Sunday, September 28, 2014

Boqueria Market, Barcelona

Coincidentally, as I am posting pics of my Barcelona trip, my mother and sister are have a jolly good time in Barcelona now. Wish that I had more leave so that I could have joined them! But I know that I can't have it all.

I am so thankful to have been able to go to London and Europe earlier this year.

Below are a couple of pics taken at Boqueria Market :

Bar Bouqeria - The seafood didn't taste very fresh. The sausage (yes, that's a sausage) on the right was pretty tasty though.

Bar Central - found the food pretty ordinary. Presentation wise - it was good but taste wise, it was just ok.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

La Muscle, Barcelona

If you're a mussel fan, you wouldn't want to miss out on this place - La Muscle.
The variety of mussels that they have is crazy.

I would have loved to try the white wine mussels but when travelling with Mike, I can't get to order what I want if he wants something 'so badly' himself.

GUESS which flavour did Mike choose . . . .

The fried calamari serving here is pretty generous.

If you did attempt in guessing Mike's chosen flavour, the answer is - GINGER. URGH.

Of all flavours, he just HAS to pick something oriental tasting !

Chips to dip and soak up the sauce.
I love chips that are freshly made.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Can Cargol, Barcelona

I would highly recommend this restaurant for those of you headed to Barcelona.

It's called Can Cargol and this restaurant was recommended by one of the guys running the B&B we stayed at. This restaurant is popular for snails. 

However, don't go there expecting your typical Escargots stuffed in a shell with garlic butter because the snails here look like garden snails - you can even see the feelers!

However, the downside of this restaurant is that the menu is in Spanish here and the staff can't really speak much English although one of them did try to help to translate bits and pieces of the menu.

I really can't remember how did we end up ordering what we did but I'm glad that our orders all tasted decent.

Mike & I weren't used to eating late dinners when we were in Barcelona though as most restaurants open from 9 p.m. onwards. We waited outside until the restaurant opened and were the first diners there for the night.

Pickles and olives

We didn't know how to eat this so we cut the tomato into slices, placed it on top of our toasted bread and ate it like a sandwich.

I read a blog and apparently, you are supposed to take the garlic cloves (that is also served together in the basket) and rub it on the bread. Thereafter, you are supposed to cut the tomato into half and rub it on the bread (with the juices seeping into the bread). Add some olive oil and sprinkle salt and it's good to go.

Cod in a creamy sauce - tasty stuff but you can't eat too much of it (jelak).

We had a bottle of wine almost every other day because wine in Europe is relatively cheap and more importantly,  good!

Garlic snails

This was my most favourite meal at Can cargo.

Potatoes, eggs and chorizo - the eggs were perfect! So fluffy and so so good.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Bed and Breakfast in Barcelona

Can't believe that I forgot to post pics of my Barcelona trip.

I actually went to Barcelona before heading to Paris
but somehow my pics are all jumbled up in my Mac
hence the unsystematic posting.

In Barcelona, we I opted to stay at a Bed & Breakfast instead of a hotel.
We stayed at a B&B called Barcelona BB.
Picked this place because of the good reviews.

I was just hoping to rekindle the 'nice and comfortable' B&B experience that I had when travelling in Florence with my mum and bro. To have breakfast readily served while you're up and awake. Bliss.

I love the homely feeling while being abroad (provided that the home is nice). At least I'm honest :o)

Stayed at the Chimney room because I wanted my own bathroom.

Nice spacious bathroom . . . but the only problem is that, we didn't know how to get hot water in the shower -_-

View from the apartment. Lots of road/piping works going on.

The dining area

Our breakfast for 3 consecutive days - it was simple but good.

There was this potato dish they served every morning which I really enjoyed.
There's also salami, bread, cornflakes, orange juice, etc.

At the rate that I'm posting, I can only hope that I can finish posting about my Europe trip within the next few weeks. . . .because before I know it, it's time for a Christmas / NYE/ New Year post. LOL.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

What I miss about Paris . . . .

. . . .is Galeries la Fayette.

I was in shoe heaven.

As I have big feet, getting sizes in Malaysia is a challenge for me so everytime I'm overseas, I'll go crazy in shoe shops.

But the only sad part about it is that EVERY shoe that I buy, at least 90% of the time, will give me blisters and I'll have to suffer first before the 'investment' finally pays off.