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    Biscuits with love

    Secrets des Coquettes With Saint Valentine’s Day around the corner, I wanted to share the recipe for the almond biscuits that you have been asking me for on Instagram…so here it is. ♥ If you want this day to be extra special, you can cook these yummy biscuits for your love and have a romantic breakfast together. There is nothing better than a homemade present to give to your significant other. This recipe is really easy and the biscuits taste delicious! Once you eat the first one, you won’t be able to stop! To make approximately 30 biscuits, apart from a cutter, a stamp (if you want to add a personal touch) and two big bowls, you will need:
    ingredients You will need two bowls. In the first one, mix the all-purpose flour, baking powder, salt, and ground almonds. In the second bowl, cream the unsalted butter and the caster sugar with an electric mixer. Now beat in the egg with the vanilla extract, and then gradually add in the flour mix. Divide the mixture and wrap in cling film, then let chill for three hours.

    Secrets des Coquettes Roll out the dough on a floured surface until 0,2 in thick, stamp as desired, and then cut out the biscuits. It’s preferable to do it in this order because if you do it the other way around the circles won’t hold their shape.

    Once all the biscuits are nicely stamped and cut, put them in the oven (preheated to 350ºF) for 10-12 minutes. When you take them out, remove them from the baking sheet and leave them to cool (I leave them on the baking sheet and just move them to a cooling rack).

    Secrets des Coquettes And voilà! But, wait! We haven’t finished yet. These biscuits are supposed to be eaten with raspberry jam (the recipe came along with the stamp, from Anthropologie). So, make a little jam sandwich by spreading a little jam and a few raspberries (my personal touch) on one biscuit and then put a second one on top.

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    Obviously they can also be eaten plain and are still delicious, but adding the jam and the raspberries make them a scrumptious treat. Definitely a super cute present. The only thing that’s missing is a bouquet of roses from your lover and your Saint Valentine’s Day will be perfect. The bouquet in the photos is from Bourguignon flower shop. I love having flowers as fresh and beautiful as these in my home…well, who doesn’t?

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    Oh! I almost forgot! A glass of milk with a little bit of rose syrup or a cup of tea will make the breakfast an absolute success ♥

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    To save the biscuits for later, I wrapped them with parchment paper and put them in a tin. I use this one from Fauchon that my friend An’Sophie gave me. Apart from being super cute, I love it because every time I see it I think about her.

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    I hope you try the recipe. It’s super easy, delicious, and quick (minus the three hours waiting for the dough to chill, but you can do anything you want during that time), so it’s really worth it. As for the stamp, you can find really cute ones in Casa; so, I hope to see your biscuits with love in all your Instagram feeds. I wish you all a wonderful Saint Valentine’s Day with your boyfriends, husbands or your friends; after all, it is the celebration of love in all its forms!

    Happy Thursday, my loves!

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    Mini Guide to Barcelona

    Secrets des Coquettes This first year of college here in Madrid has been pretty hard. Not only is it mandatory to attend classes, but we also have a LOT to do: homework, papers… so I thought it would be a great idea to book a weekend trip to Barcelona just after my exams.

    Even though we only went for a couple of days, we discovered some charming places that I wanted to share with you in this mini guide.

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    Every time I travel, my biggest worry is finding somewhere nice to stay. I get anxious just thinking about all the grotty hotels I’m going to find on booking.com  (my goodness, some of them can be so depressing)… but when I thought about Barcelona, I remembered the beautiful Eric Vökel apartments, so we made a reservation there for the weekend.

    We stayed in the penthouse apartment on Grassot Street, right next to the Sagrada Familia. It was just as charming and bright as the pictures on their website had promised, complete with a bedroom, bathroom, and living room with an attached kitchen. Although I love hotels, staying at an apartment is really much more comfortable. There is a lot more space, and besides, having a kitchen is great to prepare homemade food. It was perfect because at night we were so tired that we didn’t want to spend any more time walking around (in fact, I even had to buy a muscular soothing cream, direct consequence of my addiction to the car). So, we stayed chez nous eating smoked salmon on toast and fruit salad with yogurt. The penthouse also had two big terraces – perfect to sunbathe! It was also well-equipped with a washing machine, dishwasher, and iron… always good to have on hand in case of a little emergency. All in all, we loved our stay.

    Secrets des Coquettes Secrets des Coquettes Secrets des Coquettes Secrets des Coquettes The first thing I usually do when I arrive at a hotel is unpack everything and take over the bathroom with all my beauty products, but since I wanted to take pictures, I had to control myself 

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    Here are the places we visited:

     Sagrada Família
     Parc Güell
     Passeig de Gràcia
     Casa Batlló
     La Pedrera
     Parc Montjuic
     Mercat de la Boqueria
     Las Ramblas
     Quartier Gothique
     La Barceloneta

    I loved all of them, especially the Parc Güell and Casa Batlló. I wanted to visit the Picasso Museum and the Aquarium, but unfortunately, we didn’t have enough time. We will definitely go next time. 

    EAT Secrets des Coquettes TRAVEL CAKE Lovely places with delicious food are definitely not in short supply in Barcelona. Travel & Cake is one of these wonderful places. All the dishes look exquisite, and indeed, everything we ate was wonderful. As their slogan says, ‘In Grandmothers We Trust,’ and right they are because the food is amazing. It is the perfect place to go on a Saturday or Sunday morning for brunch.

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    Secrets des Coquettes toto  Another place I really liked was Toto, an Italian-inspired restaurant perfect for both lunch and dinner on the weekend. The design is lovely – modern and vintage at the same time – and the food was incredible, not to mention the very kind and attentive waiters. The dishes I loved most were the eggs benedict and the pistachio panna cotta. However, in such a lovely place, even a simple omelette would have tasted delicious.

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    Secrets des Coquettes cucine As if by magic, when we were walking down one of the streets that led to the Palau de la Música, we came across a charming Italian restaurant called Le Cucine Mandarosso. This place is quite small, and I got the impression that it’s always busy; however, we were lucky enough to find a table and were seated quickly. They have a lunch menu for 11€, which includes a pasta dish, a dessert (homemade and delicious), and a drink. The restaurant is definitely unique, decorated with antique furniture (we ate on an old wooden desk with a marble tabletop) and there are Italian products everywhere. I bought a little pink box of Leone’s cinnamon sweets for my dear Victoria, my bestie at college. It’s a pity that it was the last box; otherwise I would have bought another one for myself!

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    If you want to go shopping, the Passeig de Gràcia is perfect. Not only is it absolutely gorgeous, but it also has tons of shops: Zara, Stella McCartney, Mango, H&M, Stradivarius, Bimba & Lola, Loewe, Chanel… You can find almost everything and it’s so pretty – it made me think of the Champs Élysées. The sidewalk is decorated with a lovely hexagonal design… even the pavement is beautiful!

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    I hope that you have enjoyed my mini guide to Barcelona. I have really loved discovering all these beautiful places; Barcelona is a truly magnificent city.

    See you soon my coquettes,

    Have a happy Monday

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