Friday, 10 June 2011

panses i figues i mel i mató

"raisins and figs and mel i mató"-- from a Catalan Christmas song

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I try and have one non-work related outing per day, partly to keep myself sane and more productive, and partly because when I go out, I often tend to stumble across things that are actually helpful to my research. Also, I'm studying Barcelona's bike-share program, so anywhere I go on a bike is research, essentially. As my dad likes to say, "I'm always working!" ; D On this particular day I decided to make my morning coffee a bit more special by having a delicious Catalan desert, mel i mató, with it. Mató is a very soft, mild cheese (a bit the consistency of ricotta, maybe, but even milder), and typically it's served with honey. I'd had this years ago and thought "yeah, ok," and went back to eating churros at every opportunity, but I had a sudden craving, and went again this week. Delicious. The café/deli where I had it dates back to 1870, and there are so many delicious pastries and cheeses to be had that I might have to make this a more regular occurence.

Anyone coming to Barcelona can find Granja M. Viader here. Close to la Rambla, but crucially, not on it! And a nice flickr set showing the interior can be seen here.

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The pretty tiled floor.

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dress, belt and scarf: vintage, shoes: Fly London

40 comments:

Xavi said...

Je, je. I sometimes used the expression mel i mató to express my love. :(

This "granja" is special fon a rain afternon in winter. A cup of hot chocolat with churros. :p

Emily, Ruby Slipper Journeys said...

Yep, I've definitely eaten a LOT of churros there! But I felt that mel i mató was maybe a bit more summer appropriate! I am definitely going back soon. ; )

Vanessa, Take only Memories said...

Super pretty dress! And I love the location!

Shybiker said...

Reading your blog is like going on a mini-vacation!

CessOviedo said...

I love tiled floors, so unique and I love to find shapes and follow patterns, Mexico has a lot of tiled floors, did you get to see them?

Cess O. <3 The Outfit Diaries

Emily, Resplendent Tranquility said...

Wow, mel i mató really does look/sound delicious. And to eat it in a 140 year old cafe is even better! The tiled floor is really lovely. I used to like to go to a general store/deli/cafe that was the oldest continually operated store in the US (established in 1770), but it recently closed. So sad.

Looking good in that dress! It has such pretty little details.

Tomz said...

Emily,

Like ur poses and photos and dresses.

but most often u look down..u always give your face a downward inclination..why dont u try some other poses also..this is being typecasted..

Emily, Ruby Slipper Journeys said...

Ha Tomz! You're quite right. I was even thinking about my chronic looking down earlier. You know why I do it though? I take a lot of my pictures in the morning, and I'm self-conscious about my puffy eyes. I actually take a variety of poses, but end of using the 'looking-down' ones!

Belinda said...

Girl, be confident! I think you look absolutely beautiful in this outfit. Love the scarf and how it works with the dress. :D

Kerri @ OldLadyChic said...

Awesomeeee. I would love to have you be my tour guide around Europe. You always are eating the most interesting things. I love the scarf around your neck!

Closet Fashionista said...

Ooh that wall is so fun! And I love your shoes :D
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A said...

Emily,

Awesome pictures. How many pictures do you take? Ever time I think of posting picture, I cannot find good ones...seems like I have already posted all good ones. But you keep coming up with 8 to 10 pictures every week......and most of them are very good....

It is easy to take one or two good pictures but consistently posting very good pictures is HARD.

Kiran Bajaj Sawhney said...

Hi Emily,

Yes we lost touch. But we are back and will take it from where we left.
You look as cute as ever. Good to know about your bike research in barcelona.

Amber Blue Bird said...

your dress is cute as are shoes. I am not sure about this whole cheese with honey thing...does it taste like greek yogurt?

Emily, Ruby Slipper Journeys said...

@ Amber: A little bit, but the taste is not so strong.

Alicia said...

Uh I love graffiti and your pictures in it! I went to Barcelona last year. Hope you're having a wonderful time!! :)
Alicia im Wunderland

Penny said...

hey girl, i see a braid in the hair!nice ;)
ps) i will go from headless shots to sth like "monkeyface"'s look and then maybe... consider a full head!too shy for sth faster :$
pps)glad to know that you found your pace of life and working in barcelona!

