Cal Pep

One of our favorite meals in Barcelona was at the intimate tapas bar, Cal Pep.

With only about a dozen seats at the bar, it’s best to get there before it opens, which we wisely did. They also have a small dining section that is reservation only, but you need a party of at least four to book it.

There is no menu and what you are eating that day depends on what is fresh and available and also the whim of your server. Once seated, your server asks you a handful of questions and then the food starts coming out. Every party gets served different items and it’s pretty fun to see what your server has chosen for you. If you have something you particularly desire, you can let them know, and they will be sure to include it.

The whole experience was very different but fun. Our server was constantly watching and joking with us, often scraping the last bits of rice and sauce into our plate and pretending to hover over us to make sure we ate everything.

Seating was a bit cramped, making it a little hard to take photos.

Bread and Tomato

Everyone started with this toasted bread spread, rubbed with tomato and olive oil. It was a nice start to our meal.

Tortilla trampera

These mini pumpkin donut muffins are super addicting and a great way to start pumpkin baking season. And they are also oil-free! No oil or butter. Instead, I used  the pumpkin puree to keeps these guys light and moist.

These broccoli tots are a fun and delicious way to eat more greens. They make a great side dish or snack.

Broccoli tots are easy to make and I found them to be super addicting. I “tested” half a dozen right out of the oven before stopping myself to take a few photos. Then I promptly finished the rest.