I dreamed I started a blog and so I decided to just go with it. I’ve been meaning to document all the yummy things I ate in my first ever Euro trip this past October. I won’t claim to have accurate information about all the restaurants I went to, as more often than not I was too busy eating to jot anything down. ;) First city: Barcelona.
I admit I base a lot of my travel destinations on whether I want to try their food and think about sightseeing second to that. When my boyfriend mentioned Barcelona and Gaudi architecture, I immediately thought about tapas and paella. I think I put my food blog googling skills to good use. I also relied on a lot of tripadvisor forums, another love of mine~
Eggs, potatoes & Spanish Bacon – it’s like the most amazing late night breakfast tapa
We arrived late at night and were starving so couldn’t venture far from the hotel. I had a list of good tapas places in mind, but we settled for Tapa Tapa in a tourist area. The locals at the table next to us explained that while it was a touristy area, even locals go there because the food is pretty good (it was bustling with non-English speakers). Definitely eased my worries about a bad first meal~
Patatas Bravas – Crispy potatoes with hot sauce mayo drizzle
Grilled Baby Octopus
Grilled Razor Clams
I’m pretty sure I’ve had razor clams in Hong Kong before but totally forgot about their existence until I saw them on the Tapa Tapa menu. Tender clams with some type of herbed aioli.. I could have had 10 plates of that. I need to find some good razor clams in Boston.
Giant vending machine in a random subway stop
One of my must tries was the Pan Con Tomate at Paco Meralgo. It was infinitely better here than at the other tapas place we went to. I was quite disappointed trying it the first time at some other tapas places because it didn’t taste like how I’d imagined (tomato pizza). Paco’s version was freshly grilled with olive oil and a smear of fresh tomato that made the other places’ pan taste like leftover bread. In fact, everything here was delicious. I would consider it my fave restaurant of the Barcelona trip. Their foie gras with nut bread tapa was amazing! (not shown)
Pan Con Tomate
more Patatas Bravas (still had a spicy kick but without the obvious hot sauce drizzle)
Crema Catalana – Catalan creme brulee?
No trip is complete without a visit to the local supermarket! Look at the Spanish pocky I found!
Grilled shrimp with herbed aioli @ Cerveceria Catalana
Seafood Paella @ random restaurant
Paella was something else I was really looking forward to but unfortunately didn’t have much time to look up some good paella places. Either this random restaurant was mediocre or I couldn’t appreciate the authentic flavor (well I also don’t know how authentic it was). I loved paella in the states though.. in particular a seafood paella I tried at a Peruvian restaurant.
Langostino @ restaurant near Port Olimpico
Chocolate milk box from the vending machine at the cable car waiting area to Montserrat (much better than Nesquik)
Salmon & Potatoes
For my last meal in Barcelona I had a really good piece of grilled salmon with olive oil. After 4 days, we were getting tired of tapas and ready to take on Italian food! Rome, Florence & Venice pictures/posts to come!
For non-food pics, check out some of my boyfriend’s photos of our vacation here.
Tapa Tapa Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes 373 Barcelona, Spain Paco Meralgo Carrer de Muntaner, 171 08036 Barcelona, Spain Cervecería Catalana Carrer de Mallorca, 236 08008 Barcelona, Spain