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Six Barcelona Restaurants to Try Now

Barcelona Restaurants: Pakta

Our abridged, meal-by-meal guide to where and what to eat now.

Breakfast: Fried egg with Potato at L’Eggs
Start the day with chef Paco Pérez’s gently fried hen’s egg at his new ou-centric spot in L’Eixample. It’s flecked with black garlic, draped in crisp jamón, and served on a pile of potato batons. $15.

Lunch: Meatball Escudella at El 300 del Born
At this historic El Born market turned cultural center, Jordi Vilà puts his own spin on Catalan classics. Here, he uses truffles to elevate deep bowls of traditional pork-meatball soup. $12.

Snack: “Rocadillo” at Roca Bar
The Roca brothers—the trio behind the acclaimed (and impossible-to-book) El Celler de Can Roca, in Girona—serve drop-in bites at this accessible offshoot in the Hotel Omm. We love the warm brioches stuffed with lightly smoked eel. $14.

Video: Barcelona Port Guide

Dinner: Sea Bass Ceviche at Pakta (pictured)
Albert Adrià’s happening spot specializes in Japanese-Peruvian Nikkei cuisine. A highlight of the 24-course tasting menu: this tangy white fish served raw with kumquats and leche de tigre (a citrus-based marinade). $124 for 24-course menu.

Dessert: “La Cirera” at La Pastisseria
At his L’Eixample boutique, pastry chef Josep Rodríguez Guerola displays sweet treats like jewels, such as the glazed cherry mousse on a crumbly base of almond and milk-chocolate cookies. $6.

To Go: Jamón in a Cone at Enrique Tomás
Spain’s leading purveyor of jamón ibérico sells ruby slivers of fatty, acorn-fed ham in grab-and-go form. At the Carrer de Pelai flagship in the Barri Gòtic, pick up a bamboo funnel filled with ham shavings for the plane ride home. $6.

Related Links:
Barcelona Travel Guide
T+L’s Definitive Guide to Barcelona
Locals’ Guide to Barcelona

Photo by Miquel Gonzalez

Beijing Fast Forwards to the Future

Beijing

The headlong rush of Beijing’s booming scene, as seen by T+L—old-school restaurants, futuristic architecture, Internet entrepreneurs, and over-the-top nightclubs.

In Beijing, the past trembles before the future. Nowhere on earth is the fast-forward button pressed with such might and frequency. Nowhere else do the centuries disappear into the night, handed over to starchitect Zaha Hadid’s Galaxy Soho, a building that looks like four UFO’s have landed around a traditional Chinese courtyard, or to shopping malls called the Place or the Village, or to ring roads that encircle the Forbidden City carrying millions of cars, each barely inching forward through the haze of pollution that the government euphemistically likes to call “bad weather.” And yet even as you slide past the ghost buildings that line the impossibly wide boulevards, broken up only by flashing billboards of Western beauties hawking Dior, you start to think: This is where it’s at. Beijing, China’s political capital, is where the future will be partly decided and packaged and presented to large swaths of the globe. Even a few of the foreign denizens of the financial capital, Shanghai, tell me they’d rather move to Beijing, if only to better grease the palms of those who actually wield power, the functionaries of China’s Communist Party. I’ve met many Europeans who proudly announce that they’ve never in their entire lives visited New York. To participate in the 21st century and not know Beijing will require similar pride. Or foolishness. In fact, the saddest flight in the world is from America’s decrepit Newark Liberty International Airport, essentially a giant bathroom with airplanes, to the gleaming and sinuous Norman Foster–designed Beijing Capital International Airport.

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Neighborhood Guide to Istanbul

Istanbul

Where to go now—neighborhood by neighborhood in Istanbul.

On my first visit to Istanbul, in the mid 1980’s, donkey carts still trundled across the iron Galata Bridge between the historic Old City and the Europeanized Beyoğlu quarter. And right away I was hooked...on faded Byzantine frescoes and smoky kebabs and tulip-shaped glasses of tea. I’m even more smitten today, as I gaze over the Bosporus boat traffic from the window of a little apartment I bought in the leafy Cihangir quarter. Istanbul is a global megalopolis now, a place where grit and gloss, East and West, secularism and Islam all collide with a jolt—or just as often cohabit gracefully. This is my Istanbul.

