It's the time of the year for two words that bring universal joy - summer holidays!
With my tickets booked and my passport deposited at the required embassy, it's time to indulge in that most enjoyable of activities - planning where to go and what to eat this summer.
But I also thought it would be a good time to highlight a few foodie cities that instantly conjure up memories of balmy holidays enjoyed in years gone by.
So first up - foodie postcards from Barcelona! Hope this and the posts that follow inspire you to eat up this summer. Happy holidays!
There's something about plump shrimps tossed in chilli and olive oil, paella and crispy fried calamari - all washed down with chilled white wine - that just spells summer.
Add evenings spent popping pintxos in the Barri Gotic, lazy afternoons sipping sangria by the beach, and plates of croquetas and boquerones to fill in the gaps between checking out Gaudi's fabulous creations and there's nothing quite like summer in Barcelona.
While I didn't really spend too much time in the city ( much less than the time I've spent in it's Southern Spanish cousin Madrid), the sheer variety of places you could head to for a bite makes eating in Barcelona a real treat.
And who am I kidding? Eating in the capital of Catalonia - a region that could by all accounts be crowned the culinary capital of the world - could in no way, shape or form ever be considered a wash-out. So I'm not going to attempt to wax lyrical about Barcelona's gourmet charms - my mouth would be too full to try anyway ;)
Must tries: Gambas al ajillo, albondigas, sangria, morcilla, pipo, boquerones, pulpo gallega, jamon iberico, jamon serrano, manchego, rioja, croquetas, cava.
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