My wife and I just returned from a wonderful vacation in Barcelona! It was the most fun I’ve had in a long time.
The warm weather, palm trees, beaches and museums make for an outstanding visit. But what stands out most is the food!
Spain has a tradition of small dishes called tapas that let you sample many tasty morsels at a single meal. I indulged big time.
The spot I’d recommend is Txapela. There are several around Barcelona and Madrid, all with delicious food at an excellent price.
Above are a couple of my favorites. Camembert cheese and truffle oil atop thinly sliced apple and toothsome bread (foreground) and a piquant shrimp dish (background).
Txapela also excels at patatas bravas, a classic Spanish potato dish with an unctuous mayonnaise sauce. The potatoes are crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, perfect.
Since Txapela is Basque, their small dishes are technically pintxos, not tapas. But the concept of sampling many small plates is the same.
These small plates aren’t actually all that small…I was full after just two pintxos and an order of patatas bravas. Total bill: about $12.
Spain, I love you. 🙂
But Spain has far more to offer than tapas. Behold the paella at El Corte Ingles, the greatest department store on the planet.
Its depth of flavor, likely coming from shrimp stock, blew away any paella I’ve had in the US.
Some times, you just have to go to the source.
Spain also turns out an incredible breakfast. And at the H10 Art Gallery hotel where we stayed (highly recommended), this smorgasbord was on the house!
My favorite was the pork pate (right). I found myself getting up over and over for “just one more piece.”
If you haven’t been to Barcelona, I can’t recommend it highly enough! Great weather, great food, and far cheaper than the US!
Do you have any recommended spots in Barcelona? Let me know in the comments at the bottom of the page.
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