Being the international city that it is, Barcelona is not confined to any one set of cultural practices. Like I mentioned in my travel diaries about language and culture, despite being a Spanish city, there are several languages common spoken here daily. Heavily influenced by multiple cultures, countries, languages, and people, Barcelona offers amazing diversity in multiple factors of life. I´m sure you can surmise from the title of this post, which of those ¨factors¨ I'll be writing about today; food. Aside from delicious traditional Spanish foods, this city offers many different types of cuisine. Italian, French, ¨Americana¨(as they say), Mediterranean, and so on and so forth. And much like the states, even food from different cultures, being prepared by people from those cultures, still varies from how it may be prepared in its country of origin in the interest of fitting seamlessly into Spanish culture.
Needless to say I´ve been indulging myself, and taking full advantage of all edible possibilities, and snapping a few pictures along the way.
Warning: Do not read this post if you are hungry
We'll start here because this is probably the food I´ve had the most of since I´ve been in the city. Actually..this is probably the food group I´ve had the most of since I´ve been alive. Unlike America, pizza in Spain can actually be classified as Italian food. The crust is always relatively thin, but is always prepared fresh daily. Marinara sauce here, I´ve noticed, is a little bit on the sweet side (which I don´t mind because I´m a
sugar-in-spaghetti type of girl), and a little more textured. I love pepperoni pizza, however here pepperoni is sliced very thick and is spicier than in the states. In fact, I´ve seen it written in several menus as ¨chorizo caliente¨ or ¨Spicy Sausage¨. It´s still good, but not as good in my humble opinion. But aside from that american pizza cannot touch the pizza here. Dominos? Don´t know her.
My favorite pizzaria´s thus far:
Japanese & Chinese Food
I wish I had more variety for this section but once I found MY sushi place, I forgot other sushi restaurants existed. My sushi place, Youme, has a delicious, affordable, and vast menu, AND they deliver. I´ve become a huge fan of Uber eats since being in the city. Not only because it's actually available here but because delivery charges are extremely cheap ranging from 1,30€ to 1,80€. Maybe that's typical of big cities but in my college town delivery is usually upward of $3. That being said, I've ordered youme through uber eats no less than five times and feel absolutely no shame about it. A few days ago I decided to branch out a little bit and get sushi from a place that also served traditional Ramen. The menu was completely in spanish so I just clicked on something that sounded good through my abysmal translation skills and hoped for the best. It was incredible.
I've also tried a few chinese places, that looked incredibly sketchy, which of course means that the food was superb. I don't have pictures of those because by the time I remembered I was planning to write this post the food was gone. But I will list them below.
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^ That's in all caps because I am extremely excited about this topic. Being the Spanish vs Hispanic confused youth that I was prior to this trip, I was very excited to try some ¨authentic Spanish tacos¨ and that's 100% not a thing. Tacos are classified as Mexican food exactly as they are in the U.S. However, that doesn´t make them any less delicious.Much like with the sushi, I found a taqueria that I loved and got settled in. Taqueria Tamarindo has to have some of the best street style tacos I've had. Plus the staff knows me by name and has offered me free shots of tequila twice now. They´re basically family.
I branched out and tried another taco place, Taco Alto Born, and after eating there twice I've decided that I really don't like it. They seem to cater a lot to American taste in food i.e flour tortillas and fake cheese. So after being blessed by the existence of Taqueria Tamarindo my taste buds shifted and I lost my taste for those things. At least when it comes to tacos.
I also had tacos from a beach restaurant called Jefferson. Again, by then I was less of fan of flour tortillas, but their guacamole was fantastic and I have to give them props for presentation.
I've had two nicer dining experiences since I´ve been here. The first was actually my first night here at a beach restaurant called Carpe Diem. Before I even get into the food I have to talk about the seating for a moment. On the outside deck, facing the beach, there were several tables and chairs as is to be expected. But there were also couch-like seats built into the wall and lining the outside patio. They were like couches in that they were soft and had a back, but they were much deeper than couches so that someone could sit against the back and stretch their legs out completely in front of them. A group of six of us were able to sit in a corner section and eat there instead of a table. (they had silver trays so there was a flat surface for putting drinks on. Fancy.)
I ordered Curry Prawns with rice, which sounds exactly as good as it was. But this where I will note that it was quite a deal less seasoned than I would have liked. And I also noticed this at the other nice restaurant we went to in Girona. I don´t know if there's any direct correlation between nicer restaurants and less flavorful food but I do know that some salt and chili powder would have gone a long way.
Before I end this post, I have to admit it that I did succumb to my American roots and stop into a KFC, once or twice. And it was so much better than the states, which I attribute to spain having higher standards for food. The chicken just seemed like it was higher quality. You can judge me, but realistically how long can a southerner go without fried chicken? Exactly.
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