Monthly Archives: November 2013

Last week at this time we checked in at Hotel Omm

Picture from Omms website; www.hotelomm.es

Picture from Omms website; www.hotelomm.es

Hotel Omm is a well known five star in Barcelona. From Placa Catalunya , it takes seven to eight minutes to walk up along the Passeig de Gracia, a nice that takes you passed Gaudis La Pedrera. Just pass the spectacular house and then turn right , and you will have the entrance to Omm almost on your immediate left . The tourist buses ” hop on hop off” is just outside the door (not really ..).

Omm just celebrated ten years last weekend when we were there, which meant live music and cava in the lobby from lunch and all in to the evening.

Inside the foyer is their restaurant, Roca Moo, with a Michelin star. It is run in partnership with the Roca brothers who also runs El Cellar de Can Roca, who in 2013 was named the world’s best restaurant.

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Picture from HotelOmms website; www.hotelomm.es

Omm has everything you could ever possibly need (which is the idea of ​​a five star hotel ) . Pool, spa, gym and even a hairdresser. Good wifi, which made us very happy indeed.

Roof terrace with views of La perdreras roof + bar and outdoor pool is all amazing. Unfortunately a bit too cold when we visited last weekend. But during the warmer period of the year the terrace is full of live and live music.

picture from Hotel Omms webpage; www.hotelomm.es

picture from Hotel Omms webpage; www.hotelomm.es

Picture from Hotel Omms webpage; www.hotelomm.es

Picture from Hotel Omms webpage; www.hotelomm.es

If you visit the SPA you should try the lemon and ginger drink while bubbling away, it is really refreshing and good for you I’m sure. The SPA has a lovely bubble pool, a steam sauna and a very nice shower “trail” that you can walk through and get splashed with different temperatures. Quite refreshing. And one thing that I really really REALLY loved was their bathrobes. I’m not kidding! It was the most comfortable robe I have ever had on! Unfortunately I could not buy one when I left because they did not have enough, but I have not given up the quest to one day be able to buy a robe from Omm.

From Hotel Omms webpage: www.hotelomm.es

From Hotel Omms webpage: www.hotelomm.es

The breakfast is very nice indeed, very luxurious. Everything is home made and baked, and seriously delicious. Personally I LOVED the goats yoghurt. And maybe the most important, CAVA on the buffet table! ( and pancakes)

Over all Omm is a great hotel that we like very much! It has wonderful atmosphere, welcoming staff, that have a large dose of humour too, which we really appreciated. You feel right at home and they help you with anything you need with a relaxed and friendly approach. Looking among the guests at Omm in the lobby, everyone seems very relaxed and happy, which must be a good thing.

We want to thank everyone at Hotel Omm for making our stay last weekend such a nice one, and we hope to see you all soon again!

Hotel Pulitzer, Barcelona

picture from Pulitzers website. http://www.hotelpulitzer.es/

Hotel Pulitzer is situated just by Plaça Catalonia, on a side street called C/ Bergara, 8. It is a perfect location, since it is both extremely central but still a very quiet street.

The Pulitzer has a modern but yet warm and welcoming atmosphere about it and the roof terrace is to die for! Now in November it is open so you can sit there if you like, but the bar is closed. But in the summer, it is one of Barcelona’s most visited and they have live music three nights a week.

 

picture from Pulitzers website. http://www.hotelpulitzer.es/

The rooms are nicely decorated and like everywhere else in the hotel there are lots of art, and the materials used create a warm but yet modern and fresh look. Leather, wood and fabrics of different styles are all working great together.

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One little detail that I liked very much was the small boxes in the bathroom marked man, woman and both. They were containing, razors, foot cream, toothpaste, tooth brush etc. Things that you might need in general. Some Swedes might react; “oh, that is so stereotypic! Like only women use foot crème, and men razors!”. Well I liked it very much and I can happily tell you that in the box named both, I found bath salt and a condom. Not only was I happy about the fact that the hotel acknowledge that people have sex, but also that it might be a especially common when you are on vacation, and also the fact that they took responsibility in that. Well done Pulitzer, and keep up the good thinking on the details!

 

picture from Pulitzers website. http://www.hotelpulitzer.es/

So when you have slept a good night sleep in the very comfortable beds you might not want to get up. I really recommend you do though since the breakfast is VERY good. Freshly squeezed orange juice as much as you can drink and wonderful fruit, sandwedges, yoghurt and pastries. Just go crazy!

Other nice features at the Pulitzer are that you can rent a bike to get around town, and you have a very nice bar in the lobby with cosy sofas. Looks and feels a little bit like a modern library.

We can warmly recommend the Pulitzer and if you want to see more pictures and find out more about the hotel you can go to their website. http://www.hotelpulitzer.es

You can book the hotel directly on the website of course, but also on sites like Mr Jet. The prize is 176 Euro for a night and breakfast.

Last weekend in BCN

This is the last weekend of research for the new cava book.

So far so good. We have stayed at Hotel Pulitzer and now at Hotel Omm. All great stays that we will write about separately so that you will get a sneak preview and don’t have to wait for the book to find out what we like about them.

We have of course already been to visit our favourite place El Quim, to have lunch and to give Quim a copy of the Swedish book and also tell him about our new plans. Quim has himself been very busy indeed lately and written a book about his amazing restaurant in the Boqueria, and he has also opened a new restaurant in Hong Kong!

