Deia & Cala Deia

Deia is a small village on the island of Mallorca. The small coastal village is located in the Serra de Tramuntana, Mallorca’s mountains. Deja is known for its musical and literary residents – but also for its beauty. It is located about 16 kilometers from Valldemossa and according to me, one of the most idyllic places on the whole island of Mallorca. Deia has gorgeous landscapes filled with orange trees, olive groves and cliffs.

Deia

Deia to Cala Deia

Last week I went to Deia, we took the car from Palma de Mallorca and drove past Soller into Deia, the drive takes about 45 minutes if you go over the Tramuntana mountains. If you take the new road it goes a lot faster, but it’s not nearly as beautiful – so I prefer the longer way every time.

When arriving in Deia, make sure to walk up to the church on the top of the village, the church itself is beautiful and the views from up there are amazing!

deia
Deia is filled with great restaurants and beautiful hotels (adlink). The well know restaurant El Olivo is the restaurant of the hotel La Recidencia. You can see it on the picture above.

We then took the small hike from Deia to Cala Deia, it takes about 30 minutes to walk down to the water. Well down there is the gorgeous little restaurant Ca’s Patro March – you might have seen in in the Night Manager – great series if you haven’t seen it. Unfortunately the restaurant is closed this time of year, but the hike was well worth it anyway! I’ll be back in the Summer!

When you've arrived to the water - the hike is about 30 minutes through the woods and down the mountains, It's not hard but a little downhill, you'll arrive to the gorgeous seafood restaurant Ca's Patro March. You might recognize it from the Night Manager (picture from http://sweatpantsandcoffee.com).
When you’ve arrived to the water – the hike is about 30 minutes through the woods and down the mountains, It’s not hard but a little downhill, you’ll arrive to the gorgeous seafood restaurant Ca’s Patro March. You might recognize it from the Night Manager (picture from http://sweatpantsandcoffee.com).

west coast

On our way back to Palma we drove along the west coast all the way – I can just say one thing – DO IT!

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Carrot Cake – a Recipe

Carrot cake is one of the only cakes I really like to be honest – and during fall I always feel like baking. Everything from pies to cakes. All though as you know, I am not a big fan of flour and dairy products – which often results in carrot cakes that end up in the fridge until its no longer nice to eat – how fun is that?

At Cocina Pura Vida in Alcossebre they grow their own vegetables - all is produces on their own land and everything fresh, straight from the garden. Here are some carrots "zanahoras" in front of the ocean.
At Cocina Pura Vida in Alcossebre they grow their own vegetables – all is produces on their own land and everything fresh, straight from the garden. Here are some carrots “zanahorias” in front of the ocean.

The carrot cake made here today is on the other hand completely free of gluten and dairy. I think it taste just as good – follow the recipe below if you want to try it!

Cocina Pura Vida

I got the idea this summer when I was in Alcossebre with my friends and family. We were visiting the new organic restaurant int the small village of Alcossebre – Cocina Pura Vida. Pura Vida is a gastronomic, social and cultural space – aimed to always put health first and foremost. At Pura vida they believe that the properties of food should be in balance with the power of Ying and its complement.

Cocina Pura Vida during a Summer night in beautiful Alcossebre, a small village about a two hour drive south of Barcelona.
Cocina Pura Vida during a Summer night in beautiful Alcossebre, a small village about a two hour drive south of Barcelona.

They have over a decade of developing their concept of creative and conscious cuisine – since their beginning in Zaragoza they now have a restaurant in Barcelona and an ongoing project in Alcossebre.

They served a carrot cake with walnuts that was completely vegan (so I don’t know what I should do about the eggs – maybe change it into to chick pea broth) and organic. It was so good – so I had to try and make my own.

Carrot Cake – Gluten & Lactose Free

Carrot cake is a juicy cake which I have come to know can be perfectly made without gluten or dairy products. Today I made a carrot cake with a base of almond and hazelnut flour instead of ordinary flour. It tastes great with ore without frosting – this time, instead of making a frosting, I served it with home made banana ice cream (just frozen banana and almond milk in the mixer).

Carrot Cake served with home made banana ice cream and ground cinnamon.
Carrot Cake served with home made banana ice cream and ground cinnamon.

Carrot Cake – Ingredients

100 grams of pitted fresh dates
3 eggs
2 cups of almond flour
0,5 cups of hazelnut flour
3 carrots
3 table spoons of coconut oil
1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking powder
1,5 deciliters of whole walnuts
a pinch of sea salt

Carrot Cake – How to Make it

1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius.
2. Mix the dates and eggs with a stick blender
3. Peel and finely grate the carrots
4. Add the carrots and remaining ingredients and blend until well mixed.
5. Fill a baking tin with the batter
6. Bake in the oven for 30-40 minutes, make sure it is dry in the middle & remove it from the baking tin.

