Friday, September 21, 2007
BCN Two Special Meals
The first special meal was my birthday party at Can Solé in the Barceloneta section on the water in Barcelona. It is at c/Sant Carles 4 and is not so easy to find. It is not one of the many seafood touristy restaurants lining the boardwalk. It is tucked into the neighborhood on a side street and well worth the search. It has been open since 1903 and the new 'jefa de la casa' at first a little intimidating is charming when you get to know her. Our meal consisted of, of course, paella as that is what the restaurant is famous for. The rice is crunchy and a little less cooked than what you usually find and the saffron taste a little stronger. We started with Chipirones, Croquettas and Escalivada [roasted eggplant and pepppers]. The wine my host chose was not available so waiter suggest a Tres Campanas which was delightful. The paella was overflowing with seafood goodies. For desssert we had the famous Crema Catalana [much creamier than a Crême Brulée] and coffees.
The second meal was the despedida [farewell party] for the first set of visitors. We had seen the restaurants at the Plaça Miquel off of c/Ferran [our shortcut from the Jaume I metro stop to the Ramblas]. They were very busy and no tables were available and they don't take reservations; so we opted to sit at the bar, drink wine and eat olives [not a bad way to pass time]. We did get the table here at Mi Burrito y Yo [sounds Mexican to me] and were very happy. The plaza is like something out of a movie with the lighting and guitar music. We had the Mixed Grill which was the speciality of the house and as we had watched the meat being cooked in an open fire oven while waiting for a table, we knew the quality [and quantity] of what we were about to eat. The bottle of red wine was from Casa Torres, a winery we had visited during the week. Great memory!