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Old 03-25-2014, 11:07 PM
 
Location: Guangzhou, China
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Culture: Historical, Barcelona. Modern, LA. I know that's gonna make some people flip their lids, but LA is one of the greatest exporters of culture of the modern era no matter how you want to swing it.
Food: LA. LA's got a ridiculously huge culinary scene with all major worldwide cuisines represented, and represented well (LA has some of the best Chinese food outside of China, some of the best Vietnamese food outside of Vietnam, the best Korean food outside of Korea...), plus countless smaller regional cuisines from around the world.
Diversity: LA.
Urbanity: Barcelona.
Transit: Barcelona.
Beaches: LA.
Natural beauty: Not sure.
History: Barcelona.
Architecture: Barcelona.
Which city would you rather visit? Barcelona.
Live? Tough to say since I haven't been to Barcelona, but I do love LA and will probably live there again
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Old 03-26-2014, 12:40 PM
 
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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Re: Food

Are we judging the cities based on their indigenous cuisine, or the variety of types of food available?

That is the cuisine of Barcelona or the cuisine of Los Angeles vs.

L.A. has Mexican, Salvadorean, Korean, Japanese, etc.

I would take a plate of mushrooms collected and brought down from the Pyranees the day before, sauteed in local olive oil with a smattering of parsley and the regional sea salt before a plate of Bulgogi that I could get in L.A. or Queens. Not because I don't like Bulgogi, but because that Spanish dish of mushrooms is the taste of where it comes from. That dish of setas (or dorada, or jamon entrepan, etc.) is as much Barcelona, or more, than the Sagrada Familia, the Barri Gotic, or anything else.

I guess to me food is more than its flavor. It is also what it can tell me about where I am.

And to be clear, I am not dissing on the L.A. food scene. I love it.
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Old 03-26-2014, 08:37 PM
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Location: Western Massachusetts
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both have nice parkland outside the city. And nice roads to bike on if you like hills. Barcelona:

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=barce...123.26,,0,8.77

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=barce...152.31,,0,6.58

Los Angeles:

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=Mulho...12,143.63,,0,0

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=Mulho...305.82,,0,2.83
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Old 03-27-2014, 01:18 AM
 
Location: Guangzhou, China
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Re: Food

Are we judging the cities based on their indigenous cuisine, or the variety of types of food available?

That is the cuisine of Barcelona or the cuisine of Los Angeles vs.

L.A. has Mexican, Salvadorean, Korean, Japanese, etc.

I would take a plate of mushrooms collected and brought down from the Pyranees the day before, sauteed in local olive oil with a smattering of parsley and the regional sea salt before a plate of Bulgogi that I could get in L.A. or Queens. Not because I don't like Bulgogi, but because that Spanish dish of mushrooms is the taste of where it comes from. That dish of setas (or dorada, or jamon entrepan, etc.) is as much Barcelona, or more, than the Sagrada Familia, the Barri Gotic, or anything else.

I guess to me food is more than its flavor. It is also what it can tell me about where I am.

And to be clear, I am not dissing on the L.A. food scene. I love it.
I guess I'm the opposite. I care more about the flavor of the food than anything else, and having all the options in front of me is extremely important, much moreso than the grand tradition behind the dish I'm eating.
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Old 04-01-2014, 08:19 PM
 
Location: Northridge/Porter Ranch, Calif.
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Let's not kid ourselves. Look at any city photos of Barcelona. It is FAR denser and more urban than LA. I've lived in LA and stayed in Barcelona for a few months. Barcelona's land area is much smaller, but it makes LA look like a bedroom community in comparison. Anyone who tries to claim that LA's sprawl of little single story single family houses are more urban than Barcelona's uninterrupted urban wall of 10-15 story buildings is just plain wrong. Sorry LA boosters, but Europe has the US (save for Manhattan) completely beat when it comes to density.
No need to be sorry. I don't like dense (crowded) cities, anyway.
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Old 04-02-2014, 05:09 PM
 
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Culture
Barcelona

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Food
Barcelona

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Diversity
Los Angeles

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Urbanity
Barcelona

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Transit
Barcelona

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Beaches
Barcelona

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Natural beauty
Barcelona

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History
Barcelona

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Architecture
Barcelona

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Which city would you rather visit? Live?
Do you really need to ask?
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Old 04-02-2014, 05:37 PM
 
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Random BARCELONA:

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Random LOS ANGELES:

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Old 04-03-2014, 06:17 PM
JL
 
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Barcelona without a doubt...LA is like a dump.
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Old 04-04-2014, 10:26 AM
 
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Not sure why so much vitriol is thrown in LA's direction. Is it really that horrible of a city?
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Old 04-04-2014, 11:02 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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I feel like Barcelona will be one of my favorite cities in the World-cannot wait to visit.
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