What’s On In Barcelona In November

Best Events in Barcelona – November 2014

 

 

1st November (Saturday)


  • All Saints Day Barcelona 2014

/Public holiday in the whole of Spain, Catalunya and Barcelona/

This day is called “Tots Sants” in Catalan and “Todos los Santos” in Spanish. On this day you can visit the churches in Barcelona and cemeteries, which are open for longer,  closing at 6pm. You will find special bus services which are running to the Montjuic and Poblenou cemeteries.

 

 

  • FC Barcelona – Celta de Vigo

Game starts at 8pm at Camp Nou Stadium in Barcelona

 

  • Downtown Market

Location: Maremàgnum

In this great location – just next to the sea, you can join the Downtown Market autumn/winter 2014 collection. Check what is trendy this season.

 

  • SoundEat!

Location: Moll de la Marina

Time: from noon to 10 pm

Cost: free before 2 pm, after €5

An event of food and electronic music. Great place for an after Halloween party. Located between Barceloneta and Port Olympic.You will be able to try a little bit of everything: sandwiches, crepes, salads, pizzas, burgers, hot dogs, etc. The music stage will be represented by djs like: Clip, Shelby Grey, Pau Roca, Boreals, DJ Lui and more…

 

  • Demanoenmano at the CCCB

Location: CCCB Montalegre 5

Date: From 11th of  November to 12th November

Opening times: 11am to 9pm

Second-hand market where you can find vintage wares, creative workshops and live music.

 

2nd November 2014 (Sunday)

 

  • Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona Celebrations

Location: El Raval

From 2nd November till 7th December

The CCCB turns 20 this year and it’s organising 20 events to celebrate! On Sunday it will open Mirador – lookout point on the fifth floor. The first Sunday of every month from 11 am to 8 pm you will be able to have a look at Barcelona from a new vantage point.

 

  • Euro Garage November

Location: L’Ovella Negra del Poblenou, Zamora 78

Time: from 11 am to 8 pm

“Barcelona’s cheapest market” absolutely everything costs one euro!

 

6th November 2014 (Thursday)

 

  • World Press Photo Exhibition

Location: CCCB Montalegre 5

Date: from 6th of November till 8th of December

The annual World Press Exhibition is the most popular travelling photo event in the world. It contains 130 photos and visits more than 100 cities in 45 countries over the course of a year.

 

 

8th November (Saturday)

 

  • Lady Gaga concert in Barcelona

Location: Palau Sant Jordi Arena on Monjuic Hill

One of the concerts from the world tour: “ArtRave: The Artpop Ball Tour”

 

12th November 2014 (Wednesday)

 

  • Flea Market Barcelona

Location: Placa Blanquerna 1

Time: 11am to 7pm

One more market in the city. You can have some rest during the day time after shopping and join craft workshops for children and adults.

 


 

13th November (Thursday)

 

  • Enrique Iglesias concert

Location: Palau Sant Jordi Arena on Montjuic Hill Barcelona

Part of the “Sex and Love Tour 2014”

14th November 2014 (Friday)

 

  • Stand-up Comedy Barcelona

With Colum McDonnell

Location: Carrer de Muntaner, 7

Admission: €10 on the door

Start: 9pm

Funny man Colum McDonell is from Ireland where has his own show: “The World Stands Up” and has made a lot of of appearances on comedy shows on Irish Television.

 

19th November 2014 (Wednesday)

 

  • OneRepublic concert

Event location: Sant Jordi Club Barcelona on Montjuic Hill

One of the most famous American bands is going to perform in Barcelona during their European tour.

 

22nd November 2014 (Saturday)

 

  • FC Barcelona – Sevilla

Game starts at 8pm

Location: Camp Nou Stadium Barcelona

 

 

23th November 2014 (Sunday)

 

  • Cursa Jen Bouin Barcelona 2014 – 10km run

Start: 9 am

Location: starting and finishing – Avinguda de Rius I Taulet near Magic Fountain

It is 91th edition of the Jean Bouin run, which is one of the oldest Spanish events. It is made up of 13 races of various categories and distances. Online registrations are open 6-8 weeks before the run and usually registration is possible until midnight a week before the event.

