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Hondarribia ~ España

I love the houses here, it’s such a charming atmosphere. The city has an old town where you can get lost in the small and narrow streets. It lies on the top of the fortress and takes you back to ancient times.

It’s funny because the houses reminds me of being in the Swiss alps! Was I really in Spain?! This place is also very close to the French border! The French people come over either by boat or car to enjoy themselves with tasty wine and delicious tapas. I get why… Since I was accompanied with local Spanish people who knew what was best, they encouraged me to try their locally produced white wine which is called “vino txakoli”, amazingly I liked it a lot and I’m not a whine lover! So try that one when you’re here;)

They have seriously good seafood here! It’s fresh and local, the tuna was amazing and their famous fish soup was super tasty! North of Spain do live up to their reputation for great cooked food. Aaand by my surprise, they had dangerously good ice cream here! Go to Gelateria Valenciana and satisfy your tastebuds.. It’s just across the other side of the walking passage waiting for you after your meal.

It was a magical day 12th of July, here you see the streets of the old town with the view towards the sea.

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Basque Country ~ Playa de Sopelana

It was my first time being in Basque Country. I felt like I was no longer in Spain. Here it was greener, there were wild mountains and cliffs. The beach was also so different to what a Spanish southern beach I was used to. The tied would change with 6 meters and people had to move all the time as the water would catch them! It was a delightful sight to see the rocks and the mountains surrounding us by the ocean.

What a peaceful and grounding eye catching moment this was. I definitely recommend coming here as there are less tourists, the nature is so wildly beautiful and you can go hiking, mountain tracking and surfing here!

Oh, but come here in July when it’s warm and the water is not too cold;) That was the month I was there, the climate and the ocean was just perfect!

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Brunch at Flax and Kale passage

The past weekend my best friend came to visit me here in Barcelona, what a weekend we had. Gosh, we ate a whole lot of delicious food. And one place I just had to show her was Flax and Kale Passage. Plus, what better way to enjoy ourselves with good food and company?

Seriously good. I just love that we can share the plates from the menu, they give you two pieces in each plate, it’s perfect! This way you also can enjoy more by trying more things. This sweet gluten-free waffle with dairy free almond ice cream, was pure heaven!

What amazes me is the way they succeed in making all gluten-free taste so good. It has a great consistency and you couldn’t have guessed it’s without gluten! Also I just love how beautifully they serve the dishes!

The portobello mushroom toast with poached egg, roasted chickpeas accompanied with veggies and hummus. Mmm, that one was sooo good.

How cool is this? We got to sit in the turmeric room. You can close the doors and enjoy privacy, it’s so cozy, absolutely love this idea!

Eating brunch here in Barcelona is a big thing here. No wonder why… Get the same experience next time you visit Barcelona, highly recommended:)

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Flax & Kale Passage • Barcelona

This restaurant is one of my favorites to go out and eat when in Barcelona. It lies in a passage like the name says. It is very cool to walk through it, leading you the way to the restaurant!

Here they serve everything gluten free and offer a flexitarian menu! Flexitarian means that it’s a flexible diet since you can eat fish and egg, but excluding meat. Here you will find plant based meals, fish dishes and gluten-free pizzas! You might be skeptical to this in the beginning, wondering if it’s as good as a the “original” served food.

The answer is yes! It’s really tasty! So go with an open mind and you will be amazed by how tasty it is. Plus you won’t question about going there after your first visit. It’s healthy food which tastes great too, what more to ask for?! I think I’ve convinced you right??

As you can see, it’s a really cool place to sit and eat too!

Aaand, they make healthy sweets and desserts! For a big dessert lover like me, who absolutely looove sweets, (not very proud of it though hehe) this is a huge relief!!!

Last time when I was there, I tried the plant based chocolate mousse with nut ice cream. It wasn’t bad at all! Normally it’s like; you can’t replace the “bad stuff” with a healthy version, but here at Flax and Kale, they sure can…

Here is another prove of them succeeding with a plant based meal which looks and tastes the same… I would even say better! They have replaced the scrambled eggs and pulled pork with plant based ingredients such as tofu and jack fruit. Seriously, you don’t miss the original flavors at all. This badass right here offers more taste, and happiness to your belly!

Here is the address of the restaurant:

Carrer de Sant Pere Més Alt, 31-33, 08003 Barcelona

For more info, go to their website here:

http://teresacarles.com/fk/

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Sunday means pancakes

At least from my understanding and point of view;)

And there are so many delicious pancakes to order, here are some of my favorite picks…

Brunch & Cake ~ Barcelona

A super yummy matcha pancake, so good! And first time trying it. I’ve also tried matcha in other pastries, and the flavor is really good.

