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Menu for Hope IV

It's that time of the year again. Pim's Menu for Hope 4, now in it's 4th. year, is up and running. As I've said before I think this is a perfect way for bloggers to help others through donations to the UN World Food Programme.

So, as I did last year, I am offering whoever bids the highest a full-day gastro tour of Barcelona, starting at the Boqueria Market and with lunch for up to three people in one of my favorite tapas bar included! So if you are planning to visit Barcelona in the near future (offer is good until September 2008, but I could make an exception if need be), do not hesitate to bid (big bidding people, don't be shy, after all you're traveling to Barcelona, you MUST travel in style!) for this offer, think of all the money and food-illness-related-suffering you will be saving by having me as a guide instead of a local wise-ass taxi driver who only wants your money!

Go now and bid here (the prize code is EU37), or check other great prizes either directly on Pim’s blog or on Fanny's foodbeam blog, who is the European host for the campaign.

Keep on reading to get the details, the fine print and also details on how to bid.

The prize:
I will take you through a full-day gastro tour of Barcelona. We will start early in the morning having breakfast in the famous Mercat de Sant Josep de La Boqueria market, followed by a walk through the market. We will then visit the Barri Gothic, the old neighborhood next to the market and the Ramblas, where we will discover a few hidden gems, like a cozy little cheese shop, an all-sausage store and an old coffee and nut roasting house. Hopefully the walk will open your appetite because I will treat you and two friends to lunch in one of my favorite visit a tapas and montaditos bar, which has a very a particular twist!
After lunch you can decide to take a nap like some locals do, or we can keep on moving and visit, among other things, a wine store, a pastry shop, a chocolate factory (depending on availability the day of the visit), a classic "Colmado" or one of the 40 something other markets in Barcelona, and quite a few other delicious options in this amazing culinary city. I can also help you choose the perfect restaurant for a nice dinner to finish off the day!Also, and only if you really really want it, I will help you plan the rest of the trip, give you tips and help you make reservations for you in any place you want (no, I can’t get reservations to El Bulli, sorry!).

To Donate and Enter the Menu for Hope Raffle

Here's what you need to do:

1. Choose a prize or prizes of your choice from the Menu for Hope list. My code is EU37.

2. Go to the donation site at Firstgiving and make a donation.

3. Please specify which prize you'd like in the 'Personal Message' section in the donation form when confirming your donation. You must write-in how many tickets per prize, and please use the prize code.

Each $10 you donate will give you one raffle ticket toward a prize of your choice. For example, a donation of $50 can be 2 tickets for EU01 and 3 tickets for EU02 - 2xEU01, 3xEU02.

4. If your company matches your charity donation, please check the box and fill in the information so we could claim the corporate match.

5. Please check the box to allow us to see your email address so that we can contact you in case you win. Your email address will not be shared with anyone.

the small print:
Given enough time in advance I am pretty much available any day, but keep in mind that markets (and many restaurants) close on Sundays and Mondays, so Tuesday through Saturday are better options. Also please check with me as I tend to travel often, and would like to make it easier for both of us to plan ahead.
I will treat you and two friends for lunch in one of my favorite tapas bar, but should you choose to do something more upscale I will give suggestions and help with reservations, but won't include the cost of the meal (of course I will pay my own should you want my company). Offer is good until September of 2008, but I'm flexible if need be. The itinerary can be changed with enough time in advance if requested. Also, as a second option I can arrange for a different tour in the surroundings of Barcelona if you prefer it , in which case I'll pay for the car rental instead of lunch. I think this might be a better option for someone who has already visited the city and would like to see other stuff outside of it.

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Hello Mariano! I just discovered your blog and I am tooo curious about you stall at La Boqueria. Is it your own pasta? I mean do you have your own 'obrador'etc? I live in Madrid, hope I can take my second tour of amazing la Boquería soon!

Hola Angie,
thanks for the comments! yes, we do have our own obrador and produce the pasta we sell. there's a bit more info on our site, www.pazzta920.com . I'll try to upload some pictures of the process soon.

Even without the res at El Bulli, this sounds like an amazing day!

Pinxtos for all!

how exciting, i think i'm your prize winner!

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I am a foodie living in Barcelona, Spain. In my professional life I am a computer scientist. However, gastronomy is my passion, and I own a stall selling fresh pasta in the Boqueria market. I enjoy visiting markets anywhere I can, as well as restaurants and really anything related to food in general.

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