Chocolate places in Barcelona

Chocolate places in Barcelona!

Mecca for chocolate lovers!

 

As a chocoholic I have to say that Barcelona should be famous not only because of its special relationship with the sea but also because of the cacao. Barcelona is a Mecca for chocolate lovers! You can find here delicious churros and chocolate, perfect hot chocolates, shops selling delicious chocolate products, and… a chocolate museum!!! Have a look at our blog and enjoy the chocolate taste of the city – the taste of chocolate places in Barcelona!

 

CHOCOLATE SHOPS!

 

Walking through the city you will see a lot of chocolate shops which can be pretty attractive by themselves, and trust me their products will melt in your mouth and leave you happy for the rest of the day!

 

Pasteleria Escriba

Historic patisserie and café in Barcelona. It has two locations in the city and one of the places is called “Antigua Casa Figueras” on La Ramblas – a beautiful shop which you can consider  as a city attraction. It is family owned since 1906, and it has his own place in the history of the city. This is one of the most famous chocolate places in Barcelona. It is a place where chocolate is transformed into art. For special days like  Valentine’s day and Easter, for example, they display a spectacular exhibition of chocolates and sweets made decorations. So don’t wait and sweeten your day with one of their chocolate products or divine hot chocolates, which is available with chilly powder or cream.

Worth to check their impressing website where you can find out more about all services, their history and about various locations in Barcelona. And here is the video of heir chocolate and sweet art! I guarantee that you will be impressed!

 

Bubo

MUST VISIT place among other chocolate places in Barcelona! Why?! Let’s start their their “The Xantina” chocolate cake that won “best chocolate cake in the world” in 2005!!! And you have to believe me it is the best chocolate cake which you can get in Barcelona, in Europe and most probably in the world! But bubo is not only the place where you can try the best chocolate cake ever, it is also the place for  the chocolates, sweets and pastry lovers. You will find here various treats and cakes of all shapes and sizes. I am sure that you will enjoy it a lot.

Address: Carrer de les Caputxes, 10; 08003 Barcelona

Cocao Sampaka

It is an elegant shop and cafeteria where you can enjoy range of hot chocolates like the 80% cacao Asteca dark and slightly spicy. This is a spot which offers a lot of different kinds of chocolate, in a variety of sizes, of high quality, unusual, fun, adventurous flavours like chocolate with thyme, chocolate with parmesan cheese and gin & tonic bonbons. It is not only one of the many chocolate places in Barcelona but it is a chocolate paradise! Chocolate lovers will find there as well classic flavors like sea salt dark chocolate bars, which is better than great! It is a perfect place to get some gifts for friends or to take back home from Barcelona visit.

Address: Consell de Cent, 292; 08007 Barcelona

 

Xacoa

Modern chocolate shops in Barcelona. Their sweet treats are different from others with unforgettable flavors and wrapped in a unique way. The shops are specially designed to bring you unforgettable and chic experience. They have a lot of different chocolate bars to choose from: sugar free, rosemary, lemon verbain, Jamaican pepper, wild berries, green tea, orange and this is just few of them. But that’s not everything! Imagine they are also selling CHOCOLATE BEER!  Another super thing which you can find there is a CD for… Exactly – for chocolate lovers! You will find a lot of branches of this shop in Barcelona, so just google it ;)

 

HOT CHOCOLATE PLACES!

 

Are you thinking ‘how can a city that has such a warm Mediterranean climate have so much hot chocolate culture’? You would be surprised that during the winter most people are choosing Spanish hot chocolate which is served thick, rich and very sweet and sometimes they serve it with cream for that extra wow! We are suggesting you two hot chocolate places in Barcelona!

 

Buenas Migas

It is a nice little café where you can enjoy cup of delicious hot chocolate in four varieties: normal, double chocolate, Swiss or Galleta. Swiss chocolate is served with cream and sweet chocolate sauce while Galleta chocolate involves cream and fractured biscuit pieces. As well it is perfect place if you’re looking for something to eat in a casual setting. The design of the place is rustic and really cosy, which gives it the rural image. Worth mentioning that you can find 12 Buenas Migas cafes/restaurants in Town, so it won’t be difficult for you to enjoy those chocolate places in Barcelona of our choice.

 

Dulcinea

It is just in the heart of Barcelona and I can promise that it will take you back in time. Established in 1941 still keeps tradition of making lovely thick, rich and smooth chocolate. Perfect place to celebrate special moments with family and friends.

Address: Carrer de Petritxol, 2; 08002 Barcelona

 

Churros and chocolate!

 

Not only chocolate chops and cafes with hot chocolates are chocolate places in Barcelona! Time for Churros now! In Barcelona churros are colled xurros, as they are called in Catalan. Xurros are the long, skinny, sweet fried crullers which have beed enjoyed for centuries in Spain. You should enjoy them with small dark chocolate and try as well with extra whipped cream on the side. To find out more about churros and how to eat them, check our other blog.