The gluten-free ricotta pancake with granola!!! Mmm

Flax and Kale ~ Barcelona

I love this restaurant, they have so many other delicious and healthy plates to offer. The atmosphere here is incredible, sitting on the roof top and being surrounded by flowers and plants, made me feel complete. Definitely a place to visit when in Barcelona!

Oh, and in my opinion these two restaurants serves the best and healthier pancakes in town!

What are you waiting for? Go and get your Sunday pancake, you deserve it when the week has finished:)

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Blending into the Catalonian community

Festa del Passatge Lluis Pellicer

Here I was, last Saturday, surrounded by a Catalan community, eating tapas! I absolutely loved it since I was not with a touristic crowd behind me. Coming here was a coincidence actually, because the night before I got an eye on this party having to pass a truck that was in the way of the walkway. As I saw a scene being set up behind it, I started getting curious. So I asked a woman organizing the party and she said I could join by buying a ticket! And so I did the day after, trying 4 different tapas with one drink included for 12,50€. It was such a nice experience. It was simple and small, where people gathered together in a narrow, short street crossing into Carrer de Muntaner.

They effortlessly made this party so welcoming with a relaxed tone to it. It is completely different to the Norwegian culture I’m from, where everything has to be organized perfectly before it can be executed. That’s why I love traveling and experiencing other cultures because you get a wider perspective about life.

Further exploration ~ Catalonian art history

I had visited the museum once before but never entered inside. When I walked into the entrance I was prepared to pay the ticket for visiting, but by my surprise I got told that on Saturdays after 3 pm it’s free entrance! It was perfect timing! Although there were no audio guides available or tour guides, I still got a historical sense by witnessing the artworks by eye. Being inside, was like entering a palace with its majestic lamps and old interior. Furthermore, you feel like you are traveling back in time.

And so I did, by watching the art and crafts work of the Romanesque and Gothic period. Below there are two examples of medieval Gothic artworks. These artist have achieved spectacular details with their art pieces. The paintings, sculptures and woodcarving-works you find inside the museum, are in my eyes mind blowing. Looking at what these amazing artists have executed, makes me feel I can create anything I put my mind into too.

Virgin of the “Consellers”

Artist ~ Lluís Dalmau

Medieval Gothic art

Virgin of the Angels

Artist ~ Pere Serra

Medieval Gothic art

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Fit Kitchen Barcelona

The name of this restaurant defines what they cook, making meals that makes you fit! They offer various of salads, you can even choose your own salad according to how you like it, they have healthier burgers options and healthy desserts alternatives too!

Above I ordered a nutritious salad with tofu and kimchi mayonnaise dressing. I chose asparagus, caramelized onion and sweet potato to my salad. When you get there, you can order your own salad too:)

And the second time I went there, I just had to try their burgers! I love that they make them with sweet potato bread, they also offer spinach bread! It was really good. I chose a veggie burger based on quinoa. Truth be told, it wasn’t the best vegetarian burger I have tasted… But, the baked sweet potatoes on the side, they were heavenly good!

After my meal, I was up for a sweet treat and lately I have fallen in love with energy balls. They are healthy and delicious, perfect for a sweet tooth! I tried vanilla and matcha, my personal favorite was the matcha. On the picture you see the vanilla energy ball. In addition, they have other desserts too. Raw carrot cake, snickers cake, cheese cake. Yup, no problem finding a dessert you prefer!

Fit Kitchen

Carrer de Londres 91, 08036, Barcelona

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Avocado restaurant

I mean, it’s so easy to find so many healthy restaurants in Barcelona. This time I found “Avocado” restaurant, which serves delicious and wholesome Mexican dishes! I chose the avocado box, that has mixed rice, mashed avocado, caramelized banana slices, black beans, sweet potato and crunchy yuki! Man, that was an awesome meal!

I tried the vegan option, but they have as well vegetarian and meat alternatives. For this dish, I only needed to pay 9,95€! Cheap and healthy, it’s a win win!

