Saturday, October 17

The Best Spanish Restaurants in Hawaii

Hawaii offers plenty of culture throughout its many islands. But if you want to try something a little different and you are tired of having the local cuisine, rest assured that there are also several Spanish restaurants that you are sure to love. Check out some of the best Spanish restaurants in Hawaii in the list below so that you can plan for a fun night out with your date or your family.


Coquito's is a great Spanish restaurant that is located in Waianae on the island of Oahu. It is ranked one of the top restaurants in Waianae, so you definitely will not go wrong by having lunch or dinner there. The food is authentic Spanish cuisine, and the service is impeccable, with friendly staff that is prompt. Plus, the price is right for the value that you get for the money at this eatery, so you can definitely splurge on a large meal that your entire family will love.


Offering delicious Spanish cuisine, Grondin is an ideal spot for those seeking the perfect place to eat on a Friday night or during the weekend. The menu is reasonably priced and there are plenty of food and drink options available to satisfy everyone's cravings. Many people who visit are pleasantly surprised by the bit of Spanish and French fusion on the menu, and they also really enjoy the atmosphere and overall vibe of this establishment as well. And because it is conveniently located in Honolulu on the island of Oahu, you can enjoy this restaurant many times throughout your stay if you are planning on being in Honolulu.

Bar Acuda

If you are planning on staying at a top Kauai hotel, look no further than Bar Acuda, which is one of the best restaurants on the island. This establishment features locally sourced, fresh ingredients that are perfectly paired together to provide you with an array of Mediterranean options, from Spanish and Portuguese, to Italian and French cuisine. It is also one of the best places to relax with your friends, sip on delicious wine, and share tapas with one another.


Cactus is a restaurant located in Kailua on the island of Oahu, and it offers a mix of Spanish, South American, Chilean, Latin, Brazilian, and Mexican cuisine, so there is definitely a wide variety of options on the menu and many different flavors to enjoy. Head over there for a fun happy hour with delicious drinks and appetizers, or go for a full dinner complete with dessert. No matter what you choose, the service will be friendly and accommodating, and you are sure to have a great time.
Remember that, in addition to heading out to these Spanish restaurants, you can also enjoy other local and global cuisine throughout the Hawaiian Islands. Many of the resorts on the islands, such as Koloa Landing Resort, even have their own award-winning restaurants on-site, so you definitely do not have to go very far to enjoy an unforgettable meal during your trip.

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Thursday, October 1

El Vaso de Oro: Authentic La Barceloneta Style Tapas

They say that an image is worth a thousand words, so see for yourselves in a nutshell all that El Vaso de Oro can give you and don't just take my word for granted. Notice that the place is crowded with people that look pretty satisfied with the quality of the food, the special charm of the place and the friendly professional waiters (that one leaning on the counter, is an authentic showman and almost the soul of the bar). But let's go with the food, cause no matter how warm the atmosphere is, you go there to entertain your stomach and then let your mind do the rest. El Vaso de Oro is well known for its Solomillo con Foie (Sirloin and foie gras), which is highly recommended but it also serves great Ensaladilla Rusa or delicious croquettes. Besides that, you can try their Patatas Bravas (fried diced potatoes with spicy sauce) or the extense variety of seafood and why not their good serrano ham. Considering they have an exquisite draft beer of their own and the fact that they really know how to pour one in a flute glass, I can say that what you really have to worry about is your diet and how sober you'll get back home. All in all, this is a small and rather noisy bar with an attractive decoration and a lot of history behind. Be prepared to eat while standing behind other lucky customers that take long to leave their seats. Be prepared to fight a little bit to be heard and served, but rest assured that you will enjoy good tapas in a traditional La Barceloneta neighbourhood style. 

El Vaso de Oro: Address: Carrer Balboa, 6
Phone: +34 933 19 30 98

Monday, August 24

Cloister at Santa Maria de Santes Creus Monastery, Tarragona, Catalonia

This splendid Gothic cloister arcade can be admired at one of the gems of Cistercian art in Catalonia, the Santa Maria de Santes Creus monastery (1160). Cistercian architecture is well known for its austerity, following the precepts of Abbot Bernard of Clairvaux (St. Bernard), who was against any sort of superfluous adornment that distracted monks from their religious path. Although the original cloister was Romanesque in style, most of it was demolished and replaced by this sober but admirable Gothic architecture. Santes Creus is not the only Cistercian monastery built throughout the 12th century in Catalonia there are also the monastery of Poblet (1150) and Vallbona de les Monges (1157). Santa Maria de les Santes Creus holds the royal tombs of Peter the Great and of James II and his wife Blanca of Anjou, as well as the great admiral Roger de Llúria. How to go from Barcelona to Santes Creus Monastery

Monday, August 17

New Stained Glass Windows at Sagrada Familia Cathedral

Here is a detail of one of the stain glass windows at Sagrada Familia Cathedral. Many of these stained glass works of art are meant to harmonize with the light according to the season and the hour of day. Inside the cathedral, you notice that on the Nativity side green and blue tones are predominant, colors that announce Jesus birth, in opposition to red, yellow and orange on the Passion side. New stain glass has been designed by artist Joan Vila-Grau following strict original indications by Gaudi.