Saint George’s day, known as La Diada de Sant Jordi, in Catalan, is just around the corner, and with it, is the desire to soak up the city in red. It can be considered as the “love and culture” day in Catalonia, since there is no other day in which stories around the world and affection go out for a walk as one.
It is said that tradition never dies, and Sant Jordi is just one of the kind, the most beautiful and celebrated in Catalan region. Stands plenty of books and roses become the stars in a day in which literature and flowers become lover’s gifts and a symbol of their love.
We can say that, even though culture is widely spread, since it does not understand of gender or age, the rose, a flower known for its beauty, fragrance and color, is reserved for her.
But most of the rites, beyond being important for themselves, are renowned for all the history they contained. And in this case we find a lovely legend behind Saint George’s day. It is said that in a village called Montblanc lived a dragon that terrorized its inhabitants. When food became scarce for the beast, concerned about the situation the villagers decided to sacrifice a person every day in order to calm the dragon´s fury. They decided who the victim was going to be by doing a daily draw.
A few weeks later a stroke of bad luck led the young daughter of the king to be the ritual’s victim. But when everything was ready, a mysterious knight named St. George showed up to fight against the dragon and saved the princess. They say that, from the dragon’s blood grew the reddest of roses. Hence the origin of giving a rose and celebrate San George’s day. Regarding the book, its origins date back to 1995, when UNESCO declared April 23rd as the International Book and Copyright Day, in commemoration of some great writer’s death like Cervantes, Shakespeare and Josep Pla.
Barcelona Beer Festival 2nd edition is in the verge of coming into the city and it is ready to attract great attention. This edition will take place at Las Arenas mall from March the 8th till the 10th.
In this year’s event 150 brewers are going to disclose homemade beer culture through full activities programs, many tastings, conferences and round tables. One of the main highlights of this edition is a special tasting for deaf-mute people and beer for those who are gluten sensitive. Furthermore, the assistants may choose from among 300 different beers from which 30 have not yet come to light and 75 are present in the Spanish market for the first time.
If you are a beer lover and want to get close to home made beer culture, don’t miss this original festival!
From Moby Dick’s island (Nantucket) excelled the idea of introducing a new concept of sandwich in Barcelona. This initiative has been woven over 20 years of experience at Hotel Management field, and has materialized in Carrot Café, the top sandwich restaurant at 22@ district. That’s a bit about what Xavier Uñó told us, with whom we spent a nice time around a lemon tea.
After 2 summers in Nantucket, Xavier found out the huge variety of breads with which could a sandwich be made of, and after that he went back to his hometown with a new project in the backpack that would eventually take on form over the years.
A Hotel Trade School´s student and fond of American culture, the creator of Carrot Café has quality as his main feature: “I get the best products for my restaurant. My point is that even if you come for coffee, it is a quality coffee. Everything must be on the same line and I don’t move from this line”.
Besides, we can highlight his products variety, as he uses 10 types of bread to make a wide range of sandwich combinations fruit of his creation, and also he has more than 40 imported beers, something unheard of in a sandwich bar.
Carrot Café is based on the 3 rule: it is divided in 3 spaces (one for a quick coffee, and the other two for lunch and dinner), the menu in 3 different specialties (bagels, foccacia and Maresme bread) and offers 3 types of lunch menus (executive, vegetarian and fast lunch).
But if variety is the spice of life that should always be combined with a friendly manner, at least that’s what Xavier thinks, and he proves it with his kindness and his willingness to satisfy customers.
With the same sincerity, the owner of this modern sandwich bar has admitted he is a dessert lover, which he makes from scratch at the restaurant, especially carrot cake and cheesecake, yes you get it, very American.
It is worth mentioning that, as its slogan says, Carrot Café is “much more than sandwiches” because it offers a personal and differential touch both in its design and culinary diversity.
Do you fancy coming and checking it out?