You never had freshly made churros before?! What are you waiting for. Check our two the best places where you can get  churros with delicious chocolate!

 

Comaxurros

Here you can get the best xurreria combined with the best modern creativity. The churros are perfect and served with unique filling and toppings, so you can try them not only in the traditional way with chocolate. You’ll even find savoury churros – with cheese, mushrooms and jamón iberico (Iberian ham) among other delicacies. Everything is fried in pure olive oil and presented with the wonderful pink characteristic for this place. Aren’t chocolate places in Barcelona amazing?!

Address: Carrer de Muntaner, 562; 08022 Barcelona

 

Xurreria El Trebol

A place where the chocolate churros are so good that they are to die for. It is the oldest Xurerrio place in Barcelona, launched in 1950.  You can find a variety of churros and try them as well in the traditional way with hot chocolate which is great. It is an inexpensive place, but unfortunately with no place to sit, but it’s open from Friday to Sunday 24h! So any time you can enjoy the taste of the best churros in the city with a great chocolate.

Address: Carrer de Corsega 341, 08037 Barcelona

 

Chocolate Museum


Most people think of Switzerland or Belgium when they think of the chocolate. But as the place where chocolate first entered European culture, Spain holds its own, chocolate places in Barcelona are the best! And Barcelona is the city in which you can visit the Museo de La Xocolata (Chocolate Museum). When you first walk in, you see chocolates everywhere. This is a must visit museum for all the chocolate lovers! Learn the history of chocolate, admire the impressively detailed chocolate sculptures and enjoy taste of your ticket – chocolate bar ;) So don’t wait and just come to the sweetest museum in Barcelona.

Address: Carrer Comerc, 36; 08003 Barcelona

 

Barcelona is ‘Loco’ for Chocolate!

If you are chocolate addicted it is place for you!

Enjoy it from the coco perspective and try to visit all chocolate places in Barcelona!

 

 

~Natalia~

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Business schools in Barcelona

Business Schools in Barcelona – What You Need to Know!

 

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I honestly couldn’t believe how many business schools in Barcelona there are when I first arrived to the city. For a relatively small city (about 1.5 Million) the plethora of schools, and also the astounding quality of some of them, is quite impressive. A couple of the business schools are actually at the top of the world rankings.  A lot of these schools give you the opportunity to study  in English, Spanish or even in other languages and this is one of the reasons why Barcelona is exceedingly international.  On the street, just as in the SuiteLife offices, you can meet people from every part of the world.  I suppose the city is just that attractive. With the mediterranean climate, the close proximity of the beach and mountains, and the cultural richness there are a lot of bonuses to making Barcelona the city where you decide to study business.

What is important for a lot of people coming here to study is possibility for future – Barcelona is one of the world’s leading tourist, economic, trade fair/exhibitions and cultural-sports centres, and its influence in commerce, education, entertainment, media, fashion, science, and the arts all contribute to its status as one of the world’s major global cities! So don’t wait any longer and choose one of the Business Schools in Barcelona to study for yourself! We’ve listed them here so you can get an idea of which school might fit you best.

 

BUSINESS SCHOOLS IN BARCELONA:

 

IESE

Business Schools in Barcelona are a dime a dozen, but this one is undeniably the best, and one of the best in the world as well. The Graduate Business School of the University of Navarra provides management education, developing and inspiring business leaders who strive to make a deep, positive and lasting impact on the people, companies and society they serve. You will gain here the global experience. IESE’s alumini are an international community of more than 40,000 business and non-profit professionals and entrepreneurs spanning over 100 countries.

The astronomical tuition to study at IESE is enough to keep you from sleeping at night, but all I can say is in this case the money is worth the world class education which you can gain in this institution, not to mention the contacts you can make while studying there. The total fee for the program is €95,000, but don’t let that amount discourage you from applying! Financial support is available – financial aid includes: help with getting a loan and scholarships.

The Global Executive MBA is a highly selective program that seeks la creme de la creme. Profile requirements of a candidate is demanding:

  • A minimum of ten years of work experience, with relevant managerial experience
  • Strong career progression
  • Bachelor-equivalent degree
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English
  • Solid analytical skills
  • Proven ambition to succed
  • The ability to commit to a rigorous academic program.

If you think that you are the perfect match, check the admission requirements and more about this Business School in Barcelona.

Address:

Av. Pearson 21
08034 Barcelona

 

UIBS - United International Business Schools


 

Another of the notable Business Schools in Barcelona is UIBS Barcelona Business University – truly a vibrant and international community of 60+ nationalities from around the world. International study programs are designed to educate and train students to become well – versed in international business and management. The university provides students with highly practical skills and knowledge.

The university provides Undergraduate Programs, Graduate Programs and Exacutive Programs.

Program Fees are varied and depends of the credits which student wants to gain. Here you can find all prices in one place.

Students have possibility to send their application all year round and the minimum entry requirements are: proficiency in english and adequate diploma. For more specific informacion, click here.