Enjoy!

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Gazpacho – RAW & Vegan

Gazpacho is one of my favorite soups. Healthy, cooling and if you make it like I do – completely vegan and raw. Sometimes if I make it after or before a workout session, I add some hemp protein for an extra boost. You can find a lot of ingredients like that here (affiliate link).

Gazpacho – Ingredients & how to make them

Gazpacho is a cold tomato-based soup from Spain, which is sweet with a taste of garlic, olive oil, salt and vinegar. It is perfect for hot summers, but I like it any time of year. During the colder months, it gives you a vitamin boost! Gazpacho also fit nicely in small glasses on a buffet table or as a starter.

As a variation, if you don’t want it raw and vegan, you can add shrimp, crayfish or croutons – or anything else you like!

Look at these gorgeous tomatoes - almost only found in Spain. I love big tomatoes like these - you can almost taste the sweetness from being ripen in the sun! These are from the Alcossebre market I went to this summer - but you can find tomatoes like these in the markets of Palma as well!
Look at these gorgeous tomatoes – almost only found in Spain. I love big tomatoes like these – you can almost taste the sweetness from being ripen in the sun! These are from the Alcossebre market I went to this summer – but you can find tomatoes like these in the markets of Palma as well!

Gazpacho – All you need (for 4 portions) is:

Gazpacho1 red pepper
0.25 pot basil
375 grams of tomatoes (3 large tomatoes)
1 large clove garlic
1 shallot onion
0.5 cucumber
2 deciliters vegetable stock
0.5 table spoons of herbal salt
1 table spoon of honey
1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
black pepper
tabasco
3 table spoons of hemp protein

Crunchy accessories:
2 sticks of raw chopped celery
3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
Finely chopped herbs (to mix)

Seed the peppers and cut into smaller pieces. Cut the tomatoes into small pieces and rough chop the garlic and shallot. Peel the cucumber and chop it coarsely. Mix together with basil, stock, salt, honey and lemon juice. Use a blender or hand blender. Season with black pepper and Tabasco. Place in the fridge for at least 1 hour.

Serve well chilled with chopped celery on top.

Enjoy!

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Banana Pancakes – a Recipe

Banana pancakes is a breakfast that is healthy, clean and rich on protein – great for people with an active lifestyle. Next time you have some extra time in the morning – try it – and you will not regret it! I always make banana pancakes on the weekends and I have come up with what I think is the perfect recipe. Here, I want to share it with you – so here is my favorite banana pancake recipe!

Banana Pancakes – a Morning Protein Boost

Banana pancakes can be made in several different ways, I like them not too sweet so I use the bananas as the sole ingredient for sweetness (if you want them extra sweet of flavored – add a date or some raw vanilla powder).

My banana pancakes served with greek yogurt, blueberries and some fresh melon.
My banana pancakes served with greek yogurt, blueberries and some fresh melon.

Banana Pancakes – Ingredients & how to make them

All you need (for 2 portions) is:

2 bananas (the more ripen the sweeter)
3 eggs
1 table spoon of Hemp protein (not necessary – but great for days of heavy workouts)
Butter or coconut oil to fry in

Mix bananas, eggs and hemp protein in a bowl. Put a frying pan on a medium level (not too hot as they tend to get burned). Put a small amount of butter or coconut oil in a frying pan and add a small amount (like american pancakes) of batter in a pan. Let it fry on one side until the the surface starts to get bubbly and solid – turn and wait until ready.

Serve with greek yogurt, sliced fruit and berries – and for extra luxury coffee and a green juice!

Enjoy!

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Portixol

Portixol is one of my absolute favorite parts of Palma – my morning walks almost always leads to this village along the Palma promenade. The former little fishing village of Portixol is located along the promenade – it is an about 15 minutes’ walk from Palma de Mallorca’s old town.

The promenade is as many of you know always crowded and beautiful - when arriving to Portixol it always feels a little calmer due to the relaxed atmosphere.
The promenade is as many of you know always crowded and beautiful – when arriving to Portixol it always feels a little calmer due to the relaxed atmosphere.

Portixol Today

Portixol has gone from a charming little fishing village for many decades to one of the most popular places to stay and spend days when visiting Palma. You can do almost anything in this part of town and the offers are plenty. The sandy beach of Portixol is calmer and more protected than the neighboring beach of Playa de Palma. If you continue south on beach road on foot or by bike you will be able to come all the way to El Arenal.

