EL NACIONAL

El Nacional – one of the most beautiful restaurants I have ever stepped foot in. Though I have not had the chance to taste any creation from one of the four dining experiences inside, Malia and I got a sneak peak of the place when we were exploring the city. Katie claims their house white is potentially the best wine she has ever had, along with something she described as “a meatball thing covered in potato with a crunchy outside” …I trust her. Anything crunchy works for me.

 

UPDATE: Since this post, I’ve eaten at El Nacional’s Seafood restaurant a couple of times. Their tuna tartare and seafood paella is a must – I seriously couldn’t stop eating. It is extremely entertaining to sit next to their fish “market” where the biggest fish I’ve ever seen are laying on mounds of ice and salt. I also had the chance to verify how amazing El Nacional’s selection of white wine is, and I was not disappointed. It is definitely some of the best wine I’ve ever had!

IT’S PRONOUNCED “IBITHA”

Ibiza, Spain.. where do I start.

Saturday, September 9. 3:15pm. Kendall, Reid, Ellie and I hopped on a plane and flew to a little island. We flew Vueling Airlines and had to take a shuttle from the airport to our aircraft. The doors of the shuttle opened and everyone threw themselves as fast as they could onto the steps to the plane; it was a complete downpour. About 10 minutes later, I found myself in my designated seat completely drenched. It is safe to say that was the coldest flight of my entire life.

After a 2 hour delay, we finally landed in Ibiza late that evening. Our Airbnb was gorgeous and we could not have been any happier. With a snack and a little siesta, we were good as new.

September 9, 2017

Ibiza, Spain

Cipriani’s Italian

I don’t even know how to describe this place. It was by far the best Italian food I have ever had. The restaurant transformed from a classical/jazz aura to an entertaining “clubby” vibe in the span of 3 hours. If anyone ever gets the chance to go here, I would 1000% recommend it. I will forever be dreaming about this Italian restaurant’s reappearing bread basket, prosciutto pizza, mouth-watering steak, various delicious pastas, and their famous meringue pie.

September 9, 2017

Ibiza, Spain

Hï Club

Though Ibiza is coming close to their “closing weekend” and the artists change every summer, Hï Club is a must-go for anyone traveling to the island. We saw a couple DJ’s perform, including Black Coffee. With a DJ in the bathroom, this techno club is extremely entertaining and always a good time.

September 10, 2017

Ibiza, Spain

Sushipoint Ibiza

Before heading off to see Kygo’s last show in Ibiza, we grabbed a bite at Sushipoint Ibiza. Sitting right on the water, this restaurant’s location and view was to die for. For drinks, the Sake Mojito was beautiful, delicious and refreshing. We ordered the spicy edamame and downed the entire bowl in about 2 minutes (classic). All four of us ordered the spicy tuna roll (classic, again), finished our funky drinks and headed off to see Kygo’s last summer performance.

September 10, 2017

Ibiza, Spain

Ushuiaya

This stage was incredible. People fly from all over the world to come see shows at this location, and now I know why. The lights, music, atmosphere… Safe to say we had one of the best nights of our life. We saw Kygo perform at Ushuiaya, and later moved back to Hï where we watched Oliver Heldens and Lost Facilities perform.

CONSELL DE CENT

I arrived in Barcelona less than two weeks ago, and I am already calling my new apartment home. Having no time to start this journal/blog until now, Barcelona has been nothing but great times with new friends. My amazing roommates include Ellie, Katie, Malia, Carolina and Shelby – and we are one hell of a household. It is crazy to think that we all met about a week and a half ago when we feel like we have known each other for years. Our fridge is already filled with $2 wine and a healthy supply of hummus. We have already established our go-to restaurant called “Thai Thai” after we ate there 3 times in 4 days. (I have a whole post dedicated to this amazing place here …) We are already debating if we should return for their pad thai tonight after seeing Park Güell.

Our apartment is in a great neighborhood and is relatively close to school. After spending a week without a coffee machine in our apartment, we got pretty close with a little coffee shop underneath us called “Coffee with Bread” – and I’m pretty sure it’s fate since my two favorite things in life are coffee and bread. They have these incredible pastries that tend to torture me every morning. However, my heart (and Malia’s) decided to choose gelato over everything after discovering DelaCrem – some the best gelato you will ever have. It is safe to say that this place is going to wipe out my self control, considering we pass it everyday on our way to and from class.

We are taking over Consell de Cent one day at a time. The squad is about to go buy even more wine (…why is wine cheaper than water here?) and watch the sunset at Park Güell. I hope I won’t hate the states so much for charging us a million dollars for alcohol. I’ll miss my $2 wine and $5 fifth of vodka or gin… Carolina is responsible for the gin. Katie gets $1 vodka and complains about it every time. Adios!