Address:

Rambla de Catalunya 2-4
08007 Barcelona

 

ESEI – International Business School Barcelona



Founded in 1989 and from that time has been driven by its passion for providing all-round, internationally-focused education that combines academic excellence in business studies with humanistic values to develop the character of students.

It provides a variety of programmes where you can learn about world of the business. As well, it gives the possibility to gain valuable experience through internship programmes, which you follow in a Barcelona company or you can have the chance to study in a Spanish language course. The admission process for undergraduate and master’s degree appears to be very easy and well explained on the university website.

If you think that this Business School in Barcelona could be your choice for future, you should find out what it’s like to be an ESEI student – look at their blog and find more information about alumni, faulty, news, testimonials, student life and events.

Address:

Calle Montevideo

3108034 Barcelona

 

ESADE



Following closely on the heals of IESE, ESADE is hands down one of the best Business Schools in Barcleona and in the world as well. They also have an excellent law program. Their prestige is based on the quality of its education, its international focus and its holistic approach towards professional and personal skills development.

All courses at this ESADE can found in one place, but pay attention as some of them are not available in Barcelona.

It is worth mentioning that this university has different types of scholarships, prizes and grants which are not always available at other Business Schools in Barcelona.

Address:

Av. Esplugues, 92-96

08034 Barcelona

 

UPF – Universitat Pompeu Fabra Barcelona School of Management



Another top university, which is considered as one of the best in the city, in Spain and in the rest of the world, according to the rankings:

  • 1st Spanish university according to the Times Higher Education Ranking (2013). The same ranking placed UPF in the top 100 European Universities (#72) and the top 200 worldwide (#164)
  • 13th best university in the world under 50 years old according to the Times Higher Education Ranking (2014)
  • In the top 400 universities according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities (2013). The top Spanish university in the area of Social Sciences

It has a modern, innovative view of management which everyone is looking for at this moment in the business field. It has different philosophies and perspectives than the more traditional business schools in Barcelona. Check by yourself why this university is a solid choice!

Address:

Balmes 132-134

08008 Barcelona

 

EU Business School Barcelona



EU Barcelona is an internationally-accredited business school in Barcelona that combines North American and European business education models by applying classroom theory to professional skills.

  • Why should you attend EU Business School Barcelona:
  • Recognized for Excellence
  • 40 years of Pragmatic Business Education
  • Small Class Sizes
  • Developing the Business Personality
  • Regular Student Evaluations
  • International
  • All classes are taught in english
  • excellent employment record
  • Transfer opportunities
  • Outstanding faculty members

EU university gives you the opportunity to join the Business Foundation Program, Undergraduate/Bachelor’s Programs, Graduate/MBA Programs, Online Programs and International Summer School, check all of them here.

Address:

Ganduxer 70
08021 Barcelona

 

EADA Business School Barcelona



EADA has always been known for its strict academic and practical approach geared to applying knowledge to the real day to day company world. Their educational methodologies promote “learning by doing”. Thanks to that, its Master in International Management consolidates its place among the world’s top 30.

Their Programmes include MBAs (case based), Masters, Executive Education, Programme Abroad and Short Term International Programmes. Check all of them on their website.

Address:

Carrer d’Aragó, 204
08011 Barcelona

 

Global Business School Barcelona



Their website claims to be the first university in Barcelona with a focus on the world. Global Business School Barcelona is an excellent place for students who are looking for innovative business degrees in Europe.

The Business school’s differentiators are:

Global Focus, Business Ethnics & Sustainability, Employability, Modern University Style, Individual Approach.

Programmes include Bachelor of Business Administration, MBA, Master Degree Programs and English Language Preparation.

Address:

Carrer Aragó 179

08011 Barcelona

 

 

Universitat de Barcelona



Maybe it is not one of the best business schools in Barcelona but why not to try some business courses in the Faculty of Economics and Business? This can be a good place to study  and develop your skills too. You can check out the faculty, but just to let you know, most of the information is provided only in Spanish or Catalan.

Address:

Diagonal, 690

8034 Barcelona

 

Barcelona GSE – Graduate School of Economics



The school aims to offer a wide range of professionally and academically-oriented degrees in economics and finance to graduate students committed to understanding the complex economic and financial processes of an increasingly global society. But not only different kinds of study programs are provided by School, check their Scientific research in Economics and Finance

Address:

Ramon Trias Fargas, 25-27

08005 Barcelona

 

TBS Barcelona Toulouse Business School



Don’t be surprised reading the name of the School – it has three campuses – in Toulouse (France), Casablanca (moroccon) and here in Barcelona. The school gives you the chance to study in two countries and in various languages.

In Barcelona they are promoting their Bachelor in Management, which enables students to earn an official French undergraduate degree and 2 masters: MSc Marketing and MSc Finance, both double degrees with local institution UPC. For more info look here.

