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Foreign Food in Barcelona

Expert guided food tours in Barcelona by Nick Lloyd of Iberianature.

Most people in this country are very conservative when it comes to food and drink, and deeply suspicious of "foreign muck". Quite frankly, I don't know how the tomato or the potato ever took off here! My students appear genuinely shocked when I tell them I like French food, and are utterly appalled when I defend British, American or Indian cuisines.

Italian food is popular, perhaps since the participation of Italian Fascist troops on Franco's side in the Spanish Civil War. Chinese and some Latin American dishes are considered exotic but acceptable as long as they are not too picante . Eastern Mediterranean restaurants abound in the trendy Gracia district of Barcelona and on the touristy Ramblas, and there are also quite a few Pakistani and Indian places in the run down old quarter, but for the most part all of these have had to adapt their product heavily to the local market. Lebanese / Phoenician / Mesopotamian / Babylonian / Urish kebab joints now serve "Lebanese pizza", and mousaka is advertised as "Greek lasagne". Japanese restaurants have recently taken off in Barcelona in a fairly big way amongst the moneyed classes. Hamburgers and French fries are of course eaten in large quantities in brightly lit MacBurger joints and along with hotdogs and bratwurst in seedy Frankfurter bars and slightly fashionable German-style bierkellers and Belgian-style salxitxeries / salchicherias [pretentious beer and sausage joints], but not discussed in polite society. Sadly, there are no fish'n'chip joints (often run by Italian families in Ireland and Scotland.

 

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Expert guided food tours in Barcelona by Nick Lloyd of Iberianature.

Expert guided food tours in Barcelona by Nick Lloyd of Iberianature.

 

 

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