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Typical food of Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona has a great innovative culinary culture, and due to its proximity with the Mediterranean, its dishes are mainly prepared with exquisite seafood; besides, the use of cereals, vegetables, and fruits, makes its cuisine one of the greatest Catalan legacies and traditions.
Popularly known as the "Capital of Mediterranean diet", Barcelona combines four elements that make Catalan cuisine one of the healthiest diets. Among the most typical dishes of this beautiful city, you will find "Escudella i carn d'olla", consisting of a delicious soup of pork, beef, and chicken with vegetables, rice, noodles, and potatoes; "Cocido de judías blancas", a kind of bean; "Butifarra", a traditional Catalan sausage; "La pilota", that consists of a dough of beef, bread, eggs, and spices; and "Arroz a la cazuela", very similar to the paella. Seafood specialties include "La zarzuela", consisting of a mixture of halibut, monkfish, prawns, squid, and mussels. There is a version of this delicious dish called "La opera", that contains lobster instead of prawns. Another delicious dish is "Suquet de peix", a soup prepared with cod fish sometimes combined with monkfish and clams. One of the most delicious and popular dishes of the region is "Escalivada", prepared with delicious grilled eggplant and red peppers bathed in a sauce made with olive oil and garlic; as well as "Esqueixada de bacalao", a cold salad of codfish with pepper strips and olives, ideal for the hot season.

After any of these delicious dishes, you should taste the popular "Crema catalana", a sort of egg-yolk custard; "Mel i mato", cottage cheese with honey; and "Postre de músico", made with pine nuts and raisins. The delicious "Panellets" are small sweets made with marzipan and chocolate and coffee flavored nougat. "Pets de monja", also known as "Paciencias de San Blas", are regional cookies; and "Xuixo" are lightly fried fruits in oil with a cream filling.

In Barcelona, you can enjoy a fine selection of red wines such as Peralada, Alella, Tarragona, and Priorat; white wines like Penedes; and sparkling wines of Penedes and Peralada.

If you are visiting the city, Els Pescadors restaurants will delight your palate with exquisite traditional dishes based on fish, seafood, and local and seasonal products.

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Zarzuela,Barcelona, Spain

Zarzuela Exquisite mixture of fishes and seafood.

Esqueixada,Barcelona, Spain

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

Escudella i carn d' olla,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.

Mel i mato,Barcelona, Spain

Mel i mato Dessert made with curd cottage cheese with honey.

Panellets,Barcelona, Spain

Panellets Delicious sweets made of marzipan and nougat flavored with chocolate and coffee.