Barcelona III

Boy oh boy, do I love a good market!  No, not Whole Foods.  Certainly not The Fresh Market.  I’m talking about honest to goodness food markets loaded with stalls selling their goods fresh from the sea, farm, dairy, or wherever their exotic product may hail from.  I’ve been privileged enough to have visited some great markets around the world.  Amsterdam’s Albert Cuyp  and Noordermarkt organic markets, Vienna’s Nachtmarkt, Beijing’s Wangfujing Snack Street, Philidelphia’s Reading Terminal Market, and even Atlanta’s Dekalb Farmers Market all rank as some of the best markets that I’ve ever seen.  Even with such robust competition, I think Barcelona may have a major contender for my #1 market in the world.

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The Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria

Barcelona’s Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria, better known as La Boqueria Market, in many ways makes other markets look like child’s play.  La Boqueria is without a doubt one of the finest markets I’ve yet to have the pleasure of visiting.  Give it a look!

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As you can see, there’s no shortage of great food at La Boqueria.   The freshest fruits and vegetables, hand-squeezed juices, a plethora of fish and mollusks, masterfully butchered meats of every type, breathtaking (literally) cheese selections, handmade candies, fine local wines, and much more are readily available at La Boqueria!

As a tourist, I really have no need to purchase any of the fresh-from-the-farm goods that are offered at the market.  However, La Boqueria is more than capable of satiating the most demanding palate, no matter how transient.  The tourist may bot be able to take any of La Boqueria home with them, but they can certainly enjoy a good meal during their visit.

The wife and I decided that leaving the market without trying some of the market’s delicacies was simply not an option.  Following our noses, we found ourselves belly up to a bar serving all of the fruits of the sea, freshly caught and lightly cooked.  Perfect!

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It was quite nice to enjoy a large platter of grilled clams, muscles, razor clams, shrimp, squid and fish, washed down with a few pints of fine Spanish beer, before heading back into the madness of the market.

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Now, for all the true foodies out there, I saved the best for last.  While some Americans may find it uncomfortable to see where their food comes from, I feel it is quite important to know as much as possible about what I choose to eat.  As a Culinary Arts instructor in the US, I tried to impart this knowledge to my students.  Many had a quite distasteful reaction to seeing some of the more explicit images of exactly what we eat as Americans.

I am proud to say that the Spanish do not have any such reticence to understand the origins of their food.  They understand that if you choose to eat meat, then you shouldn’t have any problem seeing where it comes from.  Keeping this in mind, I put together a small gallery of some of the less visually appealing foods that I found in the market.  I have no problem looking at or enjoying any of these foods.  Many of them are delicacies, in my opinion.  That being said, I will kindly provide a few lines of buffer for those that would prefer to turn back now.  There is no shame (lie) in being afraid to look your food in the eyes…

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Seriously, get out of here if you don’t want to see the good stuff…

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Ok, now that the weirdos are gone, on to the good stuff!

For those that made it this far, take a second to take the POLL!!!

As always, prints of many of my travel photographs can be found here:

Patrick Mogridge Photography

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