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Barcelona tapas

Some typical tapas that you might expect to see in Barcelona

Around our Hostal Residencia Australia you can enjoy good and typical Spanish food , the “Tapa’s”, as a example we can guide you for you best choosing.

Some typical tapas that you might expect to see in Barcelona:

Pan con Tomate: The Queen of catalan tapa. White bread rubbed with tomato and drizzed in oil and salt. A perfect accompaniment to the rest of your tapas.

Patatas Bravas: The chips or french fries of Spain. Small deep fried cubes of potato served with two sauces – alioli (a garlicky mayonnaise) and a spicy tomato sauce.

Chipirones: I have never seen these deep fried baby squids outside of Spain.

Anchoas: These anchovies are not normally the very salty kind that you may be used to. They are served in vinegar with parsley and garlic.

Russian Salad: Not the healthiest of salads. This is a heavy dish made up of potatoes, peas, hard boiled eggs and potential other vegetables, covered in mayonnaise.

Croquetas: Croquetas are often made with ham, fish, chicken or spinach. They are made from a sort of béchamel sauce, breaded and deep fried.

santa anna

Fresh market tapas and typical dishes in a typical Barcelona Ramblas Restaurant

Santa Anna Restaurant, Located in the heart of Barcelona, Near our Hostal Residencia Australia, just a few steps away from the picturesque* Rambla de Canaletes* and surrounded by shops and popular cultural attractions, They have been offering gastronomic services for over 40 years .

It is a typical Barcelona Ramblas restaurant, you can enjoy fresh market
tapas and typical dishes.

Santa Anna (Str.), 8

08002 Barcelona

Tlf: +34 93318 63 36

Open: 365 days a year

Opening hours: 8:30 to 01:00

- Holiday eves: 8:30 to 02:00
- Non-smokers area.
- Services for disabled persons
- Terrace

Barcelona Day Trip by Hostal Residencia Australia

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A nice one or two day trips.

Catalunya is a fascinating region. I adore it´s natural beauty. I also love walking through it and hopefully taking part of that beauty with me back home in my dreams and wishes.

I just came back from a two day walk on the cami de san jaume , a new extension of the Camino de Santiago, just north of Barcelona that goes through the volcanic region of La Garrotxa.

It´s very easy and beautiful.
Hostal Residencia Australia Barcelona Day trip to Olot Girona

Summarising you walk , eat good cheap food, take pictures, laugh, sweat and be happy.

How to achieve such?

You take an express bus to Olot, a small town, at the bus stop that is just 5 blocks away from where we are.

Once in Olot from the old train station you start walking on the via Verde del carrilet which is a route following the old railroad track that joins Olot and Girona. You can also cycle but then you rush past places.

This track goes through a lot of towns. So you have a rest point , hotels, restaurants , shops every 5 to 8 km.

No need to carry much food, water nor camping gear.

So your first worry would be in what town to have lunch and the menu del dia which is a festive occasion on it´s own with wine , three courses of good home cooking, desserts, and coffee for about 11 euros.

After lunch we suffer a bit more walking for a few hours and then we choose where to sleep as you also have nice hostels every 10 km . I stayed in a very nice hostel had a great supper again a supper of three courses .

A little town along the way from Olot to Girona

The track takes three days to complete but you can do one , two or three nights . When you get tired you wait for the bus in one of the towns along the way, go to Girona and there take the train to Barcelona.

This is the bus timetable for buses to Olot from Barcelona. Go to http://www.teisa-bus.com/web/horaris/L9.PDF

For buses along the track that goes from Olot to Girona you have one every couple of hours.

More info on the track Via Verde del carrilet

More info of the whole track called cami de san jaume.

http://www.camidesantjaume.cat/

It is very easy to do, transports to there and back are excellent , the food is great and the views pretty nice.

Barcelona Day Trip, bird watching, bikes, planes, dancing,

How about visitng our closest delta, see some birds, go for km on bikes, see planes take off, land, dance on the beach, go for a swinm, see some turtles, eat a paella and all right next to the city.

Yes the delta of the llobregat where the airport is located.
A fascinating unknown area of the city

Delta Llobregat

Delta Llobregat , Barcelona day trip by Hostal Residencia Australia

How to get there?

Well from Hostal Australia, take the train to el Prat ( 10 km) and walk or rent a bike. You have a train every 10 minutes.

This picture shows you the flora and fauna

This also shows you the metal birds that you can also birdwatch.

And after all the hard work head down to the beach for a paella.

Enjoy your day.

