What happens when one of your favorite chefs’ cuisine is no longer at your fingertips? You book a flight, make an extended hotel reservation and have the time of your life eating and drinking under the Mediterranean sun!!! That’s exactly what we did on September 3rd through September 13th, as we flew to Spain to visit Chef Jakob Esko (Washington DC) at the W Barcelona. It’s been fourteen months since we last had the pleasure to dine under the meticulous and awe inspiring gastronomic direction of Chef Esko – – this trip to Barcelona was to make up for the hiatus.
Arriving at the W was an experience in and of itself as the welcome from Chef Esko awaited us in the lobby. This entrance was reminiscent of those long ago arrivals to parties in the music industry as all eyes are on you and everyone is waiting with baited breathe for an autograph, a hello or just eye contact – – after all this is the place to see and be seen as the lobby was adorn with beautiful people coming and going – – staff included!!! We checked in and was escorted to the sixteenth floor with a to die for view of Barcelona, the Wet Deck and the beach. Here’s a quick peak at the view and where I returned to recoup from days and nights of all out indulgence.
As we slowly adjusted to our new found paradise, our appetites, as they so often do, turned into beasts and had to be tamed. Not to worry Chef Esko knew what he was up against and was two courses ahead of us. Luggage down and appetites up – – lunch awaited us at Bravo as our unforgettable food adventure was about to explode.
Up Next: The “Welcome” lunch at Bravo!!!!