Happy Easter

Easter Candles

Spring is coming fast and the weather has been beautiful these past couple days, which reminded me to plant the bulbs I bought recently. I can’t wait for the iris, lilies, and freesias to start and come up and give some life to my dead garden. I hear the birds chirping and just being in the garden listening to the birds, and smelling the flowers is the only time when I feel fully get relaxed. 

These days many of us are getting ready to celebrate Easter. The festive atmosphere will reunite us in different ways, either making the eggs or going to church or eating that special meal that only your mom knows how to cook on this day. Greg and I are celebrating by making candles. The 100% essential oils that I am using for all of them are floral such as Lilac, Violet Lime so your place will smell wonderfully the same as outside. 

Here are some of the candles that will have the chance to buy on my website Oohlalapetite.com


1st day in Madrid

When Greg and I want to go somewhere where we can really escape and relax, without doubt, Spain is the place for us. Always great friends, food and weather, Spain never disappoints us. To escape the many things of New York, especially the weather, we bought the tickets with the idea in mind to also celebrate my birthday there. My very good friend Miguel welcomed us in his flat in Madrid located in the city center.

The spring landed in Madrid much earlier than in NYC and we felt it in the air, trees, people and of course you could see it in our faces. People in the street talking and smiling at you…I had an ambiguous feeling while I was walking in street. It made me feel so strange and weird to be in Madrid as a tourist. For a moment I felt angry and jealous that I was not living in Spain anymore. The feeling went away when I let myself enjoy and embrace what I have now, the moments with Greg while there. I felt rejuvenated, relaxed and going with the wonderful breeze that took us in the coolest corners of Madrid.

So the first day we arrived in Madrid, we were alone. My best friend Graciela was away so we started walking toward Principe de Vergara towards Puerta de Alcala and stopped to this beautiful dessert store where we bought this delicious, and indescribable peace of art that melted as soon as it landed in our mouths.

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I am always touched and my heart beats irregularly when I start to talk in Spanish. I said to the girl behind the counter that I lived in Spain for so many years and I just love this city. She smiled and handed me another dessert, my favorite one during la Semana Santa (Easter) called, Torrijas.

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And then of course we headed to La Latina where we had our first stop and first Salmorejo in La Perejila. La Perejila is this coolest place in Cava Baja area of La Latina. It is very small place and it always full. They serve food until 1 am in the morning. Each time we go to Madrid our first stop is there.

For those that do not know what Salmorejo is, you don’t know what you are missing. Salmorejo is a very thick tomato, garlic and bread soup, garnished with Jamon Iberico and eggs. It is usually shared among friends but this time Greg and I decided to get two, one for each of us.

We stuffed ourselves with Salmorejo, pan con tomate with olive oil, Jamon  and Croquetas de Jamon. We washed it down with Vino tinto, Sangria and  licor de Jerez.

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We finished dinner the Spanish way with Tinto de Verano (it is simpler than sangria, normally made up of 1 part of red wine and 1 part gaseosa. Gaseosa is a general term for sodas and carbonated drinks, but the preferred mixer is a mild-flavored, low-sugar, carbonated lemonade, of which La Casera is the best known brand).

As all this was not enough we headed to El Mercado de San Miguel where we had our Vermouth and un chupito de Yogourt con fresa y mango.

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Barcelona was the next place we headed to immediately the next day. So stay tuned for some cool places in Barcelona, which I do hope will be the next city we plan to live in. Ole….

 

Abrazos

 

E.

Happy Easter

This year we decided to spend Easter in an amazing city, Barcelona. I find Barcelona to be a happy city all year around with great weather and food, the best combination for vacation. Each time I come here I am amazed of the architecture, which is all very unique to this place, ads to the whole experience. As I have mentioned previously on my blog, this is the first trip for Greg to Barcelona and he can’t stop capturing the best of this city with his vintage cameras. We love it and hope one day we will be able to stay longer so we can fully appreciate everything Barcelona has to offer.

Since Easter is all about celebration, and joy we thought it will be fun to paint  these  eggs with Annie Sloan Chalk paint. 

Enjoy this Easter Sunday and follow us for more stories from our trip to Spain. I will add more candles poured in vintage porcelain eggs on my site soon so stay tuned. 

Besos

Eni