Address:

Trafalgar, 10

08010 Barcelona

 

ESERP – School of Business & Social Science



Another one of the business schools in Barcelona with campuses in Madrid, Palma de Mallorca and in Barcelona.

Check the Programme on the official site, and find the way to apply. Make sure that your course is taking part exactly in Barcelona.

Address:

Calle Girona, 24

08010 Barcelona

 

Geneva Business School



Geneva Business School is a leading Swiss business School with an international approach, dedicated to prepare world changing leaders for success. GBS encourages students to develop their full intellectual potential and to pursue excellence.

The school provides Bechelor, Master, Doctorate, Online, Executive Programs and Summer Courses which give the opportunity to gain valuable business skills.

Address:

Munner 10,

08022 Barcelona

 

The Open University Business School



The Open University is the world’s leading provider of flexible, high quality online degrees and distance learning. Students can study a single course or work towards a qualification, acquiring new skills that are immediately applicable to their work lives. The Open University Business School is one of the few business schools in Barcelona to have achieved triple international accreditation.

In Spain you have possibility to take undergraduate or postgraduate courses. Check everything here.

 

EAE Business School



EAE Business School is currently ranked as the second best Business School in Spain in the 2014 MERCO Ranking. It is an International Higher Management Education Institution. With 50 years’ experience as a Business School, EAE has an international reputation, with people coming from 45 different countries to study there.

Check their Graduate and Undergraduate Programes.

Address:

Aragó, 55

08015 – Barcelona

 

INSA – Business, Marketing & Communication School



The school offers a wide range of up-to-date training programs in different areas of the company, always responding to market needs, training professionals who are able to successfully enter the labor market thanks to the knowledge, practical and realistic training plan, taught by professionals.

The university provides Bechelor, Degrees and Masters Programmes.

All information is really clearly presented and easy to follow on the School website in the section “Studies“.

Address:

Torrent de l’Olla, 208

08012 Barcelona

 

Studying in Barcelona provides the perfect blend of culture and fun, so what are you waiting for? Come  and study in one of the best Business Schools in Barcelon! If you know of any we missed please let us know in the comments!

 

~Natalia

Top 5 English-speaking hair salons in Barcelona

BEST ENGLISH-SPEAKING HAIR SALONS IN BARCELONA

There are a lot of English-speaking hair salons in Barcelona. As a vibrant and multinational city, many hairdressers around the world chose Barcelona as their second home to develop their skills and careers. A new haircut can refresh your look as well as boost your confidence totally. Choosing a hair salon is risky and difficult, especially when you move a new city. You will ask a lot of questions such as “Where would I go ?”, “How would I explain to them what and how I would like to do with my hair when I do not speak Spanish well ?” But don’t worry, today Suitelife will help you pick out the best English-speaking hair salons in Barcelona. All these hair salons have already been in Barcelona for years. They understand what customers want well and surely will not disappoint you.

ANTHONY LLOBET

Anthony LLobet is definitely the most well-known and oldest English-speaking hair salons in Barcelona.  Having already been in Bcn for 14 years, Anthony Llobet has 5 salons in the best neighborhoods in Barcelona, from Gracia to El Born.  When you come here, you do not have to be worry about language boundaries because their friendly and welcoming London-trained staff are from all around the world. There are 11 languages are spoken between them and you can explain exactly what you would like. With 25 years experience in hair dressing, Mr Anthony Llobet, who is of English-Catalan decent, has traveled around the world to style in various fashion shows, catwalks, TV and so on. He is also a TREsemmé Spain ambassador. You can feel his passion reflected in the retro interiors and the slogan “Don’t let your Spanish come between you and your hair”. If you want to book an appointment, you should telephone the salon directly. Their website has lots of useful info that you can check here

English hair salons in Barcelona

ONDA SALON

If Anthony Llobet can make you feel like you enter a friendly and casual pub, Onda Salon is like having dinner at a fancy Italian restaurant. The salon was founded in 2009 by Piero Zatra, an Italian stylist who used to be a style director of Toni&Guy in London and finally chose Barcelona as his home. The staff at Onda are laid back Italians who speak English very well. The salon offers variety of services both in hairdressing and aesthetics. At Onda, you can find hairstyle for every occasion, latest hairstyles trends as well as waxing, massages, treatments, make up and so on. The staff are very friendly and they can give you the best advice for hair and beauty services. The salon follows the luxurious interior design with flourish wallpaper and big chandelier lights. The price might not be as cheap as many other hair salons in Bcn, but it is reasonable for their excellent services. Their website is very cool, especially their 3D virtual interior tour letting you see inside the shop. If you wish to schedule an appointment, you can contact them via telephone, Whatsapp, email or contact form on their website.

