TGIS, Thank God it's September

Barcelona skyline looking East

Europe is the American traveler's dream, and since many have roots in some part of the "old country", the search for the family shield and the perfect, quaint summer vacation becomes centerfold. Small hidden towns along the Mediterranean coast, cobblestone everything and everywhere, fresh simple ingredients, and old ladies at your B&B who speak to you in one of those romance languages our tongues weren't built for. The simple fact that you won't prepare for, or that the travel agency won't tell you, is that despite the high season, August is closed.

That's why my "list" quickly becomes bust when I attempt to dine out during this summer month. Endless small signs hung on store windows, "Cerrado por vacaciones", closed for vacation.

In Barcelona alone, I was stood-up by these front-runners:
La Cova Fumada
Cal Pep
Dos Palillos
El Cocinero de Damasco
Quim de La Boqueria (2 week closure)
La Castafiore

In my search for nourishment, I found the doors of a couple worthy establishments open, and happily due to the fact it was August, it was even easier to find a seat at the bar. No pushing and shoving, no eavesdropping, more or less just us and the crumbs of the bread we used to soak up the remaining olive oil. Such was Taktika Berri, in L'Eixample. As for dessert, the doors were ajar at Cremeria Toscana, a city favorite of mine.

So welcome September, we're glad to have you here, and even happier to have our restaurants back.


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