Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Barcelona's Boqueria Market

If you have been following my posts, you know I just returned from a trip to Barcelona.  One of the highlights of my visit to the city was stumbling upon a fresh market. La Boqueria is one of the oldest markets in Spain dating back to 1217. I visited the market on a Saturday morning and as you can see from the picture it was packed with locals and tourists trying to find the best deals on the fresh food for sale. I love to find local food markets when I visit foreign countries and find that you can get an authentic view of the culture when you bargain with locals for food. I attempted to try my hand at the native language and hoped the vendor would be willing to work with my broken spanglish.  It was so much fun wandering through the market and taking pictures of the plethora of food choices offered. 

The market had a diverse selection of meats, seafood, vegetables, spices, dried goods, cheeses, cakes and juices. Check out some of the pictures below: 

Cutting fresh fruit for home-maid juice drinks


 Dried Fruit

Fresh fish 
 Anchovies anyone?

 Fresh mussels, fish, shrimp, and clams right out of the Mediterranean Sea

Chili Peppers

 Freshly baked pastries

So many different types of Vegetables...
 and fruits....

 Cheese, Cheese and more Cheese

The European lifestyle is a lot different than most American lifestyles. People visit markets such as this one multiple times per week and buy the freshest products available to them. One tapas restaurants I ate at said they bought their ingredients for their fresh sangria from the market earlier that morning. I am going to Portugal next month and am hoping to find more markets such as this one to attempt talking to vendors in portuguese. Better start learning how to count! Until next time, I will see you on the internet. 

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