• Posted by Califia Suntree on October 15th, 2006, 4:59 PM

    so my apartment here in barcelona is in a neighborhood called gracia. it’s kind of like gentrified brooklyn. in fact, it’s a lot like that: hipsters, families, good food, old people with shopping carts, all kind of chilling together, more or less comfortably. but increasingly expensively. anyway, there’s an incredible market, a ton of restaurants. but what’s really great is the gelateria in the placa del revolucio. it is the zenith of gelato as far as i’m concerned–there can be none better. (i intend to do more research on that front, however.) aside from the pastel dreaminess of the interior, the flavors are the essence of themselves: pear is pear, in a deep and perfect way. the fig, perhaps their most inspired creation, looks like raspberry jam and tastes like the concentration of a week of late summer fig nirvana. i just slurped down a cup of gianduia (hazelnut with a hint of cocoa) paired with their intense, nearly black, chocolate. i have before me the task of tasting all of their flavors before they close for the season, on november 1, to head back to italy to teach their acolytes the true path of gelato. before me lays: nougat, melon, liquorice (i admit it–i’m a little afraid), and something that i think is mint, but i can’t be certain. no matter–it will be cold and delicious, and the women who make it will proudly shovel it out, knowing that what they have created is good. 

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