Happy Pills(!) from Barcelona

Posted on Jun 8, 2009 in Hiroko's Blog

In El Born, one of the trendiest neighborhood of Barcelona, tapas bars, gelato stores, clothing shops and other unique stores stands to next each other.  Some stores survive many years and others come and go.  The newest addition to this locale is a tiny, cool-looking store called “Happy Pills”.  You can tell that this is not an conventional drug store from colorful jelly beans, including M&M type candies, – over 50 different varieties – sold...

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From Barcelona No.3 Alberto Adria

Posted on Jun 7, 2009 in Hiroko's Blog

After leaving his brother’s restaurant, El Bulli, Alberto Adria opened and operates his own tapas bar restaurant, Inopia in the city.  When we arrived around 2pm on Sunday, there was already a line of people waiting for the seats.  Alberto spotted us and whisked us into the crowded restaurant.  Soon two counter seats were vacated and we could luckily sit down and taste his delightful creations.  Alberto enthusiastically told me about the dishes that he serves at his...

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From Barcelona No. 2

Posted on Jun 5, 2009 in Hiroko's Blog

After a huge tapas lunch I decided to stroll aimlessly down the narrow streets of the Gotic district.  Aimlessness was not really my plan.  Since I have no sense of direction whatsoever, getting lost among maze streets was easy to do.  Suddenly a small, open store front with as sign saying “The Bagel Shop – The True Bagel Experience” caught my eye.  This was completely unexpected in Barcelona so I walked into the store and met and chatted with the owner. ...

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From Barcelona No. 1

Posted on Jun 3, 2009 in Hiroko's Blog

I recently stayed in Barcelona for a week.  Here are some stories and some places that you should try on your next visit to this lovely city.  No. 1: Hotel – Banys Orientals – This small hotel is nestled in busy, historical El Born district of the city.  It is 3 minutes walk to Sagurada Familia and many other famous tourist spots….The tiny streets surrounding the hotel may sometimes be noisy and active until midnight.  The small but clean, modern room I...

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