English hair salons Bcn

TOUCH

Elegance and sophistication is what Touch brings to its customers. Touch hair salon is owned and managed by the Dutch hairdresser Gijs Hoogendam who has diverse experience as a stylist for different fashion shows. The mission of Touch is to enhance your look, bring out the best of your features and boost your confidence. With Gijs’s incredible artistic flare  and his 20-year experience on and off catwalk, Touch’s aim is to ensure you leave the salon feeling like a million dollars. When you come to Touch, Gijs will be a great listener and consultant as he will discuss with you carefully about what are you looking for.  His excellent eyes for details can be reflected in the salon’s black and white interior design with the ornate Baroque mirrors and furniture being imported from his old salon in the Netherlands. If you want to feel like having your own stylist in a relaxing and comfortable atmosphere, Touch always welcomes you. Check out their website here

English-speaking hair salons in Barcelona

DTOX

The cool thing about hair salons in Barcelona is that they are so trendy, which makes you admire the design and never get bored waiting for the haircut or treatment process. Dtox is another hair salon opened by a Catalan and Spanish team who speaks English well. Dtox will amaze you with their professional team who were featured on Catalan newspapers “el Periódico” and “La Vanguardia”. Although Dtox is hidden in an old 50′s building located in El Raval, the salon is very lush and beautiful with modern furniture and industrial look. If you want to find a place to spend an afternoon before having dinner or drink at the evening with a new look, Dtox can be a good choice ! Unfortunately, their website is only available in Spanish, so if you want to know more about their services, you should contact them via telephone at here

English hair salons Barcelona

SHIBUYA WORLD

You definitely know the two most popular hair-straitening treatments recently: Japanese Hair Straitening and Brazilian Keratin Treatment. And if you want to go to a place specializing in Japanese treatment, why not try Shibuya World, a small quirky salon which is opened and operated by a passionate Japanese team. With 2 branches in Barcelona, Shibuya World is the place where nothing is impossible. They specialize in different treatments and dyeing hair from popular colors to rare ones such as green, blue and orange,…Also, they have a large stock of hair extensions in different shapes and size, which can please any clients with any weird hairstyle ideas. Once you enter this small salon, you will experience the feeling of being in Shibuya neighborhood known as fashion and nightlife area in Japan.

If you are into Japanese culture, you can check out our blog Best of Japanese culture in Barcelona

English-speaking hair salons Bcn

Winter is coming, why not have your hair cut and recharge your energy ? If you know any other English-speaking hair salons in Bcn, we would like to hear about them, leave us a comment below !

~Trang

 

Drums in Barcelona!

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*DRUM ROLL* If you’re interested in drums in Barcelona, this is the blog for you! The first blog from SuiteLife Barcelona about everything related to drumming within this wonderful music loving city – where to beat them toms, where to buy your rig and also where you can find the best gigs in town! This is definitely the best place to start, improve or excel your drumming skills, as Barcelona is unofficially named the European capital of performance arts and music!

Alright rockstars, let’s get started!

 

DRUM SCHOOLS IN BARCELONA

If you have lots of free time and a huge passion for drums, you can always enrol in a university course! Down below is a list with the institutions offering programmes for drums aficionados:

 

CONSERVATORI MUNICIPAL DE MUSICA BARCELONA

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Yes, we know it looks like a castle and probably you don’t think it’s the proper place for practicing on drums in Barcelona, but this amazing building hosts some of the greatest budding musicians from Spain! Their percussion courses range from 4 to 8,5 hours a week, perfect to cater to every schedule. Being a public institution, there is higher competition for admission, but don’t despair! Confidence is everything, am I right or not? Wanna find out more? Why not check their website out?

 

CONSERVATORI LICEU (L’AULA DE MUSICA MODERNA I JAZZ )

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An affiliated member of the American university of music performances Berklee College of Music Boston, Conservatori Liceu can offer you private drum lessons, ranged from level 1 to level 6. So no matter how experienced you are with drums in Barcelona, they most likely have a programme for you, be it bachelor, postgrad or masters! Don’t trust me? Take a look at their website!

 

ESCOLA SUPERIOR DE MUSICA SUPERIOR JAM SESSION

 

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The newest music school in Barcelona, this private institution has the most modern equipment and facilities and is authorised by the Education Department of the Generalitat de Catalunya to provide the best musical education. They guarantee that their graduates possess a very high expertise in their fields, as they specialise in all instruments (drums, obviously the most important are included). Take a peek at their website here!

 

PRIVATE DRUMS CLASSES

For those of you with a very busy schedule or on a budget, the best solution in following your drumming passion – private lessons with a tutor! We’ve done some research and found the best drums tutors in Barcelona just for you! Here they are:

 

PABLO CRUZ

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This Argentinian drummer has a great personal record of performances – played his acoustics on stages throughout the whole world. They include Brazil, Spain, France, Helsinki and even in the Eurovision song contest for Bulgaria. With 15 years of experience in teaching drums and other acoustic instruments, he has a fully equipped studio for lessons in the neighbourhood of Poble Nou. Curious already? Better check his Internet page!

