So, I'm traveling to Europe in a couple weeks.
I'll be in Barcelona and other various points throughout the continent for almost a month. I figured I'd be a fool to not stage while I'm out there, right? Right.
So it is that I ask that I could pick some of your brains to see if you have any advice/leads/cultural pointers/etc for a lady such as myself.
Other than the usual gear one would need (knives, shoes) do restaurants out there supply whites as well or is that something I should pack? Will the language barrier be a massive problem (I have kitchen Spanish, but am far from fluent otherwise?) Is being a girl in a professional kitchen common or relatively rare? Should I walk in to a place that strikes my fancy and ask to speak to a chef or sous? What is the acceptable hour to do this? Should I bring a resume just so these people know I'm not a total shoemaker? Will the fact that my resume is in English render the previous query irrelevant and/or stupid? What other questions am I not asking? Can you tell me what they are, then answer them?
Also, if you have a favorite spot for paella/tapas/jamon/anything else I should eat, now's the time to blow it up.
You guys are the best!