Sunday, July 22, 2012

Spain: Day 3 Part 2

Playing: There is a Light That Never Goes Out-The Smiths
Reading: James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
After the Casa Mila, we returned to the area by our hotel and explored the gardens and buildings around the MNAC. I highly suggest walking around in all the gardens surrounding it. You get a great view of the ocean and get to see tons of spectacular buildings. A soccer camp for elementary school age boys was just getting out, so there was a whole rush of boys in bright soccer jerseys running around with parents chasing after them. How cute!
We probably spent a good two to three hours just walking around and people watching, but then we got hungry, so we headed down to Arenas de Barcelona for dinner. It used to be a bull fighting rink, but they transformed it into a modern mall with stores like MANGO, Claire's, Desigual, etc. It was amazing how big it was inside and on the bottom most floor, they had all these places for food. We went to the very top, where the restaurants were for dinner.
This was the amazing view that you got from the top most floor and you got to see this, while eating dinner. Pretty much all of the restaurants would offer you a different, beautiful view. Surprisingly, the food here wasn't as over priced as it was in other parts of town.
We chose La Lola, since it was one of the few restaurants offering Spanish food. It was mostly a tapas restaurants, but you could get sandwiches there too. Up above, you can see the salt cod fritters, breaded baby goat chops from Segovia, Iberian ham shavings, cold tomato soup, and the bread with tomato sauce. The soup was absolutely delicious and my family was fighting over who would get the last bit of it. I won. The Iberian ham shavings was basically prosciutto, but when put on top of the bread with tomato sauce, it was so good.
We also tried the paella, which was only ok. It tasted too much of seafood and the rice was kind of burnt. However, the fried eggplants with honey was amazing. It was cut so thin, it was like a crisp. The honey sauce had a molasses under taste to it, which was surprising. It was so good that we ordered a second batch.
I developed quite the liking for the Spanish tapa called potatas bravas, but at La Lola, they were called the unforgettable bravas. I am a lover of fried potatoes, so topping it with spicy mayo just makes it that much better, so I took delight in chowing down on this.
After dinner, we headed back to the MNAC area to watch the water show that's held nightly from 9:00PM-10:00PM during the summer. We caught a showing towards 10:00PM that was synched with American music from the 1980's, so pretty much, all my favorites. There were a lot of people in their 20's there dancing, drinking, and just pretty much having fun. A lot of gay couples were there dancing and I guess, if you want to find other young people to befriend, this is the area. I became friends with two Americans, while I was there and we talked about which sites we were going to go to next. Then the clock ticked by and somehow it was 11:00PM already and we decided it was time to go back to the hotel, even though none of us were tired.

22 comments:

  1. the food looks so yummy. it looks like you had fun. ohhh and i'm a new follower ! :}

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  2. love love loveeeeeee the food!!!! XD
    you made me hungry!! xDD

    XOXO
    Chelle

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  3. I always love your food pictures!!

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  4. Olá, parabéns pelo seu blog!
    se você puder visite este blog:
    http://morgannascimento.blogspot.com.br/
    Obrigado pela atenção

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  5. Great Photos. I follow your Blog now.
    Please follow me.

    dramaticmode.blogspot.it
    A.

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  6. Good music choice today!! FOOD- AGAIN *melts* <33

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  7. Spain is going a
    hard time with the
    economy, but
    nothing shows at
    these pictures!

    I know the food
    in Spain are good
    and cheap and yay
    for winning the
    soup :P

    Eggplant & honey?
    I never thought
    about these two
    ingredients!

    xx

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  8. great photos!
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  9. Robots in Trouble-Thank you so much! :)

    chelle-Glad to see you like the food! ^^

    Pop Champagne-Thanks! I always love your outfit photos. So gorgeous! :3

    Morgan Nascimento-Você é bem-vindo! (Vamos esperar que funciona o Google traduzir!)

    Yuka-Makes me hungry too!

    Amanda-Thanks a bunch! :)

    bollykecks-I'm guessing you like the Smiths? :D

    Ice Pandora-I heard it has a 25% unemployment rate, which is simply awful, but while I was there, it seemed like a prosperous country. Maybe the poorer parts are in the countryside? ):

    Diana Marks-I'll definitely keep on visiting your blog to check out places I can visit, since I live close to LA! :D

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  10. Wow, it looks like you had an amazing time! I went to Spain a few years ago and it was absolutely lovely. Great photographs!

    xoxo
    Meera

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  11. Wow, it looks like you had an amazing time! I went to Spain a few years ago and it was absolutely lovely. Great photographs!

    xoxo
    Meera

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  12. Wow, it looks like you had an amazing time! I went to Spain a few years ago and it was absolutely lovely. Great photographs!

    xoxo
    Meera

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  13. Great post! I love it! ^^ You have an amazing blog, mind to follow each other? :)

    PS: I don't post shits... :p

    See you soon on my blog!

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  14. Spanish food is so delicious, not so light though...

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  15. i am DROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLING over your tapas meal.. OMGGGGGGGGG everything looks so amazing!!!!

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  16. you always go to such pretty places :)

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  17. looks so amazing!

    http://underthefluorescents.blogspot.com/

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  18. Meera-Ooh, where did you go in Spain?

    Nava-Thanks! :)

    Tibs-The tapas were the best part!

    Lisa-I wish they had a tapas restaurant near me. Some of them were so amazing! :3

    Hello Naka-Courtesy of my parents! And you always sew/knit such amazing pieces! :D

    Jonna-Hope you make it there one day! ^^

    Jenna Hughes-Yup! :)

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  19. Thanks for sharing all these photos, they're lovely. I was in Barcelona a few months ago but I must say I don't think it's the best place for food, a bit expensive and hard to find really good places in my experience. I'd say the best areas are the celtic North (Galicia and Asturias) and the South (Andalucía). The gastronomy there is amazing!

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  20. Charlotte-You're absolutely correct! The food was very expensive and it was hard to find places that sold outstanding food. A lot of the places I went to were over priced and served badly prepared meals. I wish I had known that the food was better elsewhere.

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