My Life – One Word At A Time

Shh its Friday! Sushi, Art and Sandman

So, it’s Friday yo! What better way to spend it then a late night (Spanish style) dinner, a la Japanese sushi with my French brosef. International up in this!



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This is my wise face

Naive, or Stupid?

Every person, from child to adulthood, makes many mistakes in life that shape them to be the person they become. This is a fact. A lot of those mistakes are hard to deal with at the time, and you beat yourself up over the things you could have done differently or shouldn’t have done at all. As hard as these events are to cope through, it is the reality of life and we can only hope we learn from them.

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A Week Revisited

Hola amigos!

I have totally rejected my blog for the last week on an account of I have been pretty busy with all of life’s great responsibles (I know I spelled that wrong, TPB reference) . No excuses, though. This blog is still really new for me (I used to blog on this url but that was like 1000 years ago) so I hope I haven’t lost any readers from my lack of effort. Sooooo, I am going to revisit this past week in this post and fill ya’ll in, in what I hope is exciting (We’ll see).



Ok, so last Friday was my last post. I actually had an epic night last Friday night that ended around 5 am in Placa Catalunya, having street beers on a bench. BUT, I (or Apple) totally suck and I ended up deleting a bunch of pics. Really p’d about that, but I will make do. Basically it started out – No, I am not going to even tell because with no pics, it’s totally pointless. Wow I am getting really mad that I deleted those pics (grr). Great, and now there is a baby crying in the cafe.


I did go for a killer dinner with some friends that were visiting from Estonia. We had paella at this place on the beach called Salamanca. It was AMAZING! Thank god I posted pics on Instagram and Twitter, so I stole them back from there to show you. This place has literally been around for like 30 years, it’s really well known in Barcelona for the best paella, and although so many places say that, it actually is. Expensive, but so worth it. Oh, they also had a board with all these different currencies, I saw no Canadian dollas *sad face*.

Make it rain!

Make it rain!

The restaurant, itself, is a real gem. Really old-school Spanish dining style, and the cool thing about this place is it has small frame pictures covering every square inch of the walls. And for good reason I suppose. The long-time owner, whatever his name is, has pictures of 100’s of celebs that came there to dine. Honestly I didn’t know who so many of them were (must be a Euro thing) but I did manage to snap a pic of a frame right beside my seat, with Shakira. I don’t care about Shakira or her music but it was still cool. We has some awesome food, wine and beer and then headed over to this great cafe/dessert bar where they had the craziest desserts. Don’t have pics of those (anymore) but they were awesome. I will definitely go back another time, I don’t even remember the name (starts with a B?) but it’s great. Now it’s time to salivate…


Mmmm Seafood Paella……


Shakira, you so fly…

If you didn’t know (I didn’t), Barcelona football team won a champion cup. I know, I should have known, but I have enough things to pay attention to in my life and not to mention I have the attention span of a 2 yr old. Anyway. I went to the store to buy groceries and I guess they were having a parade in Barca where the team rides around on a bus so everyone can see them/the cup. They sure love the sport here, I tell ya. When leaving the store, the madness of people and flags was right between me and my way home, so I had to brave it. Bad idea. I was stuck in a not-moving crowd and this huge lady behind me was rubbing up on my badonk, it was super startling. THEN, a fight broke out right in front of me and I thought I was going to get punched in the face. I didn’t, but someone knocked into me and broke three of my eggs. That was a good time. Hey, I got a free flag so it’s all good.


The crowd (and this was tame in comparison)

The ending to this massively weak, week summary, was last night. My buddy from France is staying at my flat and he made an amazing French dinner of crepes with some amazing fillings. It was so good. We went to the store, bought a ton of food and had a cooking party in my too-small-for-3-people kitchen. We made it work, though. We jammed to Buena Vista Social Club and cooked up a storm. Made the crepes from scratch, red wine, and made the fillings – Smoked salmon, jamon (ham), chicken, sauteed mushrooms and onions, tomato, chorizo, cheese, seasoned cream, nutella… I think that’s it haha. It was bomb. After we stuffed ourselves silly, we hung out on the couch, smoked cigarettes to ease the fullness, and watched Gordon Ramsey’s Kitchen Nightmares (my current tv obsession). Not too bad for a Wednesday night! I’m currently on a no-drinking month so I didn’t indulge in the red. Once June 1st hits (there is an epic party at a weed club), I will be back on the booze, responsibly, of course (challenge, accepted).

