Zeis and I are always checking out new (and not so new but authentic) restaurants and bars to share with the women traveling together with us. Zeis had been raving about a place called La Tinaja for quite some time so during our last trip to Barcelona, Spain, we figured we should finally enjoy this culinary experience together, and let me just say, it is definitely worth sharing.
This gastronomic gem called La Tinaja, has been around for sometime and is located in one of Barcelona’s hippest neighborhoods. It is an unpretentious spot that if you don’t know exists, you might just miss it. It is located in a converted wine cellar. When you walk through the heavy, old, wooden doors, you feel as if you have been transported to Spain of many years ago. It is dark, cozy and warm. La Tinaja means clay water jug and the restaurant decorates its interior with hundreds of clay jugs throughout the space. These lend to the authentic feel of the place. But what we came for was the food.
The venue pairs perfectly with the food. Since the food is typical Iberian, which means that the pig has been raised on a special diet and cured for a certain length of time. Most of the dishes served are cold and many are charcuterie tapas. As you can imagine, the specialties are jamon and cheese. While here we enjoyed vino tinto and a sampling of meats and a variety of Manchego cheeses. The meal was the ideal compliment to our vino tinto. We had a wonderful evening indulging in what was probably one of our best meals in Spain, but then again, we find ourselves saying that about every meal we have in Spain.