And, it keeps getting better when they also have healthy dessert options!!! You can eat without guilty pleasures and still feel good about it. I tried sweet potato chocolate cake with passion fruit and mango ice cream. It’s gluten-free, dairy free and has no unhealthy sugar added. Though I must admit the sweet potato chocolate cake is different, it still tasted good. It had a more soft pudding like consistency than a normal chocolate cake, but it was tasty and “chocolaty” and that counts the most;)

The restaurant is genuine. When eating here you get an earthy and natural impression, the interior is bound with the nature with its wood tables and chairs. You feel like you are in the tropics with all the beautiful decorated plants they have. Come here and you will feel the good vibes… “Good food results to good mood”, and they definitely succeed in achieving that!

The restaurant’s address is:

Av. del Paral•lel 44, 08001 Barcelona.

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Feeling adventurous

But before you get on with your adventure, you need to start the day well by eating good food right? And so I did with eating a delicious brunch this Sunday at “Federal Café”. As you can see, I ordered poached eggs, with avocado, spinach and bacon, together with toasted rye bread, mmm. Oh, and when in Spain you can’t miss freshly pressed orange juice!!!

The café is located at Passatge de la Pau 11 in Barcelona. I must be honest, it was not easy to find, but that’s why the café lies in a quiet area, away from the tourists and the city traffic. You feel tranquility, and you forget you are in a busy city like Barcelona.

Next time when I come back, I want to try the French omelette with kale, mushrooms and ricotta, and their matcha brownie! It’s sounds really interesting, plus it’s gluten-free, I have a feeling it’s a good one…

I sat on a pillow at the window, it was such a cool spot to eat. You should try to get that spot too when you eat here;)

After a solid brunch, I was ready to take on my adventure, which was leading me to “La Donuteria”. Walking around can be such a good therapy, and strolling around the less busy streets of Barcelona was even better! I had longed for a donut, so I did some research and wanted to try out this place. It didn’t disappoint me at all…

They had so many interesting flavors that it got impossible to choose! I could easily have just ordered all of them, but reality stroke me to having one. After a tough decision, I chose “crema de chocolate y dulce de leche”, dulce de leche is typical Spanish so I wanted to try their take on an American donut. Oh my goodness that was good, too good to be true!

It was a perfect balance of sweet and savory. The coating was salted caramel, already by reading those words you can understand why it’s good;)

I wanted to try “crema de chocolate con mango”, which is dark chocolate with mango flavor, but they didn’t have more of it. However, it’s a good excuse to come back and try it next time! Other variants which were also strong candidates were white chocolate and raspberry flavor, vanilla and café latte, plus chocolate donut with matcha flavor. You can understand why I struggled in the first place.

La Donutería

Carrer del Parlament 20, 08015, Barcelona

http://ladonuteria.com

From there I took the bus D20 at stop Paral•lel – Marquès de Campo Sagrado to Creu Coberta – Plaça Espanya.

Barcelona amazes me, there is so much to do here and there are endless discoveries to take on. One I had long wanted to visit was the “Palau Nacional”. It’s Catalunya”s national art museum. Even though I didn’t get inside this time to see the 250 000 different artworks, you can’t always get it all done at once right? But for a first time, walking around this amazing building was more than good enough.

What better way is there to enjoy the donut on top of the Palau Nacional building! Eating with a view, and walking to the top after all those stairs, yup that was something! Ps: they have escalators on the way up there if you are too tired to walk all the stairs up! I did cheat a bit, I must be honest I was one of them who were too tired to walk all the stairs. After all, I was kinda happy they had escalators. But at the same time, it felt weird when looking at an old and historical building and taking the escalators! However, I got reminded by that we live in modern times now haha.

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Burger joint

Today I really felt for a good burger and sweet potato fries, which I found at “Burger joint” restaurant. I choose a vegetarian spicy falafel burger with tsatsiki dressing. It was exciting to try a new burger version I have never tried before and I really liked it! Oh and btw a vegetarian version is as good as a beef burger, or even better if I must say. Also it’s better for us and our planet to eat a vegetarian version since the making of beef contributes to greenhouse gas emissions.

They are located at Aker Brygge in Oslo with the address Holmens gate 3. This area is located in the former shipyard area of Akers mechanical workshop, which was closed in 1982. They have still kept that charm till today where you experience an industrial architecture with buildings made of brick. But with that said, they have modernized and upgraded the place, harmonizing old and new architecture together. Aker Brygge is where you will find shopping, cafés and restaurants, and ice cream parlors alongside the waterfront promenade.

It was lovely weather today and that definitely gave me the feeling of summer! I couldn’t resist and not complete my moment without an ice cream to top it all! I love “soft ice” with sprinkles on. It’s a must to have that when you come to Aker Brygge, so don’t leave without having one first!

Hope you have enjoyed your weekend so far:)