Well, after a couple weeks of eating and drinking my way around Spain, Italy (or Eataly as Gabs and I like to refer to it), and France with Mama and Papa C-Rock, here I am back in the Mile High. The other day, I finally got around to organizing some of my photos and (obviously) found myself drooling over some of the food shots. Needless to say, I enjoyed quite a few delicious meals and thought I’d share some of the details.
Of all the places we visited, Barcelona was one of my absolute favorites. Actually, I think I’ll even go as far as to say that Barcelona is one of the coolest places I’ve ever been. I loved the old, historic architecture and very narrow streets of the Barri Gotic (Gothic Quarter). Walking around, I felt like I’d just stepped out of the pages of The Shadow of the Wind (one of my all-time favorite books, I highly recommend).
Anyhow, back to the food – if you’re ever wandering around the Barri Gotic in Barcelona, here are three gems that I absolutely loved (Thanks Rick Steves)!
Xaloc – a really nice, polished tapas place (with really cool decor, by the way – Iberian hams hanging all around and a wall covered with wine bottles). We ordered several tapas (and several glasses of Rioja) and everything was wonderful. I especially liked the bread which was not served with butter, but with a fresh tomato spread (which is the norm in Barcelona, at least at most of the restaurants I frequented). It was really tasty and a nice change.
Cafe de l’Academia – a dimly lit restaurant on a little side street, adjacent to the Basilica del Sants Martirs Just. My absolute favorite dish here was potatoes au gratin topped with Iberian ham, a perfectly poached egg, AND a nice little piece of seared foie gras. Poached eggs and foie gras happen to be two of my favorite foods and finding them combined in a dish was perfect.
Granja La Pallaresa – this little gem was where I had the tastiest treat of the entire trip. Churros. Dipped. In. Hot. Chocolate. And not just your average, run-of-the-mill hot chocolate. Creamy, rich, thick hot chocolate that was so decadent I almost didn’t think I’d be able to finish it (somehow I prevailed). Seriously if ever find yourself in Barcelona and remember one thing from this post, make this be it. You won’t regret it.
Clockwise from the top left: Charcuterie plate complete with Iberian ham and Manchego cheese (Xaloc), toasted bread with tomato spread (Xaloc), ham croquettes (Xaloc), potatoes au gratin with Iberian ham, a poached egg, and foie gras (Cafe de l’Academia), Iberian ham (Cafe de l’Academia), Bulgarian frozen yogurt with brandy soaked cherries (Cafe de l’Academia), salmon stuffed with mozzarella and tomatoes (Cafe de l’Academia), smashed potato and ground beef croquettes with spicy tomato sauce (Xaloc), and lastly, in the center: churros and hot chocolate (Granja La Pallaresa).