Open-toed high heels, standing in the dirt, outside, under a heat-lamp, Palau Robert is alight. It is the night for Ferran Adria and elBulli. So we all wait. I am hungry and thirsty. Nothing. Then, speeches, all in Catalan, I hear the word "molt," echo and echo and echo. I know that it is a superlative...I know that we are in awe of the man on the stage. It is opening night for Risc Llibertat i Creativitat and the exhibit is lovely. A history. Finding the perfect spot for the world's most lauded restaurant, celebrating family, demonstrating the food, sharing the creative process. Look, even the box of chocolate that ended every meal at elBulli before it closed last summer, forever. I had never been. And still, I am hungry and thirsty.
Say that three times fast! An Ensaimada is a Mallorcan pastry topped with confectioners sugar. And freakishly, this weekend, Valldemossa is a Mallorcan village topped with powdered snow. Either one a treat!
Medieval fabric reinvented. Look close, there on top of the wooden filing drawer. Not for cold castle walls anymore. Teresa Rosa Aguayo stiches miniature tapestries, whimsical scenes of mediterranean pools and beaches. Think David Hockney, but in a scandinavian palette. Made on handsome old-fashioned looms. Set in modern see-through frames. A little precious at around 400 Euros each, but hey. The best ones are in the store, not on the website. Felted wool bowls, clothing, jewelry and art works too. The workshop's called Teranyina, Calle Notariat 10 Baixos www.teresarosa.com
By Maia Pay Ozguc
Barcelona Impressions. Be curious. Be present. Be Barcelona!