The Best Tapas In Barcelona

The word tapa harks back to the days when these small dishes meant for sharing had to be covered with a “tapa,” or lid, to protect them from the swarms of flies that inhabited the dive bars that served them. These days, Barcelona’s tapas scene has evolved into a sophisticated culinary movement, with many of the city’s top chefs applying their talents to these bite-size tidbits. We’ve selected Barcelona’s best tapas bars here—from the old-school neighborhood dives to the market food counters, and those run by big-name Michelin-star chefs.


Bar Cañete

Despite featuring in pretty much every foodie guide to Barcelona ever written, Bar Cañete has deservedly maintained its reputation as a local joint. If you come early, you may be surrounded by tourists, but at Spanish dinner time (10 p.m.), most of your fellow diners will be speaking Catalan. Tapas are the thing to order here, in as great a quantity as your stomach and wallet will allow (all washed down with a local bottle from the extensive wine list).


Jai-Ca is all about eating until you burst—and then eating some more. This is the place to go if you like the idea of gorging on giant plates of fried seafood tapas: three different kinds of fried squid (chocos, calamares, or chipirones), fried anchovies (boquerones), whitebait (pescaditos), steamed mussels and clams, and grilled razor clams. If you’re not into seafood, the spicy bomba (fried, meat-filled potato ball), is another best-seller.

Bar del Pla

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If you ask a group of Barcelonians to name their favorite tapas bars, one spot that will come up over and over again is Bar de Pla. And for good reason; it’s one of a few places that has managed to nail the mix of friendly service, high-quality, affordable food, good wine, and a laid-back atmosphere. The cooking is seasonal and fresh, so it’s worth checking out the daily specials in addition to bestsellers like the squid-ink croquettes, the mushroom carpaccio with wasabi vinaigrette, and the Iberian pork blade.

Cal Pep

You won’t be offered a menu at Cal Pep, a cramped and slightly dingy tapas bar, so you’ll need to give your server a fair bit of freedom with your order. Top dishes here include the Spanish omelet with chorizo sausage (arguably the best tortilla in the city), the tuna tartare, the grilled monkfish, the whole grilled squid, the baby squid and chickpea casserole, as well as any specials of the day.

Quimet y Quimet

Quimet y Quimet opened as a wine bar in 1914 and has gradually evolved into its immensely popular current form under the ownership of four devoted generations of Quimets. In addition to its wines, the bar is most famous for its fantastic array of conservas (preserves in tins or jars) and montaditos (small, open-faced, canapé-style sandwiches). Don’t miss the brie, red pepper, artichoke, and caviar montadito, or the razor clam conservas.

Lolita Taperia

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Lolita Tapería is owned by Joan Martínez, a former colleague of famous Barcelona chef Ferran Adrià. So while the menu features all the traditional tapas dishes (anchovies, fried eggplant with honey, spicy patatas bravas, and knockout ham croquettes), the quality is quite different than what you’d find in your average neighborhood tapas bar. In addition to the classics, don’t miss the incredible truffle “bikini” (or ham-and-cheese toastie) or mouthwatering mini-hamburger.

El Quim de la Boqueria

El Quim has the kind of privileged setting no amount of money in the world could ever buy. Situated in the middle of Barcelona’s emblematic La Boqueria, it doesn’t need to create its own ambience, surrounded as it is by the flavors, colors, and buzz of one of Europe’s most iconic food markets. All the produce is sourced from within La Boqueria itself, and if that isn’t a testament to its quality, what is? Kick things off with some fresh anchovies bathed in oil and vinegar, followed by the house special of fried eggs with baby squid.

Can Cisa

One of Barcelona’s best wine bars, Can Cisa specializes in natural wines. It’s got a comfortable, inviting vibe, with a long communal table and an entire wall of industrial-steel wine cages that house just a portion of the more than 700 selections on the encyclopedic menu. You’ll be able to sample fare from the attached Bar Brutal, which serves some of the most eclectic food in the city—so come hungry.

El Xampanyet

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You’ll find El Xampanyet down one of the narrow, pedestrianized streets of Barcelona’s El Borne neighborhood, just around the corner from Picasso Museum. Despite its touristy location, it continues to uphold all the traditions of an old-school bar, with its blue-tiled walls and marble tables, and its no-reservations, no-website, no-nonsense approach to food and drink. The bar, which specializes in its namesake sparkling wine, is always crowded, and you’ll have to jostle to find standing room.

