All posts tagged: Barcelona

Animal Resistance. The animals are not voiceless.

The book Fear of the Animal planet, by Jason Hribal (2010) documents the numerous accounts of animal resistance in modern history: elephants and tigers who escape from the circusses and attack their abusers, monkeys who manage to flee from laboratories, orcas and sea lions who show their resistance to captivity and abuse. The zoos, circusses and other facilities uphold a narrative of these being exceptions and very rare occassions, they portray the animals as having gone ‘wild’, denying them agency, they promise to take measures so this can’t happen again, and they strictly control the info that gets out to the public. But as becomes clear from the numerous stories in the book, these are all but exceptions. And the animals certainly do have agency, and they firmly resist their oppression and abuse. They are not voiceless and we shouldn’t portray them as voiceless.

#198 Quick lunch at vegan feminist center La Raposa, Barcelona

restaurant review #198 – La Raposa is a vegan feminist community center (with book store) and bar/resto, near Parc Mont Juic in BarcelonaΒ (more reviews of Barcelona HERE).Β This is from a visit to La Raposa a couple of months ago (beginning 2018). We visited after going to nearby Parc Mont Juic. There are not a lot of vegan (friendly) places in the area, so we were excited to visit this vegan feminist meeting bar/place! Yeah! Our enthousiasm was a bit tempered after entering though. The menu is writtenΒ on chalkboard next to bar (inΒ Spanish – or Catalunyan). We were addressed in Spanish (or Catalunyan), and as we didn’t understand, asked whether they spoke English, but got a rather annoyed roll of the eyes and sigh back. In our best Spanish-ish, we did manage to order some drinks and hummus and a plat du jour, which was with pasta. The burger was not available that day. The food was very nice (and cheap). The hummus came with bread and some crackers. The plat du jour was not a …

#190 Pizza and crema Catalana at Vegetalia Born, Barcelona

restaurant review #190Β  – Vegetalia is a vegetarian restaurant in the city center of Barcelona, with several locations in the city (Gotico, Raval, Born).Β  We went to the one in Born, in the historic city center of Barcelona. Vegetalia Born is at the corner of a square at the Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar, and sitting at the window, we had a nice view on the square. This review is from a visit a couple of months ago, during our short trip to Barcelona (More reviews of Barcelona HERE). We arrived here a bit after lunch time. Vegatalia Born is a busy place, but there were some empty tables. There was a mixed public of young and old, and I think a lot of visitors were locals (not tourists). Vegan options are indicated on the menu. There are also fresh juices available. We were served some egg plant (free appetizer). We had a glass of wine (3,50€) and juice (4,20€) and some olives (2,60€). We ordered a vegan pizza (9,50€) and the catalan creme, …

#187 Delicious dinner at vegetarian restaurant Rasoterra, Barcelona

restaurant review #187 – Rasoterra is a vegetarian restaurant in the old city center of BarcelonaΒ (More reviews of Barcelona HERE). It often pops up as one of the best places to go dining on vegan or vegetarian lists of Barcelona – or even the world! So we really wanted to visit Rasoterra. I made a reservation when we passed by the day before, which was absolutely necessary, as many other patrons were turned away during the evening we were there. We could choose between a menu, or choose our dishes seperately. The waiter informed us that the dishes are more tapas style, and suggested we orderΒ several smaller dishes, which were to share. A great idea! That way, one gets to taste more dishes than just a main course. There’s more variety. This is what we had for dinner (this came down to 61€ for 6 courses, shared by two persons, or 30,5€ per person, which we found very reasonable!) Free hummus appetizer Croquettes with spinach (8€) Trinxat potatoes (8€) Autumn: sweet and purple potato and …

#181 Vegan dinner at Teresa Carles, Barcelona

restaurant review #181 – Teresea Carles is a vegetarian restaurant in the city center of Barcelona. We went here for dinner a couple of months ago. Teresa Carles hasΒ several locations (not all vegetarian), and sell several products under the name (Teresa Carles olive oil, juices, ..) so it is more than just a restaurant, but a ‘brand’. I had made a reservation online, and we were seated at a table with my name card present (see photo). On one side seating was a large bench, on the other side a wooden chair (both not so comfortable). There are several juices available. I had the vegan vampire juice (5,95€) and it came bottled (you can also buy it at the front of the restaurant, to take away). Water was 1,95€. Vegan options are clearly indicated on the menu. This is what we ordered for dinner (both main dishes were specials of the month). We shared the bruchette as an appetizer. Bruchetta with ‘tuna’ (7,95€) Freak & Do: seitan with fricando sauce (12,50€) Popeye lasagne: spinach, pumkin …

#176 Lovely lunch at vegan food and cocktail bar Floripa, Barcelona

restaurant review #176 – Floripa is a vegan food and cocktail bar in city center of Barcelona. It is located a short walk north west of Placa de Catalunya. We visited a couple of months ago, on our last day in Barcelona. (More reviews of Barcelona HERE). Despite it being a drowsy and grey day, the interior of Floripa gave a warm and welcoming feeling. Bright colours and joyfull design! There is one area in the front with natural light coming in, another area at the back that is darker (we were seated here, hence my photos of the food didn’t turn out quite well), but with changing light colours in the ceiling. We also liked the music! We shared bruchettas (5,40€) as an appetizer. Then we had the nippon Burger (11,90€), and the crispy chicken tempeh burger (9,90€). Afterwards, we shared aΒ chocolate mousse (4,90€) for dessert. There is local beer from draft available (2,5€). Glass of wine was 3€. The nippon burger was more of a patty, the chicken burger was more like a …

#173 La Trocadero, vegan fastfood near Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

restaurant review #173 La Trocadero is a vegan fastfood self service bar near the Sagrada Familia. You order food at the counter, then go pick up your food at the counter (number called out in Spanish or Catalan). And one is expected to clean up after finished. We went here for lunch, after our visit to the Sagrada Familia.Β (More reviews of Barcelona HERE). The menu is shown on TV screens above the counter. There’s an English explanation, and photos of the dishes next to it. The girl serving at counter was a bit rude, and not very welcoming. She hardly spoke any English, but we managed to place our order. La Trocadero is not for elaborate dining and wining. It is fastfood: burgers and hotdogs. No alcohol served, except some rootbeer. The place seems newly renovated and seems very hip and modern. Very simple furniture though, but very creative (with vegetable boxes). There was retro stuff as decoration, like old televisions and radios. A very colourful interior. We had a notdog (3,75€), onionrings (3,90€), a …

#169 Tapas and cocktails at Barceloneta, Barcelona

Restaurant review #169 – Barceloneta is a vegan tapas bar, at the beach area of Barcelona (the area is called ‘la Barceloneta’, hence the name of the tapas bar). We visited a couple of weeks ago, on a cold and Wintery afternoon (yes it was cold with a blistering wind at the beach! not the image one has when thinking of Barcelona πŸ˜‰ ). So we were glad there was a vegan bar in the area, to warm up! (More reviews of Barcelona HERE). Barceloneta is a rather small place and is a bit dark. There are two rooms, and each have an entrance door (to different parallel streets). The menu has several exotic sounding cocktails, sangrias, a great selection of tapas, and also burgers. We ordered these: Mona Lisa cocktail (with white wine and mint) 8€ Dianna cocktail (with rosΓ© wine) 7€ vegan ‘calamares’ rings and tofu croquettes, each 7,95€ Drinks and tapas totalled 30,90€ (which we found somewhat expensive, for Barcelona). The tapas were good, the tofu croquettes were very dense though.Β  There …