 

EDUARDO CERVERA

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Also a drummer with vast experience in acoustics, Eduardo Cervera’s CV is rather impressive – apart from teaching drums, he’s also a singer and a songwriter. A former philosophy student, he chose the drumsticks instead of overthinking and we’re glad he did. Now he’s specialised in jazz and flamenco instruments. His blog is just one click away!

 

WHERE TO BUY YOUR DRUMS IN BARCELONA

We drummers know that couple of hours a week of playing drums (the ones with the instructor) is definitely not enough to excel in this area, so we’re going to need our own rig, available 24/7. Everything comes with practice, so thanks to our friends’ from Yelp help, down below you will find a list with the most important shops that sell drums in Barcelona!

1. NEW-PHONO

Barri Gòtic

Carrer Ample, 37
08002 Barcelona
Spain
Phone number+34 933 152 561

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2. RICOMA & FILLS

L’Eixample

Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 571
08011 Barcelona
Spain
Phone number+34 934 515 838

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3. MUSIC FACTORY

L’Eixample

Carrer de Sepúlveda, 79
08015 Barcelona
Spain
Phone number+34 934 236 608
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4. RICOMA & FILLS

L’Eixample

Carrer d’Entença, 192
08029 Barcelona
Spain
Phone number+34 934 302 869

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5. MUSIC MEGASTORE

L’Eixample

Carrer de Rocafort, 131
08015 Barcelona
Spain
Phone number+34 934 234 285

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6. UNION MUSICAL – ADAGIO

L’Hospitallet de Llobregat

 

Carrer de Sants, 304
08028 Barcelona
Spain
Phone number+34 934 402 448

 

You can find a lot more places that sell musical instruments in Barcelona here, but not all of them sell drums like the ones above!

 

DRUMS IN BARCELONA IN ACTION

Every artist needs an idol or a mentor, right? What’s better than having one? Watching them live, of course!!! Accordingly, (and hold your horses, drummer) here are the venues where you can actually go and analysing their technique!

Drum roll please! *DRUM ROLL* *BA DUM TSS* Sorry, but we’d rather keep them as a surprise! OK, since you are insisting so much, here is the list with live music locations in Barcelona.

 

Hope this helps. I think it does and I am glad to hopefully have helped my fellow drummers!

From a drummer to you all,  never forget – ROCK AND ROLL!!!

 

Muchisimas gracias,

Dragosh (aka El Dragon)


 

Catalan Recipes: Pass Yourself off as a Catalán Mother

Catalan Recipes – Open Your Eyes to Catalan Cuisine and its best dishes!

Catalan Recipes

Barcelona, symbol of the Mediterranean cuisine, has been a must-visit location for food lovers for many years. Catalan recipes are geography, history and culture here.  Catalan cuisine has constantly absorbed influences that have helped to shape the country’s rich and diverse culinary traditions. Cooking here has great character influenced by Greek, Roman, Italian and French culture, which have left their mark on this complex cuisine by taking the best of each country and creating a culinary package of the region. Catalonia is also made up of coast, mountains and fields and this is why a lot of typical Catalan recipes use concepts revolving around fish and meat. We find many fresh and elaborated products thanks to local farmers who are developing work on the land and bringing the tastes and traditions of Catalan gastronomy to the people and positioning it as a symbol of Mediterranean cuisine.

Behind the cuisine of Catalonia today, lies the story of a country, a way of being and of doing things.

Catalan eating habits – leisure activity!

Food is a huge part of life in Barcelona and all Catalonia and because of this  it really dictates the schedule of the day here. Catalan people tend to eat their meals later in the day than is usual in other parts of Europe. To get the best culinary experience here you have to know the habits of local people and know the best Catalan recipes.

Breakfast! El Desayuno!

A lot of Catalan and Spanish people skip this meal and don’t put much importance on it at all. People tend to start breakfast here between 8 and 10, or just don’t eat at all much passed their coffee and cigarette. Usaully it consists of a coffee, juice, hot chocolate or tea + a croissant, toast with butter or toast with olives & tomato, or a slice of Spanish Omlette. At this early hour you will find special deals in the cafes and bars giving you opportunity to buy coffe eand pastry at a great price.


Coffee time! El Café!

Time for a little snack or just a coffee,  is normally after sitting in the office for an one or two, between 10.30am and 12.00pm. You can order different kinds of coffees , and we are presenting you the most popular options in Spanish:

  • Café solo – a shot of espresso
  • Café cortado – like espresso macchiato
  • Café con leche – like a latte
  • Café Americano – American style coffee

You can be lucky and find special offers to buy a mini entrepa (a small filled baguette) with your beverage.

Lunch/ La comida

Time for the main meal – the largest and the most important during the day in Catalonia. It takes place between 2pm and 4pm. In the restaurants you can ask for “menu del dia” which changes every day and allows you to choose from various options at a reasonable price. A lot of places are closed during lunch time: like small shops, businesses, public places and ect. so keep this in mind coming to Catalonia.

