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Typical food of Barcelona, Spain

One of the strengths of Barcelona is its gastronomy. With a varied and worldwide recognized offer, the City of Counts offers dishes with flavor and tradition

The traditional Catalan cuisine has two basic elements, the Catalan picada, comprising mixed dried fruit, garlic, and aromatic herbs, that is used for numerous sauces, and sofrito, which is present in most Catalan dishes, prepared frying garlic, onions, tomatoes, or peppers in olive oil.

The Catalan salad is the ideal entry since it combines a sausage called butifarra, made of pork meat and blood, with ham, various vegetables, boiled eggs, anchovies, and green and black olives. Rice is also characteristic of the Catalan cuisine. You can find arròs de guatlla i botifarra, which is rice with sausage and quail, as well as black rice served with pork, sausages, and seafood such as prawn, squid, langostino, mussels, tomato, garlic, and onion.

Escudella I carn d'olla is a delicious stew with pork, veal, and chicken with vegetables, rice, noodles, and potatoes; Faves a la catalana are broad beans with bacon, morcón  (pork ​​sausage), onion, garlic, mint, and bay leaves. One of the most popular and delicious regional dishes is escalivada, made of roasted eggplant and red peppers covered in a sauce of olive oil and chopped garlic.

Regarding seafood dishes we can mention the Catalan zarzuela, which is usually served in Christmas and is a mix of seafood, including grouper, monkfish or white fish, prawn, shrimp, squid, and mussels. Another delicious dish is suquet de pescado, a fish broth prepared with cod, sometimes combined with monkfish and clams, to which you can also add other seafood. There is also esqueixada de bacalao, consisting in a cold salad that combines shredded cod, peppers, and olives, ideal for the hot season.

The sweet touch of Barcelona comes with Crema catalana (Catalan cream), a sort of egg custard with a crunchy caramelized sugar cover; cottage cheese with honey known in Catalan as mei e mató; and postres de músic (musician's dessert), which is made with walnuts and raisins. We can also mention the delicious panellets, small sweets made with almond marzipan and chocolate and coffee flavored nougat; Pets de monja (nun's sighs), some delicious biscuits typical of the region, and xuixos, thin-crust pastry filled with cream.

To cool off, you can have orxata prepared from the tuber called chufa; or a granizado, sweet beverage that is enjoyed iced, which is prepared with coffee and orange or lemon juice and ice; or cava, sparkling wine from Catalonia.

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Zarzuela,Barcelona, Spain

Zarzuela Exquisite mixture of seafood.

Esqueixada,Barcelona, Spain

Esqueixada Delicious cold salad of shredded codfish combined with peppers and olives.

<p>Escudella I carn d'olla</p>,Barcelona, Spain

Escudella I carn d'olla

Stew made with pork, beef, and chicken with vegetables, rice, noodles, and butifarra, a typical Catalan sausage.

Escalivada,Barcelona, Spain

Escalivada Typical dish made with eggplant and roasted red peppers bathed in a sauce made with olive oil and garlic.

<p>Mel i mato</p>,Barcelona, Spain

Mel i mato

Dessert made with curd cottage cheese with honey.