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GSMA Mobile World Conference: Tech Tips on How to Eat and Drink Well in Barcelona

World Mobile ConferenceNext week, Barcelona will be inundated with a digital waterfall of techies attending the largest mobile conference in the world. The GSMA Mobile World Conference attracts some 60,000 mobile players including mobile phone and tablet manufacturers, telecom operators, trade associations, service providers, app developers and amateurs developers who are keen to discover the next “must have” device for 2013. The #MWC13 is no small event, but despite the deluge of new tech prognostications hitting the interwebs, we’re rather skeptical that our tech friends will take the time to look up from their mobile units to ensure a delicious meal. That’s where we come in. Being that Catavino prides itself on its latest gadgetry, in hopes of taking that next 1 million dollar wine barrel Instagram photo, we’re happy to lend a hand to those in need. Then again, we’re generally happy to help anyone avoid shitty Croquetas and gut-rot wine. So here you go, our guide for the “mobile geek” on how to get the most out of BCN in the coming days.

Wine to relax with

Barcelona is saturated with wine bars, but just because a bar has wine, does not make it good. Our suggestion, if the bar has their menu (drinks or food) displayed on a plastic sandwich board, run. If it’s located anywhere near a souvenir shop, send an #sos and run, hard. What you need is a place that’s respected, quality driven and caters to the international crowd, allowing your nightmares to subside that your team will have to rely on your high school Spanglish.

Real Beer – Worth Drinking

Beer BarcelonaThe beer revolution has arrived in Barcelona! Over the past few years, real beer – not the scary beer that tastes like colored water – has hit Barcelona with force, which has led to a hop drenched explosion of choices. Ranging from dive bars to top notch brew pubs, you’ve got a fantastic selection to choose from. Here are some of our top choices:

Tapas or “Brain” Food

Tapas BarcelonaOkay, so let’s be honest, Catalunya doesn’t do Tapas, as that would be mainland Spain’s gig. Off the record, they do fabulous tapas, called Raciones. After a long day on your feet, we imagine that you’ll be dying for food, now! And if you’re biz meeting isn’t until late, normal Spanish dinner time, consider popping over to any of the following locations to get a few nibbles and cocktails in.

The World Mobile Congress is an over the top tech event. Many complain that it’s just too long with an overabundance of information, and we wholeheartedly agree; but remember, Barcelona is an amazing city with loads of ways to decompress and relax including: great wines, fantastic foods, and wonderful scenery. If your mobile appetite gets a bit too saturated, please take a break and head out on foot to wander. And remember, disconnect! You need to get out, chat with locals, breathe and enjoy “reality”. Who knows what you might find around the corner. Cheers, Gabriella and Ryan EXTRA TIP: We’ve created a Foursquare list of all the places you need to be! Over the week, we’ll add some extras so keep your eyes peeled!

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