The Food Diaries: 002

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Lets take it international!

Last year, I had the fortune to go to Barcelona for a couple of days with some friends. Whilst there I experienced some of the nicest food, ever. From churros to the tastiest bubblegum icecream, I was in food heaven all the time. I will never forget, however, the burger I had at Makamaka Beach Burger Cafe.

Boasting ‘¡Burgers y Besos!’, the food was so delicious. Located right near the beach, it’s a nice spot to chill after lounging about all day doing nothing.

Now, I’m not saying that you have to trek halfway across the world for a burger, but you might want to give it a think over. :P

We did have to wait quite a while for a table, but that was to be expected as it was very popular with the locals and the tourists. We were seated on a tiny table with rickety chairs, but for some reason I didn’t mind. It added to the feel and made it, I guess, a bit more authentic. It was like you were chilling in your garden on that chair you’ve had for years, but you don’t want to give up just yet.

Besides, the food definitely made up for the seating situation. There was so much to choose; from burgers (obviously) to salads to their amazing sounding desserts.

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After a long decision, and lots of debating on everybody’s part, I finally decided on the Big Maka. In long: The Ultimate Beach Burger! 200 grams of beef, grilled peppers, bacon, carmelized onion, gruyere cheese, & bbq sauce.

One word: supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.

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My tummy is rumbling just thinking about this burger. Just looking at the picture is making me drool. I could definitely do with one of these right about now. It was an explosion of tastes in my mouth. It was gorgeous. It was everything.

Don’t even get me started on their homemade fries… we went for their garlic and parmesan fries with garlic, rosemary, thyme and parmesan cheese. Heavenly.

That bread? All of the yeses.

If… no, when I go back to Barcelona I am definitely heading back to Makamaka. Can you blame me?

Passeig de Joan de Borbó 76
Barcelona, Spain
 
T: +34 932 21 35 20
 

Chocolate Ganache Tart and Fresh Strawberry Sauce

I love a good guest post and I was delighted when Joy agreed to write one for me. When I knew it was going to be a recipe for chocolate ganache tart, I was even more excited. I can’t wait to try this recipe out myself! Enjoy :)

Can we talk about this weather we’ve had lately? Okay, I don’t know what the weather is like in other parts of the world but this part of Pennsylvania has experienced near bliss. Well, when it hasn’t been raining like the clouds watched the last episode of Friends. Anyway, this perfectly breezy and sunny sky is therapeutic and somewhat habit inducing…or addictive. I don’t know but I’ve had way too many cups of Lady Grey tea with the windows wide open and my face planted into a book. The only thing that could make these warm days any better would be chocolate.

Done.

I wanted to make something to pair with my tea that was just as indulgent as my peaceful lounge but as refreshing as the cool air that blew through the screens of my windows. My first thought was to chomp down on an oversized chocolate bar and make myself feel better with fruit but I took the slightly more sophisticated route and turned it into a treat that I could share.

This tart is crazy good. A rich chocolate ganache filling that sits on a crumbly brown sugar crust and topped with a fresh and super simple strawberry sauce that will knock your socks off. And it’s so easy to make! The hardest part will be waiting for that rich creamy filling to cool in the fridge but I look at it as a reason to sneak in a few more chapters before I chow down. You’re welcome.

So pick a good seat, turn a few pages, sip a good tea and top it all off with this chocolate tart and yummy strawberry sauce. AFTER you’ve followed these directions.

Chocolate Tart with Fresh Strawberry Sauce
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For the Crust
  1. 8 tablespoons of melted butter
  2. ¼ cup of packed light brown sugar
  3. 1 Tablespoon of granulated sugar
  4. 1½ cups of all purpose flour
  5. ¼ teaspoon of salt
For the Filling
  1. 12oz of semi-sweet chocolate, chopped or in chips
  2. 4 tablespoons of butter
  3. 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar
  4. ¼ teaspoon of fine salt
  5. 1 cup of heavy cream
For the sauce
  1. 1 pound of hulled strawberries
  2. 1 ½ tablespoon of fresh lemon juice
  3. 1 tablespoon of honey
  4. 1 tablespoon of sugar
Making the crust
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium size bowl, combine sugars, salt and melted butter and stir. Add flour and mix until all flour is incorporated. Dough should be silky but holds together when pinched in between your fingers.
  2. Turn dough over into a 9 inch tart pan or pie plate and press evenly into bottom and up the sides of the pan. I used the back of my measuring cup to smooth it out.
  3. Cover with plastic wrap or foil and let cool in refrigerator for 30 mins.
  4. After 30 minutes, prick dough all over with a fork and bake until golden brown, 20 - 25 minutes.
  5. When done, set aside to cool completely.
Making the Filling
  1. In a saucepan, add heavy cream, sugar and salt. Turn on medium low heat and stir until sugar is dissolved. Heat cream until small bubbles begin to form around the edges, do not boil. Approximately 4 minutes.
  2. While cream is heating, add chocolate to a large mixing bowl and dot with butter. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate and butter and let it sit until butter and chocolate is melted. Approximately 3 minutes.
  3. Stir mixture until smooth and shiny and pour immediately into cooled crust and put in the refrigerator to set. About 2 -2 ½ hours.
Making the sauce
  1. Add all ingredients into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth and frothy. Strawberry sweetness varies so, add sugar and honey to desired sweetness.
  2. Store in an airtight container and refrigerate until ready to top your tart!
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