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Oh Barcelona

A native man sang in a foreign tongue,
I still ache to know the song that he sung,
Barcelona…

It’s no wonder why a lot of people like the idea of getting lost in Barcelona.  A city thriving with culture, history, and delicious food and merriment, I myself would learn Spanish to stay in the city.

With thousands of years of history’s worth buried beneath its old houses and streets, it’s a mystery what stories are yet to be discovered.  On one afternoon, as we were walking along the historic center of La Rambla, we stopped outside a building that housed an ongoing excavation project.  Believe it or not, ruins of a Roman city that once stood there can still be found, underneath normal looking houses today.

Now that I’ve been to Barcelona, I cannot separate the city with the works of Gaudi, in my head.  Everywhere I look a snippet of Gaudi’s inspiration can be found.  From La Sagrada Familia, to commissioned family houses, to Park Guell, and even to tiles that decorate walls and plates, they all remind me of the artist’s work.  He lived a truly extraordinary life that is a great source of inspiration for artists all over the world.

I don’t even know where to begin with food… every small plate of tapas led to another until our hearts were full and content.  The explosion of flavors in our tongues was just heaven.  And of course we could not resist having paellas almost every other day.  My favorite will always be Paella Negra with squid ink, and it never seems to fail.

Locals do so many things that is almost unheard of in other countries.  Closing shop everyday after lunch for siesta sounded strange to me.  Having dinner at 9 or 10 also sounded too late to me.  But once you’re there, you’ll find it easy to fall into the same pattern as what locals do.  And it’s almost romantic how the culture can charm and enchant you, with sincere serenades from a Spanish guitar. 

A weekend in Beverly Hills

Over the weekend, we got the chance to stay at a very upscale hotel in Beverly Hills, the SLS Luxury Collection Hotel.  From a design perspective, the interiors were designed with a focus on fashion and current trends. I was not expecting to see an AK-47 gun or a 5 foot tall black horse as lamps in the lobby, nor the backlit poster of Penelope Cruz adorning the entire wall of the reception area on my floor as I stepped out of the elevator.  For designers who love pop art and not just subtle clean design, this is a place to check out.

More than just staying at a nice hotel, we also got the chance to try out our friend’s highly recommended restaurant – Scratch. They make everything from scratch, from their butter, to their breads… not just that, but if you’re adventurous, try out the 16 course meal which the chefs will prepare for you, only letting you know what ingredients they’ll be using, and not telling you the sequence or combinations of how they’ll use the ingredients.  They change their menu every month on top of that. It’s a very bold concept created by a group of chefs, there are no servers in the restaurant, and the chefs who create the dish also take the time to explain to you what their creation is.

Such a lovely weekend. 1

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