Cadaques.

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Lovely day trip to Cadaques… still reminiscing on how wonderfully forgiven this summer was. It was spent like an agitated itch on the back but in a good way. I am still mentally preparing myself for this incoming school year. Wish me luck!

 

xo. J

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Tossa del Mar.

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Beautiful day spent driving along the curves of dreamy Catalonia coastal highway to a quiet hidden beach (required some hike and an adventurous spirit). And I was instantly in love with absolutely everything. The stunning view and tranquility of the surroundings away from busy Barcelona center full of tourists. Needless to say I will be back very soon.

Check out this MAP that shows you all the good beaches to go (I recommend a nice day trip with car) and maybe you will find me there…in my salty hair and glowing flashing skin form that is 🙂

xo, J

 

Andalusia holiday

Andalusia holiday

 


Inspired by the this past East holiday trip I took with my family, the Andalucia region at the south of Spain is definitely considered the MOST Spanish part of Spain to the Spaniards. The bull-fighters, the renowned Flamenco dancers, and various mosaic and beautiful tile prints. Everything screams red and passion. Thus the red top is inspired by this, pair with jeans and tone it down with Alexander Wang strap sandals in white. Not to play with the cliche but a Spanish holiday is certainly not complete without a pair of golden Dolce Gabbana earrings.

Red off the shoulder top
€19 – zaful.com

3×1 zipper jeans
€285 – intermixonline.com

Alexander Wang strap sandals
€420 – alexanderwang.com

Dolce Gabbana blue handbag
€2.230 – runwaycatalog.com

Dolce Gabbana charm jewelry
€470 – harrods.com

Mountain wall art
€46 – art.com

Diary from Peñíscola.

I have to admit – I am guilty of committing to spontaneous decision for weekend getaways, regardless of going out of Spain to other countries or simply taking a train hour away to another pueblo. What can I say? The wanderlust is REAL. In this particular case, it only took a hour of googling, two hours of convincing, making a check list and some collective packing here and there, a day later I was on my way. I had the opportunity to travel to Peñíscola, a beautiful beach town/province located in the Valencia community. The breathtaking ocean view of Costa del Azahar was what made it feels instantly a Mediterranean holiday. 

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La Casa de las Conchas – House of Seashells

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The beautiful Peniscola beach

dios esta bien terrace view

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Dios Esta Bien hostel.

The hostel we chose for the stay had the coziest terrace space, tastiest breakfast, and quite possibly one of the best coffee I’ve ever had in Spain thus far. Centrally located and walking distance from everything Peniscola has to provide. The international hosts are extremely friendly and helpful with anything we needed. I highly recommend this place if you are ever visiting this town!

 

For a quick fix of cocktail or fruity alcohol beverages, make sure to head down to MUVA Beach for an impeccable view and relax atompshere for a sit & sip.

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Hope this post inspired you to take a small weekend trip away from the tedious ordinary routine that is life, and find enjoyment within details and a brand new view.

 

xo, J

bon profit! A guide to brunch spots in Valencia, Spain.

Being in Spain for 3 years now, I’ve definitely missed the weekend brunch culture in the US (especially in college town setting). However in recent years I think the concept of brunch has made its way to Europe and particularly Spain. Here I think the closest thing to brunch is called “almuerzo” which can be interpreted as ‘lunch’ or a ‘middle day snack’. One thing for certain is unlike brunch, it does not come with big portions and variety of sweet and savory. Personally I have gone to a few restaurants, cafes, and pastries shops in Spain that serve delicious and VERY photogenic brunch. Here are some of my recommendations and personal favorites that you should put on your brunchin/ list if you are visiting Spain (Valencia and Barcelona, to be more specific)!

  1. Bar & Kitchen

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Located in the Le Seu (old town) district in Valencia tucked away behind the Cathedral and tourist crowds, this adorable restaurant is usually packed with locals and tourists who happen to live nearby. The dishes are a nice mix of modern and traditional Spanish cuisine. The portion of each dish is just perfect for two to share. The patatas bravas is my personal favorite from this place. One of the best I’ve tried in Valencia thus far.