For more info look up: http://www.deltallobregat.cat

Thomas Lorenzo , Hostal Australia´s owner goes national with Bob Sands Big Band

Thomas Lorenzo & Bob Sands Big Band. Spanish National TV, Tele 5

Meat Balls Composed and arranged  by Thomas Lorenzo.

Thomas Lorenzo, Bob Sands Big Band, Meatballs

Would you still fight until death for your loved one? Give it a try.

Do I love her so much?  A Barcelona day trip

Do I love her so much? Barcelona daytrip

Today I recommend an interesting day out in Callela, a small town right next to Barcelona and on the coast. On the 12th and 13th of June they celebrate a medieval fare showing Catalan life back in the good old days.

Just imagine what life would have been like. No need for manners, you could be filthy as a pig and still be loved. Nothing like fighting until death for your loved one. Things have not changed since then, have they? . When we wanted a girl we would just show up and chop off any competitors head. Yes things were good in the old days.

I have just read through the programme they advertise and it seems like fun.

You will be able to experience what is was like to hunt with a hawk. Hello there, I am Mr Hawk, Barcelona Travel guide by Hostal Residencia Australia

You will be able to make a tapestry for Grandma or some warm underwear.

Barcelona tapestry,

Barcelona tapestry,

You will learn how to shape boulders for house building. This seems very practical for present day recession awareness

You will learn how to make plates, bottles, cure headaches with herbs.

And of course you will be able to eat what they were eating back then. This I am really looking forward as I have always wanted to have a wild boar for myself as in Asterix and Obelix

See you all there

Thomas Lorenzo

La europea desunida.

Me he quedado sorprendido de la falta de información de los gobiernos locales durante el caos aéreo vivido el mes pasado. Es importante que el viajero sepa que Europa aun estando unida es una región desunida. Las fronteras existen y cada país es soberano de su existencia. Si alguien se encuentran que quiera viajar de España a Francia en transporte publico es mas fácil pensar en viajar hasta una frontera , cruzar y desde allí coger otro transporte. Existen muchos trenes y autobuses desde los pueblos de las fronteras ya que es lógico que los ciudadanos necesiten viajar por su país. Pero existen muy muy pocos trenes y autobuses que crucen fronteras. Espero que este consejo les ayude si algún día se encuentren atascados en Barcelona.

Barcelona day trip, wine and modernist arquitecture

isit the Penedes wine region.
A day trip from Barcelona , where you rent a car and enjoy some very pretty nature , history and end up visiting the modernist buildings of the freixenet , codorniu wine cellars constructed by the modernist arquitect Puig i Cadafalch.

It is very easy to rent a car for the day so no worries here. At our reception I will give you a detailed itenary that we could also map on google for you and you car navigator.

Easy very easy.

This will give you a chance to discover a region only 30 km from Barcelona next to Monsterrat where most of the famed catalan cava is produced.

Here are some pictures that might help you decide .

Barcelona Day trip to the penedes wine region

a nice view of a part of the penedes wine region

Depending on when you go you might get a chance to see the human towers in action called the castellers. When they tumble and fall you will here bones crack.

The human towers in action

The human towers in action , the castellers

This is a nice view of the freixenet cellars .

A front view of the cellars

A front view of the cellars

This next little map gives you an idea of the 30 km route we propose as a day trip outside Barcelona.

The wine region we propose to visit

The wine region we propose to visit

The route will go through the following landmarks

Vilafranca del Penedès,
The church of Sant Cristòfol.


Guardiola de Font-rubí
Pla del Penedès.
Santa Maria de Bellver
Sant Pere de Riudebitlles,
The church of Sant Pere,
The gothic palace of the marquesos de Llo
The romanic churches of Sant Marçal, d’estil romànic, i Santa Maria.
Modernist arquitecture of the Casa Mestres, l’Ateneu Agrícola, l Freixenet and Codorniu

Answers / Respuestas Barcelona Quiz

In what year ( approximately )were the walls of the city of Barcelona torn 
down coinciding with a general strike and the death of of 6400 people from 
cholera ?
1854
What was the approximate population of Barcelona in 1920 and in 1492?
710 000 and 20 000
In what year was the inquisition abolished in Spain ?
1820
In what palace was Columbus received by the kings of Spain in Barcelona?
Salon del Tinell
In what year did the construction of the barrio de la Barceloneta of Barcelona start ?

1753
Who was Tete Montoliu and what big band did he record with in Barcelona?
Catalan Jazz pianists and he recorded with thre big band del Taller de musics

¿En qué año, aproximadamente, fueron derruidas las murallas de la Cuidad de Barcelona , coiniciendo con una huelga general y con la muerte de 6400 personas por cólera?
1854
¿Cuál era la población aproximada de la Cuidad de Barcelona en 1920 y en 1492?
710 000 and 20 000
¿En qué año se abolió la Inquisición en España?
1820
¿En qué palacio de Barcelona fue recibido Colón por los Reyes ?
Salon del Tinell
¿En qué año comenzó la construcción del barrio de la Barceloneta?

