Girona is the capital of a province with the same name situated on the north east of Catalonia, one of the seventeen Autonomous Communities in Spain. It is quiet and offers a variety of restaurants and shops for visitors. Indeed, the world renowned El Bulli of Ferran Adrià is located in Roses within the province, and the recent winner of a third Michelin star Can Roca is in the capital city. The famous carne de ternera de Girona (Girona beef) is known throughout the country.
Besides these well known places, there are others which are pleasant to visit and there are always new attractions waiting to be discovered. In another article information was offered as to day trips from Barcelona to Girona and two restaurants were recommended. The present report focuses on a herbal mint tea served in a small Moroccan restaurant tucked away on a side street.
El Cul de la Lleona (Calderers 8, Girona; tel. 972203158)
Such is the name of the restaurant, which can be translated into “The Lioness’ Bottom.” It refers to a statue nearby at the St. Feliu square, which pictures a lioness climbing up onto a pole. Somehow one’s attention centres on the lioness’ bottom due to her uninhibited posture. It is a tradition that in order to become a true citizen of Girona, it is indispensable to kiss her bottom. It is believed that when done, the kisser would stay forever in the city or, if not, he or she will certainly return one day. Since the lioness is almost on top of the pole, a few steps were built to facilitate the process, so that visitors could climb up and perform their duty comfortably. However, since the scare of the swine flu became prominent, the steps had been removed to prevent the lioness’ bottom from being the unhappy instrument for the transmission of the frightening virus.
The restaurant serves a set menu during midday, which costs around 15 euros including wine. They offer typical Moroccan dishes, such as tagine and chicken with spices. The food is very good, especially for spice lovers, and the service is excellent.
Ingredients For the Herbal Mint Tea
At the end of the meal, mint tea is recommended. Strictly speaking, it is a herbal infusion instead of tea, since it does not contain tea leaves and thus it does not have caffeine. Besides, it is prepared differently from the Moroccan mint tea.
The tea is served in a typical picturesque Moroccan teapot on a tray. It has in itself a most pleasant sweet taste which sugar cannot imitate; and in fact, there is no need to add sugar and it can be drunk directly.
The perfect combination of different herbs and spices create a most inviting and thirst quenching drink. It contains, as generously shared by the restaurant, Maria Luisa (also called Hierbaluisa and lemon verbena), mint leaves, cardamom, juniper berries, chamomile flowers, star anise, anise seeds and clove. All these spices and herbs are beneficial to upset stomach, help digestion, combat flatulence and enhance relaxation. Certainly it is an ideal drink for after a meal.
Beneficial to Health and Easy to Prepare
This herbal mint tea is easy to mix, healthy, tastes good and its ingredients are not difficult to find. Undoubtedly it is a perfect beverage for any time of the day.