Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Barcelona - foodstories

Barcelona is full of foodstories. Restaurants, food markets and specialized shops. It is very difficult to describe the smell, tastes and sights of the catalan food - it just has to be experienced. Still I would like to give you some images from the rich culinary scene of this lovely mediterranean city.

Few things are so typical spanish as Jamon Serrano, their great smoked ham. But there are so many other varieties of smoked meats, chorizos, and salamis to enjoy. You can clearly see that as you pass through one of the famous markets. Some of them, as the legendary Pata Negra are among the most expensive ham varieties in the world.

This picture is from the market close to Placa Nova, by the cathedral, and this booth sold so many varieties I have never heard of before. By the way, salted and cured meats are lovely memories to bring home with you, and many varieties may be stored in room temperature during your stay and may be stored at least six months.

And when you start carving slices in your kitchen, you have this wonderful feeling that you have brought a little slice of Barcelona with you. Lovely!!

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