November 21st, 2012 | Posted by The Booyah Cook in Travel - (0 Comments)

It was a quick work trip and I don’t know Barcelona so well. It could have been really nice but it wasn’t. Like the counter staff were very nice but kept talking for ages before recognizing you were there. Or one of the bar staff was an utter dickhead – I dunno if he though he was being funny or what telling me what I really wanted was a Cosmopolitan (?! PLEASE?!) Later a younger girl went back to the bar saying it was too alcoholic could they water it down for her, they were laughing about her behind her back in front of me. Not cool.

On the other hand, the restaurant staff within the hotel were outstanding and the service was great. I had a great fish and rice soup and then here is my dessert. It is a melon soup with melon sorbet and mint. It was really delicious. However it does look like a knob coming out of a bowl of whatever…

This cake shop is meant to be one of the best in Barcelona. I don’t know if I would say that. This was like a victoria sponge inside and all a bit dry.

So, better luck next time hey Barcelona?

On any trip I always like to visit the local fragrance stores looking for something special. In this particular case, while in Madrid we discovered Isolée which has a whole floor devoted to perfume, candles, cosmetics and even some Jonathan Adler homewares.

The Ramon Monegal scents were particularly interesting because the perfumer comes from Barcelona. As it happens, “Ramon Monegal comes from a long and distinquished line of the most important perfumer in Barcelona and Spain. He represents the fourth generation of the founders of the House of Myrurgia, which was the official purveyor of the Spanish Royal Family, and the most important international perfumists in Spain.”

The official description of the scent is Musc Blanc, Musc de Fruit, Muscenone, Acord Cerise, Fraise, Mousse d’Arbre, Rose Chinoise.

My description of this scent is far more simple – just musky morello cherries. Not too sweet and not too fruity. I haven’t stopped wearing it since I bought it.

Also the bottle and black screw jar the bottle goes in is a beauty.


Isolée Claudio Coello
Claudio Coello 55
Barrio de Salamanca
28001 Madrid