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Five Days in Barcelona

WillinTO -- that sounds like a perfect find for us... it's not even just the price point, but I've always loved places that are great but still finding themselves. And I don't know that we're looking for an "El Bulli experience" exactly, what we're looking for is a chance at great dining experiences of all kinds... I'm a strong believer in the idea that "just because you can, doesn't mean you should" -- I don't need beautiful local fish, crusted in Captain Crunch cereal -- I've been served it, along with beef in a Coca-Cola sauce. But I do like food that makes me say -- "a-ha!, so that's what that's supposed to taste like" or, "wow, that's inspired" or surprising as long as it's well-prepared. To me, great eating experiences are those that come from chefs who think about their food and care about their customers. There are all different kinds of thinking and caring, to be sure. From your description and what I'm seeing from others on the web, Robert Gelonch sounds amazing.

Nov 06, 2011
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Five Days in Barcelona

This is interesting. I'd love to know some details -- I don't think they claim to be the same as El Bulli... as Aleta said, far more on the tapas end of the spectrum both in preparation and in price.

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Nov 04, 2011
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Five Days in Barcelona

We may wind up reserving for an extra and seeing if we don't have a friend to join us there.

Nov 04, 2011
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Five Days in Barcelona

Thanks!!

Nov 04, 2011
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Five Days in Barcelona

Thanks. My kids are coming along (ages 13-18). They're pretty well-traveled and well-fed eating anything from street-food and sashimi to multi-course meals (lucky them!). My youngest might tire after sitting at a table for more than 3 or 4 hours, but if the food is good...

Nov 04, 2011
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Five Days in Barcelona

Point taken. I'll re-read the board and see if I can't refine my question if I still feel the need.

Oct 31, 2011
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Five Days in Barcelona

And... I know that questions like this have been answered regularly on this board. But I ALSO know that things change and evolve. I don't want to visit the places that used to be great unless they still are... if the old posts really applied, we'd be killing ourselves to get in to El Buli, no?

Oct 31, 2011
longtablewine in Spain/Portugal

Five Days in Barcelona

This coming February, I'll be in Barcelona for five days with nothing to do but eat, drink and enjoy the sights to celebrate a milestone birthday with my very food-and-wine-friendly family (not feeling sorry for myself, believe me!). So, the question is this -- WHERE DO WE EAT? Fine dining, tapas, local... in the city or within 50-100 km? There are five of us, and we're up for just about anything... Chowhounders, please... I'm in need of advice. Also, if anyone knows of a kitchen I can observe in or a great one day cooking class?

Thanks.

Oct 30, 2011
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