Mercat de Santa Caterina: Barcelona’s Best Untouristy Market

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

As anyone who has visited La Boqueria knows, the famed market in Barecelona located just off Las Ramblas is not just one of the city’s most well-known destinations, but also one of its most touristy. Sure, if you get there around 5 a.m. before the visitors wake up, you’ll likely be the only non-Spainard wadering […]

Images Of Barcelona

Monday, May 2, 2011

Barcelona is probably better suited than most cities in the world to be described in images rather than words. Save for some technology that could transport the smells of an early-morning market or send the rays of warmth one experiences sipping sangria in a sunny plaza in the late afternoon, the iconic images of Gaudí […]

What’s Next For Spain’s Foodie Scene?

Thursday, April 28, 2011

With Ferran Adria closing shop in December, Spain is shutting the door on what will surely be looked upon as a storied moment in culinary history, as well as looking forward to what is to come in a country where food and wine are treated with the kind of respect (rightly so) that retirement accounts […]

Barcelona Food: Worth Waiting Up Late To Eat

Friday, March 18, 2011

Is it me or do you notice how there seems to be an onslaught of articles published about a destination you’re traveling to just before you go? I understand, this is completely unscientific, irrational, and probably a tad ego-centric to think this, but I swear, there are some sort of travel writing gurus in the […]

The Conquest Of Tarifa, Spain

Monday, November 29, 2010

By Robin Graham In the year 711, Tariq Ibn Ziyad — a Berber general — landed near the southern tip of Spain with 7,000 men, at the burning edge of the wildfire that was the Arab Empire — the House of Islam. In just a few years they were to conquer almost all of Spain, […]

Not Traveling To Spain? Try Listening To Some Flamenco

Friday, September 10, 2010

This summer, when people would ask me what I was listening to, I would likely list off a few indie bands or a few throwback albums I seemed to have missed out on in the ’80s (I’m looking at you New Order). But what I would fail to mention, for no real particular reason, is […]

Deep Breath: The Alhambra At Night Is Worth The Hassle

Monday, September 6, 2010

By Robin Graham I bet Washington Irving didn’t have to put up with any of this. Getting a ticket to visit that great treasure of Islamic art and culture, the Alhambra — made famous by Irving himself, among others — is no easy task. It isn’t that it’s hard to find; there’s a website for […]

This Is Why You Want To Visit Gracia In Barcelona

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Gràcia, smack in the middle of Barcelona, wasn’t always just a district in the city, but was once its own village, and as the NY Times points out in their recent photo essay on the ‘hood, “it’s never lost that village feeling and remains a jumble of narrow streets and tree-shaded plazas dotted with Art […]

Video: Seville, Spain, And Its Crazy Connection To Phoenix

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Phoenix is a city in Arizona, but it’s also the name of a band from Paris, and their song appears in the above video featuring shots from Seville, a city in Spain. Phoenix (the city) also has a lot of people of Spanish descent. See where I’m going with this? If so, please let me […]

The Emergence Of Global Cuisine In Madrid

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

When most food-loving people ruminate over “meccas” of global cuisine, cities like New York, Tokyo, Singapore, and Barcelona conjure instant salivation. Being a foodie is serious business, so for most, traveling to these cities for the culinary experience is not a matter of if, but when. In a recent article in the New York Times, […]

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