Jenn’s Top 10 Tips for Eating in Barcelona
1. All things you’ve considered to be tapas are not necessarily called tapas. Some are called pinchos or pinxtos. Of course, it also depends which region of Spain you are in. Here’s where I link to information someone else has written on the subject, as I fear I will mess it up in the retelling.
2. Real paella should not be deep yellow. If it is, a restaurant is trying to woo you by making you believe they used a large amount of the incredibly expensive spice saffron. What they really did was shake colored powder into your meal .
5. Try horchata. It’s this super-sweet, super-creamy milk made from tiger nuts. In a lot of cafes and bakeries it’s served out of a dispenser like this. It also comes in bottled form, but it’s way better fresh.
9. Do your research before choosing a restaurant. We went to some stellar restaurants and we also stumbled on some extremely average ones. I highly recommend Taller Tapas, Senyor Parellada and the incredible traditional tasting menu at Alkimia. Cal Pep is supposed to have the best tapas, but we unfortunately missed that one.
10. Take a cooking class during your visit, so you can recreate the magic of Barcelona right in your own kitchen back home.