I simply adore food for the pleasure it gives me. There’s nothing quite like sharing good times with friends and family over fantastic food. And international travel allows me, and you, to gain a new appreciation for other cultures of the world. A big part of any culture is its cuisine. The food of a region reflects their history, their geographical location, and the resources they have available to them. Barcelona is a city on the northeastern coast of Spain on the Balearic Sea, and should be your next destination for those of you, like me, who love food.
The food fare that travelers find there definitely displays the colorful history of Barcelona and its centralized location (in relation to northern Africa and all the Mediterranean)
A selection of great foods (and a couple drinks) all travelers (and foodies) should indulge in.
I like to start any list with a drink—for what is great food without something tantalizing to sip alongside it—so here’s two to try on your next foray to Barcelona.
Sangria: Everyone knows you must try a great glass of Sangria. This is a great refreshment on a balmy day. And the wonderful thing about Sangria is that every restaurant and Sangria maker has a different spin on it. Some places may even offer up to six different varieties on their menu.
The traditional recipe calls for a bottle of red table wine with a cinnamon stick and the juice of two oranges and a lemon (of course, add sliced fruit to place in it and voila, Sangria!). For myself, I like adding in a bit of Sprite and Orange juice, or perhaps a dash of Cointreau?! Sangria is a drink with numerous varieties, mix it up and see how you like it.
Cava: This is the sparkling wine of Spain. It is normally a drink that is on the sweeter side but there is a variation. Brut Cava is drier and tends to taste more like traditional champagne. For the best cava, head to the volcanic area of Catalunya, known for its stunning medieval architecture and picture-perfect old squares—it’s said to rival French champagne. Give it a taste and let me know what you think.
W. Anne Jones
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