El hombre and I are total foodies, and are always looking for new places to try. Barcelona, has become somewhere that we've had some of our most incredible and interesting food experiences in. It seems to me that its a city totally on its gastronomic game right now.
Last year we had the most incredible experience at Moments, Mandarin Oriental. This year one of the new restaurants we tried was Lasarte
So far its been our experience that Spanish fine dining is manages to get the balance between elegance, refinement and guest comfortably perfectly right. Some Michelin star restaurants can be incredibly intimidating. But not Lasarte. You feel fabulously taken care of but also at ease enough to really enjoy the experience. Quite a rarity in a 3 Michelin star restaurant (Barcelona's 1st, I might add )
Each dish was not only absolutely beautiful, but beautifully presented. Even my cocktail was handcrafted right at our table creating quite the spectacle.
We started with Jalapeno foam with razor and liquorice Ice cream appetiser
For starter I chose the glazed hare ravioli with artichokes and black truffle. Simply put, incredible.
I think my favourite dish was the Smoked squid ink risotto and lemon seafood. It was absolutely incredible and surprisingly light
And if you are a truffle lover, than the White truffle curd cream, pear and hazelnut is your absolute dream come true. Probably one of the most unique deserts that Iv ever eaten...
And to finish, we were served the most beautiful petite fours. So beautiful hat we managed to squeeze them in! Mont Blanc, Catalan crem choclate and choclate crumble.
And just when I thought our experience couldn't get any better, we were invited to meet the chef and see the magic behind the scenes. Just the best experience ever!
I absolutely enjoyed our afternoon at Lasarte, and am sure you would too! Add it to your list pronto...
This week some friends and I headed into Puerto Banus to check out Rosa's cafe in search of flower walls and pink lattes. If you have ever been to Elan cafe in knightsbridge or Menagerie Manchester, Rosa's would be right up you're street! Only here you have the added bonus of the Spanish sun.
Despite to glorious sun we actually chose to sit inside, because it was too cute not to. Think flower walls, rose gold details and macron towers
There is something for everyone on the menu, from cakes & macaroons to smashed avocado and smoothies. I suppose it depends if you are being a food angel or devil...
We ordered rosa's lattes (pink of course) made even cuter with the prettiest of coffee art.
And Rosa's eggs - Two organic poached eggs with avocado, tomato and caramelised onion. Id never had caramelised onion with avocado before and it was a revelation. And special mention to the perfectly poached eggs.
One of my favourite thing to do when visiting Paris, is have coffee and Patisserie at Laduree. We have been visiting laduree for probably around 15 years, and it has remained (despite becoming increasingly popular, especially tourists) a firm favourite.
No matter how busy it continues to get, we will always go back. Firstly, its just too pretty not to. Secondly, it hold lots of sentimental value for us. And thirdly, who makes macrons this well and this fresh?
I first came to know about Laduree, on our very first trip to the city. I kept on seeing these ladies walking around with gorgeous pistachio green paper carrier bags with gold writing on them
I was determined to find out where this shop was. At this point I didn't even know what it sold, but I knew that if the carrier bags alone were so cute the things they sold must be even cuter. When we finally tracked the place down I was absolutely delighted that it was the prettiest patisserie I had ever seen... with cakes that are too cute to eat.
And so our love affair (my husband is also a fan) with Laduree began. We go every time we visit Paris. We even had our wedding cake and favours from here. And on our first wedding anniversary, my husband had a miniature replica version delivered to our hotel in Paris.
Laduree also reminds me of my favourite movie Marie Antoinette, by Sofia Coppola. There is something about the pastel, sugar coated styling of this movie that makes me want to watch it over and over.
My advice, always try and request a table upstairs no matter which Laduree you visit. It always quieter and always cuter up there believe it or not. The Laduree on the Champs-Élysées has the most beautiful restaurant of them all, while downstairs tends to be super busy with tourists.
They have even started to open up Laduree Patisseries all over the world. There is a super cute one in covent garden- Uk , London and we recently went to one in Abu Dhabi...
They also sell the most beautiful candles that smell divine and look super cute. They come in so may fragrances, some of them smell of the actual pastries and cakes. One of my favourites is the orange blossom... Incredible. I think I have over 20 of these candles i'm so obsessed with them. I display them in my dressing room all lined up and covered with glass belle jars
Are you a fan of pretty French patisseries?
A Travel, Beauty and Lifestyle blog with the occasional afternoon tea by Angelina Belle
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