Crazy Francophone Chef - iiiii

Crazy Francophone Chef – iiiii

Le crepe dîner a la France

Le crepe dîner a la France

And today? Nothing too exciting, been working like a beotch to prepare for a new internet marketing/copy writing job, as well as get caught up with some other sites. The life of a computer girl (not saying geek like so many people do, who aren’t, because I am not). I’ve been working out a lot and for some reason have been soo tired everyday. I took it to Facebook to ask my health friends if they knew why, and they gave me lots of tips. I will actually write about that this week, because the tips were great and I am really trying to master this health thing (to balance out the ciggs, naturally). I do something I don’t usually do, and took a selfie of how tired I look today. I never smile in pics because I always look Asian (I am not) so this is my half-ass smile. I finally hauled my ass out of the house and now sit at a cafe with some strong coffee and civilization. It’s helping for sure but I would really like to figure out why I am so damn tired. Another day 🙂

#NOFILTER ahahah

Stoned or tired? You decide

I know other things have happened in the last week but unfortunately my memory does not exist and relies on pictures. Pathetic, I know. Now I have a serious urge to read the Teen Mom 2 news on some lame gossip site. I am ashamed, so no need to tell me so.

Thanks for reading and I will work on not neglecting the blog duty. All in good time the habit will come 😉

Cheers ya’ll


Top 5 Best YouTube Videos EVER

One of my favorite things about the internet is – you guessed it – YouTube! I have a really stupid-funny sense of humor, so this comes to no surprise.

From my experience, there are two kinds of people in this world: Those who love Will Ferrell, and those who hate him. I am the latter. I would totally marry him if he wasn’t so hairy and kind of creepy at times. Actually, scratch that, I would marry Will Ferrell. Or Steve Carell. Ok, that just tripped me out, my two  favorite comedic actors have almost the same last name. Weird. Anyway, I am totally getting off topic…

I would watch their porno.

I would watch their porno.

Back to YouTube. YouTube is an awesome destination for a few different reasons. First off, anyone can attempt to become an (online) celebrity with the use of YouTube. Second, all of those hilarious, geo-local things that happens all over the world can be exposed to the masses, bringing your boring Monday at the office into the best day ever when you come across the new auto-tune phenomenon. The more a write about this, the more I realize how much I really love this website. It really brings free media and unique entertainment to the next level. For this reason, I have decided to share with you my top 5 favorite YouTube videos ever. Some you have probably seen, thought they will still make you laugh, and others you haven’t will be my little digital gift to you, on this fabulous FRIDAY!

On with the show!

5. The Landlord


4. Reporter turns ghetto in 3 seconds


3.  Sweet Brown – Original Report and Autotune


2. Funny Surfer Dude

And of course, the remix 🙂

1. Leprechaun in Mobile, Alabama

Annnd… I will add this is, just for fun:

Happy Friday People!

Throwing this one in too

What’s Your Google Personality?

Every couple months, there’s a morning when during my coffee and getting my day started on the laptop, I decide to Google myself. Who doesn’t, right?? If you’re  one of those freaks of nature who hasn’t, I suggest you do it right now. But come back after. Seriously.

Anyway. This morning was one of those, I think it’s been at least six months since the last time I did a good ol’ Google search for “Brandie Black”. I always get a kick out of what shows up, because it is either lost pictures of me that my friends posted years ago, old travel pics, business stuff, or just completely strange and random pictures that I have no idea where the relevance lies. Either way, there is always something that surprises you and gives you a good laugh (or cringe – depends). These are some of the images I found…

Ok, Let’s just get the worst over with right now. Worst thing I have ever seen in my life, and my god I had no idea this existed. I just hope I made this face on purpose, but I really can’t be sure…

I remember this night, playing a friends homemade board game that was actually amazing. I assume drinking was involved.

Game night! Darrr

Game night! Darrr

Ok so lots more of these random photos popped up from the same night, thank god a bit more flattering. Well, I don’t look possessed so I am not going to complain.


Rockin’ the bangs hard

Well don’t I just feel American. This little  fancy pie graph came up which I actually think is pretty cool. I have literally never met anyone with the same name and spelling as me, so I guess it’s fun to know they are out there. Primarily in the States. I just realized something, if this is accurate and there are only 75 “Brandie’s” in Canada, that actually pretty awesome. I guess I could look at it from two perspectives… Either I am unique, or if I ever do something wrong, I am really easy to track down. Maybe for now on I will just go by “Sarah”.



