Pure fun. Kinda like if Cirque du Soleil was made of food. It would be a spoiler to show you the dishes, the kooky decor, the costumes. Let's just say, come with an open mind and be ready to be surprised. Playing with food, engineering it to make it more intense. Choose things made out of ingredients that you like, have a blast when you taste what happened to them. English menus, very friendly staff, 50-60 Euros per person (that's cheaper than a concert!). Albert Adria there in the kitchen, famous Ferran Adria nowhere in sight. Make a reservation three months in advance like you would for any popular show that comes though town.
Here's how you reserve. Go online www.ticketsbar.es at 12 a.m. Spanish time, click two months forward on the reservation calendar, see the one day marked in bold...that is the only day that has available seats. Take it, pick time, put it on your calendar. Be bold, have fun!
Norman made it big as a lawyer in Argentina, tossed it all away for a passion and to work with his hands. His workshop on Enrico Granades looks unassuming, maybe even half done. The wooden shoe mold door handle and the creative window displays say maybe not. I press my face against the window. The door is locked. Oh...a shadow moves...He opens the door and welcomes me in. It's just him, a workbench and tables of one of a kind shoes and boots. After finding corporate life way too boring, Norman decided to do what he always wanted to do...he went to cobbler's mecca -- Florence. There, found the best maestro and learned bit by bit. Then took his passion, centuries old techniques, and a good eye to Barcelona. With tools handed down through more than four generations of Spanish cobblers, each time he picks up a tool he has a helping hand. Every pair of shoes is a complete original (starting at 1,500 Euros!), totally custom designed and fit and never made again for anyone else ever again. After 90 tools-worth and 200 hours of craftsmanship and passion. Emocion from a friendly Buddist who wears sneakers on his own feet.
Cart wheels, handstands, and sidewalk chalk. Scooters, bikes and water guns. Only thing that is a little different...ping pong! One in almost every neighborhood park. A public table where grandparents teach little ones or teenagers hang or kids giggle. Have to bring your own windex, normally they are set under the trees and the green parrots like to use them for target practice. Have racquet, have fun!
Sometimes it is just way too crowded on the beach or you don't feel like the up and down trails in the foothills. Or you want to escape the traffic, not ride in it. The Via Verde bike paths replaced train tracks in lots of pretty spots in Spain. There is only one near Barcelona, an hour east. Start at the town Llagostera, perfect car park on the right just after the crosswalk. There's a bar, a bike shop, and the trail runs right there. Head towards Girona or the beach. Direction Girona is flat, rural, birds, cows, flowers, corn....eeeeeeeeek, pothole, splat! Olivia took a tumble, but just before that was heard saying, "this is so much fun!"
Just back from la bella Italia. Where it hit me. After eight months we have finally and fully adjusted to Barcelona mealtimes. Nervous hostess at the hotel...tapping a wristwatch...hands in full gesture..."We are not Spanish here, you must hurry up, the trattoria is closing at 2 o'clock...after that you will not eat!"
Only in America do you need a different outfit every day...Here, my closet is 10 times smaller, clothes cost four times more, washer and dryer electricity costs a fortune and recycling is just the way it has always been. So, chill, wear'm everyday Kate!
Kate Wears the Same Jeans – Three Times!
BY MELISSA LIEBLING-GOLDBERG in People Magazine, USA editionThursday July 07, 2011 07:30 PM EDT
The Duchess of Cambridge Photos by George Pimentel/WireImage; Splash News Online; Samir Hussein/WireImage
Duchess Catherine is already famous for recycling her wardrobe – from re-wearing the Reiss frock from her engagement photo in Canada this week, to donning a printed dress from her clubbing days to a recent wedding.
But she took remixing her wares to a new level this week, sporting the same pair of navy J Brand jeans three days in a row!
The Duchess first paired her "811" Mid-Rise Skinny Leg in Navy Luxe Twill denim with an anorak on July 4, and wore them with a slim tucked-in buttondown and boat shoes the next day. But Kate dressed up her skinnies for her third outing on July 6, matching them to the $595 Smythe blazer she had worn for her departing flight to Canada.
By Maia Pay Ozguc
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