Eat Better > Be Happier > Live Longer.
Barcelona is extremely well known for its tapas, and for good reason. It’s reputation lives up to the real thing, with my favourite being Irati, tucked away behind Las Ramblas. It serves pinchos for two euros each; small pieces of tapas on wooden cocktail sticks, where you can pick and choose until your full. After dining on these mouthfuls of deliciousness, a waiter will simply count your cocktail sticks to work out the bill. It really is incredible, after visiting it a couple of years ago I bought a bunch of friends there on a recent trip, and they were not disappointed!
But, with that recommendation said, that is not what this blog post is all about! I want to focus on this amazing restaurant I stumbled upon called Flax & Kale. Whilst Barcelona gets a lot of press for its spanish cuisine, it is quite difficult to find healthy, mainly vegan restaurants. Here is where Teresa Carles comes in, ensuring each meal is 80% plant based. This company has a branch of restaurants in the centre specialising in vegetarian food, and god lord they really are gems. After reading about Flax & Kale online, I got very excited about visiting this wonder, after a week of gorging on tapas and barbecues, I couldn’t wait to get back to healthy eating!
A friend and I visited this haven for breakfast, as we couldn’t wait to try it out after reading about it the previous night, and with our hostel serving a pretty terrible breakfast, it was a great option! Flax & Kale have such a wide range of freshly pressed juices, I went for the ‘Green Medicine’ which was so delicious and refreshing, surprisingly sweet with a slight tang! Into the bottle they pressed grapes, pears, cucumber, kale, parsley, lemon and dandelion, which I chose as it strays away from the conventional green juice, which normally has a base of apple and celery. For breakfast I chose and açai bowl, which was just bursting with superfoods! Blueberries, crumbled chestnuts, goji berries and hemp seeds topped the blend of honey, açai, and banana. The açai is what gives the bowl such a brilliant purple hue, and its full of amazing vitamins and essential amino acids, which are vital to make up the building blocks of our cells! The only thing I could critique was the amount of ice they used in the blend.. my insides were chilled to the bone in the 30 degree heat!
To finish, Anna and I devoured this blueberry and quinoa muffin from the gluten free bakery, which was also free from refined sugars, making it the perfect snack! As I don’t have much of a sweet tooth, this was perfect as it wasn’t overwhelming sweet as some muffins can be. Instead it was full of rich blueberry flavours, making it extremely moist with a slightly crispy outside.
To drink, Anna had an incredible smoothie, with coconut water & milk, cacao, and bananas. It was so rich and thick you almost had to use a spoon to drink it, giving me terrible food envy, and frustration that I didn’t order it myself! I will defiantly be attempting to recreate this on my blog, so look out for that in the near future! As well as Flax & Kale, Teresa Carles have another restaurant tucked just a few streets away, which was just as amazing- with another post giving the incredible review of lunch! The work of Teresa Carles won’t stay a hidden secret for long, and there is no doubt this will become one of the hottest tables in town.