Only 2 days in Barcelona, so many places to go, so little time and yet another chocolate museum beckoned. There are many chocolate museums in Spain, and I previously visited Chocolates Perez, an operational chocolate factory with mini-museum in Villajoyosa.
Chocomad visitors to Spain will be delighted to know that there are 4 other chocolate museums in Spain.
- Museo del Chocolate in Sueca, Valenca,
- Chocolates y Museo Clavileno, Villajoyosa (The Villajoyosa Tourism Office says this one opens at will, so make sure you habla Espanyol and call beforehand)
- Planete Musee du Chocolat, Biarritz
- Museo de la Xocolata, Barcelona
Ok, so I lied about the third one as it is in Biarritz, France, but it is just a short hop away from El Pais Vasco in Spain (Basque Country). Museums are usually cluttered with dusty, antiquated exhibits and yawning children, but this being Barcelona, would they really live up to their reputation for inventiveness and innovation?
Cue Mariachi music……… Its bullfighting season in Spain, and though it cost us 30 Euros, its a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience Spain through the Corrida de Toros. Continue reading
Sun, sand and sea hold not much motivation for me, but if great food is on the cards, my ears perk up and tongue salivates awaiting promised pleasures. Having eaten at Restaurante Monastrell and having had an enlightening food experience there, I made a promise to Chef Maria Jose that I would return to eat at her tapas bar next door. Return I did, twice.
Hot, sweaty, tired from walking all over the city visiting pastry and chocolate shops in a blistering Spanish summer heat, I was waiting all week for this. Oriol Balaguer’s much vaunted Paradigma del Chocolate, or as they say in Spain, mucha aclamada, for this is a variation on his famous 8 textures of chocolate, a masterpiece of a cake called Paradigma del Chocolate.