Before I clicked that ‘Search’ button, I was really hoping for one of those blast from the past hilarious moments. And my friends, this is it. I am literally laughing as I am typing this.

So basically, the last time we had a Federal election in Canada, which I think was about 2-3 years ago, my friend Brooke and I were day drinking and heard this incredibly cheesy election commercial on the radio. It was really the epitome of bad advertising. We thought it  was so funny that we decided to re-enact the commercial, but in person, drunk. I only wish I could find the video, but I can’t.

One thing led to another and we were super excited about the awesome video we made, which was actually really funny. We decided to make a Facebook campaign and our own Federal party, called the Party Party. We had our own mandates,  like liquor can be sold everywhere at anytime, pot was legal and we would supply tobacco to minors. We didn’t win the Federal vote. As you may assume, none of this was real, but it really seemed so in our minds.  Only time in my life I have ever cared about politics. Look at those faces, wouldn’t you elect me/us??

Best Google Result in History.

Best Google Result in History.

Since we were on this topic anyway, and apparently  my campaign was more popular than I thought, since all these ‘campaign photos’ showed up, I just had to throw this one in. In order to get the people of Canada to really believe in us, we had to  have proper campaign photos, so it looked professional. I’d say we nailed it. The man to my left was the biggest supporter.  I took a tip from Obama, and used a semi-black citizen, because everyone would trust me then! I realize that sounds racist but it really isn’t, don’t get mad, he was a volunteer. Thanks Chris!

Throwing this one in too

Throwing this one in too

Like I mentioned, there is always some really random and irrelevant things that appear when you Google yourself.  This picture, below, showed up about five times on the first page in Google Images. I know I have posted it on my G+ profile and probably somewhere else too, apparently. I just love funny pictures and now realize, after going through, that I have about 60+ funny pics like this on my drive. I will definitely share these in a future post. Haha squirrel.

And then the randomness...

And then the randomness…

This pic below kind of surprised me. This pic is very recent, from a YouTube video I made and posted for only a few short hours. I decided the quality just wasn’t as good as it could be, so I took it down. The surprising part here is, that it was only posted for a few hours and yet Google managed to index it. Goes to show, be careful with what you post online. I am yet to post the final version, as I am a total perfectionist, but once I master my first YouTube video, I will definitely be hooking that shiz up  to my blog. It should be pretty funny, I will give you a hint as for the content: The top 10 most annoying people on Facebook. I will be a comedian in no time.  Look out, Vegas!

The internet is so clever!

The internet is so clever!

And finally…

Naturally, when I type in my name, this image comes up. Represent.



Of course, I could definitely post about 30 more pictures, but I think this sums up my Google personality. They really didn’t do a bad job, apart from the hugely embarrassing first photo. Luckily for me, I have no shame and don’t mind being seen in this light (which should really just be dark).  This is probably one of the most fun posts I have written thus far. I feel like I just went on a little internet journey, touring the Google museum of myself. Like I said, you should definitely try it sometime, if you haven’t.

I feel it is only right for  those of you who read this, to go Google yourself and let me know what you find, in the comments below. C’mon, I showed you mine, now show me yours. Haha! Ciao




A Lesson Never Learned Too Soon

Juggling life here in Europe along with a semi-existence in my home country, Canada, has been anything but easy. Not that I was expecting it to be. I can only hope I wasn’t too naive as per my expectations when I hauled my eight suitcases full of clothes, shoes and bags of makeup I rarely use, along with my sacred laptop.

One of the biggest faults of human race is thinking you can depend on other people. It’s so easy to get dismantled by the friendships, loves and companionships you have with the people you meet and grow with. Our general loving nature as people can often fail us and we go from 100 to zero very fast when we realize ourselves are our only real lifeline. I am sure I am not speaking for the mass population of people out there who keep guarded and safe in their own bubbly space, but I do know there are a lot of people like myself who trust easily. What was that I said about being naive? Yeah, so I guess I am, a little. But I am learning.

love me

As I write this post two things come to mind. A song, and something my parents have always told me. First, the song. And I quote, “The road is long, and in the end, it’s only with yourself”. To reminisce on my parents words, “No one will ever look out for you and be there for you, like your parents”. Maybe I should quickly remind myself how lucky I am to actually have parents, especially the type of parents I have. No matter how many times I have made mistakes and not taken valuable advice as an adult, they have never turned a blind eye when I needed them.

