I mentioned before, when writing about La Sagrada Familia, that Antonio Gaudí is renowned for using nature as inspiration. To Gaudí, nature was the ultimate source of architectural purity. Having marveled at La Sagrada Familia, we knew that it would be a shame not to see more of Gaudí’s works in Barcelona. Luckily, his famous buildings are not too far from each other. Two buildings – La Pedrera and Casa Batlló – are located along Passeig de Gracia.
La Pedrera, also known as Casa Milà, incorporates the smooth curves seen in many of Gaudí’s buildings. La Pedrera means “The Quarry” in Catalan, and the building got the nickname from its stone-looking façade. Gaudí almost abandoned construction of the house because the owners disliked his plans to add large religious elements to the buildings, but he eventually complied with their requests. The most noteworthy part of the outside of the house is the iron balconies, all intricately crafted.
Casa Batlló was created when Josep Batlló, a man who had become wealthy through the textile industry, had hired Gaudí to redesign his home. Batlló originally intended to redo the building from scratch, but Gaudí found a way to refurbish the place instead. The end result was a building devoid of sharp corners or straight lines. My favorite part was the roof, which has tiling resembling scales. This building was also the most colorful of the three that we saw that night, and it perfectly embodies one of Gaudí’s philosophies: “Color in certain places has the great value of making the outlines and structural planes seem more energetic.” This building, in my opinion, looks better at night.
After taking some time to admire Gaudí’s work – we sat on the sidewalk outside Casa for a good 20 minutes just admiring the colors – we headed down towards the ocean to have dinner at Bó de B. Bó de B is located right next to the post office, which is convenient if you need to send out any postcards. It’s a whole in the wall where you can order sandwiches for a decent price. At around 7:30 PM, there weren’t many people eating inside the restaurant, but there were a good handful of people waiting in line at the take-out window. We both ordered the pollo con queso, chicken with cheese, sandwich (€4.50). There are also actual dish options, as opposed to just a sandwich, but we wanted to try what everyone outside was waiting in line for.
Bó de B is definitely generous with its chicken portions. For just one sandwich, you get half a plate full of cubed chicken. Their cheese of choice was feta. I was surprised at first, but a melted cheese probably would have been too heavy. You also get to pick your choice of toppings and sauces. The three sauce choices were yogurt, avocado, and garlic. There’s also a large choice of toppings, from beans to cabbage to corn and more. There’s really no limit to how much you can ask for on your sandwich. I overheard another customer ask for all three sauces plus five toppings.
My friend chose the garlic sauce with tomatoes, lettuce, lentils, and corn. She admitted that she had no set plan for her topping choices; she just chose everything that she liked.
I got the avocado sauce and went pretty simple with the toppings: just tomatoes and cucumber. If I had gotten any more, I doubt that I’d be able to get my mouth around the sandwich – that’s just how much chicken and cheese they give you. The chicken wasn’t dry, and I appreciate that the bread was toasted. Overall, it was a quick sandwich option that didn’t make me feel like I was eating Subway. It’s also one of those sandwiches that you devour quickly because it’s so good, and then you become surprised when you realize – as you’re licking the sauce off your fingers – that it vanished in less than 10 minutes.
The sandwiches aren’t anything creative, but they’re a great value for the portions given. The weather wasn’t right for us, but I think that Bó de B would be a great option to grab to eat as lunch on the beach.
Bó de B
Carrer De La Fusteria, 14
08002 Barcelona, Spain
Mon-Fri 11:00 – 16:00
Mon-Sun 18:00 – 0:00
Sat-Sun 13:00 – 16:00