Afternoon Snack/ La merienda

Since in Catalonia dinner is eaten late, you can have a light afternoon snack between 5pm and 6:30pm to keep you going. You can get at this time of the day typically some pastries, hot drinks, or small sandwichs. It can be an ideal time to try chocolate and churros. (Gran Viader churros place is one of the most famous in Barcelona!)

Dinner/La cena

So let’s start from this that you are eating dinner quite late in Catalonia – between 9pm and 11:30pm. It’s a much lighter meal than many foreigners think and it’s typically smaller than lunch. At this time of the day you can try tapas, which are not as popular in Catalonia like in other parts of Spain, but still without any problems you can find many places which are serving them, although we think that you should try dishes made by following Catalan recipes.

As well, you have to know, that the last meal can last several hours. The most enjoyable part would be sobretaula (post meal chat) and in typical Mediterranean style by sharing a fusion of dishes with friends and family by the table.

We are warmly inviting you to enjoy Catalan food and we are giving you few simple catalan recipes which you can try by yourself at home!

Pan Con Tomate (Pa Amb Tomaquet)

Sometimes called Pan a la Catalana in other parts of Spain, it is one of the simplest, most well-loved, and most widely eaten dishes from Cataluña.

Ingredients

  • Baguette
  • 2 juicy, ripe tomatoes, peeled
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 3-4 tbs olive oil
  • Salt to taste

 

Preparation

  1. Cut the baguette lengh-wise and then in the smaller pieces. Toast the cut sides under a broiler, or in a toaster oven.
  2. Peel tomatoes and garlic, place in food processor and crush and thoroughly mix. This mixture you can pour into a small bowl to serve.
  3. Drizzle olive oil over the toasted sides of baguette. Sprinkle salt on top. Spoon tomato mixture on bread and spread evenly.

Optional

If you wish, add thinly slices Spanish cheese, chorizo or ham.

 

Escalivada

Catalonians eat this dish as a first course or as an accompaniment to meats.

Ingredients (Serves 4)

  • 4 small eggplants
  • 4 spring onions or large scallions
  • 4 red bell peppers
  • 2 tomatoes
  • Extra virgin olive oil for brushing, plus 1/3 cup
  • 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • Salt

 

Preparation

  1. Prepare an oven – 260 C
  2. Brush the eggplants, onion, bell pappers, and tomatoes with olive oil. Arrange the vegetables on a rimmed baking sheet or in a roasting pan and roast, turning every 10 min, for 20 minutes, or until the skins blacke and the vegetables are tender.
  3. Remove the vegetables from the oven and slip into one or more plastic bags, and let cool for about hour.
  4. Unwrap the vegetables. Peel the eggplants, peppers, and tomatoes and peel away outer layer of the onions. Split the bell peppers in half, discard the seeds and stems, and cut lengthwise into strips. Transfer to a bowl. Trim the stems from the eggplants and core the tomatoes, and then cut them into strips of the same size as the papper strips and add to the bowl. Trim the onions, cut into rings, and add to the bowl along with the garlic.
  5. Add the 1/3 cup olive oil, season with salt, and toss to mix well. Serve at room temperature.

Optional

You can use seasoning of minced garlic.

 

Esqueixada

This is a traditional Catalan recipe. Cod fish is used in many different ways in Catalan cuisine and this one is in my opinion the one that accentuates the flavor of the fish the most.

Ingredients (Serves 4)

  • 1 pound salt cod (previously soaked in water at least 6 hours, rinsed, then patted dry
  • 1 small green pepper
  • 1 small red pepper
  • 4 firm yet ripe tomatoes
  • About 15 black olives
  • One onion
  • 1 cloves garlic
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Red wine vinegar

Preparation

  1. Shred the cod into pieces with your fingers and place it in a serving dish.
  2. Finely chop onion and bell peppers. Cut the tomatoes in half, then, with a cheese grater, grate the tomato pulp (some prefer the tomatoes chopped rather than grated, you can try this way as well) Mince the garlic.
  3. Throw all of the previously prepared ingredients onto the plate of fish and toss. Top with the olives, then dress with olive oil, vinegar and salt and pepper to taste. Toss once more and you’re done.

 

Suquet de Peix

“Fish stew” in the Catalan language, and it is a traditional dish from the region. Like all traditional dishes, there are many variations of this fish stew.

