Eating and Drinking Our Way Through Barcelona

Monday's theme was food. I am not joking, I don't need to eat for a few days. We wandered over to Mercat de Sant Josep or La Boqueria which is a giant famous market off of La Rambla that sells a plethora of items from whole cured pig legs, chocolate, fruit, spices, wine, cheese, seafood, game and so much more.

That night, I had planned a local food tour for D and I. Taste Barcelona is a tapas and wine tasting tour designed for foodies with an interest in local wines and the culture of Barcelona, Catalonia and Spain. We met up with our guide, Paul, and small group 2 other couples from Australia who were fantastic! Paul took us to 3 restaurants and 1 bar that lasted about 5 hours. We tasted white, rosé, red wines along with cava and while enjoying authentic traditional Spanish tapas and local food. With each plate and wine, they explained the food and why it was important to the region. Along our way, he took us through some of the most interesting, historic and fascinating parts of Barcelona. If you are ever in town, I HIGHLY recommend this tour.

First Stop: 
District: Sarrià-St. Gervasi
Name: Montaditos
Tapas:
  • Gambas y calamares (Shrimps/prawns and calamari)
  • Camembert crujiente (Crunchy camembert)
  • Cangrejo (Crab, corn & pineapple montadito)
Wine:
Gessamí (white wine; D.O. (Denominaciones de Origen Penedès, Muscat, Sauvignon Blanc, Gewurztraminer, Penedès region – Catalunya)

Second Stop:
District: Eixample
Name: Tapas
Tapas:

  • Patatas Bravas (Fried potatoes with the spicy brava sauce)
  • Tortilla de patatas o española (Potato omelette)
  • Boquerones (White anchovies)
  • Buñuelos de bacalao (Cod fritters)
  • Choricitos (Little chorizos)
  • Pulpo a la gallega. (Octopus)
  • Pimientos de Padron (Padron peppers)
  • Ensaladilla rusa (Russian potato salad)
Wine:
Viñas del Vero (rosé wine; D.O Somontano, Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Somontano región - Aragon)

Third Stop:
District: Barri Gòtic
Name: Jamon and Cheeses
Tapas:
  • Queso Castellano Curado (sheep)
  • Formatge Vall de Tenes (sheep - Catalunya)
  • Formatge Brisat (cow with grape skins - Catalunya)
  • Queso Mahon Seco (cow)
  • Formatge Cabra del Bages (goat - Catalunya)
  • Formatge Carrat (goat with ash - Catalunya)
  • Pan con tomate.
  • Coca de recapte amb sardines
  • Escalivada (grilled/oven-roasted vegetables)
  • Chorizo a la sidra (Chorizo with cider)
  • Morcilla (black pudding, blood sausage)
  • Tigres (stuffed mussels)
  • Secallona (catalan skinny sausage)
  • Chorizo picante
  • Jamón ibérico de bellota de Guijuelo
Wine:
Llagrimes de Tardor (red wine; D.O. Terra Alta, Garnacha, Samso, Syrah y Cabernet Sauvignon, Terra Alta Region – Catalunya) 

Final Stop:
Rexach Baqués Gran Reserva Brut Nature (Cava or sparkling wine; D.O. Denominaciones de Origen Brut Nature, Gran Reserva, Xarel.lo, Macabeo, y Parellada, Catalunya)

Raventos i blanc L'Hereu Reserva Brut (Cava or sparkling wine; D.O. Denominaciones de Origen, Reserva, Macabeo, Xarel)

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