Hotel Negresco Princess participates in the Plancton Marino Challenge of the Hotel Tapa Tour

The Hotel Negresco Princess was one of the 12 participants Hotels of the Plancton Marino (Marine Plankton) Challenge in the second edition of the Hotel Tapa Tour in Barcelona.

The 12 Chefs of these hotels in Barcelona tested their skills and techniques in the kitchen, as well as their creativity to elaborate a tapa with Marine Plankton, a food with the pure essence of the sea.

For this green challenge Jon García, Chef of Negresco Princess Hotel, presented the tapa “Cold Canelón of dry tomato and buffalo mozzarella with plankton in two textures”

Reto Plancton Marino - Chef Jon García - Hotel Tapa Tour en Barcelona 2017

Reto Plancton Marino – Chef Jon García – Hotel Tapa Tour en Barcelona 2017

A tapa designed to be tested in 3 mouthful to be able to perceive in a balanced way all the flavors and textures.

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The legend of Sant Jordi, the dragon and the princess.

The most romantic day in Barcelona where roses and books are exchanged is coming.

April 23 is Sant Jordi (St. George), a celebration that is considered the Sant Valentin Catalan. In this tradition the streets of Barcelona wear red roses and you can buy books in the bookstalls in the streets like La Rambla.

The book was added to this celebration because Abril 23th is also celebrated the World Book Day.

But behind the princess, the knight, the dragon and the rose there is a legend: The Legend of Sant Jordi.

Sant Jordi · Barcelona · Hotel Barcelona Princess

Sant Jordi · Barcelona · Hotel Barcelona Princess

What is the legend of Saint George?

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Barcelona is also music

Barcelona is the perfect setting that has inspired many singers and artists to include the city in their lyrics or in their videos.

There are many examples. There are songs in all genres, languages, from different moments of Barcelona and artists of different nationalities.

Regarding lyrics, one of the most memorable songs is “Barcelona”, a single released by Queen vocalist Freddie Mercury and the catalan operatic soprano Montserrat Caballé. This song was used as a hymn of the Olympic Games in Barcelona in 1992. By the way, this year precisely Barcelona celebrates 25th anniversary of this sport event. (Video)

Also Barcelona is mentioned in the Soundtrack of the film ‘Vicky Cristina Barcelona’. A film written and directed by Woody Allen and starring by Javier Bardem, Scarlett Johanson and Penélope Cruz. The song is called “Barcelona” and the musicians responsible are Giulia and the Tellarini. (Video)

Shakira is another singer who has mentioned Barcelona in the lyrics of her songs as the song “La Bicicleta” with Carlos Vives but she has also chosen Barcelona and Catalonia as settings in their videos as “Loca”, “Empire” where youcan see the mountains of Montesarrat (Video), “Mi verdad” with Maná or her latest single and video “Déja vu” with Princes Royce.

And more recently the British singer Ed Sheeran composed a song about Barcelona that is included in the Deluxe version of his new album “Divide”. Ed Sheerna admits that he loves Barcelona and in his song “Barcelona” includes Las Ramblas, La Sagrada Familia y la Sangría. (Song)

These songs and other more can be listened as ambient music on the terraces of the Hotels Princess Hotels & Resorts in Barcelona. Come to the terrace The Gym Bar at the Hotel Barcelona Princess or La Terrazza at Hotel Negresco Princess, drink a cocktail, eat tapas and enjoy while you dance to the rythm of Barcelona.

The best tapas in Barcelona – Hotel Tapa Tour Barcelona 2017

The last Hotel Tapa Tour edition was a success, for this reason next May the Hotel Tapa Tour will return to Barcelona to celebrate its second edition from 4 to 14 May 2017.

During 10 days you will can enjoy the best hotels 4 and 5 stars in Barcelona and taste its gastronomy made tapas with a glass of wine or cava.

Each hotel in Barcelona will offer two tapas. One tapa to contest that will be judged by a jury, the second one will be a solidarity tapa whose benefits will be destined to a good cause. In addition, the public can vote for their favorite tapas.

There will be 9 routes: La Rambla, Urquinaona, Poble Sec-Sants, Poblenou, Gran Vía, Marítima, Zona Alta de Barcelona, Eixample Izquierda and Eixample Derecha.  The hotel Hesperia Tower will be out of route.

Hotel Tapa Tour Barcelona 2017 · Hotel Barcelona Princess · Hotel Negresco Princess

Hotel Tapa Tour Barcelona 2017 · Hotel Barcelona Princess · Hotel Negresco Princess

The two urban hotels in Barcelona (Barcelona Princess & Negresco Princess) of the chain Princess Hotels & Resorts will participate in the Hotel Tapa Tour 2017. And not only that, in addition the chefs of both hotels have accepted the challenge of this edition

Hotel Tapa Tour Barcelona 2017 · Hotel Barcelona Princess · Hotel Negresco Princess

Hotel Tapa Tour Barcelona 2017 · Hotel Barcelona Princess · Hotel Negresco Princess

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From Barcelona to the Pyrenees – Congress of the product and gastronomy of the Pyrenees

Pedro, Chef of the Hotel Barcelona Princess, will leave Barcelona for a few days to attend Congreso del producto y la gastronomía de los Pirineos  (Congress of the product and gastronomy of the Pyrenees).

This congress will be held from 18 to 21 March at the Palacio de Congresos in Huesca. More than a congress will be a space to share experiences among restuarant business, the food industry, chefs, wine experts, foodies and in general for the lovers of the gastronomy.

There will be renowned figures of gastronomy,for example Alberto Ferruz, chef of the BonAmb restaurant in Alicante, Charo Val, chef of La Alacena del Gourmet Catering & Events, from Ibiza; Guy Espagnacq, chef of the restaurant Le Petit Gourmand in Tarbes; Óscar García, chef of the Baluarte restaurant in Soria, Guillermo Cruz and Ramón Perisé Moré, sommelier and cook of the Restaurant Mugaritz in Rentería; Manuel Godet, chef of the restaurant L’Impreinte in Tarbes; Ricardo Sanz, chef of the restaurant Kabuki in Madrid and from Barcelona, Pedro Montolio, chef of the Barcelona Princess Hotel.

David Bourg & Pedro Montolio at The Gyma Bar, Hotel Barcelona Pirncess

David Bourg & Pedro Montolio at The Gyma Bar, Hotel Barcelona Pirncess

Pedro Montolio and David Bourg were winners of the first semifinal of Barcelona of the CCA and they will be in the final of the 7th edition of this contest Concurso Cocinero del Año  – CCA (Best Chef of the Year) but on Tuesday, March 21 they will be attend at the presentation and show cooking “La cocina de la trufa negra de Huesca” (The cuisine of the Black truffle in Huesca) where they will prepare three delicious tapas with truffle of Huesca as ingredient.

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