Despite the signs that Fall is already trying to fight its way in to the season with cooling gusts & and gilded foliage, the spirit of the city seems to deny that summer is escaping us.
It seems that Barcelona doesn’t want to declare end of September to be the end of the summer season regardless of intermittent clouds, sporadic rains and cool night temps. Just when I think the weather is getting cooler, the heat of the sun wins the wage with beautiful 75+ degree temps.
I can’t think of the last time I walked over two miles to get a scoop of gelato. Actually, I can’t remember the last time I walked over two miles anywhere to get food. To be clear, gelato shops are fairly rampant here (not quite as rampant as Italy) but the GOOD ones are still farther and fewer in between. So, after a morning of writing I decide to reward myself by going to DelaCrem, the “Crem de la creme” of all gelaterias. (See how I did that?)
So, I am currently sitting at the corner of a quaint promenade with three HEAPING scoops of gelato dripping from the sides of my cup. The Cinnamon Milk, Avellana (Hazelnut) and Dulce De Leche are nothing short of a hedonistic sweet tooth overdose. In fact, I’m trying to convince myself that if I try to write while eating the gelato, I may not be tempted to finish and eat the whole thing…
I now understand the importance of good gelato. Anything other than the best is just frozen, sugary milk, fat & ice crystals. Good gelato (from what I can taste right now) has a velvety creaminess that coats your tongue with the truest representation of flavor. I’ve also noticed that GOOD gelato somehow melts MUCH faster. THAT’S how you can tell if you have good gelato. It seems drip factor is how one should evaluate the quality of these sweet treats.
It is quite possible that this daily sweet cup of creaminess may undo the hundreds of Pilates sessions I’ve invested in for the past year.
Sigh. Well worth it.
Where I ate: DelaCrem , Barcelona (Carrer d’Enric Granados, 15, 08007 Barcelona, Spain)
Other great spots in Barcelona:
Gocce Di Latte, El Borne Neighborhood (Pla de Palau, 4, 08003 Barcelona, Spain)
This by far was the best Gelato in the El Borne neighborhood. On the edge of the neighborhood, the location is perfect if you’re en route to the beaches in Barceloneta or on the way back. The Crema Catalan Gelato is AHHHMAZING here. Good Crema Catalana gelato should have the hard crunchy burnt caramel bits in it and this one did NOT disappoint!