1753
¿Quién fue Tete Montoliu y con qué big band grababa en Barcelona?
Pianists de jazz Catalan , grabo con la big band del Taller de Musics

Barcelona Restaurants. Paella

Barcelona Restaurants .

Paella

The famous Spanish rice that dates from the mid-19th century , originally from Valencia, on the east coast of Spain.Paella , Barcelona restaurants

The most known varieties are:

1.The Seafood paella (In Spanish: paella de marisco)
2.The Valencian Paella (In Spanish: paella valenciana),
3.The mixed paella (In Spanish: paella mixta);

The Valencian paella is made with white rice, vegetables, meat (rabbit, chicken, duck).
The Seafood paella replaces meat and snails with seafood and omits some beans and green vegetables.
The Mixed paella is a free-style combination of meat, seafood, vegetables and sometimes beans.

There are many many more varieties of rice with things in it.

All grandmothers have their own recipe and the ingredients they use depend on the live or dead-things they have near them. So if you are in mountains and have no fish then the rice will be called mountain rice with meats and veggies and rice.

The following are some more varieties . The combinations of rice and veggies ,meats and seafood can be countless as grandmothers there are :
1.Rice with eels and chickpeas
2.Black rice made with cuttle fish and it’ s black ink
3.Rice that is substituted by pasta , spaghetti , this is called fideua
4.Paella with lobster
5.Paella with duck
6.Paella made only with vegetables

Two good places to savour some varieties in the Barceloneta area next to the beach in Barcelona .

Restaurant La Mar Salada
The price is around 35 euros.
Pg. Joan de Borbó, 58-59  ·  08003 Barcelona, Spain.  ·  T. +34 93 221 21 27 / +34 93 221 10 15  · 
Closed on Tuesdays

These are some of the varieties they offer:
1.Arròs de calamarcets de platja. (Rice with beach squid )
2.Arròs caldós de llamàntol. (Rice with lobster)
3.Arròs negre amb sèpia. (The black rice I mentioned)
4.Arròs de muntanya (conill ,cargols i ceps ) The mountain rice where grandmother hunted down a rabbit, mushrooms and some snails.

Restaurant Cheriff

This is where I go a lot to have good seafood type paella . The price would be around 40 euros for the meal, closed on Sundays and is a family establishment with a nice local vibe.
Ginebra, 15-17, 08003 Barcelona, Spain. Tel : 34 933100760

Tips
Do not go for the paellas that are frozen pre-cooked or advertised with pictures in Barcelona.

Paella is served as the menu del dia on Thursdays in most restaurants in Spain. So you can try it as part of a three course meal for around 9 to 12 euros and it is served in most restaurants . This traditions starts from the old days since it took long for fresh fish to travel inland and since Sunday was a day of rest, fish would start their inland adventure on Tuesday on horse and most places would only get in on Thursday so that is where the tradition starts for having paella on Thursdays.

Barcelona things to do.

Barcelona things to do.

How about a good pop flamenco concert not intented for tourists ?

I recommend the following artist and concert:

Who?  JOSÉ EL FRANCÉS’

Where ?

Luz de Gas
Address: C Muntaner, 246
District: Sarrià-Sant Gervasi

When? 19/03/2010 at 21.30

Price 22 euros.

Jose “El Frances” (1971 -), whose real name is Jose Rodriguez Vazquez was  born in  Montpellier in 1971. That is why he is called Joseph the French ( el francés. Yes he is a gyspsy descendant of spanish immigrants and a cantaor, a flamenco vocalist.

Having played and recorded with the famed Camaron de la Isla his discography includes:

* The streets of San Blas (1992)

* We’re perfect (1995)

* Soul (1999)

* Playing love (2002)

* Water of hope (2004)

Respirando Amor (2009)

He will be presenting his latest CD  “Respirando Amor”.  with 11 new songs as “Caracolillos de Luna”

Please listen to him on

Jose el Frances, Barcelona Hostal Residencia Australia


Latest news on contest for a free trip to Barcelona

Gane un viaje a Barcelona, nuestro concurso, ultimas noticias.

En las últimas semanas hemos recibido nuevas inscripciones para nuestro concurso.

Debido a esto tenemos un poco de retraso de tal forma que la semana que viene recibirán un correo los concursantes que han contestado correctamente la primera fase con las instrucciones de la segunda parte.

