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Visit www.martaonthemove.com A podcast hosted by Marta Mazzoni featuring- -Candid and comedic conversations -Travel Inspirations - Pop culture -General Nerdery -Pittsburgh, PA A lifestyle podcast that blends interesting people from her hometown with her passion for travel, Marta is a minimalist solo traveler at heart, and loves to explore the world for interesting cultural experiences. Twitter @icantfindmarta Instagram- @martaonthemovepodcast Facebook -Marta On The Move, and on The Epicast Network- www.epicastnetwork.com Email comments to martafoos@gmail.com Tell me what you want to hear next!
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Aug 26, 2018

#114 Eating and Drinking in Barcelona

This summer Phil and I visited the famed city of Barcelona. We were not prepared with how this city hangs. We arrive late one evening, and decided to hit the town, staying out well past 2am. Little did we know, the city awakens around 11pm and stays up all night long.

Trying to keep pace with the locals, we quickly learn the customs. Tapas is the name of the game here and anywhere between 1 and 2pm you take your major meal of the day followed by a siesta, then back to work. 

Happy hour around town starts at about 8pm and then continues until dinner which could range anywhere between 9:30 and midnight. We saw toddlers out to eat and wide awake at dinner around midnight. It was quite a sight, and we loved every minute of it.

We wanted to share with you some of our favorite spots (LORD KNOWS THERE ARE MANY) and believe me, we don't cover as many as we should, or COULD. It would take eons. We also share some places that are overhyped and overrated for the price on this episode *Cough.. Uma Cough*. Essentially we just wanted to point the newcomer in the right direction whether you were craving a hipster cocktail, a standard glass of wine, the best paella experience, or tapas, tapas, tapas.

Traditional tapas you will see on a menu that are staples- Papas Bravas (Never pay more than 3 euros for a serving), fried padrons, marcona almonds, bread smeared with fresh tomato and olive oil, chorizo, sardine, jambon, and my absolute favorite, blood sausage! They are all SO GOOD. Get them all. No really, eat all the tapas you can until you are sick of it, hopefully at a spot called El Taso De Oro (Surprising you will get sick of it after a while).

One of our favorite things while traveling is meeting new people and making connections that last a lifetime, and this episode has a special shout out to a wonderful family we met through a paella cooking class at their home. Paella is seen EVERYWHERE in Barcelona. Rule of thumb, if you see if on a picture outside the restaurant, don't eat it. Phil and I have been making paellas at home for the past year and will be hosting an Airbnb Experience in Pittsburgh for it soon!We are now friends for life and we knew it shortly after meeting each other! There are a lot of cooking classes boasted in town, but this one located just a short bus ride away is worth it for the cuisine, culture, conversation, and gorgeous grounds. Check it out if you are ever near the area and give our friends Miguel, Marta, Miguel Jr a huge hug from Phil and I. :) You can find it along with many others on Airbnb experiences. 

Another spot we LOVED was an exquisite dining experience for Phil's birthday. It would be something memorable for your last night in Barcelona, Rudolf Plotz from Pirate Cooking. I found it on Eat With, which is one of my go to helpful websites to look for authentic meals cooked by locals and chefs alike. We visited his building and sat with all walks of life to enjoy one of the best gastro fueled meals we have ever had. It was so delicious.Eat With is also mentioned in my podcast episode How To Travel Alone Without Being Lonely. I love this app for traveling.

All and all we came back from Barcelona about 10 lbs heavier, and cannot wait to return to explore more of what Spain has to offer. It is just the tip of the iceberg!

Hope you enjoy and let us know about your travels!

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finished Paella at Miguel's house!
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Phil's birthday dessert at Uma 
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A local watering hole for tapas and beers.
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One of the crazy concoctions by Pirate Cooking. So good.
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Our friend Miguel! We love you!
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Our table of awesome travelers for Pirate Cooking.
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A tipsy Marta enjoys her favorite drink. Can you guess what it is?
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Fried padrons and bread with tomato!
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A ridiculously awesome cocktail concoction at Dux
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TAPAS ALWAYS. Top left - Chorizo, meatballs, pardons,and jambon with potatoes, and an empty plate. :)
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Duck course at Pirate Cooking.
Aug 12, 2018

#113 Rob Lee Co-Founder of Pittsburgh's ESports Team-The Knights

Ever dream of being a professional video game player when you were a kid? Yeah, join the club. Everyone wanted that! After the movie The Wizard in the 80’s kids, (and probably grown ups) thought that would be the most spectacular dream ever.
Well folks, guess what Marta didn’t know. Marta didn’t know it is ACTUALLY A THING NOW. No, really. There is something out there called ESports, and there are teams of video gamers all over the world that compete for major prizes in major arenas. I cut off cable years ago, so I don’t get any sports things, commercials, all that jazz. Maybe if I still had it I would realize that Esports is televised and watched by millions across the globe.
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Not only on television, but on the internet is where it thrives most. Twitch is a popular site for gamers to view, comment, participate, and even pledge their favorite players. There is a guy named Ninja that makes over 1.5 million a month through his Twitch account playing games and conversing with his fans.
IT IS REAL LIFE! I never thought something like this would ever exist.
Oh and Pittsburghers? Guess what? We have our own team! They are called The Knights, and they are kicking ass out there in the world of ESports!
Recently The Knights they got into the final battle royale of only 20 teams to compete for a 2 million dollar prize in Berlin, Germany to play PubG. This episode will be released by the time they return so I hope they ace it! Update- They did SO well and brought so many people's eyes to our beloved city of Pittsburgh, but they didn't win. They placed though!On
On this interview with Rob Lee who is the Co-founder of The Knights I got into super Marta nerd mode, and geeked out over the birth of ESports, the evolution of gaming, the top gamers making bank on Twitch , PubG and other games, what qualities he is looking for in players, practice makes perfect, their new open space in Hazelwood, the competitive world of gaming, and how YOU may have what it takes to be recruited as a Knight yourself.
 
Tune in to find out how. ;) Keep it moving!
 
Don't forget to grab tickets to True Spooky Stories of Pittsburgh LIVE Podcast on October 14th!
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