to figure out my “ideal” recipe, but after trying some variations I finally nailed the ingredients and my Diabolique became a favourite with a Belgian’s approval (thanks hubby).

In my version I try to reproduce the silky creamy sauce  where the ‘scampi’ can have all the attention, so unlike other recipes out there, I skip the bell peppers, carrots, curry and some other ingredients.

This dish is certainly effortless and flexible : you can serve it as an appetizer, or main dish and the side options couldn’t get any simpler: be it french fries (like Belgians do) fresh slices of bread, or rice, you choose! It is definitely a great choice in cold days since it has some spiciness to warm up and a fulfilling tasty sauce.

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Drinks

Quinta do Ataide

Quinta do Ataide | www.notafoodexpert.com

Okay. First of all I have to come clean here and admit I know NOTHING about wine. Nevertheless I still want to share here my findings in wine and what I’ve been learning with the help of vivino.

All I know about wine so far was more or less based on trying, but I have to say that  after I was introduced to the app Vivino I’ve been able to track what are my tastes and what types of wine/grape I’m drinking more, that among many other features the app offers… But anyways if you’re a wine enthusiast but kinda lazy (all the terms can be overwhelming for newbies) I would encourage you to download this app.

But moving on to the wine itself, it’s a Portuguese Douro Red from Northern Portugal and the grape is 100 % Touriga Nacional.

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