Birthday Celebrations – Part 2 – Barcelona

Even though it seems as though I have not been cooking in my own kitchen much these days, I really have been cooking here at home too.  The things I have been preparing are “repeats” of dishes and recipes you have already seen though, so I have not been posting about those.  We’ve been to busy celebrating.  There has been a lot to celebrate lately; our anniversary and 2 birthdays.

We celebrated yet another birthday this week.  This time it was my friend Janet’s birthday.   She chose to go to Barcelona, a Spanish Tapas restaurant that has an ever-changing menu of different tapas and Spanish dishes that highlight the ever-changing seasons of Colorado.  Barcelona is also known as a wine bar, and “offers an award-winning selection of wines from Spain and South America—and boasts one of the largest Spanish wine programs in the U.S”.  We once again ate in the Spanish way and embraced the Spanish tapas tradition of sharing it with friends and wine.   We ordered a variety of different tapas plates to share around the table and a couple of bottles of Spanish wines, including 1 Temperanillo and 1 Albarino, and a couple of glasses of sangria as well.  We all ate to much, but we all had a great time, especially the birthday girl.

Here we are in front of the wine room.  We are ready to party.


All the tapas from which to choose.  So many from which to choose and not nearly enough room in our tummies.


Chef Riley even came to the table.  Chef Riley and Chef Jeanne were exchanging ideas.  It turns out he is a new “neighbor” of mine.  He just bought a house very close to where I live.



And the real stars ….. the tapas.





Of course there was wine too.  Milo, our server, presenting the Albarino I chose.  It was an excellent choice too, I have to say.


We even had cake.  Milo brought out a special goat cheese cheesecake with cherries for the birthday girl, Janet.


We all had a fabulous time.  It was a perfect evening.  Barcelona Wine Bar is a definite must when visiting Denver, and particularly the RiNo district, also known as the River North District.

Barcelona Wine Bar is located at 2900 Larimer Street, Denver, CO 80205.  You can reach them online at or on facebook at or just give them a call at (303) 816-3300.  The location may say Denver, but your heart will definitely say Spain.





Author: ajeanneinthekitchen

I have worked in the restaurant and catering industry for over 35 years. I attended 2 culinary schools in Southern California, and have a degree in culinary arts from the Southern California School of Culinary Arts, as well as a few other degrees in other areas. I love to cook and I love to feed people.

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