Discovering Palma: Mercat de Santa Catalina

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This weekend, rather unbelievably, we will be marking two months since we moved to Mallorca – in some ways surprisingly long, in others surprisingly short. For we have already discovered so much about our incredible home city of Palma de Mallorca – from its winding old town streets, to its hidden tapas gems, nearby sandy beaches and even a cinema showing films in English – that it is hard to accept that we have only been here a mere matter of weeks. But despite many an exploration made, there is still much left to discover, as our recent gastronomic sojourn in the Santa Catalina market demonstrated.

We had heard much about the Mercat de Santa Catalina (or Mercado in Castellan) before we ventured there ourselves. Half the problem was that despite its excellent reputation, we could never quite seem to find the market, despite wandering always close by. But this…

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New Shock Top Video Campaign Calls Out Craft Beers for “Trying Too Hard”

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Beer & Whiskey Brothers

If you needed another clue that craft-beer-pretender Shock Top is the baby of Big Beer, look no further than these “viral” videos from Canadian ad agency Anomaly that rolled onto Shock Top’s YouTube channel last week. They are just what you might expect from a large corporation (A-B InBev) trying to act like one of the cool kids. 

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Pho: Brisket and Meatballs


After ordering the summer rolls for appetizer, my desire for the main course was brisket and meatballs. I was curious to try something different. In the past, I usually order the seafood pho consisting of shrimp, squid, scallops, mussels, fish cake, and the rest of the ocean critters.

This time I had a different desire. The Brisket and Meatball intrigued me.  I ordered a large portion and I was surprised on how large the dish was. I could not finish the dish even though my love calls me an endless pit!

The Pho was soft, chewy and had a off white color to the noodles. The meatballs were tender on the outside and soft and juicy on the inside. As for the Brisket, it was perfectly cooked in my boiling pho dish. There was something missing…. I reached over for the home made chilli paste and dispersed the concentration in my bowl. Alas…content in my pleasurable pursuit for a Pho afternoon dish.

Summer Rolls


Residents of Philly may not know this however they are spoiled by Vietnamese cuisine. Pho Ha is located between 6th and Washington Avenue in the heart of the Vietnamese District. My love introduced me to this location. For appetizers, we started out with summer rolls. Summer rolls are made with shrimp, rice stick noodles, rice paper wrappers, bean sprouts, mint leaves, basil leaves, cilantro sprigs, Serrano chillies, English cucumber, scallions, and Bibb lettuce leaves.

As for the peanut sauce, its a different story. Peanut butter, water, hoison sauce, lime juice, soy sauce, sugar, chile-garlic paste, garlic and sesame oil.

Birthday Wine


This wine was given as a present from a friend of mine. My birthday was in the beginning of July. I never tried a wine similar to this taste before. My friend Sam and I very taking our time to appreciate its taste. The wine is not full body type at all. Instead the flavors are subtle and lingers on the palate.