Sweet Harvest Moon said...

Pretty dress!

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Rebeccak said...

Ooh yum! I have never heard of that before! I will have to put it on my 'to eat list' - it looks delicious!

I love your dress - the detail at the hem is adorable. I find that colour really difficult to wear. I am such a grub I always seem to stain light dresses - so am envious when others are able to manage them!

Anthea said...

That last pic of you is so gorgeous! Love the colourful wall and your neutral clothing!

Anthea,
Embracing Style

deppa said...

uy! suena delicioso!
Y con las ganas que me dan por comer cosas dulces :P

Te ves linda, cada día se hace más particular ese estilo tan femenino y tan vintage que llevas en tus outfits. UN día me darás un infarto si llegas a usar jeans o algo así jaja.

Nos vemos :)

Terri said...

this breakfast just looks delicious...

Raquel said...

Oh the mel i mató looks so good nom nom nom! Here in Portugal some people eat goat's cheese with honey too.

And how funny we post wall pictures in the same day hehe! I think it's brilliant how it contrasts with the simplicity and neutral colours of your outfit. Did you take these by yourself??

PS: I've sent an e-mail to my friend, though she didn't reply to me yet, maybe because since this is a long weekend with bank holidays in Portugal she must have gone somewhere because she's always travelling. Anyway I've sent her the link to your post.

Nicky。♥ said...

thanks for your lovely comment! I follow with great pleasure. If you like returns! I'll be waiting;)

Ashley said...

I love your skirt! I also love those tiles; they're so great:) xx

Emily, Ruby Slipper Journeys said...

@Raquel: I did take them myself. There was even a guy having a cigarette break right behind the tripod when I did. Major cringe when I realized! Haha, that's probably the other reason I'm looking down... to hide my blushes!

Imogen said...

Beautiful. Love the dress and scarf. This whole combination provides a vintage vibe which I think is amazing.

Catita said...

great dress, the color is perfect for spring!

Jul said...

Gorgeous dress! You look good :)

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Sian said...

I love the colour of your dress, so pretty!! It looks lovely with the scarf too, I would never have thought of wearing it that way =) Really lovely outfit altogether!
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Diana said...

that dessert sounds heavenly! i must try it maybe ill have to make a trip to barcelona ;) love the outfit girl ! xoxo

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Jazzy E (hivenn) said...

Your hair looks amazing! x hivenn

jess said...

I love your scarf.

Emmett Katherine said...

I really like how you've styled your hair it looks quite pretty. I think I need to adopt your motto of one non-work outting a day to preserve my sanity as well!

Ashley said...

Oooooo...looks so good!!!

Kallie, Happy Honey and Lark said...

That sounds totally delicious! Its great that you go and take some time outside, and at least you can sort of say its work. In your travels in Barcelona have you come across a bar called the Dow Jones? My friend was telling me about it (and its awesomeness). PSST, that braid in your hair is AWESOOOME!

LyddieGal said...

what a sweet vintage dress, and such a fun wall for outfit photos!

Chic on the Cheap

Jenni Wells said...

oh my, that looks so yummy! I'm right there with you... always ALWAYS working even when I'm not. Love this dress and scarf. You looks very 50s!

Virginie's Cinema said...

This outfit is so darling Emily, kinds has a little girl scout feel to it that is absolutely adorable!

Your hair style is so pretty too, I love braids and fin them so hard to do some times.

Mato sounds and looks delicious. I love your way of looking at your research. The "I'm always working" moto certainly applies to me too and I wouldn't want it any other way :)

Virginie

Virginie's Cinema said...

This outfit is so darling Emily, kinds has a little girl scout feel to it that is absolutely adorable!

Your hair style is so pretty too, I love braids and fin them so hard to do some times.

Mato sounds and looks delicious. I love your way of looking at your research. The "I'm always working" moto certainly applies to me too and I wouldn't want it any other way :)

Virginie