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Barcelona in early May, 2010.


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Barcelona in early May, 2010.

sernoff | Mar 30, 2010 12:36 PM

My wife and I will be traveling in early May to Barcelona, where we will spend four days.

First, at the risk of boring respondents, a few words about us. We are seniors; we tire more easily than before and our dining habits are in transition. We expect to eat our main meal in early to mid-afternoon and "snack" with some wine in early evening . We visualize a routine similar to a trip to Venice a few years ago (main meal early and "chichetti" later).

We prefer to eat traditional dishes of Catalonia, not generally available to us in the U.S., as distinguished from molecular cuisine or modern interpretations of old dishes. As for price, we would like to limit our costs for a main meal for two with wine to under E100.

First, for our mid-afternoon main meal, we have in mind the following restaurants for moderately-priced traditional Catalan cuisine: Can Bertram, Goliard, Cova Fumada, Can Lluis, Cometacinc, Cafe de l'Academia and Sant Joan. For somewhat more elaborate traditional Catalan cuisine, we have in mind Fonda Gaig. We would most appreciate any suggestions to add to or subtract from this list, or suggestions as to order of preference.

For seafood, we have in mind Mar de la Ribera, La Paradeta, El Barkito and Can Lluis (for fiduea). For rice dishes, La Mifanera looks promising. Additions, deletions, rankings?

For tapas or pinxtos in the evening, we have in mind Paco Meralgo, Ciudad Condal or Cerveceria Catalana, La Vinya Del Senor, El Xampanyet, Euskal Extea, Takita Berri, Tzakolin or El Irati and Quimet y Quimet. At the Boqueria we will check out Bar Pinxto, El Quim and Kiosco Universal. What are we missing or should we avoid?

Finally, a question about Cal Pep. A number of their dishes--particularly seafood--sound delicious, but we will not be bullied into buying far more than we have any interest in eating. Is there a good time to go there during the lunch hours to try a few main dishes, split a salad and have a few glasses of wine without being pressed to try everything?

Thanks in advance for your comments and suggestions.

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