The many, many times I have been given this advice, and been burned, I seem to forget it so easily. Then, you find yourself in a moment of weakness, sometimes so unbearable you don’t know how to go on, and you are alone. I don’t know if anyone reading this has ever felt this way, but I have to say, it is one of the worst feelings to be had. Whenever these low points occur, I remember that one song and those wise words I’ve heard many times. But why only now, when it’s often too late and the support systems you had, were never really there?

Most life lessons only come with experience, but sometimes, even with the experience behind you, you fall so easily into the familiar trap. As I learn this lesson yet again, I feel maybe I can be that much smarter going forward, if I write it down in the form of a blog post, sharing it with other people who may find themselves in an all-too-familiar scenario. If you haven’t caught on to the lesson du jour, I will gladly shine the spotlight: Never depend on anyone more than yourself. Or, just simply don’t depend on other people at all, more than you have to, anyway.


Yes, lets admit there will be many scenarios in our lives where we must depend on others, to some degree. We can’t escape that. But when it comes to situations or things that only really effect you, remember the valuable piece of advice, that you are the only person that has your best interest at heart. Well, you, and your parents, if you are ever so lucky.

This is truly one life lesson you can never learn too soon. The sooner, the better. As I write this, with a million thoughts racing through my head, I feel I may have grown a little bit stronger, a little bit smarter. Of course, only time will tell, as with time, comes knowledge and your true strength and understanding of life shine through. This article definitely holds a much different tone than what I have written about so far, but I believe strongly enough in the cause. I end this with a silent cheers to each and everyone one of you, a cheers in you, because you are stronger than any external force.


Bosnian Thug Lyfe: Sheep Balls and Liquor

…Need I say more? I have to admit, this title holds little relevance to the actual experience I will soon tell, but I will keep this title simply because I think it’s funny and awesome. Saying “thug lyfe” no longer reminds me of 2Pac or gangster rap, but of cold beer, bitches and barbecues. Wait, that didn’t come out right… On with it.

The part of the title of this post that DOES hold relevance, is the Bosnian part. And the sheep balls and liquor. Good thing, because if this title was completely irrelevant, well, that would just be ridiculous.


Bah-Bah Blacksheep, Roasting Away…

Since my lover happens to be from Bosnia, I get lots of chances to delve into his culture and experience fascinating things. This day of May 1st, which also happens to be an international European holiday (May Day), was one of the most interesting Bosnian experiences thus far. We had a great start – Lots of friends and family in the Spanish countryside, with a whole roasting lamb and lots of beer. Good start, indeed.

As the first of us gathered there early that morning, around 10 am, we enjoyed some Italian grappa in the surprisingly hot sun, lounging in the grass while the fire started to smolder. One of my favorite things to do while fairy-like frolicking amongst the green, is make daisy crowns. I feel really old-school, like a hippy badass from the Dazed and Confused movie, or something. My hope for fulfilling that cliche was totally ruined by the fact that my daisy crown was a total fail. Honestly, the daisies were too small. And my hands were sweaty. I was drunk. Blah.

A convenient water fountain for the alcohol. Yay.

A convenient water fountain for the alcohol. Yay.

After getting over my hippy poser-ness, by moving to the next cliche and smoking cigarettes, quietly, in a somewhat-of-a-corner with my hands in my pockets, I was ready for some Bosnian action. In this case, by action, I mean food action. When these guys cook, they don’t mess around. We had the hardcore, old school men, manning the fire and slicing up every part possible of the little  bah-bah blacksheep. Waste none! When I say every part, I mean two very specific parts: The liver, and the balls. Yep. Balls.


That would be a sheep ball.

Now, I don’t know if it was the early morning grappa and beer, or the aroma of culture in the air, but something strange came over me at this moment. As the first parts of the lamb were being served onto the rustic picnic table, I nodded to my fellow senorita, and decided: This is the day, I will try lamb liver and lamb balls. And that’s exactly what I did. I started first with the liver, which I have never tried before, and I found it rather off. Ok, it was nasty. Just not my thing. Feeling brave and oh-so culturally sound, I picked up a slice of the fire-roasted ball, and ate it. I wish I could say I enjoyed it…but…it was intensely odd and not so appetizing. The texture was really soft and chewy and…Ok, I’ll stop there. I started describing this to people and they almost punched me.


