Flax & What?

Calling all health nuts… in Barcelona that is… You guys if you haven’t tried Flax & Kale yet, don’t walk – run! Located in a sunny corner spot on Carrer de Tallers, Flax & Kale has quickly become a healthy restaurant staple in Barcelona’s Raval area, and the city at large for that matter. They’re proud to be a “Healthy Flexitarian Restaurant” and they boast the impressive stat of having an 80 percent plant-based menu.

Yesterday at mid-day, Hannah, Susan, and I stopped into Flax & Kale to quench our thirsts after perusing Raval for future outreach opportunities with ICB. Hannah ordered a cappuccino, while Susan opted for one of their cold-pressed juices – the “Virus Killer” (see their drink menu here). I gave into my sweet tooth with a “Healthy Frappemocha” – yes that is the actual name – which consisted of almond milk from Teresa’s Juicery, house-made cold-brewed coffee, coconut, ice, dates, and raw cacao. It was delicious and is pictured above on the right. To top us off, Susan treated us to the “Sandía a la parrilla” aka delicious grilled watermelon with goat cheese and sweet mint sauce; ’twas all together delectable and entirely fresh!

Next on my list to try there would include the Açai Healthy Bowl, Roasted Carrots & Avocado Salad, and any and all of the cold-pressed juices. So next time you’re in Raval, stop in and experience the good-for-you tastiness that is #flaxandkale.

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Calçotada: Take 1

Yesterday was yet another first to check off the ole bucket list: go to a calçotada – aka a traditional Catalan onion BBQ. Calçots are long, skinny stalks of onions that are a local staple during the winter months. Family and friends gather together in restaurants, in parks or at home, to eat a vast amount of barbecue grilled calçots and meats, most often accompanied by pan con tomate (slices bread with tomato, olive oil, and salt) and beer.

My church here, the International Church of Barcelona, hosted a calçotada yesterday at a camp area in Les Planes. More specifically, Awaken – the young adult community group of ICB, hosted the event and about 75 young adults ended up coming and enjoy the afternoon with tasty food and great company.

I took the FGC train from Plaza Cataluña to Les Planes with the gals, and thankfully only got slightly train-sick on the ride over. The ICB Awaken team was ready to roll with bags of freshly sliced bread, tomatoes, salt, the delicious calçot sauce, cutlery, chips, and beverages. Technically it was BYOB and bring your own additional side, as the five euros per person covered pan con tomate, calçots, and butifarra (Catalan sausage).

It was a wonderful event and the weather held out for us! I would love to fit in another calçotada before my trip home coming up here… but we’ll see. Nothing planned so far. Also, plug: If you’re a young adult in Barcelona and looking for fun things to do, an awesome community, interested in having a relationship with Christ, or all of the above, you should really consider joining Awaken at ICB. People from almost sixty nations are members of ICB and they are shining examples of Christian hospitality and compassion. Don’t hesitate, just check them out!

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