Ingredients (4-6 Servings)

  • Picada Sauce:
  • 50 gr peeled whole almonds
  • 2 slices stale bread
  • 3-4 Tbsp flat leaf parsley (stems removed)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1-2 Tbsp vinegar
  • 2-4 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Stew:
  • 1 onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 3 large, ripe tomatoes
  • 1 lb potatoes
  • 2 lbs (1 kg) pieces solid white fish (such as halibut or gilt-head bream)
  • 8 shrimp
  • 1/2 to 1 liter seafood broth
  • salt to taste

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Preparation

  1. First prepare the picada sauce:
  2. Toast the blanched almonds under the broiler or in a frying pan. Chop the parsley leaves. Peel and finely chop the garlic.
  3. Place the almonds, parsley, garlic into a food processor. Crumble the stale bread and add to the rest of the ingredients.
  4. Mash or process the ingredients as you slowly add oil and vinegar, forming a paste. Set aside for later.
  5. Now:
  6. Peel and finely chop the onion and garlic. Cut the tomatoes into small cubes. Peel and slice the potatoes into rounds about 1/4 inch thick.
  7. Pour a few tablespoons of olive oil into a large frying pan and heat on medium. Sauté the onion for 2 minutes, then add tomatoes and garlic, and continue to cook. Add the potatoes and stir to coat.
  8. Mix a few tablespoons of seafood broth with the picada, then add to pan and simmer.
  9. When potatoes are almost cooked, add fish to pan and simmer. If liquid evaporates, add seafood broth as needed. Sauce will thicken. As soon as potatoes and fish are cooked, add shrimp. Cook until shrimp is done. Adjust salt to taste.
  10. Serve hot in open soup bowls.

 

Romesco

A sauce made from almonds, roasted garlic, olive oil and dried red peppers.

 

Ingredients (1 ¾ cups around 8-10 serves)

  • ½ cup of roasted almonds
  • 1/2cup grated Parmesan
  • 1 Garlic clove
  • 45 grams jar roasted red peppers (drained)
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • salt

Cook Time: 10 min

Preparation

  • In a food processor pulse almonds, parmesan and garlic clove.
  • Add roasted red peppers, olive oil, vinegar, and ¼ teaspoon salt and blend until smooth.
  • Serve wth bread and vegetables.

 

Crema Catalana

Version of the French dessert, crème brulee, but we are giving you Catalan recipe of it ;)

Ingredients

  • 500 ml whole milk
  • Colored part of ½ orange peel
  • Colored part of 1/5 lemon peel
  • ½ cinnamon stick
  • 1 vanilla pod, split lengthways
  • 7 egg yolks
  • 95g sugar, plus 6tbsp extra, to serve
  • 10g cornflour

Preparation

  1. Put the milk, orange and lemon zests, cinnamon and vanilla pod in a saucepan and gently bring to the boil. Remove from the heat and allow to infuse for 15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, whisk the egg yolks with the suger and cornflour until pale and creamy. Pass the milk through a sieve and discard everything else. Return the milk to the pan over a medium heat. Just before it reaches boiling point, slowly add the egg mixture, whisking continuously until it begins to thicken, about 7 minutes.
  3. When the mixture is think anough to coat the back of a wooden spoon, remove it from the heat and pour into individual dishes or remekins. Cover each serving with a disc of greaseproof paper to prevent a skin from forming, and let it cool before placing in the fridge.
  4. To serve, remove the greaseproof paper, sprinkle 1 tablespoon of sugar on top of each crema and caramelise using a blowtorch. Alternatively, place te sugared cremas on a tray under a preheated gas grill for a few minutes, until the sugar turns dark brown. Allow the sugar to harden, the serve immediately.

 

Panellets

Traditional sweet which you can find in Cataluna. Very popular at “Dia de Todos los Santos” or All Saints Day and served with “cava”, Spanish sparkling wine.

Ingredients (for around 32 cookies)

  • 500g ground raw almonds
  • 2 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 -1 cup water
  • 1 small potato
  • grated peel of 1 lemon
  • 3-4 drops lemon juice

Toppings:

  • pine nuts
  • sweetened cocoa powder
  • candied fruit
  • Flavorings:
  • instant coffee powder
  • coconut flakes
  • Preparation

Preparation

  1. Blanch almonds, then grin in food processor until almonds are a fine dust.
  2. Peel the potatoes and cut into quarters. Boil potatoes in a saucepan until cooked. Drain water and mash with a fork.
  3. Place sugar in a medium saucepan. Pour ½ cup water into the pan and stir to dissolve sugar. Add moe water to completely dissolve sugar if necessary. Place on medium heat on stovetop and bring to a boil, stirring often. Add 3-4 drops of lemon juice. Reduce heat and simmer until mixture is a thick syrup.
  4. Remove saucepan from heat. Using a large wooden spoon, gradually stir in ground almonds, potato and grated lemon peel. Allow to cool to room temperature. Then, cover tightly and refrigerate overnight.
  5. Pre-heat oven to 190C degrees. Grease cookie sheets. Spoon out dough with a teaspoon. Roll dough into small balls in your palms. Then roll the balls in powdered cocoa or pine nuts. If using pine nuts, brush each with a bit of egg white.
  6. If you want to flavor the cookies, separate a portion of the dough and with your hands, work in a bit of instant coffee flakes, candied fruit or cinnamon. Then make individual balls.
  7. Bake cookies just long enough to brown the pine nuts – about 4 minutes. Using a spatula, remove immediately before cookies cool.

 

Bonne Appétit, or as they say here in Catalonia ‘Bon Profit’!

Enjoy our Catalan Recipes!

 

~Natalia

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