Finished Products. Almost.

This very unique taste-testing experience was probably the highlight of my day, the most outrageous, anyway. When the lamb was eventually roasted, I did give it a try, although I wasn’t a huge fan of that either. I am generally not one for meat, or weird meat at that. I thought ahead and brought myself a faggy little salad I made at home. As I say that, one meat dish that is very native to Bosnia comes to mind – Chevap. It’s basically pork, beef and spices in the form a little sausages. They are amazing and definitely one of my favorites.


Chevap Sausage – Yum!

Other than eating and drinking lots of beer (conveniently stored in the water fountain, for optimal freshness), the day was spent hanging out in the grass  in the hot sun. I had more than a sunburn on my shoulders, I guess that will teach me for refusing sunblock in an attempt to “burn, then tan”, as the Swedish do. Not such a wise choice. I  have yet to mention, we were picnicking at a beautiful monastery, and since we were deep in the country, it genuinely looked like a scene out of The Godfather I. The mountains and never-ending green, with the semi-exotic tress, just like when Al Pacino was rippin’ it up in Sicily. That’s what I thought, anyway.


See my Godfather/Sicily reference?

At some point, the fun had to end and the sun had to set. We eventually piled into the car before our last cigarettes, strapped ourselves in and prepared to return back to reality. This wonderful May Day created new friends, new experiences and some tender sunburns. But it was well worth it!

Pretty Monastery. Get your prayers on!

Pretty Monastery. Get your prayers on!


My Five New Favorite Foods

If you have been reading my blog over the last few weeks, then you know that I have turned a new leaf, trying to balance my love of alcohol and cigarettes with a healthy diet and exercise. They do say you can’t have best of both worlds, but I actually think you can. Maybe I am completely delusional, I guess we can’t really know until this new lifestyle has a bit more longevity.

Since I started this change a few weeks back, I have been using my extra time to research healthier options of the foods I love, or just general research on items I should incorporate into my diet. Of course, when you go to the internet in search of learning more about health, you are literally bombarded. Luckily for me, I used to be somewhat of a health nut so I can kind of filter out the B.S from the good stuff.

I figured since health has been a pretty massive topic for most over the last decade (due to the obesity crisis caused by all the crappy food we have so easily available), maybe sharing what I have started eating and learned about would be good for others. After all, I am always trying to do my good deeds so I don’t go to hell for swearing and drinking so much!

Typical Day *Ballin*

Typical Day *Ballin*

1. Organic Bread

I am sure there may be many skeptics out there when it comes to organic food. I know this because I was one of them.  I have never really bothered to buy anything organic in my life. Items are generally super pricey and a lot of companies have jumped on that gravy train, selling everything “organic”, even when it makes no difference. For example, an organic banana is pointless because  you obviously don’t eat the peel, and the peel is the only place where you need to worry about pesticide. Anyway. If you are thinking of trying organic foods, I say the first thing you try, is bread.

I think most people, by now, know that white bread really isn’t good for you. It’s made up  of unrefined white flour that doesn’t digest well because it simply lacks dietary fibre and nutrients, all together. It also slows your metabolism, check out this link for more on why white bread is bad. If you choose to pay a bit more for your bread and go organic, I can guarantee you won’t turn back. I  bought my first loaf last week, and I am converted. I have literally never tasted bread so amazing. I could literally ramble on for this whole article on how good it was. Ahh. I paid a hefty €6 for a single (large) loaf, so for next time I am going to make my own, which most people do. When I make the first batch, I will definitely share that in a future post 🙂 .

I will quickly tell you why organic bread is so much better than the latter. Organic bread strays away from the typical modern method of cooking bread quickly to aid convenience, which involves additives that reduce nutrients and overall goodness. Organic bread usually has ingredients like oat bran, which is great for cholesterol. Overall, its just more natural to eat the organic bread, not having to worry about the undigested bits that remain after white bread. Quite a disturbing thought, actually…


Organic Bread w/ Seeds = The Best

2. Coconut Oil

Another product that has had a lot of attention over the last while, although I am a new convert. I remember reading about coconut oil about a year ago while  living in London, and was very excited to start using it but it just never happened as I was turned off by the high levels of saturated fat in coconut oil. After doing some further research recently, I am fully convinced that  coconut oil is a real super food. Not only that, but it does wonders for your hair, skin, nails, basically your whole body.

