After a morning of racing through the Metropolitan Museum of Art, ending the tour with a very poignant and intense exhibition, “Naked behind the Lens”, Mrs. E and I realised that our stomachs were demanding to be audience to an exhibition of their own, a culinary exhibition! Luckily her foresight had grabbed us a table at her local tapaseria, Casa Mono, in vibrant Union Square. Hurrah! Designed to bring the peace and calm to the diner reminiscing about Barcelona and Catalonian nibbles, and more specifically, that of the Boqueria market on La Rambla in Barcelona, one of my favourite hang outs in one of my favourite cities! So, off we went, skipping down the busy streets of Union Square, basking in the sunshine, and finding ourselves being seated right at the front row. Luckily for us, one is meant to order plenty of dishes, which we had no problem in choosing….
The science of turning ordinary metals into gold has been a long and fabled tradition, the various permutations of which stretch through the furthest reaches of philosophy, folklore, medicine and desire. Whilst humankind may kept the art of turning metal into gold solely in its philosophical premise, the art of creating magic, transforming ordinary elements into something infinitely valuable has permeated into every aspect of life. Food has always been child of alchemy, the creating fine dishes out of the most basic and simple ingredients, nourishing, desirable, addictive to a cult status; indeed, cuisine upholds the very philosophies of alchemy and fascinates us every single day, urging us to seek out more and more alchemists and revel in their success. It is, then, no surprise that a restaurant be named Alkimia, paying homage to the fine science of creation and pleasure.
One can only describe the city of Barcelona as vibrant. There is an excitement in the air at all times, the buzz of a city that is brimming with history and yet embracing the future effortlessly, a city of music, food, art, design, sun, sand and so much more it hugs you and doesn’t let go and neither do you want it to.
Stop right there! It could have carried on, the poetics, the romanticism, the seduction, but it didn´t. I was looking forward to writing dreamily about venturing an hour out of Barcelona into a little village to a 3 star Michelin restaurant, but I´m not doing that anymore.
I should have listened to my instinct – Can Fabes was never on my list of restaurants to visit, but being in Barcelona and so close, I thought that a chance visit would prove to be fruitful.