 


24th November 2014 (Monday)

 

  • Ed Sheeran concert in Barcelona

Location: Sant Jordi Club on Montjuic Hill

His first concert in Barcelona, part of his European tour 2014.

 

28th – 30th November 2014 (Friday – Sunday)

 

  • BCN & CAKE fair Barcelona 2014

Location: CCIB – EL Centre de Convencions Internacional de Barcelona
Ticket price: €5 per day

A baking and confectionary exhibition in Barcelona which is open to the general public. A lot of cupcakes, cakes, other delicacies and baking courses from Barcelona’s baking community is waiting for you.

Enjoy November with us!

 

 

Natalia

Salsa Barcelona – Where to Shake That Booty!

Salsa Barcelona – Where to Shake That Booty!

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Do you like Salsa? Do you like Barcelona? Well boys and girls, please read on! Because this blog is going to be all about Salsa in Barcelona. What to do, how to do it, and most importantly; where to do it!

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When we’re talking about ‘shaking that booty’, we are obviously not talking about our lovely Miley Cyrus trying to twerk, because no, just no, we don’t want that. No, we’re going to shake our booties with the lovely (originally) cuban dance; Salsa! Yeah, that’s right, it’s from Cuban. So we don’t only owe the Cubans that delicious Mojito, but also this enormously sensual dance. Oh, talking about Mojito’s, check out our blog about amazing cocktails!

What to do?

Did I get you hyped yet? No? My bad, am I not enthusiastic enough? Okay, let me tell you one thing. When you want to practise Salsa in Barcelona, you get extremely flexible in the hips, and we all know what they say about people who are flexible.. That’s right, they can dance! Either with your partner or on your own, mastering the Salsa boosts your self-esteem by a huge amount. It might sound weird, but it does. Being confident about your moves makes you confident about yourselves. If you don’t believe me, try it. You will believe me. So what should you do? You should consider to follow some classes I’ll mention next!

How to do it – Schools

Well obviously I can’t make you a Salsa-expert instantly. Because this is a blog. These are just words, no classes. Lame, right? Yeah I know, so to help you become an expert, I’ll be telling you where you should go to take classes! (For some of them you might want to improve your spanish skills)

 

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The first one on our Salsa Barcelona – list is a spanish one. Just for 19 euros you can get 4 seminars, 1 hour each. You’ll have free entrance on fridays and the bar (open hours), and you can subscribe on your own or with your partner! Please have a look yourself on their website.

 

Shangó

Shangó is a small, sweet club, and gives free(!!) salsa classes on tuesdays and wednesdays at 11:30. (And an happy hour from 21:30 – 23:00, in case you are shy when it comes to dancing). It is located in the Gothic neighbourhood, carrer d’En Groch 2.

 

 

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Another school where you can go to practise the Salsa is Dance School Antilla. They have professional dance classes, and you’ll be mastering the dance in no-time! You can also get private classes, or just drop by for one week to see how it’s like. This school is really, really flexible. Try it out! They are located at Carrer d’Aragó 141, and please feel free to do some of your own research on their website!

 

Where to dance?

There are sooo many clubs where you can do the Salsa in Barcelona. I mean, you can do it anywhere, anytime, but of course we prefer do it in clubs where they have the right music, don’t we?

Well here is a list with some of the best clubs (it’s so hard to pick the best ones, but I’ll do my best, just for you)!

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If I had to pick a number one club to go for salsa dancing in Barcelona, it’d be Antilla Salsa Barcelona. (It’s also where you could get classes I mentioned earlier.) This club has a lot of performances of a lot of music bands with so many different kinds of music, with a mix of latin and fusion music. The club has a lovely atmosphere and is divided into two spaces (sala 1 y sala 2), which offer (sometimes free) dance lessons, workshops, performances and delicious Caribbean cocktails. Please do not miss out on this club. It’s really worth a visit.

 

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Mojito Club

If there’s another club worth mentioning it’d definitely be the Mojito club. It’s not a HUGE club, but the atmosphere is definitely caliente! It’s so worth it to visit this club. People line up and dance together, and every now and then the DJ comes down to teach everybody some dance moves! It’s located at C/ Rosellón, no. 217. If  you drop by, could you drop a comment below and tell me how amazing your night was?

