7/30/2014 12:38:32 AM
While planning your trip to beautiful Barcelona for Microsoft TechEd Europe 2014, make time to visit some of the city's best restaurants! Good food is everywhere in Barcelona, so we'll try to help you narrow it down to the top choices—where you're sure to have a memorable meal. Read on for some of our favorites, and watch for future posts as we share more on the Barcelona dining scene.
La Bombeta Tapas Restaurant
This popular local bar serves some of the best tapas in Barcelona. A 100-year-old, family-run business, La Bombeta retains the authentic charm of its Barceloneta neighborhood, formerly a fishing village. Two Bombas (potato "bombs" with meat filling and a spicy sauce) are €3.90. Try the calamari—it's amazing and so fresh! This is the perfect place to grab a pint and lunch away from the tourists.
You'll be amazed by the pastries in the glass display at this historic Pastisseria, serving coffee, pastries, sandwiches, and much more since 1929. The quality is superb. We especially enjoyed the espresso and coffee—their coffee blend has been handed down for generations. Or, try the hot chocolate with cream and churros. They've got it all, from sweet treats to sandwiches and salads. The perfect choice for breakfast, lunch, or afternoon snacks.
This historic factory building, opened in 1864 by Louis Moritz (founder of Moritz Beer), has been completely renovated and redesigned by acclaimed architect Jean Nouvel. The result is an immense and spectacular space—where you can drink great beer and enjoy amazing food. For beer enthusiasts, there is a small showcase brewery and tasting bar, as well as a beer museum. Chef Jordi Vilà, who has a Michelin star at the Alkímia Restaurant, designed the menu for Moritz around Catalan cuisine. It's hard to believe you're in a brewery...the food is that good.
If you're planning for a group, they have various private rooms, including a room that can host a 350-person standing cocktail party.
If you're looking for atmosphere, this is the place for you—and the food is fantastic, fresh, and always changing. There's a Sangria bar at the entrance—they serve 55 different types of Sangria, with five bases including red wine, high-end red wine, Cava, Champagne, or non-alcoholic. Most choose to add mixed fruit. Yum! Also at the entrance is a ham bar, and upstairs you'll find a Seafood Planchette (grill). Downstairs, the nightclub is open from 23:00 – 03:00. The extensive menu spans breakfast specialties, tapas, and desserts. They serve Paella Catalan-style (no saffron), with stock made fresh every day. Their fall specialty is White Truffles, and we look forward to enjoying Foie Gras with White Truffles! Follow their very active social channels for updates on what the chef is serving and other fun social updates.
Watch for more on the best of Barcelona restaurants!
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7/16/2014 10:22:45 PM
Networking, access to product experts, and learning about what's new. Those were the top three benefits of attending, according to an international team of TechEd alumni who joined us for the Microsoft TechEd Europe 2014 Roundtable discussion held in Barcelona on 10 June.
We invited active TechEd community members to Barcelona to get a behind-the-scenes look at how we plan TechEd Europe. Together, we walked through our early planning for the layout of TechEd in the Fira Barcelona Gran Via. We discussed the key highlights of the event and asked for feedback on each item, eager to hear insights from our customers that will help us build a great event experience for everyone in 2014.
Roundtable participants talked over their varied likes, dislikes, and insights on discussion topics covering Pre-Conference Seminars, Keynote, Breakout Sessions, Hands-on Labs, TechExpo Welcome Reception, Forums, and Country Drinks.
Finally, we asked them to share the one thing that, for each of them, can't be missed at TechEd Europe. Here's what they had to say:
- "Learning new things—level 300 and 400 stuff—including why things don't work. I go to TechEd for the headlines, not to talk about the bread and butter." – Aidan Finn, @joe_elway, Hyper-V MVP and Tech Sales Lead, Ireland
- "Networking opportunities. Sit down with experts and talk about solutions you require. Draw through examples with experts on the whiteboard." – Simon Davis, @SidetNee, Developer, UK
- "Breakout Sessions. Getting deeper knowledge into the things I should know and a short big pictures of the new things. Listening to questions from other attendees. Networking. All in one compact framework. I also get ideas on where to look for information after the event." – Dieter Rauscher, @Dieter_Rauscher, Cloud Consultant, Germany
- "Technical stuff and meeting product experts like Jeff Woolsey. Networking and making good friends." – Bjarne Duelund, @bduelund, Hyper-V Hosting, Denmark
- "Breakouts were the most important to me when I started as a TechEd newbie. Now I go for content the community cannot deliver. I'm finding that networking and talking with experts is more and more important, and the range of forms of content also. – Tim Nilimaa, @timnilimaa, Enterprise Client Management, Sweden
- "Meeting like-minded people independent of what country you're from. I thought TechEd would be sales and marketing, but it's not. I like the diversity of topics. I learned how to sort issues out at TechEd." – Fredrik Nilsson, @FredrikNilsson_ , Senior Infrastructure Consultant and Independent Trainer, Sweden
- "Initially, I went to get as much content into my brain as possible. Now, I'm looking for "nuggets" of information. It's all about networking and engaging with the community. Working with the scripting guys. Getting inspired about what you can do tomorrow." – Sean Kearney, @energizedtech, "Honorary Scripting Guy, TechNet" Canada
- "Meeting Microsoft product team members. As a speaker and expert in the IT field, I'm already up-to-speed on information. I like to speak to product teams to learn what is new." – Adnan Hendricks, @microspecialist, MVP, MCT, IT Infrastructure Evangelist, The Netherlands
- "I'm the only one from my former company to attend TechEd. I'm there to take in all of the information and bring it back to the rest of the team. While I'm at TechEd, I get text messages from colleagues at work to get additional questions answered by the experts. I lobbied a number of years to attend TechEd. My manager was delighted when I came back from TechEd, and said it was money well spent. – Alan Doran, @AlanDoran, Senior IT Engineer, Ireland
We're grateful to have had the opportunity to hear what our community expect of and take away from Microsoft events. TechEd is your best source for deep technical education and the latest news, trends, and resources that make you an expert in your field and prepare you for tomorrow's innovations.
Thank you to all of the Roundtable participants for taking part in this amazing discussion! We'll be posting more results of the Roundtable in future blog posts, on our Instagram account and on our Facebook page, so watch for more insights and videos coming soon.
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