Bar Pinotxo

Bar Pinotxo, with its modest food counter and handful of stools, has been serving breakfast and lunch to hungry Catalans since it opened in 1940. It joins El Quim de la Boqueria as one of the must-visit stops for any food-lover in the iconic La Boqueria market. There’s really no better place to order a traditional Catalan meal than here, surrounded by all the sights and sounds that come with this legendary “gastronomic temple,” in the words of Ferran Adrià, Barcelona’s most famous Michelin-starred chef.

Tapas 24

Michelin-starred chef Carles Abellan’s Tapas 24 has been pulling in crowds ever since it first opened in 2007. His signature tapas include chicken croquettes, runny scrambled eggs (huevos estrellados), and the unbelievable truffle “bikini” (ham-and-cheese toastie). Don’t be surprised if you end up ordering a second round of everything. Although the joint is featured in all the Barcelona guidebooks—and is therefore full of visitors from every corner of the globe—you can time your visit so you won’t be jostling tourists for a seat.

Dos Pebrots

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Dos Pebrots is the second restaurant by Albert Raurich, former head chef at Ferran Adrià’s El Bulli; he earned a Michelin star for his Spanish-Japanese fusion food at Dos Palillos before turning his hand to Mediterranean fare here. Calling Dos Pebrots a tapas bar doesn’t really do it justice. Although the menu of roasted sweet peppers, grilled mussels, and Iberian hams may look standard at first glance, Raurich takes things to a whole new level. No wonder local restaurant obsessives can’t stop raving about this place.

Bar Ramón

Bar Ramón is one of only a handful of truly local Barcelona restaurants that have managed to stand the test of time. Ramón Estalella opened it in 1939 and these days his grandchildren, brother-sister pair Yolanda and David, are busy keeping his legacy alive. You’ll find classic tapas like patatas bravas (fried potatoes served with spicy tomato sauce) and croquettes, as well as house specials like steak with foie gras, char-grilled octopus, and rabbit ribs.

Pepa Pla

Don’t be tricked into thinking that Pepa Pla is a wine bar that also happens to serve snacks; the food here is seriously good. That will come as no surprise when you learn that it’s the new little sister of Bar del Pla—one of Barcelona’s best-loved tapas bars. Make sure you order the lemon-marinated duck magret, the mushrooms with strawberries and wasabi vinaigrette, and the octopus sandwich. There’s also a great list of natural wines.

La Cova Fumada

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La Cova Fumada has kept up all the time-honored traditions of tapas before they became trendy, with a menu scrawled on a discolored blackboard, an old-school counter displaying cold dishes, and a stream of still-steaming hot plates emerging from the kitchen. The bar is most famous for its “bomba” (deep-fried ball of potato and spicy meat), so don’t even think about leaving without trying one. Most of the other classics are seafood dishes: mussels, octopus, squid, salted cod, and grilled sardines.

Cigarette Smoking May Damage Mental Health Too

Cigarette smoking may not only be harmful to the lungs but also lead to poor mental health, according to a study.

The researchers from Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel surveyed more than 2,000 students enrolled at Serbian universities with differing socio-political and economic environments.

The study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, found that students who smoked had rates of clinical depression that were twice to three times higher than did their non-smoking peers.

At the University of Pristina, 14 per cent of smokers suffered from depression as opposed to four per cent of their non-smoking peers, the researchers said.

At Belgrade University the numbers were 19 per cent to 11 per cent, respectively, they said.

Students who smoked also had higher rates of depressive symptoms, and lower mental health scores such as vitality and social functioning than did non-smoking students, according to the researchers.

“Our study adds to the growing body of evidence that smoking and depression are closely linked,” said Professor Hagai Levine from Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

“While it may be too early to say that smoking causes depression, tobacco does appear to have an adverse effect on our mental health,” Levine said in a statement.

What’s coming in Modern Warfare: new Gunfight mode, playlist update, more

Infinity Ward has revealed more new Season 1 content that will be coming to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare via the January 14 update, including a 3v3 Gunfight mode, the return of two multiplayer modes and another 2XP promo.

