Barcelona, land of Gaudi, Mango, rabid soccer fans, and the 1992 summer Olympics.
Any foodie would fall hard for a place where there's a huge marketplace smack-dab in the middle of the touristy center of town.
Mushrooms that stained our hands yellow...
fresh eggs from the "egg lady"...
and pork sausage...
Grilled sausages with a frittata made with mushrooms, tomatoes, and chives.
How can you not love a stand where they wear this?
Stumbling across great restaurants and tapas bars were easy and fun. Two of our favorites:
Taller de Tapas was a little yuppie, more upscale than most of the other tapas places in Barcelona. The menu was also in English, prices slightly higher to match the nicer environment than most tapas bars here. Still, we loved the food and the ease of ordering at this restaurant.
Fried Baby Squid
Chickpeas stewed with pancetta and spinach-
I've never had chickpeas this flavorful or creamy before.
The ubiquitous patates bravas -
fried potatoes with garlic mayonnaise and hot paprika sauce.
Braised Oxtail Stew
Chickpeas seared with squid, sprinkled with reduced balsamic vinegar,
fruity olive oil & coarse sea salt-
I still dream of this dish.
Roasted Lamb Skewers
With prices averaging 50% less than Parisian restaurants, it was a nice change eating out without feeling like I was creating a hole in my pocketbook. And with weather that averaged 8 degrees C higher than Paris, life just seemed a little rosier during my first Thanksgiving away from home.