If you don’t know much about coconut oil, let me pass on some of my new-found knowledge to you. After detailed reading I tend to believe that it can help with weight loss and/or maintaining a healthy weight. Why? Because it speeds up your metabolism (burning calories, faster), slows your digestion (so you feel fuller, longer) and is a great detox for your body.  One thing I have read often, is to buy only organic, raw, extra virgin coconut oil. It does cost more, but if you buy other types than you may be subject to coconut oils that have had added chemicals. Kinda defeats the point!

Aside from the whole weight loss factor, it makes for a damn good hair treatment. Just leave it in your hair for no longer than 12 hours (while you sleep?) and wash it out, your hair will be so soft and healthy. For your skin, apply it to your face maybe 3 times a week at night, and it will glow. I shouldn’t have to say this, but I will just in case, I am not a doctor, these are my personal experiences, so follow at your own risk. There.  Please don’t attempt to sue me, Thanks.


Coconut oil. I put that sh*t on everything. Wait, that’s Franks Red Hot.

3. Fennel

There is nothing extremely “super” about fennel, it’s just really damn good. It has this really unique taste to it that I love. It goes really great with steamed spinach, feta cheese and white vinegar, I think that is my favorite recipe for fennel.

So I really thought I was going to have nothing to say about fennel, other than it is awesome. After a brief Google  search  I see that it really is a super food. This website lists that it helps with about 100 things, half of which I have never heard of (what is “angina”? hehe – so immature). The benefits that stand out to me are the fact that it is a mild appetite suppressant, helps aid digestion, and angina (haha, I had to). Ok, so I stand corrected, fennel really is a “super food”. I like to simply buy this yummy veg at the market and cook it, but you an also get fennel tea or capsules. Whatever you fancy!


Fennel – Best Vegetable Ever

4. Oolong Tea

If I was writing this article five months ago, I would have definitely listed “Green Tea” here, rather than oolong tea. But, a little trip into an Asian supermarket changed that. I knew I had heard of oolong tea before, which I should have considering it is quite a famous tea for those who like to actually drink tea. Tea. Tee. Ok, sorry, distraction. So I picked up a box of oolong for a mere €1 and thought I would give it a shot. It has a really unique but good taste and is really great after meals. Many tea-lovers would see oolong tea as a cross between green and black – strong like black and clear like green.

Oolong tea is from China, and they have drank it for a very long time (centuries). It is said that oolong tea is another great aide in weight loss, preventing skin aging, prevents cancer, strengthens teeth, the list goes on. These few reasons, alone, make it very worth while  to reduce the coffee a bit and opt for some oolong tea. I am a serious coffee addict and have been working on this switch, and I have to say it has been easier than expected! if you like tea, I definitely recommend trying this out.


Unique-Tasting (But not puke-worthy) Oolong Tea

5. Beets

Ahh, beets. A real childhood memory for me.  My mom used to always buy pickled beets in a jar, and I am pretty sure I would eat them like any typical kid eats candy. I always knew they were good for me, as my mom’s voice echoes in my head from back in the childhood days. Let me sum up some reasons on why exactly beets are so great for you…

First of all, they are really high in antioxidants, which you can never really get enough of. Antioxidants boost your defense system within your body and battle free radicals, which are known to cause cancer. Overall, they just keep you healthy – More energy, better immune system, and great skin! Oh, and before I forget, they have lots of vitamins too.

One thing I find with beets is, there is not a whole lot of different ways to eat them. You can eat them pickled (in a jar) which are super cheap and really healthy, or you can boil them fresh and dice them up in a salad,or throw beets in a juicer with some other veg. That’s about all I know of though when it comes to eating beets. Maybe in the future I can experiment and make them more interesting. We’ll see.


Yummy Pickled Beets!

And that about sums up my list (well, my top 5, anyway) of foods I have recently fell in love with (or back in love with). All in the name of health ;). I have noticed after 2-3 weeks of eating extra-healthy and really taking notice of foods, that it isn’t “depressing” or unfulfilling like I and many others would think. Eating extra-healthy is actually kind of fun! You get to learn about the benefits of foods and how they impact your body, and let’s not forget, learning new, yummy recipes for how to cook them!

