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Critique my list & need some help for Barcelona, San Sebastian, Rioja, Madrid

hungryabbey | Jan 30, 2014 03:24 PM

Hello there,
I am looking forward to a trip to Spain in September from Toronto, Canada and am trying to get everything in order now as best as I can before work picks up this spring.
I have done LOTS of reading on the board and elsewhere and have a lot of my main big dinner meals picked out but need help with the rest. I know in Spain, it's common to have a long lunch, however, we do not like that at all. We prefer a lengthy dinner and a shorter, simpler lunch so that we can continue our tourist/ exploring ways in the day. In general, as you may see from my choices, my partner and I really like modern cuisine/ molecular gastronomy so I chose a lot of michelin stars with that influence (in Canada, our selection of that style of food is pretty sparse), but I would like more authentic /regionally specific meals for the lunches and remaining meals. Here's a breakdown of where we are at and what I need help with:

Fly in Sept 9th (tuesday) - stay at the Neri hotel in Gothic quarter

Tues Sept 9 - Dinner either at Tickets (havent opened books) or Abac - which do you suggest?
Wed Sept 10- Dinner booked at Carmen Ruscalleda
Thurs Sept 11- Dinner at 41 Degrees (havent opened books)
Friday Sept 12- Dinner at El Cellar Can Roca (booked)

where do you suggest for great inexpensive, casual (not tasting menu) lunches here in Barcelona?

Saturday Sept 13 arrive in San Sebastian, staying at Hotel de Londres y de Inglaterra (will make day trips to bilbao, and maybe stop in pamplona on my way there)

Sat Sept 13- Dinner at Akelaire booked
Sunday Sept 14- Considering Mirador de Ulia but open to recommendations that are open on Sunday, its tough.
Monday Sept 15- Again, need recommendations, as nothing is open on Monday. If we do a tapas night, where are the best bets??
Tuesday Sept 16- Mugaritz or Arzak, votes on which is better and why?

Again, need lunch suggestions for San Sebastian

Wed Sept 17 go to Logrono staying at the AC hotel la Rioja by Marriot, and do wine tasting in the days while in the Rioja

Wed Sept 17- considering dinner at Marques de rascal?
Thursday Sept 18- Meson Egues booked, thoughts?

Any great spots to explore in Rioja in the day for wine and good light eats in the day?

Friday Sept 19 get to Madrid, staying at the Gran Melia Fenix

Friday Sept 19- dinner at La terraza del casino (books not open yet)
Sat Sept 20- dinner at DiverXo - books not open yet
Sun Sept 21- dinner at Casa Lucio (unless you have a better suggestion, again, not much open on sunday)

And again, we would love some solid lunch options here too.

Price is no object, so don't worry about that for any of the suggestions. I very much appreciate your help.

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