So you may have noticed that I didn’t do a posting last week, but I have a good excuse – my husband and I were on a holiday in Spain. We spent most of our time in Barcelona and it is now one of my favourite cities in Europe. It’s right on the Mediterranean Sea and is surrounded by the Pyrenees Mountains. It has such a beachy vibe and kind of reminded me of California, but with more flavour and history.
We also made it to a little resort town called San Sebastian which was amazing when we arrived, but a storm blew in shortly after and we left early. Here’s what it looked like when we got there – beautiful!
One of the first things we did when we arrived in Barcelona was a 3 hour bike tour, which is one of the best ways to see the city. Biking in Barcelona is awesome because there are bike lanes on all of the streets, which makes it one of the most popular ways to get around. It was also a great way to squeeze in some exercise after sitting for 7 hours on our flight!
It was about 35 degrees everyday, but there are outdoor cafes everywhere that serve up cold Cava (Spanish sparkling wine) & Sangria and yummy tapas (Spanish appetizers). The idea of Spanish Tapas is a great way to eat because it allows you to have small meals throughout the day. One of our favourite choices was the Spanish omelette (egg, potato & onion); it’s high in protein & fibre and is delicious.
We also took advantage of the fresh fish. One of our first restaurants was called 4 Cats; an old restaurant that Picasso and Gaudi used to frequent back in the day. They served up some local olives and we ordered the most amazing scallops & cod, and the Rioja (Spanish wine) was perfect.
Another one of our favourite stops was Mercat de la Boqueria – an amazing outdoor market full of fresh fruit & veg, local fresh seafood & meat and little stands where you can order up the local food. We went crazy taking pictures in there because the presentation was incredible. I had a fresh coconut & banana juice for 1.50 Euro!
It wasn’t all fish, fruit and omelettes though. I definitely indulged in gelato and wine everyday, and even though we were quite active; I’m happy to get back into my regular eating & exercise schedule.
I’m going to try a recipe for a Spanish frittata tonight, and if it works out, I’ll post the recipe this week. Frittatas are healthy & easy and there are endless combinations of ingredients; making them a great option for a weeknight meal.