 

 

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Another great club is La Clave. As soon as you enter this club you realize you’ve made a great decision entering the room. Because honestly, the music, the people, everything is just so nice. It gives that amazing Cuban taste while you’re going out. Yes, this is a great place to Salsa. La Clave is located at Passeig del Rengle – Torre d’Ara. Oh, and you can also take salsa classes here (Like, amazing classes). They have party nights fridays – sundays, and on the other weekdays it’s an extremely professional dancing school.

 

Habana Barcelona

The last one for our Salsa Barcelona blog would be Habana Barcelona. You can start your evening by having dinner here, and about 1-2 am they will clear the tables, and everything just turns into this one big Salsa club. This is another must-see! Grab a bite and end the evening with a lovely salsa swing. Yeah, I love it, do you? Oh, and from Thursday – Sunday they offer free classes where you can just walk in and join the fun!

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So this is it for today guys. Hope you found our blog useful for your Barcelona Salsa desires!

So put on those boots, grab your partner, and let’s salsa to it!

Untill next time,

~Tjeerd

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

Shopping in Barcelona: Best Concept Stores in Barcelona

BEST INSPIRATIONAL CONCEPT STORES IN BARCELONA

Shopping in Barcelona is truly amazing and fun because the city offers shoppers a big variety and number of shopping destinations from the high fashion and fast-fashion brands to boutiques and craft shops around its districts and neighborhoods.  That’s why Barcelona has become one of the shopping capitals in Europe,  set many new trends in the fashion world as well as updated rapidly to new concepts and ideas. Today, SuiteLife introduces the best concept stores in Barcelona where you will be impressed by the experiences they bring.

If you want to have a whirlwind tour of the best shopping that Barcelona offers, check out our ebook Shopping in Barcelona

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WHAT ARE CONCEPT STORES ?

The definition can be defined by this saying of Coco Chanel: “Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street; fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening”. Starting from the fashion capital of the world – Paris, a concept clothing store is a retail store that goes beyond simply selling products and instead appeals to a general sense of lifestyle. The customer visit the shops not only for buying clothes but also for having a full emotional and sensory experience. Concept stores usually offer items of different designers and brands addressed to the particular segments: high-fashion, urban fashion, hipster fashion or ecological-friendly fashion. Since there were more and more people choose to shop online, concept stores have been born to attract more customers to visit the physical stores. Apple and Burberry are the leaders of this experience-focused trend. Some famous concept stores in Europe are Collette (Paris), 10 Corso Como (Milan), Dover Street Market (London), Simple (Prague),…In Barcelona, concept stores are also called as “object shops” or “fetish shops” that are outstanding with exquisite interiors.

Best concept stores in Barcelona

CLOTHING AND ACCESSORIES

BOO

Located in the cosmopolitan Gracia neighborhood, Boo is one of the most well-known names representing for concept stores in Barcelona. From the name they borrowed from Boo Radley of the classic novel “To Kill A Mocking Bird” to its retro interior design, the shop is full of a distinct air of 1950s. You may be immersed in thought with its nostalgic atmosphere here. The shop is decorated with many sets of items such as rotary phones, cloth bags, glass snow balls, books, flowers, and especially a deer collection. Basic colors like black, brown, gray, white,… dominate Boo. Everything is well-ordered and detailed.

Boo’s clothes, shoes and quirky accessories are hand-picked carefully by the owner, Àlex González, who has worked in press departments in various fashion labels. Boo sells premium American, British, Nordic clothing as well as local designs. “Simple but elegant” is what the shop brings to its customers. Feature brands are Birds Denim, Nudie Jeans, Filippa K, Gentle Fawn, Penguin, WeSC and Sugarhill,…

Address: Carrer Bonavista 2

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BON VENT

In contrast with the simple and minimizing Scandinavian style of Boo, Bon Vent is a colorful Mediterranean concept store located in the charming Born district. This shop is perfect for people who are in love with Mediterranean, with its culture, lifestyle and craft industry. Once you enter to this cute little shop, you will see a lot of items reminding you of a sunny beach such as espadrille, straw hats, summer garments, woven baskets,… Hot colors like orange and yellow will bring you joy and let you smell the nice sun. Beside clothes, hats and footwear, the shop also sells handcrafted toys and painted pottery  showing local life in Barcelona.

