Monday, 2 July 2012

Eat List: Barcelona, Spain

Here's a list of what kind of food to look for while touring Barcelona, Spain.

1.  Tapas  

It will be next to impossible to avoid tapas when you visit Barcelona. Most restaurants offer specials and a great selection of tapas.These small courses go well with sangria, wine, beer or <insert favorite alcoholic drink here>.
Assorted cold tapas

Chopitos (Fried tiny squid)

Chicharron (fried pork rinds)

2. Cava

Wine in Barcelona was so much cheaper than in Toronto and I know that this area of Spain is famous for their wineries. So definitely try some of their local wines. Our hotel offered us Cava (sparkling wine) upon check-in to welcome us into Barcelona so we were off to a great start in our trip. Cava is to Spain what Champagne is to France. Drink, be merry and you'll have an even more pleasant vacation :)
Privat Cava 2009

 3.  Cochinillo (Suckling Pig)

I'm a huge pork eater since I originally hailed from the Philippines which was a Spanish colony for 333 years. So a lot of our food actually has Spanish influences. We do have amazing cochinillo in Manila too. Try Casa Armas if you ever visit Manila but you'd have to call a day in advance so they can prepare the whole pig.

During our trip, El Celler de Can Roca had roasted suckling pig in the tasting menu. We also ordered suckling pig at Montiel since this was their specialty and had glowing reviews from TripAdvisor members. Both were incredible - crispy golden brown skin and tender melt-in-your-mouth meat.
from El Celler de Can Roca

from Montiel Restaurante

 4.  Churros (Con Chocolate)

Churros has always been one of my favorite desserts. In the Philippines, Dulcinea served decent churros con chocolate. In Toronto, Pancho's Bakery in Kensington Market sells freshly fried churros with a variety of fillings to choose from. Of course, I've never had authentic churros so I couldn't vouch for their authenticity.

So, during our trip to Barcelona, we had to put churros into our eat list. After some Googling, we found Barcelona Food Girl's blog pointing us on where to find churros and chocolate walking distance from our hotel. The Xurreria fried a new batch of xurros/churros when we ordered them so it was fresh and hot! We headed to La Granja which was nearby for the thick Spanish chocolate to dip our churros with. Fried dough dipped in chocolate is always a great treat - yum!

from Xurreria

Chocolate from La Granja

 5. Paella and fresh seafood near the pier

For our last supper in Barcelona, we opted to have fresh paella near the pier to cap our memorable 3-day trip. There was a whole slew of restaurants lined near the pier. We had to walk through some smaller streets and further off the pier to find Can Majo. Definitely worth the trek for avid foodies!
Paella from Can Majo
Seafood soup from Can Majo

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