Friday, November 1, 2013

Happy Halloween/All Saints Day

As you may remember, last year was our first Halloween in Barcelona and since it's a holiday not really celebrated here, we didn't really know what to do. We ended up dressing the little one up in his pumpkin costume and then sat around at home. This year, we decided to compromise and celebrate both Halloween and All Saints Day which in Barcelona could perhaps also be called The Day of the Chestnut. So yesterday on Halloween we dressed the little one up as a monkey (which we only got him to wear by putting Thomas the Train on tv) and we're having a Halloween picnic on Saturday afternoon with friends. Today, for All Saints Day, we bought some traditional Catalan pastries called panellets and headed out for some roasted sweet potatoes and chestnuts which are the typical foods eaten on this day. But contrary to tradition, we did not visit any cemeteries nor spend any time dwelling on the dead. I find those activities a little too morbid for my tastes. I much prefer to spend holidays eating sweets and monkeying around :). 

Hope you guys had a good one! 

An assortment of panellets. The traditional one is the one covered in pine nuts which I wrote about in my post last year. After sampling a few, I'd have to say that my favorite is the one with orange peel inside.

Roasted sweet potatoes. On this day, on many street corners, you will find a woman set up with a little stove roasting chestnuts which they serve hot and wrapped up in newspaper. They also have roasted sweet potatoes like these ones which are considerably messier to eat especially while you're walking. It's just my opinion but I don't think these are an ideal street food. 

A close up of a chestnut. Before we moved to Barcelona, we'd never eaten a chestnut or even seen one whole. So we didn't even know how to eat these and had to ask which was a bit embarrassing.  The woman looked at us like we were from another planet. But actually we're from Miami. 

My little monkey. We tried to get him to hold a banana but he knew we were photographing him and didn't want to oblige. He is a naughty monkey after all. 

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