Melissa Leighty


Chicago-born, Florida-raised, Melissa arrived in Barcelona six years ago to teach high school English at the American School of Barcelona and is currently on sabbatical to write a cookbook about Catalan cuisine. Her work appears regularly in Catavino and Miniguide, and she has poems, essays, and articles appearing in Colloquium, English Journal, Salt, and All Those. When she’s not making a mess in the kitchen, you can usually find her on the tennis court. Follow her latest culinary adventures at or on Instagram @mpleighty.

Places to nurture your body and soul. more

Dec 22, 2016 2:14 PM Travel 5 Comments


Photo courtesy of Curso Escribà Academy

A short guide to culinary courses in Barcelona and beyond. more

Dec 2, 2016 1:07 PM Travel 5 Comments

The Xató salad from the Penedès region is a much-celebrated part of the local culture. more

Nov 1, 2016 3:37 PM Travel


Photo by Melissa Leighty

From humble beginnings, the espadrille, a traditional peasant's shoe, has become a fashion icon. more

Oct 1, 2016 12:00 AM IN THE CITY 5 Comments


Photo by Melissa Leighty

Where to sample a taste of the Balearics in Barcelona. more

Aug 2, 2016 4:55 PM IN THE CITY 5 Comments

Get away from it all for a few days in this traditional fishing village. more

Mar 29, 2016 4:43 PM THINGS TO DO 5 Comments

An artist's life on the Costa Brava. more

Mar 29, 2016 4:41 PM THINGS TO DO 5 Comments

Got something to celebrate? Delve into cava country and discover the source of Spain’s favourite sparkling wine. more

Feb 5, 2016 4:35 PM THINGS TO DO 5 Comments


Photo by Carol Moran

Get off the beaten track and enjoy the winter white out like never before with our beginner’s guide to snowshoeing in the Pyrenees. more

Jan 4, 2016 4:18 PM THINGS TO DO 5 Comments

With the annual medieval market taking place this month, Melissa Leighty takes a walk through Vic, past and present. more

Nov 30, 2015 7:54 PM THINGS TO DO 5 Comments

The essential ingredient in the Mediterranean diet, olive oil is produced in five areas across Catalunya. more

Oct 28, 2015 4:20 PM IN THE CITY 5 Comments


Photos by Toby Golus.

In our fast-moving society, the Slow Food movement’s eat local ethos is more relevant than ever. more

Oct 28, 2015 3:37 PM IN THE CITY 5 Comments

Experience the beauty of the Catalan countryside from a different, white-knuckle perspective. more

Oct 1, 2015 10:00 PM THINGS TO DO 5 Comments

Located in the province of Tarragona, the Delta de l’Ebre is a wide swath of wetland that harbours a natural park and the largest rice-growing region in Spain. more

Aug 27, 2015 4:03 PM THINGS TO DO 5 Comments


Photo by Kirsty Moore

The remnants of Barcelona's industrial past take on a new creative guise. more

Jul 24, 2015 4:46 PM IN THE CITY 5 Comments


The Juice House

Faced with meat-centric menus across town, vegetarians have never had it easy here, but barcelona is finally embracing its herbivore inhabitants. more

Jun 30, 2015 4:59 PM EATING AND DRINKING 5 Comments

Here’s a roundup of where you can practise your handiwork, whatever your chosen craft may be. more

Apr 30, 2015 6:21 PM THINGS TO DO 5 Comments

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