Since I didn’t write a Friday Finds post last week because of New Year’s, I’m including two spots from Barcelona that I really enjoyed right before we left…plus, a terrific new spot we happened upon on our first full day here in Javea.
La Donuteria – I spotted this gem on Yelp early in our stay, but with all of the churros and xuxos in our lives over the past 4 weeks, we didn’t manage to stop in until our last few days. RF was not a total convert because he likes straightforward desserts – to him, a doughnut really shouldn’t be gourmet. I 100% disagree. These doughnuts reminded me of Doughnut Plant whose crème brûlée doughnut is to. die. for. I appreciate the little touches, like candied orange on the chocolate covered custard filled. The plain looking one was filled with turrón cream. Yum. And definitely not plain! If you’re not a purist like RF, definitely go here.
Babèlia Books & Coffee – We stumbled upon this little bookstore/cafe on Christmas Eve and had to postpone our lunch there because they were closing early. There was no question that we would be making a point of coming back after perusing their menu. Though not extensive, every single item appealed to both of us. So, the day before we left, we slipped back in for bright green salads with goat cheese, walnuts, and freshly sliced bits of orange, followed by perfectly toasted ham and cheese sandwiches with a touch of chutney. Also a nice place to work for awhile, or pick up a book in one of many languages.
Saona – After a long day in the car with two cats and take-away sandwiches, we were delighted to discover this adorable beach cafe along Avenida del Mediterráneo as our first dining spot in Javea. The restaurant looks straight out of Coastal Living with white-washed walls, muted blue furniture, and sisal accents. Sometimes, styling takes precedence over food. Not here. From the creamy mozzarella on the caprese salad, to the skewered chicken BLT triangles presented on a little slate tray, to the decadent chocolate pie, every course was a warm welcome to a new city. Of course, the sea breeze makes everything taste better!