Season 1 continues to roll on in Modern Warfare and with it so does the content, as Infinity Ward and Activision have announced what’s coming next in their 2019 Call of Duty installment.

On January 13, Activision released the latest edition of their ‘This Week in Call of Duty’ blog post, in which they discussed what fans should expect in the next day’s update, along with some other CoD related news.

The update will be going live on Tuesday, January 14, likely around 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET and will be available on PS4, Xbox One, and PC right away.

3v3 GunfightGunfight Trios will turn the fan-favorite mode into a 3v3 affair.

Gunfight Trios will make its in-game debut on January 14, turning the popular multiplayer mode into a 3v3 affair.

This will be the fourth version of Gunfight – the classic 2v2 that’s been in the game since day one, the recently-added 1v1, and O.S.P., which players didn’t enjoy too much.

Although it hasn’t been yet confirmed, it’s likely that this new 3v3 variant will replace the 1v1 mode since IW wouldn’t want to spread the Gunfight player-base too thin by having three versions all available at the same time.

Return of two MP modes – Cranked & Drop Zone

Cranked and Drop Zone were two new modes introduced in the weeks following the launch of Season 1 in Modern Warfare. Now, both will be returned as available playlists in multiplayer via the upcoming update.

Cranked is similar to Team Deathmatch but with a twist – after getting their first kill, players need to find and get more kills within a short period of time or else they’ll explode.

Drop Zone, on the other hand, is objective-based and works similarly to Hardpoint in that teams earn points by controlling specially marked zones on the map.The big twist, however, is that Killstreaks can only be earned by controlling the drop zones for long enough to gain access to the Care Packages that fall into them from the sky, each containing either a lethal or support streak.

More XP boost promos

While not directly tied to this update, there will be another XP promo coming at the end of the week to take advantage of players being home from school and work on January 20 due to it being Martin Luther King Jr Day.

2020 Oscars: 5 takeaways from this year’s crop of nominees

‘Joker’ isn’t done conquering the culture

Todd Phillips’ stark, gloomy take on Gotham City, starring Joaquin Phoenix as the DC Comics supervillain, stirred up sociopolitical debate like few Hollywood blockbusters in recent memory. The major critics were divided over the movie’s rough-edged violence and lurid depiction of mental illness, with some accusing Phillips of exploiting cultural anxieties around incels, short for so-called involuntary celibates, and mass shooters.

But film academy voters, perhaps in a bid to draw viewers who turned “Joker” into a global box-office phenomenon, lavished it with 11 nominations — more than any other movie in the field. The hand-wringing, hot takes and Twitter feuds that accompanied the release of “Joker” in October could make a reprisal ahead of the ceremony Feb. 9.

No female directing nominees — once again

Greta Gerwig (“Little Women”), Marielle Heller (“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”) and Kasi Lemmons (“Harriet”) earned glowing reviews last fall for their thoughtful dramas. But all three filmmakers were shut out of the best director category as voters, following a familiar script, recognized five men: Bong Joon Ho (“Parasite”), Sam Mendes (“1917”), Phillips (“Joker”), Martin Scorsese (“The Irishman”) and Quentin Tarantino (“Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood”).

The film academy has nominated a woman for the directing honor only five times in its history (including Gerwig two years ago for her debut, “Lady Bird”), and only one — Kathryn Bigelow (“The Hurt Locker”) — ultimately triumphed. Issa Rae, who co-hosted the nominations announcement event, alluded to gender inequity. “Congratulations to those men,” Rae pointedly said.

Rebecca Goldman, chief operating officer for the Time’s Up group, addressed the lack of female directing nominees in a statement: “This is why Time’s Up exists — to ensure women in entertainment and across industries get the opportunities and recognition they deserve.”

#OscarsSoWhite just barely averted

The lack of diversity in the four acting categories has roiled Oscar telecasts in recent years, fueling the #OscarsSoWhite social media hashtag and inspiring a wider cultural conversation around racial representation in Hollywood. Oscar voters avoided another year of all-white acting nominees, though far from decisively: Cynthia Erivo, who is British Nigerian, earned a nod for her acclaimed lead performance in the biopic “Harriet.” (She was also nominated for best original song.)

