Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Barcelona Trip

I have been away for a long time, I know... But now, here I am again :). My husband and I were in Barcelona for two weeks hoping to recreate a bit from all the stress we had at work. It was a nice trip, but unfortunately it was very very hot - even though, I heard, it's not much better in Germany...


















One of the main reasons I went to Barcelona was because I wanted to have an authentic culinary journey of Spanish food, although I have to admit I don't know much at all about Spanish cuisine. I especially wanted to try Paella in Spain because I had never had 'authentic' Paella at all before my Barcelona trip. I only knew Paella made by my German mother-in-law (which is always fantastic by the way - I just wanted to know if Paella in Spain would taste even better, especially because my husband, who had been to Spain when he was very young, was absolutely raving about it). Well, long story short, I was actually really quite disappointed by the Paella I had in Barcelona. I tried it at least six times from different restaurants and they were all either wet, tasted like rice dumped in tomato sauce or just rice with almost no seafood fillings...


My first paella - wet and not much seafood.



Very wet and very little seafood.



The best paella I had, but still not comparable to the paella my MIL made.

I also tried other types of Spanish food, such as tapas - they were good, but for me personally, there's nothing outstanding about it. But I can also imagine that I simply went to the wrong places, since it was my first time to Barcelona (and my husband's as well), so we really had no clue where to go.
















Nevertheless I was very impressed by Fideua, which is a popular traditional Valencian dish similar to Paella but made with noodles instead of rice. This dish is certainly on my list to try at home. Spanish smoked ham and salami that I tried there tasted excellent as well!


Not a very good picture, but I don't have another one...

I saw some 'Mercat' too there, which means 'market' in Catalan. The markets sort of remind me of Paddy's market in Sydney - you can find various types of seafood, fish, meat, smoked ham, salami, etc in some stalls and clothes, sweets, fruit in the others. Here are some pictures of a market in Pla├ža Catalunya and the area around it.





























Poor rabbits...:(


Saw many 'living statues' there...!

Besides trying some Spanish food, we also went to some Asian restaurants in Barcelona and were very happy with the overall quality - well, at least compared to the ones I find in the Hessen area in Germany, the Asian food there just seemed to be more authentic.

Nagano Japan Restaurant - somewhere in Parallel. Very authentic and inexpensive.


Wish the guy wasn't there...!


This tempura menu comes with miso soup, a drink and a dessert as well and was just €11.95



Duck menu - € 10.95

Pato Pekin - in Port Olimpic near the Barceloneta beach. Also very reasonable price. The peking duck is absolutely not the best I know, but good enough and extremely affordable.



Peking duck menu - I think €20 per person.


Appetiser - dim sum for me


Appetiser - Salad and tiny Vietnamese spring roll for my husband


Peking duck - the rest of the duck meat was stir fried with vegetables, but I didn't take a picture of it. A drink was also included.


Stir fried squid


Chinese fried rice


Beef satay - very good and reminds me of the chicken satay in Sydney food courts. Not very 'peanuty' but a little bit curry-like but not too strong. This menu comes with fried rice, a drink and a dessert. €12.50






Vanilla ice cream as dessert



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6 comments:

  1. Looking at the pictures I feel a bit sorry to say that you seem to have missed a lot of the good food here in Barcelona. There's a lot of good food around in Barcelona but the places along the tourist paths are well known for serving bad food.

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  2. i kinda agree with the above comment! i was in Barcelona last year, the food is fantastic, and there are so many fresh fruits which i couldnt find in ITaly. But we didn0't eat in the restaurant along the main street, since they are too commercial, for authentic and real food, i went to the market, and guess what?? there was a long line waiting for their turn. :D
    About Paella, it's real paella, wet and "al dente" - hard like Italian risotto :) Anyway, personally, i dont like too "al dente", when i cook, i leave it a few mins more, not too soft lie Asian, but not to hard that we can feel the heart of the grain. :D

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  3. @ Viktor and Cookingpractice - I somehow thought that we maybe just went to the wrong places. I guess next time I should inform myself really well before I visit Barcelona again one day. About the paella, it's actually not even al dente like risotto - it's just wet, soft rice and I really don't like mushy rice :(. But I agree that there were many types fresh fruit and seafood (which I hardly can get here in Germany). Unfortunately we stayed in a hotel without a kitchen, so I could only drool looking at the seafood without being able to buy it to cook at home...

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  4. baru plng jalan2 woww enaknya , Barcelona gitu loh !
    keren poto2nya as usual & pasti mantap pula makanan nya

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  5. @Veny - Sebenernya rada kecewa tuh Ven, makanan2nya biasa2 aja disana - tp org2 pada bilang itu krn aku pasti pergi ke tempat yg terlalu banyak turis jadi makanannya kualitasnya gak authentic ato gimana gitu...

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  6. So nice to see the pictures of your Barcelona trip, thanks for sharing :)

    I've never eaten the "real" paella yet... I would love to try the fideua, looks so good!

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