Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Scenes from our weekend

First of all, a belated happy father´s day to all the dads out there! Celebrating the Professor pretty much dominated our weekend. On Saturday morning while he played soccer with some of his friends, the little one and I went trolling for a few of the Professor´s favorite things to put in a gift box (I was inspired by this idea). We picked up some Guinness, some fancy cheeses, and one of his all time favorites, salted cashews. On Sunday we had our typical pancakes for breakfast and then tried out an Ethiopian restaurant on our block that the Professor´s been dying to go to. It turns out, Ethiopian food is delicious! We never knew.

Here´s some more stuff we did on the weekend.

One of the things we love about living in Barcelona is that you don't need a car. In fact, if you have a car, it's kind of a pain because parking is very limited, gas stations are few and far between, and the city is really made for pedestrians so some streets don't even allow cars to pass through. I'm very grateful for the metro system here and never miss driving. BUT every time I see one of these cute little old cars (and there are tons here, many in PERFECT condition), my heart skips a beat. They just don't make 'em like they used to, eh?

On Saturday, as we were going about our business just walking around our neighborhood, we were drawn to the sounds of shouts, laughter and music coming from a local school. The Professor and I looked at each other, ¨Is that Summer Nights from the Grease soundtrack?¨ we wondered. Yes, it was. The school was having some sort of fundraiser and the kids were getting down to the entire Grease soundtrack. I´m ashamed to say that I saw this movie a million times when I was in middle school and I still know all the words to Hopelessly Devoted. Don´t judge. 

Child and baby friendly restaurants are not very common in Barcelona (or in Europe based on my recollections). But there are a few and they tend to have really great food. If you're ever in Barcelona, there's a chain of restaurants called Buenas Migas that has awesome focaccias, salads, pastas, coffees, and pastries. Everything is organic and local. If you're traveling with a little one, you'll be glad to know that in addition to having high chairs and a changing station in the bathroom, there's also a kid's menu and placemats to color. In this picture you can see Batman in a stylish high chair enjoying a breadstick. 

Last but not least, here's a glimpse of some of the Ethiopian food we had at Addis Abeba on Sunday afternoon. Neither of us had ever tried Ethiopian food so we were not really sure what were were in for. You´re given a huge plate with an enormous piece of bread on it (it´s more like a pancake than bread because it´s soft, spongy and thin) and on top of the bread is a series of meats, beans and vegetables. The tricky bit is that there are no utensils. You use the bread to scoop up the food. Fortunately, there´s a sink in the back of the restaurant so that you can wash your hands before and after you eat. We ordered the beef and the chicken which came with slow cooked lentils, yellow split peas, potato, butternut squash, kale and a tomato and avocado salad and everything was delicious.

So that's what we've been up to. What did you guys do?

P.S. Here´s what we did last weekend in case you missed it.

(Last photo from Addis Abeba)


  1. I love Buenas Migas! Batman looks incredibly lovely in his high chair:)
    I tried Ethiopian food in Gràcia a few months ago, it was such an experience!!!

  2. So funny how much the Professor has branched out. Remember the time of the big mac solamente diet?? (Yes, slight exaggeration.)