One thing we love about having lunch at El Quim is that you always meet so many nice people and this time we met two guys from Paris, who were visiting Barcelona for the first time. They had no idea what cava was, so we told them a little bit and Quim treated them to a glass of Juvé y Camps cinta purpura each, which they both liked very much.

Happy day!

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It’s Monday

I don’t know what it is about Mondays.
Some people get really depressed and drag themselves through the day just to reach Tuesday. I don’t have that problem, not really. It’s not that I jump out of bed singing, but I don’t get depressed either.
It’s like I’m chocked every time, and just can’t believe that is is a new week already. And it is quite chocking really. We are already in the middle of November and soon it will be x-mas. My goodness! I just better speed up and start working even harder!

Hope all of your Mondays start up really well! Happy Monday!

Don’t listen to me, I have bad taste!

bild(2)This passed Thursday I was invited to be in a tasting-panel, for one of Sweden’s best wine magazines. Seeing it as a huge honour, I of course agreed with joy! The panel were to taste about 80 different champagnes and pick out five favourites in the categories standard, vintage, prestige and rosé.  Not and easy task, and it took about five hours even though I tried not to be unnecessarily slow. 🙂

bild(1)We had a great time (of course!) and as a “thank you”-present I got Richard Juhlin’s newest champagne book, En doft av champagne (A scent of champagne).
For those of you that don’t know Richard, I can just say that he is considered to be the worlds best champagne expert, and he has an incredible sense of smell as well as a photographic memory.  In Paris 2003 he identified 43 champagnes out of 50 in a blind tasting, while his closest competitor managed 4. So yes, he is that good, there is no denying it. 

Last night when I went to bed after we had been sitting writing on the new cava book, I had a look through Richard’s beautiful book and read some passages that I want to share with you since you might like or even love cava just like I do…

Since the book is written in Swedish, I have taken the liberty of writing the passages in Swedish as well of my own translation into English.

From the preface/forword:
“Ju längre man lever, desto färre sanningar verkar det finnas, men en sak vet jag alldeles säkert efter att ha avverkat alla dessa champagner – livet är aldeles för kort för att dricka spansk cava!”
“The longer one lives, the fewer absolute truths there seems to be, but one thing I know to be absolutely true after covering all these champagnes – life is way too short to drink Spanish cava!”

Maybe I have a very long life so I have time to spare 😉

From ” gentleman in Champagne” written by Eduard Cointreau:
Med denna enorma talang kommer även sen stor lyhördhet för andras känslor, vilket ofta är fallet med hyperbegåvade människor. Richard har en sällsam förmåga att känna och förstå andra människors personlighet och djupare och innre lager. Dessvärre för det också med sig att han kan bli djupt sårad.”
“With this immense talent also comes a great sensitivity to the feelings of others, which is often the case with hyper-talanted people Richard has a rare ability to feel and understand other people’s personalities and deeper layers. Unfortunately this also brings the fact that he can be deeply hurt.”

…Unlike the rest of us that can not understand the feelings of others or take offence when someone talks ill about something we love… Luckily I don’t get deeply hurt because I lack that social register of feelings…. 😉

From “Bra och dålig smak/Good and bad taste”

“Det är alltid väldigt bekvämt att hänvisa till personliga intryck och individnivå när man inte har tillräcklig kunskap kring hur saker och ting faktiskt förhåller sig. De flesta av oss använder oblygt värdeladdade ord som bättre och sämre när det gäller saker vi ser och hör, men när det kommer till doft och smak verkar det vara helt okej att framhärda att man gillar lågkvalitetsprodukter. Det är självklart att man skall var ärlig med sin smak och stå för om man föredrar syntetisk hallonarom istället för färska hallon, eller cava framför champagne, hur sorgligt det än är.”

“It is always very convenient to refer to personal impressions and individual level when you do not have sufficient knowledge of how things actually are. Most of us use unashamedly emotive words like good and bad when it comes to things we see and hear, but when it comes to flavour, it seems okay to insists on liking low quality products. Of course we should all be honest with our taste and admit if we prefer synthetic raspberry flavouring instead of fresh raspberries, or cava in favour of champagne, how sad that might even be.”

Ok, so if I like products within the classification champagne, cava, asti, prosecco and cap classique, but choose to see them as different products with different heritage and purpose, am I still an uneducated, untalented buffoon then…? … I guess so…

From the preface/forword:

“Jag vill betona att jag inte på något sätt känner mig förmer för att jag har begåvats med ett fotografiskt doftminne, utan är ödmjukt lycklig över att ha tilldelats en sådan gåva, med vilken jag i första hand kan skänka mig själv och andra kunskap och njutning.”

“I want to stress that I in no way fell superiour because I have been blessed with a photographic sent memory, but is humbly happy to be awarded such a gift with which I primarily can give myself and others knowledge and enjoyment.”

I am sorry all readers for leading you astray, making you think that cava is good. I’m so very sorry! 🙂

I will…
…never tell you that what you like is wrong, as long as you like it.
…never judge you based on what you eat or drink, only on your strength to stand up for what you like.  ….NEVER feel ashamed for loving cava!
…continue to work against prejudice, so we all can feel free and secure in liking what we want.
…never put points on things I drink! Seriously… why is my opinion more important than yours, even if I would become famous?

Now I will share a bottle of Mestres with my beloved Andréas, while we continue to write about our friends in Catalonia that produces the sparkling wine they call cava. I hope they lack the fantastic sensitive skill that Richard possesses, so they don’t take his comments personally…

CHEERS dear cava and champagne lovers!

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