Address: Carrer de l’Argenteria, 41

Fashion in Barcelona

LURDES BERGADA

This is another shop following the simplicity, minimalism and enigma. Having four shops in Barcelona, but the most impressive store is the one installed in one of the best shopping mall centers in Barcelona, L’illa Diagonal. From storage, fitting rooms, electrical quarter; all of them are brought together in a huge unique timber structure made from about 1000 pieces of wood and assembled together with 2400 screws. This wooden skin is formalized with irregular triangles, making you feel like being in a contemporary cave. Lurdes Bergada and its brother Syngman Cucala (for men) set a concept: simplicity, purity and industry. In order to simplify the architectonic reading of the store as well as to emphasize the concept, basic materials such as concrete for the walls and fine cements of the floor were used. The brand ‘s womenswear features a taste for unstructured pieces and simple colors like black, while and grey. The winter is coming soon and this is a great place for those who want to have a new mysterious look. If you have not had time to visit this amazing store, you can check out its new collection on its website.

Address: Avinguda Diagonal, 557

Concept stores in Bcn

COQUETTE

“Born to be beautiful” is a slogan of this shop. Born is definitely the trendiest area of Barcelona and a heart of concept stores. Coquette’s interior and clothing design are influenced by French style. Isabel Campelo, a fashion graduate, opened the first Coquette store in Born district in 2005 and it has soon received visits from many fashion lovers, which leads to the opening of 2 more stores: one in the nearby area and one in the upmarket area around Turó Park.The shop follows the wear-house style and sells an elegant edit of tailored womenswear to style-conscious Spaniards, as well as an impressive collection of jewellery, handbags and shoes. Coquette stocks the finest elegant and feminine French womenswear brands including See by Chloé, Isabel Marant, Vanessa Bruno, Les Prairies des Paris,…Furthermore, Coquette’s collection is complemented with select Spanish and Italian brands such as Masscob, Hoss Intropia, M.Grifoni and especially Vincent du Sartel for leather purses. In Coquette, you can find everything you need for polishing your look.

Address: Carrer del Rec, 65

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MUNICH L’ILLA DIAGONAL

With the help of Dear Design being a well-known interior design company whose clients include Burberry, Nike, Moritz, Custo and Misako, Munich is always remembered not only as a flagship brand focusing on sport shoes but also as its unique concept stores around the city. The most talked store is Munich L’illa Diagonal. The design of Munich store in L’illa Diagonal focuses on the concept of carefree movement and angular pieces. Dear Design has came up with the ideas of “strolling” and being free in a poetic and imaginary set that makes the walker dream again. To let this ideas become real, the design team has transformed many natural elements such as trees, hills, rocks and birds into its morphology style. The surfaces are finished with black glass, mirrors, metal trees, hanging cage-like boxes from the ceiling, which carries a carefree, experimental air and an energetic space.

Address: Avinguda Diagonal, 557

 

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JEWELRY

TOUS

The prestigious jewelry brand Tous opened its new elegant and spacious concept store in Avinguda Diagonal, the best shopping area of Barcelona.  Its open space of 200 square meters with a wide exposure of products can satisfy and enhance the experience of any brand customers. A wide variety of luxury goods exhibition incorporating with a new furniture allows the client to have a greater interaction with the product. What makes Tous disassociate from traditional high-end jewelry is that it creates original jewels crafted in unique materials: day-to-night jewelry following the latest trends.

Address: Avinguda Diagonal 479

Jewelry in Barcelona

Last but not least, there is an exciting news for all fashion lovers! Urban Outfitters will be opened the first store in Barcelona and also in Spain on 20, November 2014 ! The brand has drove many shoppers crazy not only by its amazing collection of clothes but also by its interior design ! Let’s visit our Urban Outfitters blog for more info about this exciting news.

We hope that you like this blog and inspire you to visit new shops besides many famous brands. If you know any cool concept stores, leave us a comment !

~ Trang

 

Gay Barcelona – STDs on your Weenie!

