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Jennifer Lo Prete
Barcelona, Spain
A Californian living in Catalunya, Spain with two young children and handsome Argentine/Italian Husband. Lonely Planet featured blogger.
Interests: knitting, green living, sewing, street art, children's education, cultural activities, travel and cooking/baking.
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Bento Lunches | photo: Pinterest Browsing around Pinterest made me really depressed. Not because I cannot replicate all the perfect crafts people have pinned. Nor is it the beautiful photos of well-decorated homes. It was the pictures of school lunches... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2013 at Orange Polka Dot
Planning to visit Barcelona? Still daydreaming about your last visit to Barcelona? I found the coolest souvenir for you. A funky coloring book filled with hand-drawn illustrations detailing Barcelona life, traditions, and famous sights. And the best part of this... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2013 at Orange Polka Dot
I know the store, Keyks, on the outskirts of Madrid has a good stock of cake decorating supplies. They also have an online store. Also, a fellow blogger, La Tortuga Viajera lives in Madrid and may have some good suggestions for you. Best wishes and enjoy your trip to Madrid.
Toggle Commented Mar 31, 2013 on Barcelona Finds: Baking Supplies at Orange Polka Dot
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Carrying the Pine Tree to the Village | Photo: Miquel Badia A festival in which men carry a huge pine tree on their shoulders, hang a cured pig's leg (jamon) from the top and try to climb up 27 meters/... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2013 at Orange Polka Dot
Images from BCN Ajuntament Tonight is the most magical night in Barcelona - the parade of the Three Kings - Los Reyes Magos. My favorite night of the year. A night where you relive the whimsy and wonder of being... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2013 at Orange Polka Dot
Grapes of Good Luck for New Year's Eve When the kids realized today is New Year's Eve, they begged me to go buy the Uvas de Suerte (Grapes of Good Luck). "Ok, sure, now let me finish my cafe con... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2012 at Orange Polka Dot
Guess what I am doing as I type? Munching on a toasted fresh baguette topped sobrasada de Mallorca. But guess what is even better than that? And beating sobrasada is tough. The baguette was delivered fresh and warm to my... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2012 at Orange Polka Dot
Experiencing Gràcia's Festa Major is the best part of having a "staycation" in August. I specifically took my month long vacation to California in July, so I wouldn't miss Gràcia's Festa Major this year. So many of my expat friends... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2012 at Orange Polka Dot
I just found out about a really cool project in Barcelona from the blog Homage to BCN (thanks Rob!). Mapping Barcelona Public Art is an achive of Barcelona street art. Katrine Knauer created a website, Facebook page and Tumblr page... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2012 at Orange Polka Dot
American expat in Barcelona, Spain surprises her new hair stylist expecting a typical California Girl. Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2012 at Orange Polka Dot
Monopoly in Catalan | photo: FernandezMoro My daughter asked for the Monopoly board game for Christmas or Reyes (Three Kings). Easy enough, I thought. That was until I saw the price and remembered some pictures in my blog photo backlog.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2011 at Orange Polka Dot
Barcelona's largest outdoor Christmas Market, Fira de Santa Llúcia, celebrates its 225th anniversary this year. The one-stop market for all your Christmas decorations and trees, located in the front of the Barcelona's Cathedral, runs from 26 November to 22 December... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2011 at Orange Polka Dot
Thanks Lauren! No fire-breathing dragons running the streets of Madrid? Living in Catalunya - it is always hard for me to distinguish which traditions/customs are Catalan and which are Spanish. I guess the Correfoc is totally Catalan. Thanks for posting a comment. Off to check your blog and add it to my RSS. Saludos!
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Definitely with a blog titled My Spanish Adventure, you must include a correfoc on your to do list. The festa majors of most Catalan towns include a correfoc. Good luck and keep me posted. Just added your site to my RSS.
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Hi Sean! I am so glad you got to experience the Correfoc. Whenever I have visitors planning trips, I first look to see if there are any correfocs around town. It is such an unbelievable event!
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Thanks Christy! Nice to *meet* you! The fanalet tradition for els tres reis is really interesting. I haven't seen anything like that around here. Although, my kids go to a waldorf school and they celebrate Sant Marti with a fanalet walk and bonfire. I have a book called Otono and it was a picture of families walking with lanterns. I think the book is originally German. I posted about it here (picture has the name in German, I think). Have you seen the book - it is great.
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Spanish Cuts of Beef | Gastronomiaycia It has been ages since I did a post for my grocery shopping series. But don't worry, I am still taking photos and risking have another run-in with security. In organizing my pictures, I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2011 at Orange Polka Dot
Did you know that San Francisco and Barcelona are Sister Cities? Although I am a Bay Area native and worked in the heart of San Francisco, I did not know about the relationship of my two favorite cities until I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2011 at Orange Polka Dot
Barcelona's "festival of all festivals" La Mercè, celebrating the city's patron saint began on 22 September 2011 and ends on 25 September 2011. La Merce is the pinacle of all Barcelona's festivals offering four days of free activities - free... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2011 at Orange Polka Dot
Recycling Bin in Sant Cugat | 2011 I bet you don't find this thrown on the ground beside your city's organic garbage recycling bin. What the heck is that... you ask. Just your average leg of jamon that is commonplace... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2011 at Orange Polka Dot
Ever since we moved to Spain, I get overwhelmed searching for hotels for our explorations within Spain. In big cities, it is easy enough to find well-regarded articles in travel blogs, magazines or newspapers that recommend unique hotels. But in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2011 at Orange Polka Dot
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Aug 24, 2011
Amsterdam | April 2011 Awhile back, I mentioned that I have a huge backlog of photos to post on this blog. One of the categories is street art. As a walk through city streets I am constantly scanning the walls... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2011 at Orange Polka Dot
It is official Summer has arrived in Catalunya. Not because Summer Solstice was on the 21st of June. But rather, because tonight is the eve of Sant Joan. Otherwise known as La Revetlla. For the past few nights, we have... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2011 at Orange Polka Dot
Since I recently wrote about Catalan birthday parties, I thought I should list some of the places where I buy my baking supplies in Barcelona or sites that have EU shipping. As I mentioned in that post, the baking section... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2011 at Orange Polka Dot