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I went to Barcelona for the first time a few weeks ago.  Oh lord, it is such a beautiful city.   I stayed at El Palace and loved it.  It was the epitome of elegance having just completed a two-year renovation.  I had a lovely breakfast each morning, an amazing massage in the spa, and I slept like a star. Pretty much everything you want from a hotel.

http://www.hotelpalacebarcelona.com/en/

 

el palace barcelona

 

 

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I scouted out weeks in advance where to eat while in Barcelona.  I had a 17 course, 2 and a half our meal at Hoja Santa.  An Albert Adrià restaurant.  It was one of of the best meals of the year.  An inventive take on Mexican cuisine.  I wish I had the space to post a picture of each and every dish here, but that would make me a food-dork.  (God knows I am…)  If in Barcelona, make sure you go.

http://www.hojasanta.es/en

 

hoja santa

 

 

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Last Barcelona item… the Mies van der Rohe El Pabellón.  The marble alone is exquisite.  It was designed for the 1929 World Fair, German Pavilion. While it is a small structure, the harmony of the space and materials is perfect.  It was difficult to choose the best architecture, given the glory of Gaudí in the city.   He really should have his own 1-10 post… the park, the cathedral, the homes.

 

mies van der rohe el pabellón

 

 

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For $39.90, you too can own the perfect white shirt.  Don’t be surprised.  Uniqlo.  I love the line of the collar.   The fabric has a little stretch, and there are no darts, which is not a favorite feature in most women’s shirting. White shirts are difficult to keep in pristine shape, so at that price point, it’s easy to buy a few.  I love them!

http://www.uniqlo.com/us/product/women-supima-cotton-stretch-long-sleeve-shirt-139163.html#60~/women/shirts-and-blouses/long-sleeve/supima-cotton/~

uniqlo white shirt

 

 

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I found this recipe on facebook… AND actually made it.  When does that ever happen?  This photo is directly from my oven.  These apple roses were so amazingly easy and delicious.  I used honey crisp apples.  They look so much more intricate than they were to make. A real crowd-pleaser!

http://tiphero.com/baked-apple-roses/

 

 

Version 2

 

 

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A good friend of mine is in the music industry.  He always recommends amazing bands that have yet to disappoint. He has also taken me to some great shows in the city, but by far, my most beloved place to see a show is Radio City Music Hall.  I should say, my favorite place to listen to music.  The acoustics are superb.  Just saw The War on Drugs.  A sublime show!  Thanks David!!!

 

 

radio city music hall

 

 

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I love these clogs.  They come in natural, black and red.  I chose the red!  I can’t wait until they arrive!

7a – Love online shopping!  I can get swedish clogs delivered to my door!

 

hasbeens t strap sky high

 

 

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I went to Boston to visit my adored nephew (drove up with my adored niece).  He’s a senior at the Berklee College of Music.  The next two entries encompass that trip.  I LOVE Clover Food Lab.  He works there, so we went for breakfast the morning he was working.  He made me a popover egg sandwich.  What?  It was beyond delicious.  A fluffy, eggy, light-as-air popover with a sous vide egg, tomato, sharp cheddar, tempeh and sriracha.  I’m not usually a fan of meat substitutes, but this sandwich I will crave until I eat another one!

https://www.cloverfoodlab.com/

 

clover breakfast popover

 

 

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Boston’s Museum of Fine Art has a lovely show up now.  “Class Distinctions: Dutch Art in the Time of Rembrandt and Vermeer.”  I love Vermeer.  It’s work I could look at endlessly.

 

johannes vermeer the astronomer

 

 

10.

I love the movie I Heart Huckabees.  There are so many gems in this film.  Here’s a short one to end on.

 

i heart huckabees