Jennifer Lopez, who drew some of the finest reviews of her career for her energetic turn in “Hustlers,” was among the notable snubs in the best supporting actress category — an omission some linked to the academy’s issues with diversity. The same could be said of the exclusion of “The Farewell” star Awkwafina as well as several movies anchored by people of color, including the Eddie Murphy vehicle “Dolemite Is My Name,” the criminal justice drama “Just Mercy” and Jordan Peele’s comedic horror flick “Us.”

‘Parasite’ rides a wave of buzz to make history

Bong Joon Ho’s gleefully genre-bending tale of class warfare and economic inequality scooped up a respectable six nominations, including best picture and best director — highlighting the popularity of the sleeper hit film. “Parasite,” which centers on a poor family that infiltrates the life of a bourgeois clan, also made history, becoming the first feature to be nominated in the international film category and only the 11th to notch a best picture nod.

In a best picture race that many pundits seem to think is evenly split among “The Irishman,” “Once Upon a Time” and “1917,” Bong’s celebrated satire could score an upset in the top category on the sheer strength of audience enthusiasm.

Netflix leads among studios, but …

The streaming giant racked up a robust 24 nominations, including best picture nods for “The Irishman” and Noah Baumbach’s divorce drama “Marriage Story.” But for the folks at Netflix, the Oscars could be a replay of the Golden Globes, where the company stormed into the night with a commanding 34 nominations across all categories but walked away with only two wins, for Laura Dern (“Marriage Story”) and Olivia Colman’s performance in “The Crown.”

The traditional studios that Netflix has worked hard to outmuscle — Sony (“Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood”), Universal (“1917”) and Warner Bros. (“Joker”) — might be hard to topple at this year’s ceremony.

Women Take More Sugar Than Men: Report

The average intake of added sugar is more among women than in men said a survey report on Monday.

A survey was undertaken by Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)- National Institute of Nutrition (NIN), Hyderabad and sponsored by the International Life Sciences Institute -India (ILSI-India).

According to the survey, women take around 20.2 grams of added sugar in a day while men’s intake of added sugar is 18.7 grams per day. The other significant finding of the study was that the mean intake of added sugar among metro cities of India, measured in grams per day, was highest in Mumbai and least in Hyderabad.

Prof. P K Seth, Chairman, ILSA-India said, “the survey shows population of Mumbai and Ahmedabad with their average intake level of added sugar at 26.3 grams and 25.9 grams per day has a much higher intake than their counterparts in Delhi (23.2 grams/ day), Bengaluru (19.3 grams day), Kolkata (17.1 grams per day) and Chennai (16.1 grams per day).”

The joint initiative of ICMR-INN and ILSI India is the first of its kind that provides information on added sugar consumption of the city dwellers in seven major metro cities of India. At a time, the country is facing malnutrition on account of over and under nutrition along with micro nutrient malnutrition, the study is of considerable importance to India to help prevent non communicable diseases (NCDs), which are engaging considerable attention of the government. National Nutrition Monitoring Bureau (NNMB) has collated the dietary data from 16 major states during 2015-16 and are-coded recipe-wise and metro city -wise to arrive at the conclusion.

The findings also revealed that the average daily intake of added sugar in all metro cities was 19.5 grams per day, lower than the ICMR recommended level of 30 grams per day. The average energy intake through added sugar by all the states was 5.1%, said the report.In Mumbai, the energy through added sugar was found at the highest level (6.6%) followed by Delhi (6.1%), Ahmedabad (5.9%), Hyderabad (5.4%) Bengaluru (4.1%), Chennai (3.9%) and Kolkata (3.5%).

The survey also measured the intake of added sugar by age groups. In general, adults and elderly people were consuming slightly higher sugar than the younger ones. The highest intake of sugar was observed among older adults, 36-59 years age group was 20.5 grams per day, followed by elderly (greater than 60 years) 20.3 grams per day.

The adolescents consumed 19.9 grams per day) and younger adults ( in the age group of A18-35 years) were consuming 19.4 grams per day, almost the same as that of adolescents. The school children and pre-school children were consuming 17.6 grams per day and 15.6 grams per day added sugar respectively.

The study also measured sugar consumption by community, level of literacy, occupation, activity status and by the diet intake.

Vaani Kapoor Destroys Troll Who Called Her ‘Malnourished’

Actress Vaani Kapoor gave a befitting reply to a troll who asked her if she was “suffering from malnutrition”.

