10 Best Tapas in Barcelona – Barcelona Tapas Guide

10 Best Tapas in Barcelona – Barcelona Tapas Guide

When we first traveled to Barcelona, in 2006, I felt entirely intimidated just entering into a tapas bar. I knew some of the basics about what to order at a tapas restaurant in the US. But a tapas restaurant in Barcelona – well, I didn’t know where to begin. Since that time, we’ve traveled to Barcelona a ton of times. And, we live just up the road in Girona. Now, I feel pretty confident that we can tell any new traveler, or even experienced traveler, to Barcelona, what are the best tapas in Barcelona in our Barcelona tapas guide. Barcelona Tapas Guide Spain, and in particular Barcelona (which is actually in Catalonia, a region of Spain), is one of my favorite places to eat. This is due in large part to the availability of Spanish tapas. I just love the concept of these small plates of Spanish food, which allow me not only to snack throughout the day, but also to try many different dishes in one sitting. Learn more about Spanish tapas: 500 Tapas: The Only Tapas Compendium You’ll Ever Need 500 Tapas: The Only Tapas Compendium You'll Ever Need (500 Series Cookbooks) (500 Cooking (Sellers)) List Price: $17.95 Price: $13.54 You Save: $4.41 Price Disclaimer So, what are tapas? The concept of tapas has evolved over the years. It once was the case that a tapa came free with a drink. It was small morsel of food placed on a drink coaster, which was then placed on top of the drink, to keep the flies out. Oh how times have changed. Although there are still areas of...
Monsaraz – A Portuguese Hill Town

Monsaraz – A Portuguese Hill Town

  I get complaints from one of my readers on a regular basis. And, by reader, I mean sister-in-law. And, by regular basis, it’s every time we speak. She always complains that we focus too much on food photos and not enough on travel photos. For her, she wants to see what a place looks like, not just what the food looks like. So, for Margaret, I wanted to share some photos of the Portuguese hill top town of Monsaraz. Exploring Monsaraz at Dusk Monsaraz is a hill top town on the eastern edge of Portugal, in the Alentejo region. It’s so far east that from one side of the town, you can see Spain in the distance. We stayed in the valley below, and only made it up to the village twice. The first time, at dusk, on an extremely windy day. The winds reminded me of the Tramantonas we experienced in the Emporda wine region in Catalunya. That night in Monsaraz we ate at Xarez, overlooking the valley below. It was a very quick dinner on the patio, while we attempted to keep our wine glasses from tipping over. That’s how windy it was. Although this is a photo essay about Monsaraz, I have to share at least a few food photos. After all, this is a food travel blog. When we returned to Monsaraz on our last night, our goal was to do a Periscope video around dusk. Eric walked around with the iPhone, and I snapped some photos. I usually don’t bother much with these kind of photo essays, but that evening in Monsaraz was beautiful. I...
Portuguese Wildflowers

Portuguese Wildflowers

My entire purpose behind writing about the Alentejo wine country was to focus on the food we ate, the wine we drank, and the history of the winemakers in the region.  When looking at my photos, however, what really struck me were how many gorgeous vistas I captured, many of which involved rolling hills loaded with Portuguese wildflowers. I write so much about food and wine, and love to do so.  I am not, however, a nature photography.  I am just as happy snapping photos with my iPhone 6 as I am attempting to capture some wide angled nature scene with a “real” camera. But, as we drove through Alentejo, I thought about how beautiful the countryside of Portugal really was.  I thought about my friends Dalene and Pete from Hecktic Travels, and how Pete, a much more professional photographer than I will ever be, could have spent hours capturing the views.  I imagined him with his tripod, a couple of amazing filters, and the patience that I do not have, to capture the texture of the cloudy skies, and the wind blowing through the green fields. As I do not have the professional skills, or patience, I was left capturing what I could.  For me, that included the Portuguese wildflowers. As we neared Diogo’s family estate, Torre do Frade, we followed behind.  He blew right past these amazing purple fields, unlike anything I had seen before.  I am sure for him it is a normal, everyday view.  For me, it was something special. On the way out, though, I asked Diogo if we could pause for a moment. ...
Cute Buffalo Pictures