My biggest fear was that I wouldn’t get to enjoy the foods I love, but I have made really no sacrifice. Just last night, I made an amazing burger from scratch, using salmon and lots of pan-Asian compliments. Not only was it healthy, but absolutely amazing, my new favorite. I am happy to share recipes here on the blog for the yummy new healthy creations. Feel free to share yours in the comments below, too! Thanks for reading!!


My Yummy Homemade Salmon Burger!


Summary: In A Dark Paradise

After what seems like two full weeks of rain (an exaggeration, of course), I am really starting to feel like I am living in London again. It has been dark, wet and dreary in, what is usually, sunny Barcelona for the past five days, and according to my iPhone weather app, today will be the last of it. I can only hope, anyway! I try to look on the bright side and remind myself that Barcelona, on average, only gets about 55 days of rain a year, so without days like today, we could have a real water crisis on our hands!

Since the weather here has been anything but lively this last week, I find it very hard to stay motivated when it comes to writing. I guess my brain just kind of slows down. That, and I guess it doesn’t help that it’s Monday, which usually makes no difference to me but it was quite a hardcore weekend of socializing, drinks and dancing around the city.


Rainy Day = Empty Streets in Spain

I don’t want to classify myself as one that would have a “Case of the Mondy’s”, so I have decided to turn Monday into a continuation of “Sunday Funday”. Of course, my responsibilities return amidst the beginning of a new week, unlike that of Sunday, but in spirit I am choosing to make Monday a Funday. While I’m at it, I may as well do the same for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. It’s all about your perception and attitude, right?? 🙂

So, because of my sudden shift in attitude (which literally occurred while writing this), I have decided upon a new Monday blog tradition: Summarizing my weekend! It makes great sense since I really do not write on Saturday or Sunday, and my weekend are usually pretty eventful. Let’s get to it, shall we?


The favorite day of the week for many, Friday is when people shake the stresses of the week, whether that means relaxing at home or having some drinks with buddies. Me? I tend to go for the second option, and this Friday was no different. The rain was definitely coming down hard that night, but with a cozy flat and some great people around you, that fact is soon forgotten! Oh, and how could I forget, lots of cava, beer and wine :). This Friday was not a typical one, as I managed to go home relatively early in the hopes of a fresh start Saturday morning.


Party Time, Excellent!


Impressed with my early-to-bed decision on Friday, I was up  at a decent hour on Saturday morning. Of course, the weather was in no way impressive however did not want to use that as a reason to stay in all day. After some relaxing and a good (late) breakfast, I headed out with my partner in crime to hunt down an awesome dim sum spot in the Borne area of Barcelona. I was really excited for this, since I hadn’t had dim sum for quite some time. We arrived in good time, an hour early for the start of dinner but that worked out well, as this place is seriously busy after 7pm. A few wines and beers later, while translating all the dim sum dishes from Spanish to English, we had worked up quite an appetite (and a bit of a buzz!). Let me tell you, this dim sum, was amazing. To make this place even better, they have an extensive list of expensive import beers that were dirt cheap. No wonder this place is so popular! You are probably wondering what this place is called, and don’t worry, I won’t leave that out. The place is called Mosquito and it’s located  at Carrer Carders, 46, Barcelona 08003. If you live in this great  city or are planning to visit, this is definitely a pit stop you should be making! It has a great atmosphere, unbelievable food and great beer. If you venture to this hole-in-the-wall, I strongly recommend the duck (anec) dumpling!


Best Dim Sum Everr


I think these were my eel dumplings, but you never can tell…

As you can imagine, I left feeling full and a bit drunk, and the night was only getting started. While I didn’t realize how late it was when I went for dim sum, I quickly realized when I had to head out to meet some friends at 9 pm… and go eat Mexican food. Oops. I was convinced that I was not going to eat anything after my dim sum feast, but that changed after we waited for our table for an hour, with a few more drinks in hand. The food was great at Rosa Negra, I would definitely recommend the pineapple and chicken quesadilla, but stay away from their shrimp cocktail… It was a huge disappointment. I guess it’s worth mentioning that Rosa Negra’s claim to fame is there €3.50 mojito. It’s strong and seriously good! The restaurant has a great atmosphere and authentic decor as well, which always makes the experience a little better.

The night continued on after our Mexican fiesta, into a few more bars and pubs, sipping on some quality wines and vodka. Nothing overly note-worthy happened so I will not go into details, however I did meet a really cool Canadian girl who was travelling here, and she ended up hanging out with my friends and I.