Vaani on Monday morning treated her fans to a new photograph of herself on Instagram. In the image, the “War” actress is seen wearing gym wear and flaunting her svelte figure.

She captioned the image: “Back to the grind”.

Soon after the actress posted the picture, a user commented: “Suffering from malnutrition are ya?”

To which, Vaani replied: “Why don’t you find something productive to do in life? Please stop being harsh on yourself life is so much better… Stop reflecting hate.”

Another user questioned her why she did not get the iPhone 11.

Vaani said: “Cuz I’m happy with what I have… Didn’t feel the need to impress you.”

The 31-year-old’s latest photograph currently has over 1,71,799 likes.

Fed’s Bostic: ‘High bar’ to any rate hike given need to raise inflation

There is a “high bar” to the U.S. Federal Reserve raising interest rates given the need to raise inflation and guard against any drop in inflation expectations, Atlanta Fed president Raphael Bostic said on Monday.

“We worry about that. It is going to be a pretty high bar for us to make policy more contractionary,” Bostic said. “We are going to let the economy run and run hot enough to let inflation move.”

Kids’ Diet Improves After Watching Cooking Show on Healthy Food

While exposure to television advertisements about fast foods is often linked to unhealthy eating habits among children, a new research has revealed that TV programme featuring healthy foods can influence children to make healthier food choices now and in adulthood.

Kids who watched a child-oriented cooking show featuring healthy food were 2.7 times more likely to make a healthy food choice than those who watched a different episode of the same show featuring unhealthy food, said the study published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behaviour.

“The findings from this study indicate cooking programmes can be a promising tool for promoting positive changes in children’s food-related preferences, attitudes, and behaviours,” said lead author Frans Folkvord of Tilburg University in the Netherlands.

For the study, the researchers asked 125 children between 10 to 12 years of age at five schools in the Netherlands to watch 10 minutes of a Dutch public television cooking programme designed for children, and then offered them a snack as a reward for participating.

Children who watched the healthy programme were far more likely to choose one of the healthy snack options — an apple or a few pieces of cucumber — than one of the unhealthy options — a handful of chips or a handful of salted mini-pretzels.

This study was conducted at the children’s schools, which could represent a promising alternative for children learning healthy eating behaviours.

Prior research has found youth are more likely to eat nutrient-rich foods including fruits and vegetables if they were involved in preparing the dish, but modern reliance on ready-prepared foods and a lack of modelling by parents in preparing fresh foods have led to a drop in cooking skills among kids.

“Providing nutritional education in school environments instead may have an important positive influence on the knowledge, attitudes, skills, and behaviours of children,” Folkvord said.

This study suggests the visual prominence of healthier options in both food choice and portion size on TV cooking programmes leads young viewers to crave those healthier choices then act on those cravings.

But the effect that exposure to healthier options has on children is strongly influenced by personality traits.

For example, children who don’t like new foods are less likely to show a stronger desire for healthier choices after watching a TV programme featuring healthier foods than a child who does enjoy trying new foods.

As they grow older, though, they start to feel more responsible for their eating habits and can fall back on information they learned as children.

Researchers believe this may indicate watching programmes with healthier options can still have a positive impact on children’s behaviour, even if it is delayed by age.

Lyme Disease: Know Everything About the Illness Affecting Justin Bieber

On Wednesday, popular American singer Justin Bieber reveal that he is suffering from Lyme Disease. Taking to the social media platform, Bieber wrote, “While a lot of people kept saying Justin Bieber looks like shit, on meth etc. they failed to realize I’ve been recently diagnosed with Lyme disease, not only that but had a serious case of chronic mono which affected my, skin, brain function, energy, and overall health.”

A lot of people belittled the disease, while a lot others shown their concern to the singer. Therefore, it is important to know what Lyme disease is and what are the symptoms, causes and treatment.


Lyme Disease is a tick-borne illness, caused by ticks in the United States. Some of the common symptoms of the disease are fever, chills, body aches, headache and fatigue. One can also suffer from swollen lymph nodes, neck stiffness, shortness of breath, and rashes on body.

It typically starts with a small red bump. However, it may expand within three to 30 days, making the rash area look like a bull’s-eye. While these rashes are not itchy or painful, the area might feel a little warm. The infection can also spread to the joints, heart and nervous system, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Lyme disease is usually caused by four main species of bacteria. In the US, the main causes are Borrelia burgdorferi and Borrelia mayonii. An infected tick bites a person and transfers the bacteria into the human body.

