April 25, 2011 |
The best way to get to know the culture of any place is to eat your way through it. This is especially true in Barcelona, the epicenter of Catalonia. Perhaps it's because Catalan food is such a good reflection of the culture. Historically, Catalans have had their kitchens invaded by a diverse crowd, including the Visigoths and the French. The result is a cuisine that's both unpretentious and sophisticated, much like the Catalans themselves. And when you consider that the Catalans have contributed pan con tomate (bread rubbed with tomato, garlic and olive oil)
March 14, 2010 |
Canvases of various sizes crowded the walls and floor of Agustí Puig's studio. Arms folded across his chest, he stood in the middle of them. Behind him, his artwork exploded with color and bold lines. He seemed nervous in the unaccustomed role of model as I watched him through my camera's viewfinder. I had come to Barcelona, one of the world's great art centers, to tour and touch and taste the exuberance of a place known for sensory overload a century after Antoni Gaudí and the Modernistas turned this seaside Mediterranean city into one of Europe's most charming centers.
December 18, 2012 |
Lionel Messi will score at least 540 more goals and be named world soccer player of the year seven more times before his time with Barcelona comes to an end. Well, that's what will happen if he sticks to this year's record pace of 90 goals (and counting) and continues his streak of three -- undoubtedly soon to be an unprecedented four -- straight player-of-the year awards while playing out his newly extended contract with the Spanish powerhouse. Messi, 25, agreed to a new contract with Barcelona on Tuesday that will lasts until June 30, 2018, the club said in a statement.
January 24, 2008 |
An Islamic militant cell broken up over the weekend had planned a suicide attack targeting Barcelona's public transport network, a Spanish judge said. He ordered 10 suspects jailed pending further investigation and freed two. Judge Ismael Moreno of the National Court made the announcement after questioning the 12 suspects for seven hours. Police detained 14 people in Saturday's raids in Barcelona -- 12 Pakistanis and two Indians -- but authorities later released two without charge.
March 8, 2011 |
On a day when the quality of soccer refereeing at the highest level once again was brought into question, Barcelona of Spain and Shakhtar Donetsk of Ukraine swept into the quarterfinals of the European Champions League. Barcelona, beaten, 2-1, by Arsenal in London in the first leg, returned the favor Tuesday with a 3-1 victory in Spain to win the round-of-16 series, 4-3 on aggregate. Lionel Messi scored twice for Barcelona, bringing his season total to a staggering 45 goals in 40 games in all competitions.
February 7, 1993 |
When you call Moncho's de Barcelona to make a reservation, there may be some confusion: "La Sca . . . I mean, Moncho's de Barcelona." It's an understandable mistake; a few weeks ago Moncho's was La Scala Malibu, and much of the staff remains. Other La Scala remnants: framed celebrity pen-and-ink drawings and the curious way that the restaurant's wine stock is scattered throughout the place under the dining room's harsh light. The menu, though, is new.