Gay Barcelona – An STD on your Weenie!

 

 

What’s up boys and.. Boys? (I do sincerely hope there are some girls around here, because well, this is a very, very serious topic.). This time in my “Gay Barcelona - ..” – blog series, in light of my glory-ous blog about gay-cruising, I want to write about the risk that cruising brings along with it, and most importantly, where to get tested and treated for STD’s in Barcelona. And not just with cruising my sweet little ponies, but with all forms of sex. Sex is fun. Sex is great. But sex is risky. Hey, it’s a risk we all are willing to take when we’re drunk. Well buckle up (or rubber up in this case) for the ride! Because this is going to be an informative one.

How do we get STD‘s? How do we prevent getting them? And maybe even more important; how do we get rid of them.

What is an STD?

Condoms, STD Barcelona, STD, ETS, ETS Barcelona, SexWell, STD stands for Sexual Transmitted Diseases, but STI (Sexual Transmitted Infection) might be little bit more up-to-date. As the name states, you can get an STD by having sex. Any form of sex. Oral(!!! Think of Chlamydia, Herpes, even HIV.), anal, and so on. How do we prevent that from happening? Condoms. Condoms all the way. Of course there are more ways to prevent STD‘s from entering your body, but the good thing about condoms is; you can always have them with you and buy them everywhere, and in some clubs they even come free of charge! So you don’t have an excuse not to be safe, right?

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Well, we all party from time to time, drugs and booze can limit our rational thinking, and well, when we are about to have sex, we don’t want to break the hot tension of both parties, do we? It sounds so innocent, I mean what can happen if it’s just one time without, right? Well guess what, my beautiful unicorns, A LOT CAN HAPPEN! Thank God most STD‘s can be cured with just some random injections or pills (of course not random, but who cares what’s in the needle, just fix my last week’s mistakes, am I right?). However, some of them are really hard to get rid of, and I’m going to talk about the most dangerous one, of which you can’t get rid of (at least not yet); HIV.

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HIV

How does one get HIV? It’s simple, you can either be born with it (if your parents have HIV), you can get it by sharing needles with random people who are infected with HIV, or you can get it by having sex. Unprotected sex. Sex where body fluids are being shared. Whenever two bodies get in touch with each other’s body fluids, you have a chance of getting HIV, but of course, the other person needs to have HIV. And I know it’s really easy to just ask the person before you have sex; ‘Hey, do you have HIV? No? OH LET’S GO!’ But no, that’s not gonna give you the gaurantee that it is going to be safe. The person doesn’t even have to know that he has HIV, or he can be lying to you. The incubation period (The time it takes to actually show symptons) of HIV is rather long, it can take up to a few months, years even, depending on the person.  And if you end up getting HIV, you’ll be living a life with pills, and not the party pills you might be thinking of. So please be safe and use a condom anytime you have sex. Be safe. Please.

Clinics

So what do we do when we do get an STD? We go to health clinics, and I’ll give you the two (in my opinion) best ones.

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The first one is Open House (located Carrer Sicília 253, nearest Metro Sagrada Familia), a private clinic, and I do prefer this one over the other, especially for foreigners who don’t speak spanish, or people who are just visiting the city. It’s an english-speaking clinic, and you can have your results within 20 minutes and you get the cure right after in case you have an STD, so there’s no need to go to the pharmacy! However, it does come with a price, as you have to pay right away, and isn’t that cheap. But if that speed isn’t high-quality service, I don’t know what is. Check out their website and get ready for your check-up!

The second one is Clínica Ginecológica Sants (located Roger 23 Street, nearest Metro Badal), a spanish clinic, of course this clinic is just as good as the previous one, except this one has a longer waiting time. For making an appointment and for getting back the results. It isn’t as expensive as Open House, but it isn’t as fast either. Check out their website to make an appointment!

Now don’t let this blog discourage you from having sex, because that’s not the idea. I just want to make sure that you know there are risks that come with having sex. So please, have fun out there! Get your game on! Bring out the condoms!

Be safe my princesses, because  you guys have to live on to read my next few blogs!

Have a fabulous gayday!

So long, gay boys!

~Tjeerd

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