Tues 3rd - Mon 9th July
Spain has been one of the most culturally exciting countries for me so far, staying just 2 minutes from the famous central street of ‘Las Ramblas’ in Barcelona I was able to invesnt a decent amount of time wandering the beautiful back streets & Gothic areas that surround the city. Over these 7 days I discovered a number of mind blowing antique, hand made & fresh food markets, my personal favorite the ‘St Josep Mercat’ where I discovered the most tasty Crepes to ever exist! I tend put a lot of emphasis on trying new & traditional foods of the country in which I am in & the local cuisine in Barcelona went above & beyond my expectations, a few ‘must try’ local delicacies you may or may not have thought of & my personal favourite places to find them;
. Tapas; ‘La Pepita’, Short walk from ‘Catalunya’ off ‘Las Ramblas’
I had the great opourtunity of meeting with a former Music teacher of mine (www.facebook.com/mrkiteband) & his stunning girlfriend on their first night in Barcelona for some early drinks which soon turned into 1am tapas & Sangria - the city has a mysterious way of doing that. We decided to wander down a off street to ‘Las Ramblas’ & found a quaint bar with a great atmosphere for people of all ages, we didn’t leave until just after 2am & there was still more than enough people happily catching up in their cosy outdoor setting.
Try; 4 Tapas for 14€ // 1 for 4€ ; anchovies, capers & olive dip, Mozzarella Balls, Hommus & Paprika dip, Chorizzo Saussage
. Cured meat; ‘St Josep Mercat’ of Fresh food, Side st of ‘Las Ramblas’
The best kind of local produce is Fresh, Spain is famous for their cured meats & once you have tried it you know why, the texture & intense flavours of these meats which take days of preparation to create are worth a try! I found some at the local food markets of ‘Las Ramblas’ where there is more than enough options to choose from, try the meats on sandwiches or buy a packet of bite size pieces for just 2€!
. Crepes; Barcelona Crepes Stall @ ‘St Josep Mercats’, Side st of ‘Las Ramblas’
I realize Crepes aren’t known to be ‘Traditionally’ Spanish, but these particular Crepes are just made to perfection. The enthusiasm & skill of the man behind the stall draws in the crowd with his flips, tricks & witty remarks to customers, all the while making the best meal you my ever experience.
Try; Savoury Crepe w/ Egg, Cheese, Caramelised Onion, Spinnach, Paprika, Basil, Preschutto & Tomato.
Sweet Crepe w/ Nutella, Bannana, Wallnuts & Caramel Sauce.