Tickets – Barcelona

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On the second night of our eating tour of Barcelona, CateyLou, my sister, and I went to Tickets.  Tickets is an upscale tapas restaurant started by famed El Bulli founder Ferran Adria.  It was probably our best meal in Barcelona and even though not every course was a home run it was a fun and memorable meal. … 

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Cal Pep – Barcelona

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CateyLou and I, along with my sister, went to Cal Pep for dinner during our trip to Barcelona in February of 2013.  Although the restaurant is unassuming from the exterior, it came highly recommended from several trusted sources who raved about their simple but expertly prepared tapas.  We were not disappointed and would definitely recommend Cal Pep to eaters looking for authentic tapas in a no-frills atmosphere.  … 

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Squash Toast Girl

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One of my top 5 favorite dishes in NYC is the roasted kabocha squash toast at ABC Kitchen.  It might even be number 1 – it’s that good.  I have been known to go sit at the bar alone and order squash toast.  The flavor is just unbelievable – the toasty olive oil soaked bread is spread with creamy ricotta, and then topped with the magical squash mixture.  It is sweet, salty, and spicy all at the same time.  The fresh mint on top adds a beautiful pop of green and a fresh finish.  The first time I introduced the dish to my husband, he insisted that we only needed one order.  He was obviously wrong, and we had to order a second one to come out with dinner.  It is seriously that good!  On a recent visit, I was lamenting the fact that this restaurant is not in our neighborhood.  If it was, I would go all the time just to sit at the bar and get the squash toast.  I would become a regular, and they would call me squash toast girl.  Strange goal, I know, but I think it would be awesome to be known as squash toast girl.  This dish is seasonal, so go try it soon to avoid disappointment. … 

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