Yummy Mexican – And I want this tablecloth!!


If you live any sort of lifestyle like mine, you can probably guess my Sunday wasn’t very eventful. And  you would be right, it really wasn’t. Slept until 12pm, neglected doing any laundry and lounged on the couch watching Kitchen Nightmares. It wasn’t in any way exciting but it was definitely what I needed – Some final relaxation at the end of the weekend. As much as I love fun-filled party weekends, I think this next weekend I am going to step away from the booze and spend some time adventuring around my lovely city. Next Monday you will likely read a very different weekend summary, so I hope you look forward to that, like I look forward to writing it!

Thanks for reading this filler article-turned article tradition! Have a great Monday and a great week! I have a feeling I will feel very differently about Monday after tonight, as I have to go to IKEA (my least-favorite place in the world). Maybe I will save my IKEA rant for another day, though. Peace out, party people!


Coffee and Cigarettes

So, If you saw my Facebook update yesterday, then you would have known that I was stuck at an outdoor (but covered) cafe here in Barcelona while they had an epic shit-of-a rainstorm. I was literally five minutes from home but considering I was wearing suede flats, I thought it may be a good idea to stay in shelter while the rain calmed down. I guess I just didn’t think I needed to own rubber boots anymore after I left London for Spain *Go figure*.

Not even drinking coffee but w.e

Not even drinking coffee but w.e


ANYWAY, I luckily had my oh-so awesome Mac-imitation, known as the Google Chromebook, so I could at least do some work while waiting for the rain to steady. Like many other Tweeters this week, my account got hacked and I had to change like 65 passwords, so although I wrote my blog for the day, yesterday, I figured I would write more since the only password  I had was for this blog. Depressed by the weather (which is normally hot and sunny), my brain was lacking the creative skills to come up with something to write about. Which brings me back to the first sentence of this post. I went to Facebook and asked my friends if they had any ideas for what I should write about. The helpful peeps Andy and Melissa gave me two ideas: Coffee and potatoes. Totally random, but to be honest this blog so far has been totally random, so it’s suitable. If the title didn’t give it away, today I have decided to talk about…  Coffee!

And what goes better with coffee? Cigarettes! I am definitely painting that picture of myself being a starving, eccentric artist who hangs out in coffee houses all day, pretending to write prolific things on their laptop. The word “Hipster” comes to mind. I wouldn’t describe myself as a hipster, but I think they’re cool, I guess.



I really don’t know anything about coffee. Well, maybe.  Off the top of my head, this is what I (think I) know:

Coffee is a delightful hot beverage that provokes the image of either pretentious hipster/artist posers, classy French women or old men in vintage caps playing dominoes. I’m sort of kidding. I know I probably drink too much of it, as I am glued to a screen and reaching, unknowingly, for the grip of that porcelain mug (Omg, am I one of those pretentious posers??). I know that in North America, our coffee’s are way too big and in Europe, they are sometimes too small. In Canada, if your favorite coffee isn’t from Tim Hortons, then they will revoke your passport. Coffee generally gives you bad breath, and if you drink too much, your hands will shake.

The classic line you say to your mates, “Want to grab a coffee after work?” is always code for “Let’s have a beer/wine after work, and if we go home drunk as f*%k, let’s also grab a kebab”. Coffee is also a great excuse to get out of going somewhere or doing something – “I can’t. I drank too much coffee and have diarrhea”. Ok, I have never used that, but I am sure it’s a good bail line. Hmmm. I think mass chain coffee places, like Starbucks, seriously suck and I refuse to go there. Here in Barcelona, or EU in general, there are so many quaint cafe’s that are family-owned, unique and authentic, why would you ever want to go to Starbucks? Plus, they limit you to 45 minutes internet usage and their shitty coffee is overpriced (Wow, I sound like one of ‘them’).

Lastly, coffee utterly accents cigarette smoking (dahling) .



After some time now scanning my memory bank for knowledge on le cafe, I think this is all I can come up with. I really hope you weren’t expecting educational material here, if you were, I’m sorry.  I guess the best way to describe this post is coffee from Brandie’s perspective, which hopefully some of you can also relate to. If you are actually interested in educating yourself about coffee, check out this infographic sent by Andy.

Alright, my mission here is done. I have to get back to ordering my 6th coffee while listening to a band you have never heard of, writing about things you would just never understand.





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