September Long Weekend

In September we had 4 delightful ladies come visit from the UK.  One of our guests was a contributing writer to Queen of Retreats. They had only a weekend so we had plenty to cram in!

With a Friday afternoon arrival the girls headed up to the rooftop of our retreat space to catch a class with Sarah Purcell Co-owner and Co-Founder of Infinite Pilates.  Afterwards they had a lovely bit of downtime to enjoy the rooftop jacuzzi!

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The girls had a bit of downtime before popping out for a quick bite and then they were off to enjoy a Flamenco show at the incredibly Palau de la Musica.

From the Palau de la Musica they headed up to Mutis-a jazz bar tucked away in the middle of the Eixample.  The girls listened to a jazz singer croon until the week hours of the night.

Low and behold Saturday morning had arrived and they were up once again for yoga with Kari Zabel, currently based out of Munich, Germany. IMG_3608

After a quick outfit change the ladies were off for a Segway tour of Barcelona.

 

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The girls convened once again for their evening Flamenco lessons with the fabulous Tani, on the outskirts of Barcelona.  Within an hour they were stars!

Another rapid turn around before the girls were tucked into their table at the trendy Boca Grande where they enjoyed into the night.

Soon enough it was Sunday morning-departure day.  After a morning at the beach the ladies soaked in the hammam and massages of the delightful Aire de Barcelona.

In a flash the weekend was over and our girls were off on their way back home to the UK…refreshes, replenished, and ready to take on the mummy and work duties of the week to come.

For more about their weekend you can see the delightful review of our weekend please visit http://queenofretreats.com/experience-leave-it-to-barcelona/

Easy as pie…pizza pie!

While maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle let me it stated that I love pizza as much as the next person…though, as its not the healthiest of options I try my best to avoid it.

Recently, I came across a wonderful cookbook co-written by Mimi Spencer…The Fast Diet Cookbook.

“Enjoy delicious low-calorie meals that can help you lose weight, become heart-healthy, and lower your risk of major diseases.

The FastDiet became an instant international bestseller with a powerful life-changing message: it’s possible to lose weight and reduce your risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer, all while eating what you would normally eat five days a week. You simply cut your caloric intake two days a week to 500 calories for women, 600 for men. Now, the FastDiet Cookbook offers 150 nutritious, low-calorie recipes, ranging from simple breakfasts to leisurely suppers, enabling you to incorporate the FastDiet into your daily life. With this indispensable companion book, you will never have to worry about planning your fast days again!”

I don’t cut my calorite intake two days a week as I’m not dieting, but I LOVE the recipes.  This past weekend we made Mimis Tortilla Pizza…major calorie cutting, and majorly delicious.

Have a look at how easy it is…and for more delicious recipes like this check out The Fast Diet cookbook…fast and easy recipes for those on the go!

We certainly did!

We certainly did!

We found that popping in the oven before adding the sauce allowed them to stay a little extra crispy once we added our homemade tomato sauce.

We found that popping in the oven before adding the sauce allowed them to stay a little extra crispy once we added our homemade tomato sauce.

It is so easy and fast!  Simmer onions and garlic, then add tomatoes.  Your sauce will be ready in under half an hour.  If you are pressed for time search for an organic sauce to add.

It is so easy and fast! Simmer onions and garlic, then add tomatoes. Your sauce will be ready in under half an hour. If you are pressed for time search for an organic sauce to add.

I generally reach to the bottom of my tomato stash and take the less desirable tomatoes to add to my sauce..  In this batch I used 2 heirloom tomatoes.

I generally reach to the bottom of my tomato stash and take the less desirable tomatoes to add to my sauce.. In this batch I used 2 heirloom tomatoes.

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I prefer a hand machine however you can use a cuisine art, blender...whatever you need!

I prefer a hand machine however you can use a cuisine art, blender…whatever you need!

We may have over crispified ours...that said, it was still delicious!

We may have over crispified ours…that said, it was still delicious!

