With spring in full swing (and summer just around the corner), last week I packed my passport (emo hair cut and all), vlogging camera and shades away for a short trip to the continent, and my first ever visit to sunny Barcelona. In celebration of pastry chef Johnny Iuzzini’s éclair collaboration with Le Meridien (wonderfully titled ‘Éclair Diaries’– what a project to be involved in!), the trip was packed with plenty of gastro goodness, discovering local delicacies (including everything from traditional paella, sugary churros and some of the most delicious roasted almonds I’ve ever tried- no word of a lie) as well as some obligatory whistle stop sight seeing, of course (with the Boccaria being a pretty beautiful discovery)! With Johnny creating signature pastries to align with his global travels, his latest stop was Barcelona, and using his discoveries, helped teach us how to create everything from the perfect choux (which is definitely something I’m determined to perfect), topping and incorporate some of Spain’s most delicious flavours- not bad for a mornings work!
Although our first evening was spent in the centre of the city (happily perched in Le Meridien Barcelona– a hugely central hotel just off of the Rambla’s), we soon made our way to a more coastal part of the city, stopping off at the Freixenet vineyard before arriving at Le Meridien Ra beach resort, which truly felt like being on holiday. With the sky coordinating perfectly with the ocean (and guys, you know how I feel about coordination), it felt somewhat tropical- and along with some brilliant company (Carrie and Kbel, I’m looking at you)- it felt like a miniature girlie holiday- if only I’d bought the temperature back with me!