Postcard from Barcelona : Tapas Heaven

Hola Barcelona

Hola ! (: How I wish I was back in Barcelona, basking in the sun! Going through the photos is making me miss Europe heaps and there are some places that I travelled to and delicious food that I had I really want to share with you!

La Boqueria Market

Markets. Don’t you just love them? I can’t get enough of them! While I was planning my itinerary for Barcelona, the first place that got on my list was the Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria! The moment you enter through the La Rambla entrace, you are greeted with fresh juice, colourful fruits, plethora of nuts and more juice! Walking through the aisles was like a kid walking in a toy store, I wanted to get everything!

Fresh juices of different combinations

There were so many different combinations of juices and even smoothies! Was so amazing! What’s even better is that some stalls (along the sides) were selling them for €1! How cheap is that! We would drink at least one every time we were around the area! hehe

Fruits

Fresh fruits were all arranged so neatly and the colours just popped! All of them were seasonal and oh-so-fresh! You just wanted to buy some and bite into them immediately!

Sliced watermelon

These caught my attention as I was walking through the aisles! The watermelons were sliced and served with a fork for the convenient of visitors!  I was in awe with how much pride and care they took with their produce. Amazing!

pistachio stuffed dates

I couldn’t stop smiling when I saw how huge the fresh dates were! I immediately bought a couple to try and they were so good! Plump and sweet! Some were even stuffed with pistachios. YUMMO! hehe Have you fallen in love with this market yet? hehe There’s more to come!

Jamon heaven

We were totally in Jamon heaven!! Everywhere you walk to, every turn you make, there would be a stall with legs of jamon hanging around and packets of beautifully sliced ones. They smelled heavenly, and you wouldn’t be able to resist buying a packet or two. hehe

Bottarga and tuna jerky

Don’t eat meat? How about fish? hehe These definitely reminded me of my brother and I couldn’t not get him some! The fish jerky was delicious and it went perfectly with some table water crackers. hehe And of course, the beautiful bottarga. Wished I could bring it back to Melbourne! Would love to use them in my cooking!

shrooms heaven

SHROOMS! I was in heaven. So many different varieties. You name them, they have them!

wild strawberries

These made my heart skip a beat! Wild strawberries! hehe The first time I’ve seen them and within my reach! Of course, I bought one. haha I remember Jamie Oliver using them in a dessert, so I couldn’t wait to try them! Some were like sugar, but there were some that made my face cringe. haha But they all had an intense strawberry flavour though! hehe

By now, you would be wondering, where is the tapas? Or the cooked food??

fried delicious

Here it is! Just next to a stall that sells fresh seafood, they have a stall that fries them up and we can have it piping hot! hehe Even my mum who doesn’t usually have fried stuff or baby squid, couldn’t resist!

fried feast

We didn’t stop at one! haha Crispy golden crunchy deliciousness! Everything was fresh with a subtle sweetness. The only thing I didn’t dare to try was the barnacles.

Barnacles

The Mr was super excited to try these. But just how it looks makes me take a few steps back! haha To give it credit though, the mr said it tastes quite like crab meat! hehe In fact it has a outshell that you have to pop and pull the flesh out. hehe Till now, the picture is making my hair stand!

Pinotxo bar

Even after all those food, we still needed to have lunch! hehe I read many reviews and there were lots of people recommending the Pinotxo Bar, so the tummy led me there! hehe

baguette

Friendly staff greeted us and told us what was on the menu today. It changes according to the freshest catch they can get that day!  hehe Of course there are a few signature dishes that would be be constantly on their menu.

Bubbly and beer

They only had bar seats or high tables, and we went during the peak hour so there were only the high tables left. The high tables were out in the sun, so we ordered bubbly and beer, which were perfect to cool us down.

croquettes

The good thing about tapas is that we could order lots of varieties and try almost everything on their menu! First thing we had was croquettes! They had many kinds : mushrooms, ham, mince and cod ! Mushroom was my favourite. A really strong flavour of porcini in every bite! Crispy on the outside and soft and pillowy on the inside – DELISH!

Mussels

Mussels! So fresh and sweet, and goes so well with a tangy salsa.

steamed clams

The steamed clams were also really fresh, plump and sweet! They were more like cockles, but I think they call is clams here. hehe Drizzled with extra virgin olive oil. Perfect!

Fried peppers

The Mr couldn’t resist ordering a plate of deep fried peppers. They were sweet but leaves a hit of chilli in our mouths after! Accompanied by crackles of salt with every bite. I have only one word to describe this – ADDICTIVE! hehe

Cod and lentils salad

This is their signature, and a must order! Their cod and lentils salad was drizzled with some balsamic vinegar and olive oil. The cod had the right amount of saltiness, and we just couldn’t stop! Such a good balance of flavours! Wish I could make it at home!

Baby squid with cannellini beans

This was one of my favourites! Baby squid with cannellini beans and black ink. So tasty and lip-smackingly good!

chickpeas with meat

This, ladies and gentlemen, is the chickpeas with meat. It was absolutely delicious and every single chickpea you bite through is tender and just full of flavour. I can see why it was highly recommended by many! Absolutely loved it!

Picture with the boss

And just before we left, the staff told us the boss wanted to take a picture with us! How cute is that? hehe He came out from behind the bar to snap a shot with us (: You must be wondering, where is the Mr? He was at his conference, but don’t worry, we went back and ate all the same dishes with him another day! hehe I sure as wasn’t gonna let him miss out on this! Too delish!

So you can definitely see why I love this place! Endless food opportunities and you can let your taste buds run wild! hehe So the next time you’re in Barcelona, definitely head down to the La Boqueria market! I assure you, you won’t be disappointed!

¡gracias Barcelona. You are a memory I will always treasure and one trip my belly is very grateful for!

Till the next adventure, xx

11 thoughts on “Postcard from Barcelona : Tapas Heaven

    • liannelow says:

      awww that would send me to panic mode immediately!! =( But yes, Gaudi is awesome! His skills are just beyond measure. Love the church, all the architecture was just brilliant!

  1. Tina @ bitemeshowme says:

    Looks like you had such a fabulous time. I never got the chance to make it to Spain but I sure will be whenever I get the chance to go to Europe next. Can’t wait for the next euro trip posts xoxo

  2. procrastinatorcook says:

    This post is horrible!! I mean why do you have to torture us like this? I found your blog long time ago and followed but today I had the time to read through it 🙂 its a real torture for us foodies (the good kind). maybe some day I will eat my way through Spain 😉

  3. Daisy@Nevertoosweet says:

    I’ve always known Spain was pretty but I didn’t know it was that breathtaking!!! 🙂 Would love the chance to go and see for myself one day ~ It’s also great that you went in Summer weather is so nice!! People there seem really nice and friendly too love how the owner wanted to take a photo with you guys before you left xox

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