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Hello! This blog has moved here where it has been consolidated with my other blog "Johanna Writes." Please go there and then sign up for the feed or email subscription. The old feeds for Barcelona Bites will no longer be working! Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2011 at Barcelona Bites
Hi everyone! So in my neverending quest to simplify my life, I've decided to merge my two blogs into one. I thought it'd be easier to have a separate blog on which to write about food stuff but in the end, I've decided that I prefer just having one spot... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2011 at Barcelona Bites
I always dreamed that one day I might get to go on Australian radio and talk about tuna fish... Listen here! Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2011 at Barcelona Bites
To digress just a bit, I can see that more and more I'm becoming "the weird foreign mother" in Nico's eyes. While American kids of immigrants complain that their mothers talk funny, can't help them with their homework or whip up a decent batch of cupcakes; Kids in Spain with immigrant parents get embarrassed when their moms talk funny, can't help them with their homework or whip up a decent pot of lentils. Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2011 at Barcelona Bites
The other day I wrote about making ham croquetas at Hofmann. Oddly enough, we also learned to make tuna tataki and sushi on the same day we did croquetas. If there were ever two culinary ships meant to pass in the night without setting eyes on each other, it would... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2011 at Barcelona Bites
How funny! I didn't know they also toasted about poop!
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If there's one thing that is sure to be on just about every single tapas menu in every single restaurant in Spain, it's croquetas, little fried balls of dough, usually filled with ham, cheese, cod or mushrooms. They are rarely awful, but rarely truly delicious. Nevertheless they're usually filling in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2011 at Barcelona Bites
One of the challenges facing tourists in Spain is the eating schedule. Restaurants don't open for lunch until around 2pm (if not later) and dinner doesn't generally start until at least 9pm. For this reason, every time we go out to dinner, Alex and I are, without fail, the first... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2011 at Barcelona Bites
This is the first time I've ever participated in Illustration Friday. This week the word was "Resolutions" and this is my submission- It's a combination of a drawing and a photograph and since I'm new to Photoshop, please don't judge me too harshly! As for the list of "resolutions," it's... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2011 at Barcelona Bites
Dios mío, I'm beginning to feel as though this holiday season will never end. Because Alex and the kids spent the Christmas and New Year's in New York City with my mother-in-law this year, we celebrated Christmas at the beginning of December with my parents who were visiting. And then... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2011 at Barcelona Bites
You may have noticed that I haven't posted anything about my classes at Hofmann for the past few weeks. I got behind and then we went on vacation for the holidays so now I've got a bit of catching up to do before we start up again. The past few... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2011 at Barcelona Bites
As for me, I absentmindedly ate one of my grapes about 10 minutes before midnight and then had to request a new one. One of my astute tablemates meticulously prepared his pile of grapes by peeling and de-seeding them. Later, as I tried to choke down a mouth full of grape skins and seeds, I realized that he was on to something. Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2011 at Barcelona Bites
The scatological Catalan Christmas report continues and if you thought El Caganer was weird, wait until you hear this... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2010 at Barcelona Bites
“If you don't eat your meat, you can't have any pudding!” So says Pink Floyd and this is a serious threat indeed, because if there was one thing that the people in the British novels I read as a child seemed to eat a lot of, it was pudding. Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2010 at Barcelona Bites
Let us begin by gazing at the classic nativity scene. There are the wise men, the cows, Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus in his cradle. Oh but wait, who's that over in the corner next to those ceramic shepherds? Is it...? Could it be....? A man taking a shit?... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2010 at Barcelona Bites
So I finally made it to England and it was all and more than I'd expected. A damp land of charming terraced houses, gray skies, pubs, cake stands and imposing Victorian edifices that all look like either insane asylums or orphanages. At least that was my impression. Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2010 at Barcelona Bites
Hey next week is Christmas! As usual I haven't gotten around to doing Christmas cards. I did do an extra special holiday illustration though. Click on it to see it better! Go check it out on "They Draw and Cook" (you can see it much better on their site)! You... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2010 at Barcelona Bites
I don't know about you, but when I think of the holiday plays of my youth, the images that come to mind are full of wholesome happiness and cheer. At Nico's school here in Barcelona on the other hand, they rubbed their hands together and said, "Heeeey, how about we... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2010 at Barcelona Bites
In reality, Whirling Dervishes have nothing to do with either vacuuming or Ritalin. Rather, they are members of the Mevlani Sufi Brotherhood, which was created by in the 13th century by the Sufic poet and Saint Mevlana Jalal al-din Rumi. Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2010 at Barcelona Bites
Personally, I'm not that fond of the sweet creations but give me a hot savory chestnut pie or a chestnut soup and I'll consider showing you the top secret video of me earnestly singing karaoke to "It's the End of the World" by Skeeter Davis. Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2010 at Barcelona Bites
Is it possible that I subsisted for four years eating only frozen Polish food and soul food prepared by a lapsed Jew? As I reflect further on this issue I am willing to guess that it is indeed probable that this was the case. I also wore clothing from the Salvation Army without washing it first and once bought several small lizards as pets and then set them loose in my house, hoping that they would take care of the roaches... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2010 at Barcelona Bites
We celebrated Christmas early this year since my parents are in Barcelona visiting and we won't be going back to Utah again this year (Alex will take the kids to New York City for Christmas and New Year's but I'll be staying on my own in Barcelona). For Christmas breakfast,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2010 at Barcelona Bites
"I grew up in Utah and as a kid, chicken breasts were a staple in our kitchen. We were people of Mormon ancestry and therefore, we ate casseroles — lots and lots of casseroles. I remember the breasts coming to us wrapped in cellophane, nestled together on beds of damp... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2010 at Barcelona Bites
I blame it all on the absence of Special (customs) Agent Xavi who is my usual cooking partner. Without him there, I had no one but myself to be responsible for and the result was a state of being that imitated nothing else so much as a narcotic induced stupor. This explains a lot about why I can't remember much of my early twenties... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2010 at Barcelona Bites
Do you ever just feel like the only thing you want in the world is to curl up on the sofa with a good book, a glass of milk and a plate of gingersnaps? Or does this happen to me more than most people? Trust me when I tell you... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2010 at Barcelona Bites