Elevenses and more in Mallorca
I can't think of a finer way to spend some time in those all too brief periods between the many meals we eat in Spain than musing over some really good coffee and some super sweet pastry. We are truly blessed in the land of healthy Mediterranean diets that there's still a lot of room for purveyors of coffee and cakes and in Mallorca's capital, Palma, there have been a couple of changes recently, both near the Plaza Mayor.
On the corner of Colon and Jaime II streets, what was once the Cappuccino take-away shop has moved out and one of Mallorca's best loved bakeries has moved in. It's the Forn del Sant Cristo (forn means oven, like furnace in English) who make a whole range of cakes, breads, pastries and of course the famous Mallorcan ensaimadas.
The interesting thing about this move, apart from the sweet, sticky goodies is that the whole entrance to the building seems to have opened up to display its architectural brilliance. It's Can Forteza-Rey, one of Palma's masterpieces of modernism and rumoured to have had input in its design from the master of modernism himself, Antoni Gaudi, who was working on the cathedral at the time.
Just take a look at the windows of the new Santa Cristo and you'll agree that they wouldn't look out of place in Barcelona. Just across the Plaza on Sindicat 5, you'll find the modern facade of the new Arabay coffee house, academy and store. Coffee roasters since 1952, the good people of Arabay have brought their expertise to this new one stop shop for coffee lovers and those who wish to learn more.
The ground floor is a cool new cafe with lovely honey coloured sandstone walls where you can sample some of the finest beans from around the world, upstairs you can buy a whole range of coffees and products to enjoy it, and above is an academy where you can learn everything about making it.
They're both on my list of must do's for my next visit, how about you?