While their claim to having invented table football and the mop can be dismissed as bullshit, the Spanish have a slightly better case when it comes to snacking. After all, Tapas is basically just bar snacking elevated to the status of national cuisine. Over the last 20 years, tapas has been gentrified no end. Upmarket tapas bars can be found in urban centers all around the world, and in Madrid and Barcelona, you can find everything from Sushi-tapas to Mexican tapas, El Bulli inspired molecular gastronomy tapas and a million other posh variations. All of this is a far cry from tapas as the majority of Spaniards know them, and while it’s great that Spanish cuisine is undergoing such a rennaissance, at the same time there’s a feeling that the typical Spanish tapas bar is being squeezed out.
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This gallery space (and yes it’s got a bar too), was recently opened by the people behind Rojo Magazine. For years it was synonymous with the explosion in art and design that marked out Barcelona as a cultural destination at the turn of the millennium. Read More
Locals seem to be really keen on making Barcelona the Mediterranean Berlin. I guess its squat culture is just as healthy, but I’m really not sure we have the artists to support all of these new bars springing up. Read More
Barcelona’s experimental music scene has been straggling ever since William Bennett left Barcelona in the early 2000’s. Read More
I’ve always maintained that the Amen Drum Break is one of the greatest musical innovations in the history of music, and thankfully it looks to be being rescued from breakcore hell with the rediscovery of 90s sounds.
I was recently in Copenhagen, and maybe it’s just because I got lucky with the sun, but I came away thinking everybody was exaggeratedly beautiful. Read More
Because life is unfair and God is punishing me, I’m currently going bald. Which is why for the last six months every time I go out I’m on the lookout for a hat that doesn’t make me look like every other middle aged man on the planet. Read More
The fashion world is still obsessed with prints. Read More
Dressing up to go out in Barcelona these days basically amounts to a competition to see who can wear the most extreme 70’s print on their back and pull it off. Read More
It’s no secret that brands have moved from obsessively building their profiles on social networks to creating content to fill them with. Regardless of what you think of their clothes, 55DSL have always been good with their image, and at coming up with genuinely interesting, creative ways at promoting themselves. I especially liked their Junior Lucky Bastard promotion a few years ago. Read More
Talking about how terrible the last Batman film was, is kind of unnecessary by this point. The last half decent thing I saw at the cinema (apart from Moonrise Kingdom) was actually Prometheus. Read More