Cute Buffalo Pictures

This post might not be in line with the types of posts I usually write, and was not one that I planned on writing after our trip to Langkawi, Malaysia.   But, when I looked back on my photos from our trip to Langkawi, I just came up with such adorable animal photos, including photos of cute buffalo! We were greeted by cute buffalo each morning during our stay at Gemalai Village, an agritourism hotel near Pantai Cendang.  Breakfast was delivered, and our view was the adorable buffalo surrounding our bungalow.  In fact, often times when showering in our open air bathroom, I was able to hear the buffalo as they surrounded us, hearing the splash splash of their long legs as they made their way through the rice paddies.  We frequently raced out the door to capture a photo or two as the cute buffalo walked on by. I found myself posting buffalo photos to Facebook and Twitter, talking about how cute they were.  One reader responded “kittens are cute” to counter my assertion that a giant water buffalo could, in fact, be considered cute.  But, look at this water buffalo, a face only a mother could love, right? Now, This is a Cute Buffalo When we visited the Langkawi Buffalo Park, I was mesmerized. We were able to walk around where the cute buffalo were kept for feeding.  We watched them eat, and marveled at the new baby buffalo, including cute buffalo that were only about two days old. I kept snapping photos of the humongous animals, and tried to get them to pose for selfies with...
Exploring Bangkok at Night on a Bangkok Food Tour

Exploring Bangkok at Night on a Bangkok Food Tour

It’s no secret that I am a little bit food obsessed. In fact, if I had to identify my passion, it would certainly be food, and I want to spend as much time as I can eating food. This is why I am a bit surprised that during our recent midnight Bangkok Food Tour I was more impressed with seeing Bangkok at night, than eating all of the delicious food. Okay, I enjoyed the food too on the Bangkok food tour, but, the late night sights really stood out when we were cruising around Bangkok via tuk tuk with Bangkok Food Tours.  We have spent a lot of time in Bangkok at night, wandering the streets, searching out fabulous street food, or sitting on a small plastic stool drinking a Chang beer.  But, the sites we saw on this midnight tour were something, well, special. Visiting the Flower Market in Bangkok at Night In addition to the late night eats, we visited the Bangkok flower market, which we were told is the largest in the world.  The sheer quantity of flowers, many of which are used for offerings at the Buddhist temples and spirit houses that are found all over the city, was unbelievable. It was like walking through the most flower filled Bangkok park, but instead was crammed into a handful of alleys in the middle of the city. The differing colors were amazing too, along with the flower vendors, taking care of their flowers, or even pealing back the layers of lotus flowers to make elaborate displays.  We just wandered a few of the alley ways, but I am...
The 10 Best Food Instagram Accounts

The 10 Best Food Instagram Accounts

I have been spending more and more time on Instagram.  Now, for a lot of people, they maybe can handle one or two social media channels, and want no more.  But as a blogger, I kind of feel like I have to be on them all.  I am not, though, I just refuse.  I spend my time on the ones that I enjoy, and for me, Instagram is becoming a channel that I like more and more. I reworked With Husband In Tow a few months ago, and came up with the new niche on Adventures in Food.  My Instagram account took an adventure with me and became a food Instagram account.  I am proud of the fact that my feed is now loaded with food photos, most of what we have eaten over the past several months, from Bali to Bangkok to Barcelona.  I can’t possibly share all of these photos on the blog, so Instagram is a great place to share. As we head into the new year, though, I thought I would share some of my favorite food Instagram accounts.  These are the accounts that I keep a keen eye on.  They are the ones that make me realize that food is in fact, my passion.  So, check them out. Top Food Instagram Accounts To Follow in 2015 I have been a huge fan of Ayngelina from Bacon is Magic since we met at Bloghouse in Chicago.  It helps that her partner is a Toronto Chef, who recently just opened Loka Snacks. I was thinking about Ayngelina while watching the film Chef recently, getting understandably jealous that she lives...