A food lovers guide to Barcelona

Hello FOOD! Some call me an absolute food snob and I’d agree, I guess. To me, eating isn’t just about the food it’s about the; company, space, vibe, the wine and of course, the food (duh!).

So, I’ve collated a few of my ‘not to miss’ restaurants in Barcelona that, I think, offer the full experience! Your mouth will be salivating at the site, and it should be. Use this guide and you won’t step wrong on the BCN food scene (click on the name for their website/directions).

 Can Paixano 

Unfortunately, I have no photos of my experience here. It’s buzzing and super cheap! Serving the typical tapas and cava, Can Paixano is a place you should schedule for a late afternoon (although the crowds were a little much for mum, it’s an experience you dare not miss!).

Brunch and Cake 

A reinvented menu with bagels, strawberry & camembert sandwiches and killer banana bread – what compliments their food is their outfits, decor and terrace; a perfect position for a long weekend Brunch – be there early, lines start around 11.

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Cerveceria Catalana 

An essential stop when in Barcelona. You will have to wait a while to be seated, but trust me IT’S WORTH IT! With all the tapas you can dream of, this place is ridiculously good. HOT TIP: Wait for a bar seat, it’s first come first serve and right in the middle of the action.

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Cosmo

Healthy, hip and hidden Cosmo is a cafe-cum-exhibition space. Great supporter of local artists and the server of the best mocha frappe I’ve ever had!

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Dela Crem

Needing an afternoon pick me up? How about a Baileys cocktail and brownie? Mum’s eyes lit up as soon as she saw that on the menu. Also featuring 20 plus favours of ice-cream – you can’t make a bad selection here!

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El Ville

Tucked away on Career Doctor Dou in Raval (FYI my favourite suburb of Barcelona!) you’ll find El Ville serving modern spinoffs of typical Catalan favourites – their pan con tomato is exceptional. Well actually everything is bloody delicious!

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More ins and outs of BCN here! But for now I’m back in little ole London town!

Watch this space on Wednesday for two of the hottest’s new stores in London!

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Move. Smile.

I once saw a meme on Facebook explaining the reason for the light in the fridge is to allow us to devour any treat we see as a reasonable satisfier for our midnight cravings (mine is usually chocolate – Cadbury Old Gold Rum and Raisin).  A brilliant concept, perhaps not the best for loosing weight, but in order to see what the fridge truly has to offer. How often are there times we go to our closet and have no idea where to find that top, dress, cardigan or pair of jeans because of the darkness of the area.
Alas, girls (and guys) there is a fix – gives you a reason to smile.

My.light launched in October allows you to guide your way to that perfect outfit just by opening the closet door or getting out of bed. The environmentally friendly LED’s are switched by motion sensor and can stay on as long as you need.

The benefit of this product is the transferability throughout the home, specifically the Bed-light range lights illuminates the path without disturbing others in the room (so they won’t find out you’re up for the chocolate – win).

A simple, easy to install, environmentally friendly and effective product!
Take a look at how to sneak your way around the house here and smile 😉   http://en.mylight.me/products/

Jagged Edge

 Federal takes its name from a small town of country New South Wales in Australia, and has a sister cafe in Madrid.
The interior is a designers dream; jagged edges throughout, large communal dining and simplicity pedant lighting – felt like I was sipping my skinny latte on Swan Street.

My recommendation –  the yoghurt & granola ❤

Thank you Federal Cafe – you are my home away from home!

Enjoy – Joy Susanna

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Street Talk

 Today I have exclusive photos of jewellery designer Cuca Abad’s showroom and home (..and extensive luxury shoe collection!) displaying etchings of numerous artists from around Spain, the most renowned of all Sonia Bermudez.

‘We wanted to make the walls noisy, like that of the street’s’ Sonia Bermudez says as I walk in the second floor refurbished showroom for Cuca (jewellery designer). Sonia has commissioned unique pieces all over the world for private and commercial interiors, murals, and her latests passion ‘Alto Peru Surf’. A program started as a youth diversion surf school has now extended to reach those not skilled or interested by the water sport.

Sonia recently spent three months in Peru and now focuses her attention on completing Cuca Abad’s jewellery showroom. In collaboration with others, Sonia spoke of the importance of believing and understanding the artwork and how it impacts the feel of the room in the first instance. Learn more about this selfless, passionate an talented woman at http://www.soniabermudez.com or to donate to Alto Peru Surf like their Facebook page –  https://www.facebook.com/altoperusurf/timeline. 

Also featured in Cucu’s apartment, fine wool artist Fina Badia – http://finabadia.com/index.php/es/

Enjoy xx

JS

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Photos: JoySusanna | Location: Open exhibition – Casa de Cuca Abad

Spring is in the air! <3

Happy hump day lovelies!!
What celebrates spring better than flowers, sun and flowing chiffon?!  Socialite Angie Luna wanders the famous flower tiles our favourite and home suburb of I’Eixample.
This is my favourite outfit of the week! So simple, feminine – effortless! As you can see Angie enjoyed her time in this!

Enjoy

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Photos and Styling: JoySusanna | Carrer de Diputacio | Eixample

Plain and Simple..

Celebrating Paris Fashion Week and the first week of Spring, I wanted to style the gorgeous Angie L. Luna.
In the coming days I’ll post a show case of my style- stripped back basics.

Enjoy.

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VINÇON

Purely photos today, enjoy. JS x

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NYC flavours – BCN Stylin’

A little insight into JS -I have an obsession researching real-estate and properties from around the world to see what’s out there. The other day I found this downtown New York style loft, in Barcelona and I had to share it! Now run as a studio hired per hour this refurb’d warehouse is my idea of perfect interior design, natural, simplistic, welcoming and homey. Photo credit to Studio 115, more photos here;
http://www.homedsgn.com/2013/01/02/new-york-style-loft-in-downtown-barcelona-by-shoot-115/

Love with me & Enjoy!

JS

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20-50’s heaven

If you are a lover of restored early to mid 1900’s art deco, you have to take a look at the pieces in Fins de Siecles. Nicholas Vanderbeck and Michele Van Hove curate pieces to sell in their Eixample show room from mostly France and Italy. Find your special piece here – http://www.finsdesiecles-artdeco.com/es/

Enjoy

JoySusanna

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Oh My Gaudi!

It’s hard to come to terms with one man’s ability to imagine concepts as Gaudi did. I was overwhelmed by his eye for intricate details on a such grand scale as I immersed myself at Park Güell and Sagrada Familia. This man is a true inspiration for style, design and architecture and I’m not surprised that Barcelona is the style of the world being surrounded with streets covered in Gaudi’s work.

Enjoy and I hope I can do his work justice (there’s no way, but enjoy anyway!)

JoySusanna

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