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Best Cafes in the US – Blue Bottle

farmers market coffee

Americans love their coffee. This can be guessed by the fact that 83% of them sip it and spend $30 billion annually on it! There are number of cafes and in facts chains that are into serving coffee to delight their customers.

Best Cafes in the US Blue Bottle

The original taste of fresh roasted coffee drives many to the Blue Bottle. It was conceived with the thought of serving coffee so fresh that shouldn’t be out of the roaster for more than 2 days. In addition to this the use of high quality beans added to its success. No doubt it enjoys such a strong, loyal and large fan base. Today it has its own network of cafes in NYC and bay area. They are united in action and have wholesale partners along with German coffee roasters in the team. There is an espresso cart too.

It offers shipping of fresh roasted coffee anywhere in America. What’s more other countries are on the list too including Japan, Canada, Australia, Germany, Netherlands, France and New Zealand, too.

Every year America with its natural beauty and wonderful places to visit and diverse things to do invites people from far and wide. It has 50 states of its own and often its citizens travel domestically for vacations. Since the fun and frolic on offer to popular foreign nationals too travel to US every now and then. For legal entry those traveling from other countries need a valid tourist visa. There are some exceptions here as the countries that feature under the list of nations covered in the Visa Waiver Program. Citizens of these countries simply need to apply for ESTA visa before traveling.

coffeeIn the Bay Area they have their Cafés at the Farmers market which takes place at Ferry Plaza, Berkeley, Temescal and Marin. Then also at the ferry market in the Ferry Building, Hayes Valley Kiosk, Heath Ceramics, Mint Plaza, W.C. Morse and at the Webster Street. For those in New York, check out the cafes at Berry Street, Bryant Park, Chelsea, Dean Street, Hell’s Kitchen, High Line and at the Rockefeller Centre. While enjoying in LA, one can stop by at Abbot Kinney or the Arts District.

To go with the aromatic coffee there are other menu options. From 7 to 11 in the morning for breakfast you can choose from lovely delights like the Steel-Cut Oats, Belgian Style Waffle, Organic Yogurt with Blue Bottle Granola, Thick Cut Acme Toast, Popeye Eggs Baked in Acme Toast with sautéed kale or Eggs Baked in Tomato Sauce.

For lunch one can feast on Sausage & Cheddar Panini, NOLA Carton & Sandwich Combination, Grilled Cheese, Tuna Melt, Egg Salad with Pickled Cabbage, Chicories and Kale Salad, Half Sandwich & Half Salad, Soup & Half Salad, Soup & Half Sandwich or Baby Greens with Lemon Vinaigrette. There are yummy options for brunch too like Popeye Eggs with Roasted Mushrooms, Eggs Poached in Cauliflower Puree or the Quinoa & Baby Greens Salad amongst others.

Barcelona “The City of Marvels”

Beauty of Barcelona

Barcelona is a seaside city that offers so much fun and spots that most cities in the world lack. Considered as one of the best cities in Spain and Europe, from experience I rank Barcelona as the most beautiful and enjoyable city to visit. The city is a great holiday destination considering the fact that it is situated along the coastline, it offers one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe. Being the capital of Catalonia the city never sleeps and it offers some of the oldest history of Spain and Europe in general.

BarcelonaA great start would be an exploration of the architecture that the city offers ranging from the religious buildings to the civil ones. From a personal experience, do not miss an opportunity of visiting the famous Sagrada Família one of Barcelona’s iconic temples, it is estimated that a total of five million tourists visit the Sagrada Família each year. Another great place to explore is The La Pedrera described as the rising dough or the stone lung was the last building created by Antoni Gaudi that offers one of the greatest architectural designs in Europe.

Barcelona ArtOne cannot leave the city of Barcelona without visiting the third largest football stadium in the world. This is the Camp Nou the home of Barcelona football club the greatest football club in the world. Camp Nou has a capacity of 110,000 people. The stadium is fully packed during matches, this shows the passion of football the Catalan people have. The stadium offers a museum that offers some great history of the club since its inauguration.

To the music lovers Barcelona offers the best music festivals in Spain and Europe. The most common music festivals in the city are The Grec, The Sonar and the Barcelona Jazz Festival. A place not talked about a lot that one should visit is the Laberint d’Horta which is an ideal place for relaxing that also offers some romantic spots for lovers to stroll around the maze hand in hand.

Barcelona NightFinally, when you visit Barcelona you need to find the best districts to stay in that serves you with all the convenience you need. La Rambla and Barri Gòti care the best districts in Barcelona as they offer the best transport connection in Barcelona. These areas offer easy access of the city via bus, metro or train through Plaça Catalunya station situated at the top of La Rambla. Visit Barcelona and enjoy this plus so much more.