July 30, 2014
San Francisco: Ferry Building

San Francisco: Ferry Building

July 30, 2014

The Ferry Building is a terminal for ferries that travel across the San Francisco Bay and a marketplace located on The Embarcadero. The building survived both the 1906 and the 1989 earthquakes with little damage. Until the completion of the Bay Bridge and Golden Gate Bridge in the 1930s, the Ferry Building was one of the busiest transit terminals in the world.

If you are Spanish, this San Francisco landmark may look familliar. In fact, the clock tower was designed after the 12th-century Giralda bell tower in Seville, Spain.

Have a great Wednesday,
Cristina xo
July 28, 2014
Mondays We Cook: Sponge Cake

Mondays We Cook: Sponge Cake

July 28, 2014

This sponge cake is quite popular around my place. So popular that my family ate almost half of it before I could do this photoshoot. The secret lies in how delicious it is apart from the fact that it is super easy and quick to make.


Recipe:
4 eggs
2 spoonfuls of brown sugar
lemon zest
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1 plain yogurt (125gr)
Don't throw away the yogurt container. You have to use it to measure the rest of the ingredients.
White sugar: 2 measures of yogurt
Virgin extra olive oil: 1 measure of yogurt
Flour: 3 measures of yogurt (or 250gr)


Preheat oven 10 minutes at 180ºC/350ºF. Mix all ingredients in a bowl and pour them in the mould. Bake for one hour.


Have a great week,
Cristina xo

July 23, 2014
Shopping in Madrid: Las Rozas Village

Shopping in Madrid: Las Rozas Village

July 23, 2014


So I intend to write three posts per week. Monday's post will be devoted to cooking, Wednesday's to traveling and Friday's to fashion.




So far most traveling posts have dealt with California so let's talk about Madrid for a change.





Welcome to Las Rozas Village. Just over 30 minutes from Madrid, this relaxing and sophisticated shopping haven is easily accessible either by car or public transport. There is even a luxury coach service which runs three times a day from central Madrid. This chic outlet includes over 100 national and international luxury brands such as Versace, Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, Loewe or Pretty Ballerinas. You can check out the complete list here. If all the shopping gets you hungry you can "refuel" at one of their cafés or restaurants with sunny terraces.

It reminds me of American open air malls such as the Stanford Shopping Center which I used to visit very often while living in the Bay Area. Instead of being a huge building full of shops, each brand gets its own cute little boutique. In my opinion shopping is more pleasant this way, especially on a beautiful summer day.

Cristina xo 
July 21, 2014
Best Spanish Recipes: Gazpacho & Tortilla de Patata

Best Spanish Recipes: Gazpacho & Tortilla de Patata

July 21, 2014
Happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend and for those on holidays I hope you are getting a well deserved rest.

So, today's easy dish is perfect for hot summer days. Gazpacho is a popular refreshing drink in Spain consisting of veggies mainly. Tortilla de Patata is Spain's most popular dish together with Paella. In case you haven't heard of is before it's basically a potato omelette (onion is optional but personally I prefer to add it). 




For those who want to give it a try, here's a fun recipe I found on Pinterest. If you don't speak Spanish or have a hard time translating it let me know, I'll be happy to trasnlate it for you.

Have a great week,
Cristina xo
July 16, 2014
Cable Cars of San Francisco

Cable Cars of San Francisco

July 16, 2014










Another post about the city where I left my heart: San Fancisco. I feel that the cable cars take you back in time that's why I've given the photos this vintage look. What do you think of the effect?

Cristina xo
July 14, 2014
Mondays We Cook: Oatmeal, Apple & Cinnamon Cookies

Mondays We Cook: Oatmeal, Apple & Cinnamon Cookies

July 14, 2014

The best part of this recipe is that your house will smell of cinnamon for a whole day.



These (humongous) cookies are delicious, trust me. Even if you don't have a sweet tooth you are gonne love them. Plus, they are super easy to make.

I love how big and "imperfect" they are. Each with their own shape.



Together with my photography skills, I'm testing my cooking skills on the blog. I'm hoping to help out those cooking beginners out there like me by posting easy and quick recipes. The outcoming dishes will make you look like a pro among your family and friends. I'm hoping you'll enjoy cooking as much as I do. For now let's stick to baking and preparing healthy summer salads.

Without further ado, here's the recipe.

Ingredients:
1/2 cup of unsalted butter (110 gr)
1/2 cup of sugar (100 gr)
1/2 cup of brown sugar (100 gr)
1 large egg
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 cup of flour (125 gr)
1 1/4 cup of oats (110 gr)
1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
3/4 cup of chopped walnuts
1 medium apple, peeled, diced small
1 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice


Remove tray from the oven and place parchment paper and the moulds you are going to use on it. Preheat oven 10 minutes at 350ºF/180ºC.

Peel and dice apple, toss with lemon juice and set aside.
Beat the sugar and butter until creamy (3-4 min). Add the egg, beating for 1 minute. Add vanilla and beat until blended.
Whisk together oats, flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Add to previous mixture beating on low speed. Stir in walnuts and apple chunks.

Fill the moulds with the mixture. Bake in the oven for 30-45 minutes -if you make them as big as mine. I used tall round steel moulds. I like this size because it's perfect for breakfast since you only need to eat one. This way I control portions. If you make more and smaller 15 minutes in the oven would be enough.

If you get the chance to make them, let me know how they turn out.
Enjoy!
Cristina xo

Adapted from Joy the Baker
July 11, 2014
Best of San Francisco: Palace of Fine Arts

Best of San Francisco: Palace of Fine Arts

July 11, 2014



At first sight, you may think this is somewhere in Europe. Well, folks, it is not. This is America.




The Palace of Fine Arts was originally constructed for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition in order to exhibit works of art presented there. This -almost- tourist free marvel is one of the best places in San Francisco to walk around and get lost in your thoughts while contemplating this magnificent work of art.







You may wonder why are there hardly any tourists swarming this beauty. I'm not sure about the real reason but I do know that the people who live in this neighborhood apreciate the peacefulness and quiteness and want to keep it this way. I totally understand them. I'd love to live in one of the houses around this site and see the Palace every morning when I wake up.

Where do you go when you want to spend a relaxing day?
Let me know on the comments below.
Enjoy the weekend,
Cristina xo
July 8, 2014
Bridges of San Francisco: Golden Gate Bridge

Bridges of San Francisco: Golden Gate Bridge

July 8, 2014
After the first intallment of the series, here comes the second one: my beloved Golden Gate Bridge.



There are few feelings as wonderful as crossing the bridge to the other side. The wind on your face (even though sometimes you fear the wind is going to blow you off), the smell of the ocean...Most days are foggy (one of the many charms of the city) but if you manage to cross it on a clear day, the view of San Francisco from the other side is just spectacular. 










By the way, I'm finally on holidays (yay!) Which means I can finally fulfill my big plan: devoting the summer to photography. I've always been passionate about photography. As a kid, I used to watch my dad developing photos in the darkroom we had at home but I've never truly learnt the techniques. I want to practise exposure, lighting, shutterspeed, aperture, ISO, etc. I first conceived the blog as part of the experiment so you and I can see my development as a photographer. I hope you'll follow me in this little adventure. : )

What are your plans for the summer?
I bet that at some point in your life you have said I'd love to do this or that or I'd love to learn a foreign languge/play a music instrument, etc. If you had the time and the chance, what would you like to do/learn?

Have a great Tuesday.
You'll be hearing more often from me from now on ; )

Cristina xo