Sunday, April 24, 2011

Bona Pasqua Catalunya!

Since it's Easter, I'm focusing today on eggs. These were among my favorite in Barcelona.

Chicks flanked by dark and white chocolate eggs at La Boqueria. 

Milk chocolate eggs from Bubo.

Real eggs--emu, ostrich, chicken and eggs with a guaranteed two-yolks at La Boqueria.

Barça eggs featuring football artists, Messi, Xavi and Iniesta.
Eggs decorated with fuzzy chicks.

Eggs atop brownies.  
The gem in the jewelry case at Bubo.
Colorful eggs sit atop bonbons. Edible jewels.
The following bombón were not Easter eggs and shaped (and sized) more like golf balls, but I am taking liberties here since they were my favorite among the chocolates I tried. The white morsels are crispy and the center of the bombón is chocolate hazelnut ganache. Chocolate hazelnut ganache! This stuff brings me to my knees. I want to shoot myself for not bringing more of these back. These were available in white, dark and milk chocolates. I bought these from Xocoa, but they were available elsewhere as well.

Not too sweet for me (Nutella is more so); not too rich. Just right, with crispy and creamy textures.  
My last evening in Barcelona was spent watching the Barça - Madrid final of the Copa del Rey, a passion-filled showown that involves fireworks, food, and gathering around TVs in any building that has one, including restaurants and cafés. My hosts--who are sweeter than any of these confections--presented a Catalan Easter egg for dessert.  I had seen such eggs all over the city.  On this one was a mosaic of primary colors.  It was half dark and half white chocolate, filling the room with the scent of vanilla. 
An egg in the flesh!

These eggs cannot be cracked the conventional way. One must use a tool.
The inside of the egg. At the bottom was a figure of a caped superhero, and some candies.
The children of Barcelona indulged in chocolate like these today.

Bona Pasqua.

1 comment:

  1. Great post!
    I also had some "mona" chocolate egg and cakes today! How nice of your hosts to buy one for you before you left!