So as you know if you follow me on Instagram, I spent the weekend, well.. Thursday to Sunday in sunny Barcelona. We arrived Thursday lunch, dropped off our bags and headed straight to The Green Spot. For starter we shared a smoked burrata (like mozzarella) on toast with fava beans. Then for main I went for homemade wheat tagliatelle with artichokes, capers and tomatoes and my Dad went for a calzone. Soon good. We then got sun creamed up and headed to the shops and markets for a wonder round. That night we walked for quite a distance to a poke bowl cafe. I went for a prawn and octopus bowl as they were cooked and I’m not a massive raw fish person (other than smoked salmon) not in big chunks anyway, I can deal with sushi just not cubes and cubes of raw fish! Anywaaaay, I went for that with a base of quinoa and my Dad went for a rice and salmon sushi roll. We then wondered round some shops before heading back to the hotel for an early night. See food pics below.
Then Friday we got up and walked to a place called Brunch and Cake. I had the most disgusting drink ever but the food was really good hahah! I ordered a peanut butter latte and it came and it was black.. so I asked and she told me it had squid ink in… can you imagine the taste? Disgusting. Anyway, the food was amazing. I had the blueberry and coconut smoothie bowl piled high with fruit and granola and My Dad had fluffy pancakes with fruits and granola. We then wondered down to the harbour for a wonder before lunch. We went to a place called Zumito. A cool beach side shack. We both had a gorgeous, toasted wrap with rice, chicken, pesto, pineapple, sun dried tomatoes, tomatoes, mozzarella and nuts. I also had an incredible watermelon, strawberry and mint juice! Soooooo refreshing. See pics of lunch and breakfast below! The afternoon we spent wondering round the beach, we also went across the sea in cable cars to see the view of Barcelona and then we walked around the Gothic area before heading back to the hotel to get ready for tea. For tea we went to a gorgeous Italian restaurant called Cecconis. So old and traditional inside and very very classy. We had a selection of fresh breads and oils to nibble on whilst we waited for food. For starter I had authentic meatballs in a tomato and basil sauce and my Dad has fried courgette flowers with anchovies and mozzarella. For main I had turbot with artichokes, lemon butter and capers and my Dad had a beef fillet with pepronata. For pudding we shared a gorgeous cheese board, a manchego, blue and goats with crackers, walnuts, grapes, honey and marmalade. Such a delicious meal.
Saturday we went to Hammock juice station for breakfast for a delicious pineapple, cinnamon, pear and lemon juice and an Acai bowl. My Dad had an orange juice and an omelette. Now… it didn’t open until 10am and my Dad got his omelette within five minutes and my acai bowl arrived 45 minutes after… it was nice but I mean come on?!?! I was too hungry to take a picture I’m afraid haha! We then went to see Gaudi’s work around the city before heading for lunch at the juice house for classic avocado and eggs on toast. We then headed back early as we had to get changed and ready for the evening meal as we were going on a motorbike tour of the city before tea! My Dad was on the back and I was in the side car like Harry Potter! Honestly can’t recommend more! We then got dropped off at Flax and Kale (best meal of the holiday) For starter I had the grilled watermelon and goats cheese and mint sauce and my Dad had the paleo bread with grape jelly and plant based chive butter. Incredible. For main I had the miso black cod (aka one of the best dishes of my life) and my Dad had a chunky fish I can’t remember the name of with artichoke cream, fennel and broccoli. Also incredible. Ice cream was on the menu, so of course we had to try! I went for the masala chai sundae with a chia coconut chocolate bar, pineapple, blueberries and cookie dough crumble. OH MY! SOOOO GOOD and my Dad had the chocolate ice cream sundae with a pink lady cake, papaya, blackberries, goji berries and coconut. I tried and can also confirm it was out of this world. What a meal!!
Sunday was the last day and I had my favourite breakfast and lunch! So I saved my three favourites until last!! So for breakfast we wondered to Mr Robinsons which is a cocktail place at night. Very flash and trendy and one to visit as its in a really good destination with quirky surrounding shops. I went for their take on Huevos Rancheros which was a wrap topped with melted cheese, two fried eggs, bacon, pancetta, spicy tomato sauce and guacamole! Crazy good and my Dad went for mushroom scrambled eggs on toast with potatoes. Honestly my breakfast was incredible. Definitely going to try and recreate this week! We then wondered around pretty aimlessly as nothing, I mean nothing, is open on a Sunday! We had this problem in Copenhagen, so city breaks in future, we’ll do Wednesday to Saturday! We then went to a place called LULUS for lunch. I went for the most incredible salad bowl of leaves, smoked salmon, cucumber, hummus, salsa, quinoa, sourdough, avocado, lemon honey dressing, toasted maple nuts and seeds and orange.
We then sneaked into a posh hotel and spent the rest of the afternoon chilling round their pool in the sun! On the way back to the hotel to get our bags, we went via Flax and Kale to get my tea for the plane (which I’m soooooooooo so glad I did as even my Dad struggled to find something he liked) I went for the 5 grain spelt cereal bread topped with pea, avocado,lemon and mint mash and wild alaskan salmon! INCREDIBLE AGAIN!!! Was a little worried my food wouldnt get through security but it did! Then we caught a long long plane back as it was delayed and didn’t get home to early hours of the morning so Monday I pretty much did nothing as my Brother, his girlfriend and two of his friends were round, I was so tired and also feeling pretty ill. I cooked up a slow roast pork though which everyone loved! Tuesday I was just getting admin done, sorting done, getting some ideas down but mainly resting as I still felt shocking. And today, I’m hoping I feel better as I’ve got a lovely day planned for my friends birthday tomorrow! I mean I’m going either way but fingers crossed I feel better!!!
So today I’m sharing a super delicious porridge recipe I made for me and my Mum last week. Quite autumnal and wintery but I got everything from the grocers so all the ingredients used are in season! Its a hug in a bowl and I know it will be one you’ll love. The rye flakes add an extra depth and nuttiness but feel free to replace with oats.
Ingredients – serves two
50g rolled porridge oats
50g rolled rye flakes
a pinch of salt
2 tsp cacao powder
200ml oat milk
200ml coconut milk
2 medium to large clementines, peeled, deseeded and chopped
0.5 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 tbsp roasted pistachios, chopped
2 tbsp chocolate cereal/granola
4 heaped tbsp full fat live yoghurt
Pop the compote in a small pan with a splash of water and leave to simmer for 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, pop the porridge ingredients into another small pan and stir over a low heat until thickened.
Divide the porridge between two bowls.
Top the porirdge with 2 tbsp of the clementine compote on each and dollop the yoghurt alongside.
Scatter the granola and pistachios down the middle.