Barcelona: La Boqueria
When I started editing photos (bleh- not my favorite thing to do) and pulling ones that I thought would best showcase Barcelona, I quickly realized that La Boqueria just needed its own post.
In case you haven't heard of it, it's one of the best food markets in the world according to myself and many others.
I first visited Barcelona in December of 2010 for a few weeks by myself. It was a trip designed to leave me less depressed about leaving Manhattan before moving to Los Angeles, but subsequently backfired since it turned out to be some of the best days of my life. At the time, I was so busy with the logistics of a cross country move and the emotions that come with leaving a city you love and friends that were like family that I really didn't do a whole lot to prepare for the trip. (Actually, I bought a ticket, a Barcelona guide book and enrolled in 2 weeks of a spanish class), but other than that....how to you say nothing in Catalan?
I wandered off the plane midmorning at the Barcelona airport, and while waiting for my luggage, thought that the wise choice would be to open that guide book and figure out how to even get into the city. (The answer is the Aerobus).
The Aerobus makes 3 stops, none of which I knew what was what- or where was what at the time- so I decided to get off at the third and last stop since that seemed most popular. It turned out to be a Plaça de Catalunya- central Barcelona. Since I didn't book a hotel (nope, I didn't know where I was going to stay), I zombie-walked in a random direction and went into the first hotel I saw that didn't look like a brothel.
With the direction of one culinary school friend to go to "La Boqueria," I arose midafternoon that first day to walk a few minutes down La Rambla only to stumble into gastronomic heaven.
If I could choose a way to die, it just may be after eating my way down ever aisle.
I spent about 90% of my days visiting La Boqueria at some point. It became my default place to go when alone....which was a lot.
When my mom, sister and I decided that Barcelona was on the itinerary for this year, I knew they'd want to see the place I'd choose to die.
And boy did they approve!
My mom just kept on repeating, "This is incredible...why doesn't California have anything like this?"
I know, Mamma.
We went to Pinotxo bar every morning for breakfast since it was my favorite place. It's right in the front when you walk in and is worth mentioning that it's a quintessential Barcelona culinary landmark.
Juanito Bayen is the prince of a man who famously runs it. He's as sweet as a xuixo (see pastry in pics below) and will take care of you the same whether you are a local or the most touristy of tourists. Not to mention that the food- every single thing- is incredible.
....Absolutely incredible in so many ways.
If you've been to La Boqueria, I'd love to hear your stories! If you haven't, what are you waiting for??!!