Where to Eat in Barcelona – A Foodies Paradise

Did someone say food…?

The places to stuff your face in Barcelona are endless. There’s brunch, tapas, cafes, desserts, bakeries, the list goes on and on. Though I can’t fit it all on one list, I can provide you with some of my favorites from the past month. Get ready, your stomachs about to growl in 3, 2, 1…

Brunch & Cake 

Calling all foodies!! Snap a picture of anything on the menu at Brunch & Cake and your followers will be suffering from a severe case of food envy. The presentation of meals here is out of this world. I’m talking pink poached eggs, acai bowls served in pineapples, cheesecake banana french toast, and guacamole in a syringe… but with a slogan like, “In Grandmothers We Trust” would you really expect anything less? Major Key: order the ricotta pancakes -they seem to be a fan favorite on yelp. & Don’t forget to give us a shout out when your Instagram picture gets more likes than your selfie. #blessed.

My order: Avocado Toast w/ Quinoa/Feta/Poached Egg.

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Mama’s Cafe

Mama’s Cafe is tucked away in trendy and artistic neighborhood of Gracia.  Enjoy typical cafe style food like omelettes, sandwiches, and salads – plus they serve brunch all day long! The food is made with fresh organic ingredients and a wide variety of vegetarian options are available as well. However, the true magic of Mama’s is situated in the rear of the cafe where a quaint ,well shaded, terrace with terracotta tiles and fairy lights lies. It’s a space that feels effortlessly inviting and relaxing without trying to hard… and something about sitting on a terrace just kinda makes you feel cool – right? The interior is cozy as well with sofas, dimmed lights, and magazine covered coffee tables making it feel as though you could spend hours there without feeling rushed. So grab a book or a friend to chat with and head on over to Mama’s!

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Taverna El Glop

El Glop, El Glop, El Glop… If there is one place you go on this list please make it El Glop. You know that little restaurant down that street that you went to with your family growing up? Well this is that place – but better. The walls are full of framed photographs signed by athletes, actors, and politicians that frequent the restaurant. Not to mention the traditional Catalan food that will knock you off your feet. However, the heart of this restaurant lies in the wait staff. The manager will greet you at the door and the chef will start a conversation with you while he cooks. We’ve become quite close to some of the waiters who help us practice our Spanish and offer us free shots and cookies. It’s safe to say that we’ve been here more than a few times.

Order: tomato feta salad, chicken and vegetable paella, and a glass of red wine.

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La Bicicleta

If you are looking for yummy food on college friendly budget then add “La Bicicleta” to your Yelp bookmarks – ASAP! I ordered a blue cheese + mushroom panini and anchovie stuffed olives for just 5 euros. They project movies on the wall and play classic rock music all day long. So watch “Back to the Future,” jam out Jimi Hendrix, and indulge in some cheap delicious food. MIC DROP

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Doner Kebabs

Doner Kebab is NOT the name of a restaurant, it’s the name of delicious middle eastern sandwhich with meat, veggies, and tzatziki sauce in pita. They are super cheap (3 euro), very filling, and you can find them in an array of restaurants around the city. They have become my roommate and I’s go-to lunch during breaks between classes. I think i’ll miss these the most when I leave.

 

Stay tuned, the “Best Bars” and “Best Dessert” posts are on their way!

xoxo,

Mads!

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Favorite Podcasts of 2017 So Far…

Podcasts – LOVE THEM. My love for podcasts first began while working my 9-to-5 corporate accounting job. What better way to keep your mind active while sitting at a desk all day? Nowadays I listen to them while driving, working from home, or just when needing some inspiration.

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Here’s a few of my favorites right now:

Listen Money Matters 

A non-boring and totally relatable finance podcast. The two hosts, Andrew and Thomas, open a beer each episode and talk money in an easy-to-understand way.  They cover everything from rental income, repaying debt, and the broke-ass bride wedding guide.

Notable Episodes: Closing the Wage Gap

The Tim Ferriss Show

Proclaimed human guinea pig. Tim Ferriss interviews experts in all industries and facets of life with the purpose of finding out their best tips, tricks, and stories. His podcast will absolutely captivate you.

Notable Episodes: Jamie Foxx Part 1 and Part 2, Mike Rowe

How I Built This

A fairly recent to the scene podcast that I have been obsessed with since day one. An NPR produced show that delves into the beginnings of some of the most well-known businesses. Find out the story behind the company and be inspired.

Notable Episodes: Patagonia, Spanx, Mark Cuban

Girlboss Radio with Sophia Amoruso

Shout out to all the girl bosses around the world – it’s all about the ladies on this podcast. Sophia Amoruso, the girlboss behind Nasty Gal, interviews and celebrates successful business women in all industries.

Notable Episodes: Anne Marie Slaughter

Anna Faris is Unqualified

When I need a good laugh, I listen to this podcast. Anna Faris is awesome. Anna and her co-host Sim invite celebrities to come hang out and call strangers on the phone to help them with their relationship problems.

Notable Episodes: They’re all good! I most recently listened to Isla Fisher’s episodes.

What are a few of your favorite podcasts right now?

-Gigi

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The Day I Quit My Job in a Halloween Costume

2016 was a big year.

I graduated with my Bachelor’s degree, got hired as a corporate accountant working for a CFO of a large company, got engaged, and then proceeded to quit the above mentioned job in a crayon costume on Halloween. Yes – a Crayola crayon costume. 

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There I was in an Amazon.com ordered black crayon costume (pointy hat and all) telling the CFO who had just hired me six months before that I would be putting in my notice. Sitcom status anybody?!?

I quit to begin my own business. I also quit the expectation of a 10-hour work day norm. And this is how InLine Accounting officially started. My current “day job” helping small businesses and entrepreneurs with their bookkeeping needs in a modern and efficient way. I had a certain needed skill set  (nobody likes accounting!) and an entrepreneurial passion that had been floating around in my head for the few months prior to leaving the corporate gig.

Now I’m not exactly sure how the workforce will evolve over the next decade, but I do know the meaning of ‘going to work’ is evolving as things naturally do. Productivity and idea generation should be the goal – not how many hours of overtime were spent at the office. What do you guys think?

xx Gigi

If you want to read more on the topic of work, I really enjoyed this article: Scrap Your Work From Home Policy

Gigi & Mads – An Introduction

 

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We want to officially introduce ourselves to you all.

We are two sisters who are currently separated by approximately 6,000 miles. Gigi is holding down the fort and wedding planning in Southern California while Mads is adventuring abroad for five months in Barcelona, Spain studying and traveling Europe on the weekends.

We hope this blog will be nothing but relatable as we want to inspire you, create community, and make you laugh! Feel free to reach out to us at our contact page – we are all about forming new connections and making awesome friendships.

xx Gigi and Mads