Portixol is perfect if you want to enjoy a coffee or a bite to eat at any of the restaurants or bars along the promenade. There are traditional (a bit high end) Spanish seafood restaurants as well as many others inspired by other parts of Europe – one of my favorites is the Greek restaurant Can Punta – be sure to pay it a visit during lunch time.

Portixol Hotel y Restaurante

Out on the cape of Portixol is the Swedish-owned Portixol Hotel y Restaurante. Portixol Hotel y Restaurante is another favorite place in Portixol. Not only the location is wonderful – as are the staff, the food and the great pool area in the front row by the sea.

The beautiful, stylish and luxury hotel is located on the Cape of Portixol! Be sure to pay it a visit when you are in Palma - perfect for a lunch or calming, refreshing after beach white Sangria.
The beautiful, stylish and luxury hotel is located on the Cape of Portixol! Be sure to pay it a visit when you are in Palma – perfect for a lunch or calming, refreshing after beach white Sangria.

Some of you might have found my Instagram account which also is called “postcardfrompalma” (follow for more frequent updates). Last week I posted a photo from Portixol Hotel y Restaurante – I was there with five of my best girlfriends and we had a gorgeous lunch in the shade from the sun – overlooking the beautiful surroundings.

Thai Salad served with white Sangria
Thai Salad served with white Sangria

Even though the Hotel and the Restaurants are both very luxurious the prices are completely reasonable – and not more expensive than other restaurants in Palma de Mallorca. The feeling you get from being a costumer is still very exclusive, but you know what I mean when I say that the Hotel and the Restaurant manage to keep it earthy and cozy.

We had a few starters para compartir (to share – typical Spanish tapas style) and as a main course their Thai Salad. It was served with red kale, coconut flakes, cilantro, Gambas, glass noodles and a peanut butter dressing, among more – I will definitely try to make something like it myself soon – but I will probably change the sambas into something vegetarian. Everything was tasteful and the staff were taking well care of all of us!

The six of us sat there for hours – talking and sharing a jug of white Sangria (the base in white Sangria is Spanish Cava instead of red wine – I had an idea of posting my best Sangria recipes, as I have tried to make many – you will have it soon) – perfect when the weather is as hot as it is in Palma during Summer. Portixol Hotel y Restaurante says: “The food, the wines, the view, the service, the ambience. This is how we want our restaurant to be remembered” – and except from the wines that we did not try this time – that is exactly how we will remember it.

 
You can book the hotel (affiliate link) here
Please let me know what you think of Portixol and Portixol Hotel y Restaurante if you ever visit it – I encourage you to!

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ROMWOD – Optimize your Range of Motion

As an active person who often goes to the gym, hikes, runs etcetera, I know how hard it can be to get time to work on your movement and flexibility. I have always been interested of yoga and my body is used to stretch for a few hours every week. All though I am well aware of the difficulties to make time for the stretching and flexibility exercises that are necessary when you work out a lot. I recently found out about a great solution for this – ROMWOD.

The positions are varied every day & you are staying in the same position for 1-5 minutes.
The positions are varied every day & you are staying in the same position for 1-5 minutes – here in a seated forward fold.

ROMWOD & why it is good for you

Romwod is a form of universal stretching that aims to increase flexibility and movement to the user – formed to fit all athletes regardless their athletic background (running, cross fit, gymnastics, gym, etcetera). Even I, who are used to yoga and the flexibility it provides, am already a big fan – not only cause it stretches my body, but also thanks to the short amount of time you have to invest.

Romwod stands for ”Range of Motion Workout of the Day”. As a subscriber to the website you are provided by daily programs and videos that are designed to increase your range of motion, optimize your athletic performance and promote not only flexibility – but also – recovery, healing, and longevity.

ROMWOD & why it is different from yoga

During this session I was in a pigeon position for 4 minutes on each side - an extremely powerful pose.
During this session I was in a pigeon position for 4 minutes on each side – an extremely powerful pose.

Romwod is not comparable to a yoga class. I see Romwod as an addition to you daily training regardless of the type of training you have been doing. One of the most important differences for many people is that yoga usually require you to invest at least 60-90 minutes of your day. Romwod’s daily sessions are 15-20 minutes, with one exception – the weekly “warrior session” on Thursdays that requires around 45 minutes of your time.

As some of you know – I am on vacation in Alcossebre at the moment (more about Alcossebre soon) and I have been hiking, swimming, weight lifting, done yoga for a week. Every afternoon I have managed to invest circa 15 minutes to Romwod – and I can feel results after a week.

