Wednesday, February 10, 2016


After a brief rest and and a bit of journal writing, we prepared to go out on the town and ring in the new year! Our original plan was to dine at 4 GATS, spotted when dining at Set de Gòtic a couple of nights before. We just thought it looked interesting, and had no idea it was a favorite of Picasso and his buds, back in the day, and quite famous. Unfortunately, it was fully booked for the evening. Or perhaps I should say "fortunately", for when we saw the price of the evening's set menu, it made us both gulp! Adding to our good fortune, the kind maître d' actually left his post to escort us around the corner to their sister restaurant, a braseria called Melic del Gòtic (I think, if I'm not getting my business cards mixed up!) where pretty much everything was cooked on a grill. We couldn't have been happier with the resulting meal -- especially this part!

Virtually every restaurant we had been to in Barcelona had "tomato bread" on the menu. Sometimes it was pretty good, others it was sort of mushy and bland. But this place? Well, they took it to a whole new level. Instead of bringing you the end product, they brought you the ingredients, including bread that had been grilled until it was nice and crunchy. Our waiter demonstrated how to make the first batch, rubbing the bread with a clove of garlic, then with the cut side of a flavorful tomato, and finishing with a drizzle of good olive oil and a sprinkling of sea salt. After that it was up to us to prepare it, as needed. Believe me, this bread was anything but soggy and bland!

We spent the rest of the evening just wandering the streets, bathed in the glow of a million twinkle lights!

Origami Trees in Plaça Catalunya

Have I ever mentioned how much I looooooove twinkle lights?

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