Para aquellos que no se han apuntado aún pueden ver la información del concurso para ganar un viaje a Barcelona y quedarse en el Hostal residencia Australia en http://www.residenciaustralia.com/concurso.html

Suerte a todos.

Thomas Lorenzo

Latest news on our music and cultural contest for a free trip to Barcelona

Just a quick note to let you all know that we have delayed the second stage to allow further contestants to enter.

During the following week all contestants for the second stage will be getting an email.

For those who have not entered yet you have all the info about the contest on http://www.residenciaustralia.com/concurso.html

Regards

Thomas Lorenzo

The Labyrinth of Horta

Our barcelona hostel tip of the day is to visit the romantic gardens and labyrinth of Horta. Prices adults: 1,90o. Children under 6 free Opening hours: From 10.am until sunset XVIII century construction Architect: Doménico Bagutti

How to get there: Line 111, the green line, exit at Mundet Have fun.

The Labyrinth represents a journey to our own center and back again out into the world. Labyrinths have long been used as meditation and prayer tools.

This is cool tip and it is a good opportunity to get a nice view of the city as it is located in the top part of the city next to the mountain of Tibidado.

Look at a stone and feel the past

La Rambla del Borne.

This rambla can be considered the heart of the bohemian district of “el
Borne”, next to the main ramblas, full of nice bars and cafes to enjoy the
Barcelona night.

You would never guess that this rambla was before the grounds for medieval
tournaments. At certain times of the year they would decorate this rambla
with flowers and flags with the nobel´s emblems , build wooden seating
arrangements so that the town´s folk could attend in mass numbers to witness
the brave combats.

The Montcada family was known for the bravery of their Knights, ( the
museum Picasso is located on the street named after this family) who also
fought along side Roger de Lauria in the crusades of the Holy Land.

Where does the Camino de Santiago start in Barcelona?

Barcelona Travel Guide, Where does the Camino de Santiago start in
Barcelona?. The Church of Sant Jaume.

Located on calle Ferrán, ( Rambla´s area), opposite the old jewish
quarters. During the medieval times it was a meeting point for converted
jews, a church that the rest of christians tried to avoid.

Once inside the church check out the altar , a reproduction of the Pilgrim
of Santiago with the shell and walking stick. The church is considered the
starting point in Barcelona for the Camino de Santiago.

UPdate on concurso

I am receiving excellent replies.

We have decided  to add new questions every 15 days for new comers. No one has answered incorrectly yet,

Do not worry all questions  will  be very easy

Estoy recibiendo unas respuestas excelentes al concurso de las cuales me siento muy orgulloso. Con el fin de mantener una fluidez en el concurso y en su objetivo cada 15 dias iremos renovando las preguntas .

Gracias a todos.

The questions, Las preguntas. The quiz, El concurso

The first stage , the questions

If you get these right you will be able to move on to section 2 of the contest. The collage
Please send the replies to info@residenciaustralia.com

In what year ( approximately )were the walls of the city of Barcelona torn
down coinciding with a general strike and the death of of 6400 people from
cholera ?

What was the approximate population of Barcelona in 1920 and in 1492?

In what year was the inquisition abolished in Spain ?

In what palace was Columbus received by the kings of Spain in Barcelona?

In what year did the construction of the barrio de la Barceloneta of Barcelona start ?

Who was Tete Montoliu and what big band did he record with in Barcelona?
The collage

La primera fase. Las preguntas

Porfavor envien la respuesta a estas preguntas a: info@residenciaustralia.com

Si aciertan podrán pasar a la segunda fase del concurso.

¿En qué año, aproximadamente, fueron derruidas las murallas de la Cuidad de Barcelona , coiniciendo con una huelga general y con la muerte de 6400 personas por cólera?

¿Cuál era la población aproximada de la Cuidad de Barcelona en 1920 y en 1492?

¿En qué año se abolió la Inquisición en España?

¿En qué palacio de Barcelona fue recibido Colón por los Reyes ?

¿En qué año comenzó la construcción del barrio de la Barceloneta?

¿Quién fue Tete Montoliu y con qué big band grababa en Barcelona?

Hostal Residencia Australia , time for some food

Residencia Australia wishes you to have a nice lunch today, to savour the typical cuisine of the catalan traditional “mercat”.

We would like to suggest having lunch at the restaurant called Market, Comte Borrell 68.

The menu for lunch is about 10 euros for a three course meal . Choose from three starters and three second courses. You might be able to find a pear and “rocafort ” salad, a turkey chocolate stew, salmon with vegetables etc

Have fun

I forgot , remember lunch time is from 1.30 to 3.30 aprox.


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.