Integrating with the locals

Have you seen the size of those MEGA STRAWBERRIES 🍓?

We have queued at Russafa’s market, got some cool produce, asked for WHO’S LAST? and then had an excellent flat white and cinnamon roll at Blackbird.

At Blackbird

They have a big glass wall and you can see how they’re busy preparing more pastries on the kitchen.

Hotel bar breakfast

It didn’t seem too promising but the toast with plenty of olive oil, and the freshly squeezed SWEET orange juice redeemed it!

Tomato on toast and freshly squeezed orange juice

The coffee was quite average, which is why it doesn’t even get to be in the picture 😏

The cutest flat white I’ve ever had, and Valencian mussels, finally!

I had the chance to visit La Manera, which I eyed on a former trip to Valencia but didn’t have time to stop at, and it just didn’t disappoint! First I got the cutest flat white I’ve ever been served, then a really yummy granola (I really liked the mint leaves-it was a surprisingly good flavour pairing) 😋

Granola (with mint leaves)

I will say the tablespoon they brought was way too big to eat without spilling everything out though, so I ended up using the coffee spoon.

Later we visited La Pilareta. We had been there almost a year ago, but mussels weren’t available as it wasn’t the right season. This time we were lucky and we could FINALLY have our Valencian mussels! (Plus other delicacies)

Valencian mussels, at least!

Mussels are called clotxines in Valencian, and that’s why the bar is called La casa de les clotxines, ie “the house of mussels”.

Bravas (of course!)
Calamares

The batter in these calamari was nicely thin, yum!