Petitbo – Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona is one of my favourite cities in Europe. I love the quirkiness, the independent restaurants and cafes, the artsy vibe, the liveliness, the food, the sun, the drinks, the markets – just everything.

Renata and I went for a weekend away recently and we went for breakfast at Petitbo. It is a very cool-speakeasy-warehouse-type vibe with its mismatched chairs and comfy couches in the corner.

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We started off with some coffee and breakfast. I went for the scrambled eggs with jamon (the intensely flavoured Spanish ham) which came with homemade sourdough bread and Renata went for the porridge. The food was perfect and what a great way to start our first day in Barcelona. We finished the meal with fresh juices that we took away with us.

Good food, good drinks, chilled out vibe. If you are looking for a breakfast spot in Barcelona – I’d definitely recommend this one.

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Cafe Route – Dalston, London

One of my favourite foodie groups (Fiona, Maria, Danielle, and James) invited me to one of their weekly brunches. One very sunny Saturday, after a morning gym session, I headed up to Cafe Route in Dalston Junction to be a part of the brunch club.

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Although it is based on the ground floor of a complex of new build apartments, it still has a rustic feel to it with its tiled floors, red brick walls, spices hanging from the ceiling and mismatched antique-looking chairs. It is a family run business and has a mini health food store at the back and in the front is a deli with a daily selection of freshly made salads, meats, etc and bakery with fresh breads from The Artisan Bakery.

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They let us know the food would take 40 minutes to an hour, which was appreciated as not many restaurants let you know if they are going to take a while. We each chose a personalised juice and a coffee to sip on while we had a good old catch up. I went for a carrot, apple and ginger, which was very refreshing, and a cappuccino.

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Danielle and I went for the eggs royale £6.75; a personal favourite brunch choice of mine. The poached eggs were perfectly cooked and even though I didn’t dig into it straight away, the yolk still spilled out when I cut into it. The hollandaise sauce James went for the eggs benedict £6.75.

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Fiona went for the crushed avocado, poached eggs, and grilled chorizo on artisan bread £7.50.

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And Maria had the same, but with a grilled portobello mushroom instead of the chorizo.

Overall a very good catch up with the ladies and gentleman (thank you for letting me join the brunch club) and a very good brunch. I will definitely be coming back to try out the salads.

With our bellies satisfied, we headed back out into the sunshine. Fiona and Maria made their way to the Rolling Stones concert (amazing!) and Danielle, James and I made our way to London Fields to bask in the sun.

http://caferoute.co.uk/