I'll try to resist this superlative default cultural mode in posting about the trip. But when some things really do stand out, it's hard not to do.
Starting with our first meal in Spain. Instead of hitting Boqueria first, we had lunch at 3:00 (typical time for us during this vacation) in another market, Santa Caterina, which is also the best updated historic building we saw.
While its vibe is definitely of a different era than Boqueria's overflow of fresh typical Catalan regional delights, this meal at Santa Caterina's vast contemporary restaurant proves to be a good introduction to the emergence of la Nueva Espaa. (Disclaimer: we missed main market hours and only went to the restaurant.)
Take your pick of traditional gazpacho or clean, sweet melon and mint soup. Asian inspired dishes or an assortment of antipastos. Along with the clearly categorized matrix menu printed on the placemats, the LED digital display signs above the open kitchen counters remind customers of the day's offerings. Even the bathroom embraces this progressive ethos by being unisex � and I don't mean the private, single-toilet kind.
But now to back up a bit, here's a quick tour through some assaults on the senses found at the older landmark market, which some claim is the Best in the World. I'm not saying nothing about my humble opinion as to whether or not such assertions are absolutely true.
White beans with baby squid and balsamic reduction at the famous Bar Pinotxo. The dude there really is a memorable character.
A dish of live langoustines, awaiting their fate at the Bar Central. I don't think their chances of escape are good.