9 January 2014

Barcelona, Spain - Food glorious food #travelthursdays

Whenever travelling, we like to try a variety of local and tourist delicacies. Spain when exploring it a few years ago was no exception. My best ever, ever tip is to have a list of the things you want to try, and if you can, try and avoid the touristy traps as you normally get ripped off and eat bland rubbish food.

We nibbled our way through delicious cuisine whilst soaking up the sunshine of the barcelona beach, exploring the glory of Gaudi's Sagrada Familia, strolling the world famous La Boqueria Food Market and climbing the breathtaking and mysterious Monserrat.


Pinchos (aka Tapas): These are delicacies speared with a toothpick and are generally eaten whilst socialising. I love this idea of this, and they are fairly filling too - most are speared to a slice of Baguette and you can great really creative with them - I think I'm going to make my own at some point. The restaurant charges you based on the number of sticks (, literally pinchos translates to "thorn" or "spike") you've used so it can get fairly pricey if you're not careful though...


Football Crisps: These cracked me up - they've taken promotional gear to a whole new level - we saw crisps (or as they are correctly called Chips - in the UK they are called, wrongly I might add, crisps), sweets, cheese - all emblazoned with the two main team insignias.


Proper Continental Breakfast in the craziest hotel breakfast room I've ever seen: Cold Mushroom Tortilla, Ham, Spiced Sausage, Chorizo, Mozzarella, Bread, Vegetables, Fresh Fruit.



Picnicking Barcelona style en plein air: So good. Chorizo, fresh bread, cheese, sausages, salad, cucumber, red pepper.


Paella: Proper homemade paella, rich and unctuous with Prawns, Mussels and Chicken. We found a proper off-piste local bar where they didn't really cater for tourists and we don't speak Spanish (apart from the really really basic words) thinking that we'd end up eating good food, and boy were we so right. I ran out of battery, so didn't get any pics sadly.


Tortilla with Potato and Tomato Passata: So simple, and yet so good - this one was a basic Bubble and Squeak, but the Passata was so scrummy and cut through the creamy fried mash potato.

Flan(?) & Creme Catalonia:


A combination I must remember - scrummy chicken burger patty with asparagus and apple - a combo I'm going to try at home!

Ending with Xocolata Chocolate at Montserrat, infused with liquor made by Benedictine Monks since 1206:


Verdict?


Sadly no Sangria as I was on antibiotics, but hubby assures me that is was delicious, and refreshing; as were the beers. We were on holiday, how could we say no?
 
Have you been to Barcelona?
 

11 comments :

  1. When I was in Barcelona my favourite dish was papas bravas. Delicious! x

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    1. Oooh, I've not tried that - at least not to my knowledge. With a touch of googling, I think I'd love to though!

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  2. Aaah I'm so jealous! I went to Barcelona with friends a couple of years back and wanted to go exploring random tapas bars, but they were too scared and we ended up having paella from one of those plastic menu cards on the main drag :(

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    1. Needs must though! I have to admit, we were pretty unsure when we went in there too - we just copied the other diners and used a lot of hand gestures :D

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  3. Yum! I had the best tapas of my life in Barcelona a few years ago. The highlight was goats-cheese cooked in honey with pine nuts. Absolutely delicious!
    Claire xx
    somewhere... beyond the sea

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    1. It's divine - I tried that combo first in Cabana, here in London. Just scrumptious!

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  4. ooo we were going to go to Montserrat but since we were there over new years trains weren't running as often and things just didn't work out. Did you go? We drank a lot of sangria and ate a lot of paella, heaven.

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    1. Were were lucky enough to go, it was hair raising going up the mountain to the town, but it was absolutely gorgeous - http://www.adventuresofalondonkiwi.com/2012/10/european-adventures-barcelonas-must-see.html

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  5. If it wasn't clear enough about the FC Barcelona merchandising taken to whole new levels in Barcelona, there's this to clarify things...

    https://twitter.com/Matthew_Debnam/statuses/410898863554588672

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  6. If it wasn't clear enough that they've taken FC Barcelona merchandising to a whole new level in Barcelona then let this image clarify things for you:

    https://twitter.com/Matthew_Debnam/statuses/410898863554588672

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