41º in Barcelona

41º is really hot. Like 105º Fahrenheit. The latest Adrià brothers’ cocktail bar, 41º, named after its latitudinal location, is SO much hotter! With its soft opening this past Tuesday, Albert  is already preparing 1000 bites of each treat per day. TV cameras abound. The staff is efficient and easy on the eyes. And beautiful…

Cardoon?

Cardoon Gratin in Saveur.What in the… is a cardoon? “The cardoon (Cynara cardunculus), also called the artichoke thistle, cardone, cardoni, carduni or cardi, is a thistle-like plant which is member of the Aster family, Asteraceae; (or archaic: Daisy family, Compositae). It is a naturally occurring variant of the same species as the Globe artichoke, and…

mmm… Boulangerie Bechu

Click on the title for link. A place I haven’t been yet, but it looks really pretty. mmm… Boulangerie Bechu

Another Nice Day in Barcelona…

Sunshine. Best friend. Ron Jeremy dubbed into French. Attractive French man with a sore throat and stuffy nose. An older, distinguished local guide and friend. A filmed walk through La Boqueria with a view of a fight and a shopping list of eggplant, squash, mushrooms, pimentóns, sage, arugula, mussels and rambutans. A leisurely walk down…

A Day Like Any Other?

When I was little, I wanted to be either an elementary special ed teacher or a commercial artist. I started learning sign language, and then dreamed of drawing models and the latest fashions in newspapers and magazines. I wrote a lot of stories and scenarios, created plays featuring the neighborhood children to act out for…