So my dear housemates are currently enjoying their fill of tapas as they travel through Seville and Madrid (thoroughly jealous...) and it brings to mind all the wonderful food my family and I ate on our trip to Barcelona.
I can safely say, nothing that passed my lips was anything less the delicious - even our hotel hotel bar managed to rustle up some tasty patatas bravas and croquetas for us late one evening when fancied a teensy after dinner snack.
A few highlights however:
- Cervecería Catalana - in L'Eixample, where my brother and I promptly rattled off practically the entire menu to the the waiter, to the horror of my mother who thought we had totally over-ordered. We polished off the lot! I in particular loved the Navajas (Razor Clams) which were so fresh and sweet, simply grilled with some olive oil and fresh herbs. Adrian claimed he would be happily to have just a platter of the jamon jabugo (local cured ham, much like proscuitto...but better) for dinner, it was that good. Thoroughly recommended.
- Taller de Tapas - off the infamous La Rambla, where my parents and I celebrated my mother's birthday with a delicious lunch! Dad tucked in to the Menu del dia, which came with a ginormous salad that could have been a meal in it self, layered with different types of spanish cured meats, a generous serving of the day's seafood Paella and a pretty terrible Crema Catalana (spanish version of Creme Brulee). Two out of three ain't bad! Mum and I decided to share more tapas, including the homemade Croquetas, studded with more of that Jabugo ham, Pa amb tomàquet (simple grilled bread rubbed with fresh tomato, garlic and drizzled in olive oil), some Calamari and a fantastic Rocket Salad with Fonteta Goats Cheese, Quince Jelly and Toasted Almonds (I've since tried to recreate this at home - it's so yummy and easy to do!)
- La Boqueria - the famous market which was a foodies heaven, stall after stall of beautifully arranged fresh produce. We got a kick out of seeing whole legs of delicious Jamon on display, ready for carving (fancy a cone of Jamon? don't mind if I do!) & refreshed ourselves with some delicious fruit smoothies that dazzled the eye with their vibrant colours. I could've spent hours here perusing by each stall, there were so many interesting things to see... and eat!
- Fleca Artesana - a cute vintage bakery that has existed since 1876! We stumbled in there because we were in desperate need of a snack after having been sightseeing most of the morning, we had no idea it had such as storied past and such delicious baked goods! I chose a xuxo, which is a local pastry kind of like a deep fried croissant filled with custard (as sinfully good as it sounds) and the rest of the family grabbed filled rolls (with some of the best bread ever according to mum.)
Madrid, Seville & Granada are on my to do list, but still hoping to make it back to Barcelona for one more delicious visit - I can't wait to return to Spain!