Mimi offers healthier alternatives...as I had just finished a 12 hour workout week and Walid pushing 20 we opted for the higher calorie option of cheese.

Mimi offers healthier alternatives…as I had just finished a 12 hour workout week and Walid pushing 20 we opted for the higher calorie option of cheese. 

We added spinach to add a little color and greens into our dinner.

We added spinach to add a little color and greens into our dinner.

 

 

 

Weekend happenings about town…

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday:

Ballet Gitano at the Teatre Tivoli:

After a three-year tour of Latin America, Europe and the US, Corté is back in Barcelona with his show, Gitano. Performing alongside 10 other dancers, 17 musicians and eight flamenco singers, Gitano is an intensely personal show for the internationally-renowned flamenco dancer and takes the spectator back to his gypsy roots.

Tickets from €28

Friday: Prostibulo Poético: 

Os invitamos al último Prostíbulo Poético de la temporada, en el que presentaremos a las nuevas poetas que entrarán a formar parte del burdel. Ven, aplaudelas, ten un privado con ellas antes que nadie!! Contaremos ademas con Tori Sparks y Amelia Cadwallader. Va a ser una gran noche. Envíanos un mensaje para reservar y te obsequiamos con regalo de Bijoux Indiscrets! prostibulopoetico@gmail.com

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10eu no socios.

We invite Poetry Brothel to last season, which will introduce new poets who will join the brothel. Come aplaudelas, have a private with them before anyone else! We will also with Tori Sparks and Amelia Cadwallader. It will be a great night. Send us a message to book and we will reward you with Bijoux Indiscrets gift! prostibulopoetico@gmail.com

8 EU partners
10eu fees.

7:30 to 10pm C/Corretger, 5

Maria de la O

first time at the Palau de la Música

May 2014 Friday 30 21:30 h Buy Concert Hall
June 2014 Monday 23 21:30 h Buy Concert Hall
Thursday 26 21:30 h Buy Concert Hall
August 2014 Saturday 9 21:30 h Buy Concert Hall
Saturday 16 21:30 h Buy Concert Hall
Prices: from 30 to 48 €

Cycle:

Organized by: Events Artístics

Juan Cortès – Rafael Fernandezguitarra
Paco de Mode, cajón
Fran Leónflauta
Sara Flores – Mariano Santiago “el makande ” – Jorge “el Pirata”- Juan de la Nana, cantaores
Isaac Barbero – Juan Herediabailaores
Susana Escoda – Raquel Alegria – Ivette Pla – Adelaida Guerrero – Maria Cortés, bailaoras

Susana Escoda, choreography
Sara Flores, art direction
Juan Cortés, musical direction

Program

Maria de la O (zambra )
Amor de riquezas  (tanguillos)
Sueños de amor (tango)
Vivencias (alegrias)
Lamentos (balada)
Coraje y rabia (seguiriyas)
Fiesta gitana (bulerias)
La quimera (martinete)
Mis duquelas (solea por buleria)

Maria de la O, A Spanish gypsy girl from a humble family dreams about a gypsy boy from her village since their childhood. One day when they are grown up a rich non-gypsy man appears and she falls in love with him. After a while she realizes that neither wealth nor gold make her happy. What does make her happy are the humble dresses, traditional customs and especially her true love, the gypsy boy from her village.

Saturday:

The Pool Market Barcelona

Mercadillo, música y piscina!!

Only Vintage Clothing & New Designers

Inauguración The Pool Market

*Pool Party & Market *

Horario: 11h-20h.

C/ Pallars 121-125 – BCN

ZT Hotels-Villa Olimpic@ Suites

Line Up – 16h:

Lifeghetto

Yuki Fukiyama

Wish

ENTRADA 1€!

Inscripciones expositores abiertas: Only Vintage Clothing & New Designers

Sunday:

Vintage Market Barcelona http://www.twomarket.es/

4a Bicicleta de Modernisma http://pedalsdelmodernisme.com/

*Leave it to Barcelona will be at the Pedals de Modernisme and Vintage Market.