The most important difference from yoga is Romwod’s focus on maintaining strength while increasing flexibility. The founders themselves say ”ROMWOD does not train you to be more flexible. It trains your joints to open and it strengthens your joints at the same time.” and I think it sums it up pretty well.

Try it out and let me know what you think!

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Rodaballo “a la Plancha” – a Recipe

During this time of year the markets here in Palma are filled with the latest catch of the day – fish and seafood never taste better! Today I went to Mercat de L’Olivar to find Rodaballo (turbot). I just love grilled white fish – and the recipe below is one of my absolute favorites. It is easily made and the salty fish combined with the sweetness from the salad is perfect for hot summer days.

Rodaballo “a la Plancha”

Serve with a chilled dry white wine!
Serve with a chilled dry white wine!

This is what you need (for 4 people):

Rodaballo or turbot of 2 kilograms (ask in the market if you would like help to remove the head and parts unnecessary for serving)

100 grams of butter

a large bundle of fresh parsley (more than you think)
Sea salt
Chili flakes (fresh chili can be hard to find in Spain during summer – not sure why – so unless you want to buy a whole bine from Mallorca Delicatessen for example – you have to use the dried flakes. All though, if you have fresh chili, use it, just chop it fine and remove the cores before sprinkling it on the fish)

Clean the fish and put it in an ovenproof pan.

Rub it all over with butter and season it with salt, pepper, chili flakes and a lot of fresh parsley. Put the fish in the oven on 100 degrees Celsius for 60 minutes (the fish can be grilled as well – in aluminum foil – all though, making it it the oven is slightly easier). The lower degrees and the longer you leave the fish in the oven, the better it will taste.
 

Sallad with mango & salted almonds

This is what you need (for 4 people):

1 head of rose lettuce (any lettuce is fine, I like this mostly cause it is beautiful to look at)
1 mango
1 avocado
1 Spanish zucchini (regular zucchini works just as fine – just peel it if you do not like the texture of the peel)
100 grams of Feta cheese
50 grams of almonds
Sea Salt
Olive oil

Mango sallad

Cut the fruits and vegetables and put in a beautiful bowl – sprinkle over feta cheese and chopped salted almonds. Serve with olive oil, salt and fresh black pepper.

Serve the turbot straight from the grill with a fresh parsley & sea salt butter for greatest taste – the sweetness of the mango and the texture from the almonds make the dish complete!

Enjoy!

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Hotel Hostal CUBA & SKY BAR CUBA

Hotel Hostal Cuba is located in Santa Catalina, in central Palma de Mallorca, on Calle Sant Magi 1. Santa Catalina is a great choice for travelers who like walking, good food and city sights – Hotel Hostal Cuba is right next to the small boat Marina and Sa Feixina Park – a beautiful park that lives 24 hours a day.
Hotel Hostal Cuba

Hotel Hostal Cuba’s amazing rooftop

Palma is as I have mentioned many times before famous for its wide selection of bars and restaurants. In the outskirts of Santa Catalina you can find rooftop bars offering both drink and amazing views. One of my absolute favorites is the rooftop of Hotel Hostal Cuba. On the top of the very nice hotel is the even nicer sky bar, Sky Bar Cuba, overlooking the Bay of Palma.

Sky Bar Cuba's bartenders are always nice and welcoming - and talented makers of drinks - try one of their great cocktails or enjoy a glass of wine
Sky Bar Cuba’s bartenders are always nice and welcoming – and talented makers of drinks – try one of their great cocktails or enjoy a glass of wine

Sky bar CUBA

During sunny afternoons the rooftop is filled with people enjoying the view while having a formidable drink. If you have never been to Bar Cuba I would suggest you make a reservation in order to be seated at one of the tables with the best view. To watch the sunset from here is magical – featuring the Cathedral lit up by the special Mallorcan light.

Sky bar Cuba is a quit small and exclusive bar, so even though it is very popular – the surroundings make you feel welcome and well cared for. Sky bar Cuba offers a wide selection of drinks from the best brands and proposals.

SKY BAR CUBA

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Mallorca Delicatessen & Viandas de Salamanca

Palma is a city also well known for its many small delicacy stores located on the small streets of the old town. Today me and my friend, visiting from Stockholm, passed by two of my favorites in order to find the perfect ingredients for a beautiful dinner. Mallorca Delicatessen and Viandas de Salamanca.

