Pepito Barcelona

Pepito Barcelona

Pepito Barcelona

Spain has always been one of the top places in the world when it comes to food. I confess that over these 2 years I’ve never tried so much different food and tasted so much wine. In Barcelona, I visited a wide range of restaurants, from small and cheap locals to prestigious locations renown worldwide. But recently, a new restaurant caught my attention: Pepito.

With a prestigious location between Rambla Cataluña and Paseo de Gracia, Pepito specializes (evidently) in Pepitos. This classic meal turns into a gourmet dish with ingredients such as Brie cheese, foie and pimientos de padrón (the typical green Galician peppers with a salty touch).

Pepito Restaurant

Pepito Restaurant

The menu holds a variety of plates such as salads exquisitely finished, meats, tartar, cod with honey and gourmet tapas. As well, many D.O. from Spain are available for you to choose and marry your meal to boost each flavor.

Pepito Barcelona

Pepito Barcelona

This fashionable and trendy site is the “it place” for Barcelona’s sybarites. The decoration and service allows the guests to stay longer to have dessert or enjoy a last drink in good company.

Pepito

Pepito

I urge you to visit it and try the Pepito Dupont (pimientos de padrón, foie and mushroom) or the Pepito Puig (brie cheese and grilled tomato), if you’re not into pepitos the salmon tartar with avocado is amazing, as well as the patatas bravas or the salad with burrata.

Don’t forget to make a reservation during weekends!

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Memmo Alfama

Alfama

Alfama

Every time I travel, I like to look for exclusive and hidden places away from the mass. The kind of places where you can disconnect from everything and just lay down and enjoy.

Last weekend I visited Portugal (Lisbon and Cascais). My experience was amazing as I find this country extremely picturesque: colorful buildings decorated with tile, narrow streets with a characteristic floor, ancient buildings, trams and extraordinary views.

Deep inside Alfama’s district, in Lisbon, stands a unique an exclusive hotel for lifestyle lovers: Memmo Alfama. This design hotel with 42 rooms, and a unique view of the river Tagus and Alfama, is the perfect spot for those who aim to feel like home away from home.

Views

Views

Its minimal decoration combined with an amazing hospitality makes Memmo Alfama a must when in Lisbon. The dualism between vintage and modern is evident when looking at the rooftops of Alfama district while chilling at the amazing pool deck. To enjoy what Memmo Alfama has to offer, you have to be staying at the hotel. This policy is what makes the hotel even more exclusive and cozy.

The terrace

The terrace

Gin Mare

Gin Mare

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The terrace is the perfect place to listen chill out music while drinking an amazing Gin tonic (I suggest you ask for Gin Mare) and enjoying a sunset that you will remember forever…

The Kennedys exhibition

The Kennedys Loewe

The Kennedys Loewe

On my last post, I told you everything about the amazing Galeria Loewe located in Paseo de Gracia. However, I decided to make a separate post on the temporary exhibition which is shown at this time. This expo is dedicated to the great historical legend of an era: The Kennedys.

The photographer behind this amazing exhibit is Mark Shaw, who also shot personalities of the likes of Pablo Picasso, Brigitte Bardot and Coco Chanel.

Mark Shaw was able to create the most intimate family portrait of the once President of The United States. Shaw remained 1036 days at the White House (from 1960-1963), gathering a large volume of graphic material with warmth that few images have.

The Kennedys Loewe

The Kennedys Loewe

The Kennedys

The Kennedys

40 portraits and photographs that have not been displayed in 50 years illustrate JFK’s public and personal life until his death in 1963.

Shaw was a close friend of the Kennedys and for five years he had the privilege of being the unofficial family photographer. Not only was he present with his camera at the Oval Office at many of the president´s institutional meetings, he also has access to the intimate spaces where JFK spent time with his family and children in an attempt to enjoy a little bit of anonymity. This is what makes his pictures so unique, as they reflect a human, classic and natural vision of one of America’s most renown family.

The Kennedys

The Kennedys

The exhibit will be open in Barcelona until November 15 at Paseo de Gracia 35.

The Kennedys

The Kennedys

Jackie Kennedy

Jackie Kennedy

Galeria Loewe

Galeria Loewe

Galeria Loewe

Everyday there’s something going on in Barcelona… The diversity and variety of activities this city holds is amazing. Since I’m about to move to Mexico City in a few weeks, I’m making the most of Barcelona and enjoying every possible spot.

One of the many places I’ve been eager to visit is the Galeria Loewe, a space located at Paseo de Gracia, where the Maison lovers can explore the firms’ universe.

Galeria Loewe  is divided in 5 levels, each of them focusing on a different aspect of Loewe´s 166 years of artisanal expertise, showing its history and tradition through multimedia art installations and interactive experiences.

Amazona bag

Amazona bag

Amazona bag

Amazona bag

The ground floor is focused on the iconic Amazona bag. This bag is not only my favorite purse ever, but it is also an international symbol since its creation in 1975.

The floor is perfectly structured for visitors to understand the making of of this masterpiece. With a hologram explaining the techniques, an installation focusing on the 65 parts of the Amazona bag, and a glance to the tools used today, it is easy to understand and love this bag (with its multiple reinventions) over and over again.

Amazona tools

Amazona tools

Amazona bag Loewe

Amazona bag Loewe

Loewe silk scarves

Loewe silk scarves

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The basement floor is focused on the Loewe scarves made of silk. These are inspired in the Spanish culture, which also characterizes the Maison. On the displays, visitors may see the some of the designs available and also the house’s most emblematic silk collections. What I liked the most was the “Flamenco dancers” installation by artist Daniel Wurtzel. In this, a piece of organza in caught in flight by a whirl of air, personifying a scarf into a Spanish dancer.

On the lower mezzanine lays the historical area. Here it’s worth to see the reconstruction of José Pérez de Rozas (Loewe’s art director from 1945-1978) most memorable window display, from 1960s.

José Pérez de Rozas window display

José Pérez de Rozas window display

The upper mezzanine is all about leather and senses. Here stands a tree in which Flamenco bags of vibrant colors are transformed into fruits of temptation made of napa.

Loewe tree

Loewe tree

Finally the top level, where a temporary exhibition related to the firm is exposed. This time it was all about The Kennedys. But I’ll talk about this on my next post! To read it click here

Kisses…

Video by lunatxell

Happy first anniversary at Dry Martini

Dry Martini BarcelonaTo celebrate my first anniversary blogging at Il Dolce Stilo, I decided to visit a very top and special place : Dry Martini.

This bar is owned by Javier de las Muelas, considered as one of the most prominent cocktail masters in the world.

With more the 30 years of history, Dry Martini is an icon in the Cocktail World. Its English style of a cocktail bar with leather sofas, dark wood and tons of different bottles; its art collection on the walls dedicated to his famous cocktail, its exquisite menu and its classic (and not so classic) cocktails has leaded Dry Martini to the list of the 50 best bars in the World!! Dry Martini Javier de las Muelas

My amazing gin tonic

My amazing gin tonic

This “must-visit” place in Barcelona has a unique enchantment and cozy atmosphere with an amazing know how in cocktails. Although you may assume that the drink to ask for is a Dry Martini (and it is) this bar is considered the third best gin bar in the world. I asked for an amazing gin which was masterly made and I totally support this title. (GIN LOVERS MUST TRY IT!)

Today, Dry Martini is considered one of the top 15 bars in the world, so make sure to visit it  when you come to Barcelona. Be sure to make a toast; mine was for a happy year blogging at Il Dolce Stilo…cheers!!!

DRY martini