I like to cook fairly often, and on nights when I'm craving potatoes, Spanish tortilla usually comes to mind. I picked up this recipe at our Espai Boisà cooking class in Barcelona two years ago. I hadn't eaten Spanish tortilla before that trip, let alone made it, but after taking a lead role in making the tortilla at our cooking class, I felt confident enough to continue making the dish at home...
We saw, did, and ate so much in Barcelona that I've had to split my recap into two parts. In Part 1 I talked about everything that we saw and did in the city, including our tasty cooking class with Espai Boisà and our tapas tour with taste Barcelona. In this part, I'll give you my recommendations for places to eat.
It wasn't hard to make this list. We had so many good meals in Barcelona, that I'm actually a little sad to be back in Germany. The ability to taste so many small plates of tapas really fit with my indecisiveness and love of many different flavors. In fact, we spent the day before our return simply walking around the city and moving from one great tapas bar to another. It was a nice end to our vacation..
Matt and I celebrate our five-year anniversary this November (yay!), and so to mark the occasion, we decided to spend my fall break this past week in Barcelona, the city where we began our honeymoon. Everything was amazing -- the food, the weather, the sights -- and so I wanted to share some of our favorite sights and bites should you decide to go on a Barcelona trip of your own in the future.
Getting There and Around
Stuttgart offers direct flights to Barcelona, so getting there was very easy. We simply took the S-bahn to the airport from Stuttgart's main station and after a two-hour flight arrived in sunny Barcelona (which was a stark contrast to our already cold, grey Germany). To get from the Barcelona airport into the city, we took the Aerobús, which left the airport every 10 minutes and conveniently dropped us off in the center of Plaça de Catalunya for just 5,90€ one-way...
I wanted to write about PIncho last week when I went there for the first time. Unfortunately, the food was so delicious that I started eating and forgot to take all but a single picture, and didn't have enough for a post. Luckily, after I raved about the food to a friend of mine at the Bohnenviertelfest, she asked if I wanted to go back again this week. The food was just as delicious as the first time, and I snagged enough photos to be able to give you a better overview of one of my new favorite restaurants in Stuttgart.
Pincho is a new offering in Degerloch just to the south of the city center. I remember being really excited a few months ago when I saw the window dressings go up announcing that Pincho would serve wine and tapas. I've been to a couple of the Spanish tapas restaurants in Stuttgart and I've been disappointed in both. It's not that I'm a great connoisseur of Spanish food, it's just that I feel like I was quite spoiled when we lived in Charlottesville and used to frequent Mas Tapas. It may sound ironic that we found amazing tapas in central Virginia, but I should explain that the restaurant was owned by a Spanish expat chef who returns to Spain every year to find fresh ingredients and ideas for his restaurant. If you're ever in Charlottesville, it's one of the restaurants that you should not miss.