The market is only the market, and there are other goddamn factors to take into account (Brits know what I’m talking about). Lament the charm and history we’ve lost, replaceable only by inhumane multinationals and chain stores that can afford free-market rents in capital (ha!) cities. And it’s in these moments of deepest despair that we can turn towards businesses like Obsessions. Local couple, Marta and Joan, moved their restaurant not too long ago from Raval over to Poble Sec to be in a neighborhood with less tourism and more barrio-feel. We’ll see how long that first bit lasts, but the latter is only strengthened by their presence. The atmosphere, like the trato and the food, is local, authentic and relaxed. Big fans of the mousse de alcachofa con crujiente de jamón, the huevos estrellados, the best mint ice cream on the surface of the planet (Joan originally trained as a pastry chef) and, if you’re the dessert wine type, a garnaxeta to die for (I didn’t even know that garnaxeta is a thing).