Barcelona’s insane popularity and large influx of visitors as of late may have some travelers steering away from the Mediterranean coastal city, but just outside the overpopulated center of the city, known as Ciutat Vella, are quieter neighborhoods that offer more of a local feel and don’t come with exorbitant tourist prices. El Poble-Sec is one such area that rests between the towering Montjuic park and the Old Town, making it a nice escape but still close enough to access the sights.
El Poble-Sec’s claim to relative fame is Carrer de Blai, a street buzzing with pintxos restaurants where locals and visitors alike come in droves on weekend nights. Each restaurant makes its own bite-sized snacks and sells them à la carte for anywhere €1–3, depending what’s on the small slice of baguette. Chefs can get pretty creative, stacking their ingredients and finishing them off with a toothpick. The spots work buffet style, and small beers are usually about €1–2. The payment works on an honors system where you save your toothpicks and pay for your pintxos at the end of your meal.
Bordering El Poble-Sec before it becomes Sant Antoni is Parallel Avenue, a street full of local tapas bars and live entertainment options, like the Condal Theatre, BARTS (Barcelona Arts on Stage) and Apollo, the latter of which features everything from world-famous DJs to artsy events.
After a matinee show, pull up a chair at Ultramarinos, one of Barcelona’s most popular gin bars.
Among the world’s most coveted food capitals today, Macau (officially a Special Administrative Region of China) tops many a list. The 12-square-mile city is home to 19 Michelin-starred restaurants, nine Bib Gourmand and the world’s first fusion cuisine, and was recognized in 2017 as a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy for its singular culinary scene, but its street food culture may be its most popular feature with in-the-know travelers. Here are five top street dishes to prowl for in Macau.
For most of us, time in the car is “me time.” You can listen to that podcast you’re captivated by, blast that pop song and sing along at the top of your lungs or listen to the next chapter in that biography e-book you’re almost finished. A road trip only amplifies those opportunities. So, next time you’re traveling by road, take the wheel and take control. Opt for a rental car on your next vacation, rather than a rideshare, taxi or public transportation, and enjoy the open road on your own terms.
Shrimp is a summer staple. Seafood in general is consumed more during the summer because many travelers make their way to coastal destinations, but shrimp is king. Shrimp is added to many dishes and served in different forms. All summer, people purchase pounds of shrimp and cook them however they desire to go along with their meal. Several different ways to prepare shrimp are highlighted here to expose travelers to the world of shrimp.
While your first inclination might be panic when you map out the various appointments and meetings on your upcoming business trip, relax. Trust us, a rental car has you covered.
The Toilo Toiletry Bag is marketed as the most functional toiletry bag ever. In fact, it’s the future of toiletry bags. With more than 20 features it’s billed as an all-in-one option for travelers and weekend warriors who need a sturdy bag for everyday use.