The most common period to get Lyme disease is the spring and summer months, as nymphs most actively feed during these times.


If you get bitten by a tick, get it removed within 24 hours to cut your risk of developing Lyme disease. Use tweezers to pull the tick off, grasping near its mouth or neck. Disinfect the affected area by putting antiseptic.

If the tick has been attached to your body for more than 24 hours, call the doctor immediately.


In early stages, oral antibiotics are suggested to cure Lyme disease. If the bacteria have spread to other body parts, like central nervous system, the patient is treated with intravenous antibiotics.


Alike other parasite-borne disease, Lyme Disease can be prevented by applying insect repellent with at least a 20% DEET concentration. Avoid wooded areas with high grass, where ticks are most often found.

Additionally, check for ticks daily if you tend to spend a lot of time outdoors. Take frequent showers and wash clothes regularly.

If you have pets, make sure that they stay away from ticks.

Citi’s corporate banking arm aims to pick up steam as market cools down

When Citigroup Inc (C.N) combined businesses that cater to big companies in 2018, management wanted dealmakers, traders and traditional corporate bankers to combine forces and propel Citi toward the top of Wall Street market-share rankings.

The third-largest U.S. bank has made some progress. Its overall market share across advisory, syndicate lending and equity and debt origination edged up to 5.1%, from 4.9% in 2018. But Citi’s rankings in those business lines were unchanged in 2019, according to Dealogic data.

In December, bankers from Citigroup’s capital markets, investment banking and corporate lending teams gathered for their first full-year review meetings since the groups were combined. The tone in the meetings was positive, executives said, but after a year of stagnant rankings the unit still has a lot of work to do.

Citigroup has struggled to gain traction since it has yet to snatch away meaningful market share from powerful incumbents like JPMorgan Chase & Co (JPM.N), Goldman Sachs Group Inc (GS.N), and Morgan Stanley (MS.N).

And, as it moves along with its strategy in 2020, the outlook is not great, industry insiders and analysts said.

Trade wars, recession fears and international events — ranging from Brexit to Hong Kong protests to political chaos in Venezuela to the United States killing an Iranian leader this month — have unpredictable outcomes that affect prices of goods and services in local markets, as well as global companies’ ability to acquire or transact between them.

The geopolitical uncertainty is also keeping some corporate clients, who would otherwise be looking for deals or other financing, on the sidelines, executives have said.

However, Citi’s expertise as a deeply international bank that helps companies grow and do business across borders, may not position them well for the current business trends, said Marty Mosby analyst at stock broker-dealer Vining Sparks.

“The world that was becoming more and more integrated is becoming less integrated and becoming a little bit more isolated,” he said. “And that’s not to Citigroup’s advantage.”

The values of global dealmaking and initial public offerings industry wide are each expected to drop more than 20% this year according to estimates by law firm Baker McKenzie.

“The investment banking business has never been more demanding,” said Tyler Dickson, the New York-based co-head of Citi’s Banking Capital Markets and Advisory group.

Citigroup has prided itself on being the most global of the big banks for decades, but after the 2007-2009 financial crisis, it pulled back from many regions and businesses. Even so, the bank still operates in 98 countries, partly to ensure that multinational clients have access to markets in which they operate.

Citigroup executives say they can win business from big corporations, even if the overall industry revenue pie shrinks.

Last year, the bank was able to grow the transaction value of the deals it advised by 11% despite the wallet being down 2% for the industry, according to Refinitiv data. Citigroup can still capture market share even with bleak 2020 outlook, Dickson said.

Dickson is co-head alongside Manolo Falco, who is based in London. On the first anniversary of their professional marriage, the two sent balloons and a cake, respectively, to the other’s office to celebrate a job well done.

The bank is focused on getting more business from existing corporate customers and adding new companies that fit into a certain rubric, executives told Reuters.

That includes technology and healthcare companies, as well as small-but-promising startups that might grow fast.

But the bank is not looking to gain share among smaller mid-sized companies that competitors including JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America or Goldman Sachs are targeting.

“Between the two growth paths, I like that path better,” said Cary Kochman, Citi’s co-head global head of M&A.