Mallorca Delicatessen, located at Plaza Marques del Palmer n7
Mallorca Delicatessen, located at Plaza Marques del Palmer n7

Mallorca Delicatessen

Palma’s selection of delicacies is on thing you can not miss in this city. While walking around in the streets of Palma you will encounter, the somewhat touristy – but still amazing, Mallorca Delicatessen. The cultural heritage and legacies of Mallorca have at Mallorca Delicatessen been united in a selection of products most closely representative of the island.

chiliMallorca Delicatessen’s products are based on traditional Mallorcan old recipes, handed down from generation to generation. You will find chilies, hams, Spanish sausages, Sobrasada, sea salts and much more. Pay it a visit when you are here – if not to buy anything, it is visually beautiful only for the eye.

I have two favorite products that I want to share with you, two things I always have home, that gives most food that extra touch. I always buy them from Mallorca Delicatessen whenever I run out.

The Mallorca typical chilies are not only a very nice seasoning, but also amazing to look at. I have many of those having in my kitchen, a beautiful contribution of color in the otherwise very white kitchen.

Mallorca Delicatessen’s flavored sea salts are also a favorite of mine. Their salts are harvested on the east cost of Mallorca, at Ses Salines de Llevant – the area stretches from Colonia de Sant Jordi, to the beach of Es Trenc (here is also a great hiking trail – read about it here). The sea salts are completely addictive, but all natural – created from the sun, sea and wind.

Viandas de Salamanca

Viandas de Salamanca is a store dedicated to the distribution and marketing of the best meat products from all of Spain. You will fin the store in the center of Palma’s old town. The store has experience of over 25 years in the meat industry, and if you are going to eat meat – why not choose that best. Viandas de Salamanca offers Viandas hams, sausages, cold cuts and slices – all, the result of a careful and painstaking selection process.

Viandas de Salamanca, located on Carrer de Sant Miquel, 33, 07002 Palma de Mallorca
Viandas de Salamanca, located on Carrer de Sant Miquel n33

Delicacy dinner in Palma

The dinner turned out amazing – and for this one I do not need to give you instructions. Choose your selection of sausages and cold cut hams (here – lomo, jamon Iberico and fuet). We served the meats with a watermelon salad with feta cheese, asparagus with parmesan cheese, fresh tomatoes and some nice red wine.

dinner in Palma

Enjoy!

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Granola – home made with nuts & seeds

Granola is one of the best things to have at home for breakfast or a as a mid-day meal with some fruit and greek yogurt. During this time of year there are so many nice fruit and berries to buy in the markets so I see to it that I always have some granola at home. Granola is very easy to make – and to make it your self is always better than buying it in the store. Firstly it is a far healthier choice and secondly your homes smells really nice when the ingredients are being roasted in the oven.

This home made granola with only nuts & seeds is best served with greek yogurt, or likely, and fresh fruit or berries - here with pomegranate seeds and blueberries
This home made granola with only nuts & seeds is best served with greek yogurt, or likely, and fresh fruit or berries – here with pomegranate seeds and blueberries

Granola – the recipe of the best home made granola

When I make granola I use fiber oatmeal as the base. you can basically add anything you like from there. You can find a lot of fresh nuts and seeds in the market – I usually buy mine in one of the local – such as Mercat de L’Olivar.

Granola – ingredients and how to make it

Granola4 deciliters of fiber oatmeal
1 handful of cashew nuts
1 handful of hazel nuts
1 handful of almonds
(All nuts should be natural as they will be roasted in the oven)

3 table spoons of coconut flakes (I prefer the planed slices over the shredded ones – but that is just a matter of taste – so choose the ones you like the most)
2 table spoons of pumpkin seeds
2 table spoons of chia seeds
2 table spoons of flaxseeds
1 table spoon of sunflower seeds

2 table spoons of unflavored coconut oil
2 table spoons of water
1 table spoon of agave syrup

Raw vanilla (you can find raw vanilla in well stocked supermarkets – if not, buy a whole vanilla stick and scrape out the seeds)
2 pinches of sea salt

Put the outmode on greaseproof paper. Cut the nuts and seeds roughly and ad to the oatmeal. Heat the coconut oil, the water and the agave syrup and season with sea salt and raw vanilla.

Poor the liquid of the dry mix of oatmeal, nuts and seeds – and mix it until everything is evenly moist.

Put in the oven until golden brown and let it chill over night before putting it into jars. Enjoy it with some greek yogurt and berries or bring a jar to a friend as a gift.

I like to put the granola in glass jars and have it in the kitchen - it looks pretty - but be sure the granola is fully dry before putting it in the jars to make sure it stays fresh
I like to put the granola in glass jars and have it in the kitchen – it looks pretty – but be sure the granola is fully dry before putting it in the jars to make sure it stays fresh

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