Address:  Plaça d’Ibanyes, 7, 46001 València

Opening Hours:

Sunday

9:00 am – 12:00 am
Monday
9:00 am – 12:00 am
Tuesday
9:00 am – 12:00 am
Wednesday
9:00 am – 12:00 am
Thursday
9:00 am – 12:00 am
Friday
9:00 am – 12:00 am
Saturday
9:00 am – 12:00 am

*hours might differ during the holidays*

2. BASTARD Coffee & Kitchen

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Egg benedict+avcado on pancake

This place is usually packed with local Spanish families and university students especially on the weekends. They serve everything from classic egg benedict to burgers and pancakes. I love the variety of egg benedict selection there, which you can find here:

http://www.bastardcoffeekitchen.com/brunch.html

The environment is super cozy and rustic.

The staff are friendly and service is extremely nice (for Spanish standard). They also speak English if there is any difficulty communicating. Keep in mind that week days are less crowded than the weekends and as everything else in life, early birds will usually always have available seats right on the spot!

Address: C/Leandro de Saralegui, nº 1, bajo izda., 46021 Valencia

Opening Hours:

8:00 am – 12:00 am
Monday
8:00 am – 12:00 am
Tuesday
8:00 am – 12:00 am
Wednesday
8:00 am – 12:00 am
Thursday
8:00 am – 12:00 am
Friday
8:00 am – 12:00 am
Saturday
8:00 am – 12:00 am

*hours might differ during the holidays*

3. Bluebell Coffee Co.

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Avocado toasts

My first time entering Blubell Coffee Co. I thought I accidentally intruded someone’s backyard/garden. The interior is the perfect combination of vintage and organic chic. They have various vegetarian and vegan options, also seasonal smoothies and cake. You never know what surprise will be thrown at you on the menu. This place is also very pet and toddler friendly. The back drop is perfect for an afternoon relaxation / chill out after a lovely day wandering around in Ruzafa district.

Address: Carrer de Buenos Aires, 3, 46006 Valencia

Opening Hours:

9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Monday
9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am – 9:00 pm

*hours might differ during the holidays*

4. Dulce de Leche BOUTIQUE Café Pastelería

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Bagel Salmon Sandwich

Also located in the Ruzafa district, this restaurant is great for their vast selection of delicious and cakes and pastries. Usually the staff will ask you to order around the counter and they will bring the food over to you. You will not be surprise to find crowds of students, hipsters, bloggers, or all of the above gathering here on weekly basis. The coffee is great and satisfying, But the desserts are a must try! The fresh flower decor on each table also makes your food more “gram-able” if you know what I mean.

Address: Calle Pintor Gisbert 2, C. Cuba 46, 46006 Valencia

Opening Hours:

Sunday

9:00 am – 9:00 pm

Monday

9:00 am – 9:00 pm

Tuesday

9:00 am – 9:00 pm

Wednesday

9:00 am – 9:00 pm

Thursday

9:00 am – 9:00 pm

Friday

9:00 am – 9:00 pm

Saturday

9:00 am – 9:00 pm

5. La Más Bonita Patacona

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Valencia is famous for its beach and party lifestyle. This is why this brunch spot is almost too perfect to miss. Located literally right in front of the beach,  La Mas Bonita Patacona is the place to be whether is a morning brunch before hitting the beach, after a Friday night out or a Sunday catch up sesh with girls. They also make king size fruit smoothies, jugs of sangria, and of course a mean cup of mimosa.

The interior decor is a beach-y mermaid Mediterranean paradise. The spacial breakfast (brunch session) is from Saturday to Sunday 12.30pm – 5:00pm. So make sure don’t miss out on it!

Which place is your favorite? Comment below and I hope one of them makes it onto your bucketlist!

Cheers!

xo, J.