Lisbon under the sun

· Illustration, Travel

Just came back from a few days in Lisboa , where the weather was very hot and sunny! I come back soon here to show you much more details of the so beautiful “7 hills” city ! Até breve! ( The last photos were taken during a moment of rest in a huge bubble located in the center of  “Praça de Luis Camoes” during the Lisboa Festival dos oceanos!)

Muse Concert at Stade de France : I was There !

· Illustration

Last friday, Muse at the Stade de France, I can only say , it was fantastic ! I showed you 2 outfits to know which one you would prefer for this event : I chose the first one, the legging and the tank top. It was hot this day !

But looking at the weather forecast the day before, I heard that it would be raining and I couldn’t find my K way in my closet !Panic, so this same morning, I went to a « Poncho » mission to H&M, I knew that they had some in their FAA collection. The sales lady gave me a funny look as I asked her hopelessly if there were some ponchos left …

Once the ponchos are mine, direction the Stade de France, it’s 1pm (yes, we’re crazy !) … and out there, a blazing sun …

After a long wait in the shade of an umbrella I used like a sunshade and a rush at the opening of the doors, we finally managed to enter the arena, at very good places, I would say !

My friend Sti and his team joined us in the middle of the crowd … the first part of the concert was rather dull (despite the fact that I like the Editors) but at long last the concert begun ! « Uprising » came first, Matthew, Chris and Dom are there : hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii !

 Sorry for the crappy quality but this video was made with my man’s Iphone!

A selection of the high points of the concert that gave rhythm to the jumps in the pit, and the body crush against the guardrail …

Then, during the last song, it begun to rain but it gave the show a spectacular side, almost it had it all figured out : the ponchos remained in our bags … it’s too « hot » to look at Muse under the rain…

…then,  a final song when our limbs and body get the upper hand on the famous « Knights of Cydonia ». Then, the very end when Mat, Chris and Dom say « Bye Bye have a good night Paris ! ».

Our heart filled with elation, a slight heartbreak, our head filled with fond memories and thinking that seeing Muse in real life it’s something that must be done at least once in one’s life … (just like buying a poncho) !).


Crédits photos: Tokyobanhbao,  JD Guitton pour Soundofviolence.net

 

Barcelona tapas

· Food, Travel

tapas tokyobibi barcelone

 

As you certainly can imagine it, Barcelona is a place with lots of restaurants and other places to have a meal. This time I won’t invite you in a particular restaurant as I usually do, but I will rather give you a list of the best addresses, so you can go there by yourselves (it’s a way to say that usually I pay the bill for you in my gourmet posts, but this time, obviously, they will be too much bills ! Héhé).

About tapas, I would say that you can’t miss them, it’s quite simple, you find them everywhere, so, this isn’t an exhaustive list, but it’s just based on the feeling of a tourist in Barcelona :

TALLER DE TAPAS 

( 49-51 Rambla de Catalunya) the first tapas restaurant I tried in Barcelona. Rather nice due to its great choice of tapas : I tasted there some with spinach chickpeas, with pickled anchovies, with spiced octopus, grilled sardines or razor-shell (I think this seafood has been rather overlooked in France) … the portions are generous, the whole is served with tomato bread (not free, of course) … and the bill is all the same a bit expensive…

taller de tapas

 

CIUTAT COMTAL

( 18 Rambla de Catalunya) : once again lots of tapas (No pictures of this restaurant in my article, it’s perhaps a good sign because I finally only think of me while eating and I forgot the rest !). You can also eat at the bar in front of the friendly waiters who move quickly a pair a pliers to catch any piece of bread or portion that you would need. My favourite course was the delicious « patatas bravas », fried potatoes served with a creamy sauce … and after all, the others courses on the menu too. It was so tasty, nice and not expensive that I went there several times, but careful ! You have to come rather early otherwise you will have to wait in a queue !

TAPA TAPA

( 44 Passeig de Gracia) : nothing special to say about this restaurant, looks like the previous one, except that they didn’t give us such a warm welcome, like « I’m bored about serving you but you don’t pay attention to it because the food is good ». The tapas are excellent and cheap.

KIOSKO UNIVERSAL

the address isn’t easy to find, but you can’t miss this stall that is located next to the market de la Boqueria, near the stalls selling fresh fruits juice (Ultimately, you can walk the market up and down to find this stall, it’s a good opportunity to loose the calories you will gain after having your meal !) I would say that I really loved these mixed fried mushrooms sprinkled with chopped parsley, it’s a delight ! You can eat at the bar or sit at round tables : I quickly made my choice ! The great variety of grilled sea fruits is to die for and it’s very fresh … As many people go there, once again, the « cuenta » (bill) is rather high but it’s worth going to.

kiosko universal

There also was this nice place to eat a paella worthy of the name :

ELCHE

(71 vila i vilà) : a restaurant specialized in all sorts of rice preparations, I’ve just tried the paella without taking any risk. Delicious and well seasoned (perhaps a bit too salted). The only drawback was that they serve paella only if there are two people at least (the 2nd person has to take the same paella as you as it’s cooked in the same pan, I suppose !) … So you can’t peck in your neighbour’s plate, it’s the same food than in yours ! So, if you’re going at Elche, you can’t come alone otherwise the paella will slip through your fingers !

elchepaella

And finally, taking a look at the cookery of the world, after a while you grow tired of tapas … you look after other ccokery … preferably asian cookery … what a coincidence !

SHIBUI 

(272 Comte d’Urgell) , a quiet japanese restaurant whose front looks like the entrance of an office building … not really tempting ! but inside, a minimalist design, and a head chef who excels in the art of making sushis, sashimis and chirashis. But you know these, nothing to add; it’s simple, delicious and refined.

shibui

LA XINA

(3 Pintor Fortuny)

A chinese restaurant right in the middle of the ramblas, which is original and not only to draw the tourists. The décor is worth seeing, slumped in a wall seat, with lacquerer tables, a big paper dragon suspended from the ceiling … It’s studied. But what a surprise in the plate with a ginger marinate beef meat, with wok sauté vegetables and flavoured rice. The “dim sums” (little steamed raviolis) are hand-made and not bought by Tang (= an asian grocery in Paris)  and put out the freezer. In short, freshness, beauty and zen, a place of refuge at thousand miles from the hustle and bustle of the street.

la Xina

 

KOMOMOTO 

(33 carrer de la Princesa): The most surprising restaurant I’ve tried in Barcelona, not a « crazy » one, but just a concept of cultural melting pot. Actually, it’s a restaurant based on a combination of japanese and peruvian cookery … On the face of it, there ‘s no resemblance but finally it’s a successful union of taste. A course of raw marinaded fish : the « ceviche » slightly spicy is the emblem of the restaurant.

Also, the design is very zen and original with scribbled pieces of paper, certainly done by customers and pinned on the ceiling … and on the wall, there’s lots of photographs and illustrations also left by the visitors : « Feel free to post your art », that is written in big letters … No need to tell me twice : I sketched a little something on the tablemat and pinned it on the wall like a little girl in a kindergarten …If one day, you go past this restaurant, please tell me if there is still the trace that I was in, this will be my « hello » to you !

komomoto mix

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