hello i have been posting a few things here recently, and i appreciate all the helpful responses i have been receiving. my friend and i will be arriving in less than a week, from the girona airport, and ill have been flying since wednesday night from NYC, so i just hope i can make it for dinner and some drinks w/out collapsing! we'll be arriving just in time for dinner, and will be staying right on av. diagonal, about a block from the passeig de gracia (i think it's the eixample neighborhood). i know paco meralgo is pretty close to there, and id like to give that a whirl for lunch or dinner, but hopefully it's not a chunk of change. i love neighborhoody, local places where one can spend a couple hours and maybe strike up a conversation w/ some patrons. also, any good breakfast and/or dessert places i should be made aware of? im a HUGE dessert fan, i love custards, chocolate, pastries, anything really! btw, how is the coffee in spain; is it really strong? thanks again for your info!