Food and Drink in Barcelona - It's Not Just Crema Catalana

Monday, November 26, 2012

Crema Catalana ability able-bodied be Barcelona's a lot of acclaimed addition to the world's menus, but there is abundant added array to the aliment you're acceptable to acquisition if visiting this city-limits trapped amid the mar i muntanya - the sea and the mountains.

Catalan cuisine, which is accepted to accept been blooming as far aback as the thirteenth century, is a artful melange of the best capacity that the Mediterranean and the agriculture slopes of the mountains can offer. This agency that it is absolutely accepted to appear beyond combinations such as lobster and craven - generally served in a hazelnut sauce; meatballs and cuttlefish; craven and crayfish; and the artlessly animated aerial and rum. The Barcelona locals like their sauces too - abnormally allioli (garlic and olive oil), sofregit (tomatoes, garlic and onions) and samfaina (chilli pepper and aubergines).

In Spring, you'll acquisition affably appetizing agrarian asparagus is plentiful, and lots of calçots (large bounce onions); in the autumn there's annihilation bigger than afresh best rovellons (mushrooms) and in winter, you'll adore a affable escudella d'olla - one of the best stews you could ambition to acquisition anywhere.

The actual actuality that Barcelona is a anchorage has meant that visitors actuality can consistently agreement that they will be able to acquisition superb beginning angle but it has had the added benefit that it has meant that humans from all over the apple accept been done aground here. For this reason, the accurate all-embracing restaurants in the city-limits are on a par with any in Europe. As you aberrate annular the city, you'll acquisition places to eat apery just about all the world's continents - but, abundant added chiefly - you'll acquisition that these restaurants, in the all-inclusive majority of cases, such acceptable superior food. Barcelona's acceptability as a gastronomic contentment is able-bodied deserved.

There are, as would be expected, abounding acclaimed restaurants in the city-limits - Botafumeiro in Gran de Gracia for its fish, the Patagonia Beef and Wine Restaurant on Gran Vía Cortes Catalanes for its top superior Argentinian beef and El Cangejo Loco on Moll de Gregal for its appearance and angle - and its befalling to 'celebrity spot'. For me, though, one of the pleasures of this admirable city-limits is abnormality about aback streets an award discreet little places that serve up home-made Catalan cuisine that you can dream about over the winter months until you're able to appointment again.

And just as Barcelona is a city-limits of accomplished restaurants, it is aswell a abode artlessly brimming abounding of admirable bars. Spain, causeless to say, is a country area the bar is an basic allotment of amusing activity and Barcelona is no altered in that respect. Whether you are bustling in for your aboriginal morning coffee (and conceivably something a little stronger with it), sitting for an afternoon alcohol in the shade, or advancing for a night on the town, again there will be endless confined to baby for you. Many, abnormally from Thursday nights onward, don't get into their stride until afterwards midnight but just arch to the Gothic Quarter, Gràcia, Barceloneta, Las Ramblas or just about anywhere abroad in this animating city-limits and you'll acquisition abundant bars. My favourites appear to be the London Bar and Els Quatre Gats - confined in which the actual aspect of addition seems to ample the air; L,Ascensor - area you'll acquisition the finest affair in the world; and Bosc de les Fades, which looks as if it was advised by Tim Burton.