Monthly Archives: January 2010

My cat the fat sausage and the lonely traveller

What is hospitality?. What is hospitality? A guest recently stated we were an establishment for the non-anonymous. This is an interesting statement. Since we are very small and there a re few places like ours I must conclude that the majority of travellers like to be anonymous even though every one can see them, hear them and smell them, Big hotels are for the anonymous. I wonder if this is true or deep down every one would like to stay in a place where they feel at home. I have also been pleasantly surprised by a number of very special guests that we have had this week. None of them are famous but each of them is unique and a little gem that helps add a grain of hope to this society. A guest from France that lives in a city that was populated by Spanish republicans and refugees from the Spanish war. These republicans fought later for the French resistance and they were the first troops to liberate Paris at the end of World War two. France does not recognise such but here we have a French citizen that has come to the city to pay tribute to the freedom fighters of her country, This is nice. We also had for a week a very very old lady in her 80 s travelling a lone around the world. When you get to that age and your are fit to enjoy life then the no worries sign pops, stays up and you never see worries where they are not. We must learn form the elderly, true wisdom. She saw my cat and called her fat sausage. True Wisdom. The cats loves this name.

Win a free trip to Barcelona, but you have to be creative

Hostal Residencia Australia and Barcelona Music is teaming up  to celebrate Thomas Lorenzo’s , the international award winning Australian composer, latest CD, Spanish Breeze. Produced by Ringo Star´s producer,Grammy award nominee Bruce Sugar  and featuring  Alphonso Johnson on acoustic  bass( Grammy and Academy award nomineeWeather Report ) Walfredo Reyes  on Drums ( Santana, ) and  David Garfield ( George Benson, Toto)

The contest will be launched on February 15th. The winner will be announced on August 23rd.

The prize will be a free trip for two  to  Barcelona: including airfare and lodging at Hostal Residencia Australia in October 2010.

The contest will consist of  two stages. a cultural stage and a creative stage

Stage 1. Culture

A Barcelona History Trivia Quiz

If you get these right then you will be sent 4 mp3 files (30s segments)  of Thomas Lorenzo’s latest CD , Spanish Breeze.
Stage 2. Be creative

You will select one of the 4 mp3 files.

You will make a collage, a drawing, a painting , a  static visual recreation of what that music means to you. All the art work we receive may be placed on the web and the contestant must grant us license to make that collage of similar public.

The final date for receiving the contestants artwork will be  August Ist.

A team of 4 representatives of Catalan Arts will select 50 finalists.

These will be placed on you tube and the one with the highest votes via email, one per contestant,  will win on August 23rd> 

The rules

The prize will be for 2 guests travelling together at the same time. They will stay at Hostal Residencia Australia for  three nights in one of our suites and we will pay the airfare roundtrip but on a  low cost flight from within the U.E.  No other expenses will be covered.

The contest is controlled by Hostal Australia  legal representatives.

All information shared with us will be protected by Spanish legislation. All contestants will be informed of their rights and obligations in relation ton the information we receive.

HOW TO SIGN UP?

1 ) Send us an email with your full name and address.

The quiz will be posted on http://www.residenciaustralia.com on February 15th

2) Become a fan of our face book page to see updates and extra info. This info will also be placed as we go on

http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/pages/Barcelona-Spain/Hostal-Residencia-Australia-Barcelona-Spain/302552708968?ref=ts

This info will also be placed  on http://www.residenciaustralia.com/blog



Let’s go and be creative..

Regards

Thomas Lorenzo

Modern Creative Catalan Cuisine. Barcelona Travel guide

Modern Creative Catalan Cuisine. Ok its time for my selection of restaurants
that serves modern cuisine and contributes to the innovation of Catalan
cooking. In Catalan this type of cooking is called cocina de autor.

These restaurants are a bit more expensive than other restaurants and they
are the places where one will look for the quality of the food, the décor,
the service and not the quantity.

They specialize in offering a cuisine that is very personalized in the way
it looks and the way it tastes.

Wow this is making me hungry, please excuse me while I go the kitchen and
eat an apple.

Hello I am back.

So let[base ']s start the adventure.

Note: I am a musician. I find it sad that Catalan society states this type
of cuisine as an artistic expression giving it more value than arts in
general.

I suppose the taste buds are easier to understand than subjective emotions
based on the input of other[base ']s emotions.

Very very sad,.

Anyway they are worth a visit.

Restaurant La Mifanera, Sagués 16, Tel 932405912 Roger Martinez, the chef
prepares a selection of rices from all over the world and also a good
selection of Spanish rice, paella etch. – There is especial menu of three
courses for 40 euros.

Restaurant Santa Maria on Comerc 17, T. 933121227 The chef Paco Guzman
travels a lot and always has new ideas for creative tapas. Price 20 – 40
Euros

Restaurant Manairo on Diputació, 424. 93 231 00 57 Price around 65 Euros
Even though you can have a daily menu for 35 Euros. Jorid Herrera, the chef
does creative Catalan cooking Recommended by Michelin.

These four restaurants should get your taste buds excited.