Cameron Death and his friends requested an interesting itinerary: we were going to meet at the Sagrada Família church for some sightseeing and culture, then we'd walk around the neighbourhoods stopping at bars to get some drinks and food. I thought it was a great idea, so we met last Monday for our tour.
The visit of Sagrada Família was great. It has changed so much from what it used to be, this last year! We visited for about 1h, then strolled along the Eixample district and the Diagonal avenue towards the city center. 15min later, we got to our first bar: an old-style wooden bar that has been taken up by young cooks. They have kept the setting style but have modernised the food offer with their miniature-cuisine versions of typical Catalan dishes. The wine was great, and the olives, croquettes, ham and bravas potatoes were delicious!
Then we kept going to our second stop: a traditional bar serving traditional tapas. Spanish omelette with an assortment of cold cuts accompanied our wine.
And still on we went. Our third stop was a bar not yet discovered by most tourists, and said to be the 5th best wine bar in the world! We loved their PDA menu to find the wine that would best fit our taste! And this time it was a Priorat, with some Catalan cheese aside.
Our time was running, but I decided it be great to finish the night at a well-known vintage cocktail bar near Plaça Catalunya. I left them there after sharing a last drink, but the night had just started for them!
By the way, it was them who suggested I should name this tour "Saints and Sins", and offer it as part of my tour portfolio. It might be a good idea, so... keep posted!
Here is Camerons email and a picture he sent me:
Thanks so much for such a wonderful time last night. Everyone really appreciated the knowledge and thought you'd put into our tour of Sagrada Familia and great wine/tapas spots around the city. I can report that we continued the momentum you started into the wee hours of the morning. And then some.
I've attached the picture for your blog and copied the rest of the crew so they have your contact info.
Thanks again for a really memorable night. Should you find yourself in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco or Seattle we'd all be happy to show you around!
BTW, the "cylinders" thing is an adaptation of a Catalan tradition, but... you'll have to join my tapas tour to discover what it is about because it's not the kind of things I'd explain in public without blushing!