Friday, May 14, 2010
day 4: barcelona
I worshipped at the altar of genius today. Oriol Balaguer is one of the foremost names in chocolate and pastry in Spain. Everything he makes is sleek, modern and from what I tasted today, absolutely delicious. His shop is situated in the Sants district of Barcelona, which was a bit of a hike from the hotel. I decided to do it in the pouring rain, too. It was worth it though.
The chocolate above is yuzu-flavored white chocolate and was one of six small tubes of chocolate in a package. You can see the flavors listed below. I've never seen chocolate presented like that before and I loved it.
I also bought another box of chocolates with assorted flavors and Oriol Balaguer's book called "Dessert Cuisine." My new boss is a huge fan of his and has lent me her copy of the book before so I figured it was time to purchase my own.
His pastries looked beautiful as well. I didn't get to ask as many questions as I would have liked because there was only one girl behind the counter and quite a few customers all vying for attention. The two chocolate cakes with the white stars have marshmallows on top. I almost bought some of his marshmallows but I had too much to carry as it was.