Arola Craves

21 Jul

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What’s a great way to kick off a stay in Barcelona, Spain? Eating great food is always a great start in my opinion, which is exactly my bf and I did on our first night together. Located on the 2nd floor of the Hotel Arts, our home for the next few days, we dined at Catalan chef Segi Arola’s restaurant, which overlooks the ocean, located in front of Frank Gehry’s giant wale. We were given a few complimentary starters and a bread basket, with garlic, tomato, olive oil, and salt. For the bread, we were instructed to cut the garlic clove and tomato in half, rub the garlic on the bread, then do the same with the tomato, add a little olive oil, and a dash of salt, and eat. The bread was delicious, a perfect teaser for the tapas we about going to enjoy. We ordered White Asparagas with mayonnaise, olives from Aragon and sprout, Eggplant flame roasted, with arbeguina olives and pine nuts, Arola’s Patatas Bravas (mmmm, yum), and White Shrimp prepared with garlic. Our server advised of of ordering 4, maybe 5 items to share, but we didn’t stop at 4, we continued to order the Langoustines grilled with truffle vinaigrette, Mussels in brine with vitelotte potato chips, Crab prepared in Wontong pasta ravioli and dashi, and my bf had the Nebraska Beef loin, marinated with Xerez, vinegar and citrics with vegetables and sprouts. All of the tapas were amazing. Our great dinner, which started off our trip, also ended well with dessert or cocina dulce, pumpkin cake, passion fruit, and white chocolate. If this dinner was an indication of what to expect, I can’t wait for more of what else Barcelona has to offer.

7 Responses to “Arola Craves”

  1. Dreams July 21, 2013 at 6:26 am #

    Everything looks so fabulous. I’m so happy you had a great meal to start your European adventure!

    • Sarah Frances July 22, 2013 at 5:33 pm #

      So good, and it keeps getting better. Since everyone is at summer camp in Europe, so I think I’m going to start a new camp.. food camp, because I’m a super happy food camper right now.

      • Dreams July 22, 2013 at 10:18 pm #

        What a good idea! The first of its kind food camp.

  2. caroline July 21, 2013 at 3:29 pm #

    I could just sit there and eat and eat! I love Barcelona!
    xo

    • Sarah Frances July 22, 2013 at 5:30 pm #

      That’s exactly what I’m doing! I am loving Barcelona. 🙂

  3. DeDivahDeals July 21, 2013 at 7:11 pm #

    Looks wonderful – enjoy!

    • Sarah Frances July 22, 2013 at 5:30 pm #

      Thanks! I have been enjoying all of it! Vacationing always gets the cravings going, Spanish food is amazing.

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