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Prabal Gurung Designs Uniforms for All Nippon Airways

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Prabal Gurung’s latest designs are hitting the runway — the airport runway, that is. The designer and FLOTUS favorite recently designed uniforms for Japanese airline All Nippon Airways. Now, cabin attendants and ground staff will be decked in en vogue attire.

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A Kid's Guide to New Orleans

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New Orleans is famous for bar-lined Bourbon Street and the Mardi Gras celebrations along it. But is it a family getaway? Liz Vilardi and Nick Zappia, owners of Cambridge, Massachuetts restaurants Belly wine bar and The Blue Room, decided to find out with their five year old son, Lucian.

Here, Liz shares Lucian's Guide to New Orleans:

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Crystal Cruises Announces Game of Thrones Excursion

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Crystal Cruises has announced a Game of Thrones-themed excursion on summer sailings to Belfast, Northern Ireland.

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Antonio Sersale's Two Days in Mexico City

Mexico City

Having lived four years, from the age of 5 to 9 on a ranch in Taxco, Guerrero, I was happy to return to Mexico for a business trip allowing me two extra days to visit tow museums of contemporary art and take a day trip to Taxco.

Walking out of the airport I was met by the familiar faces of Mexicans speaking their own form of Spanish which I loved. For my hotel, I  made a reservation at Las Alcobas, a luxury boutique property perfectly situated near fashionable shops and great restaurants in the chic Polanco neighborhood. As soon as I walked in I was struck the elegant atmosphere. The lobby was small intimate and very well designed.  Behind the counters the staff welcomed me warmly with big smiles.

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Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi Debuts New Look

Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi

The Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi—six-time World's Best Award-winner and perennial Santa Fe favorite—is debuting a new look this week after a total renovation of the guestrooms.

Designed by the same firm that built the Inn's interiors 22 years ago, the rooms now boast brighter, earth-toned walls and local terracota ceramics. Bathrooms, previously done up in green, have quartz counters and white porcelain tiles. Not everything is new, however. the kiva-style gas fireplaces located in each of the property's 58 rooms? Thankfully, they are staying.

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Seabourn’s Newest Ship to Feature Tihany Interiors

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Interiors guru Adam D. Tihany is taking on a sea-worthy new project: Seabourn’s latest ship, due to launch in 2016 with room for an expected 604 guests (and private verandas on every suite). We’re excited to see what Tihany —the visual mastermind behind New York’s Sirio at the Pierre, Daniel, and the recently re-opened poolside café at Beverly Hills Hotel & Bungalows, in Los Angeles—will bring to Seabourn. More details are still emerging, but according to Tihany himself: “My goal is to design a beautiful, and very uniquely Seabourn ship, one that will reflect Seabourn’s aura of casual elegance and thoughtful attention to detail, that will make their guests feel welcome and invite them to experience Seabourn’s special brand of ultra-luxury.” Ultra-luxury? Sign us up for the maiden voyage.

Photo courtesy of Seabourn

4 Travel Tips from Virgin Atlantic’s Flight Attendants

 

T+L dropped in on Virgin Atlantic’s flight-attendant training and gleaned four travel pointers you can use, too.

Foods to Avoid: Onions, cauliflower, cabbage, and carbonated beverages can make you feel bloated at high altitudes.

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate: Drink three quarts of water: one before, one during, and one after your flight. Also bring a facial spray with essential oils (plain water is drying).

Healthy Hint: Polyphenol-rich fruit juices (cranberry; pomegranate) reduce the risk of blood clots. Ditto oily fish.

Don’t Forget: The night before you check out, place your shoes with your passport and wallet in the hotel’s safe. You’ll never forget anything in the safe again!

Kathryn O'Shea-Evans
Kathryn O'Shea-Evans is an associate editor at
Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter @ThePluckyOne.

 


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