TSM Travel Diary: Tapas @ Ticketsbar, Barcelona – Pt 1.

As you know from my previous post, we had a quick two day surprise trip to Barcelona last week and having travelled there twice in the past two years, (three times in my bf’s case!) we now consider ourselves Barca locals (ignoring the fact that we still walk around with a cameras snapping away at almost everything). Locals moreso in the sense that we can confidently navigate the the streets of old town without a map, handle public transport with complete ease (a very efficient train system doesn’t hurt!) and having frequented the Gaudi sites multiple times, we decided this trip would be all about indulgence and decadence. All we did was shop and fill our bellies at our favourite tapas bars and despite best intentions, I still ended up with way too many photos (mostly of food!) so have split this post into two entires: Pt. 1 food, Pt. 2 fashion.

A beautiful specimen of a travel bag if I don’t say so myself :) A b’day present for my bf on a significant birthday milestone and in memory or all our travels together over the past few years. 

Tickets Tapas bar: a tapas bar like none other. Owned by the famous Ardria brothers (of former no.1 restaurant in the world, elBulli) a reservation used to require booking 3 months in advance for their sizeably small restaurant. The waiting time has now been cut down to two months and I spent a good hour back in October on the website pressing the refresh button until an opening popped up for the date I wanted!

Tickets is located in the theatre district of Barcelona and the bright decor and carnival atmosphere reminded me a lot of Heston’s inventive concepts back ‘home’ in London. You could tell only the freshest of ingredients were used and that all the staff were highly skilled and passionate about food and the vision of fun and inventive Spanish tapas.

Pictured above are the famous elBulli time-consuming reconstituted olives that were placed on the menu to appease constant demand for them. When you place one of these olives in your mouth, it bursts in your mouth with a intense oily olive flavour. It was pretty amazing and the Joselito’s Grand Reserva Iberian ham and Joselito’s Coppa pictured above with the traditional tomato bread was my absolute favourite dish of the night. I completely ignored my bf whilst gobbling up the ham on bread and zoned off into that place my mind goes to when I’m indulging in decadent tasty comfort food in front of the tv. I call it food lala land. The aged meat and fat dissolved on my tastebuds with such dry and intense flavours… Continue reading

T-Styled Me’s Insta Tumblr Round up: Shopping for Presents

You’d think being a shopaholic would make it easier to figure what Christmas presents to buy everyone but sadly this is not the case for me. I spend a ridiculous amount of time umm-ing and ahhh-ing over who to buy Christmas gifts for and more importantly what to get them. Will they like it? Will they think I didn’t spend enough money or time on them and do people truly remember that it’s the thought that counts? Honestly, my head is sometimes my worst enemy! Second guessing aside, I absolutely love GIVING presents to people; I don’t expect anything in return, except for, fingers crossed, joy in their faces to signify I’ve chosen a gift perfect for them. That is what I find most personally rewarding!

My bf’s birthday also happens to be very close to Christmas and as much as I wanted to post about buying his gift and getting your opinion, I couldn’t do that knowing that there was a chance he would read my blog and ruin the surprise trip to Barcelona I had planned months in advance. I bought him a Mulberry travel bag and was lucky enough to secure a booking at a famous Tapas Bar in Barcelona for his birthday, so I hid the travel details in the bag and the look on his face when I gave him the bag the night before left was priceless :) I love it when a good present is delivered. Yesss!

We had a fantastic time in Barcelona which I’ll post about this week but all I have to say is that I’m pleased that my Christmas shopping is officially complete. (Yay! No more wondering around for hours in the department stores leaving empty handed) and I can relax and look forward to all the Christmas festivities.

Other than that, I’ve just been eating my way into silly season. No joke, if it’s not a Christmas party or attempting to tick off another ‘Must try London Restaurant’ then I’m cooking up a storm at home to clear the fridge. I know this is a shopping and style blog but indulge me while I share another love of mine: Food, glorious food :)

@tstyledme Instagram: As the weather plummeted to sub zero temperatures last week, the only solution was to find hot hearty steaming bowls of soup or in this case, Japanese Ramen at ‘Bone Daddies’ in Soho. Perfect for the miserable weather …

@tstyledme Instagram: I love going out for breakfast with friends but lately, the Sunday ritual in our household has now become a big English breakfast or ‘Get rid of everything in the fridge omelettes’.

Dinner tonight at Duck & Waffles … Both the Duck and the Waffles were cooked to absolute perfection. Such an odd yet tasty combination. The views of London are in my opinion the best (think Empire State building views for London). We will definitely be back!

Hope you guys had a lovely weekend and got your Christmas shopping done as well. If you haven’t, no fear … most retailers are open super late leading up to Christmas :)

Tien xo