Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Food Markets: Barcelona vs Madrid

One of the great things about traveling to another country is trying the local food!!  We were so excited because churros con chocolate are the traditional breakfast in Spain...not saying no to that!

Xurreria provides churros for a lot of the local cafes, so we had to stop by and try the goods! Delicious!

We got cafe con leche and churros every morning.  We didn't always get the dipping chocolate, because I wasn't really a fan.  
Tapas bars were the way to eat!  There were a couple different ways they worked; at some bars, you just grabbed whatever you wanted from trays and then paid for how many toothpicks you have on your plate; at other places, you just ordered whatever tapas you wanted.  
Drinks were cheap in Spain!!  Actually, all the food and drinks were really well priced.  Our food budget came in wayyyyy cheaper than the last time we were in Europe in London, Paris, and Rome!

Gin tonics (they don't bother with the "and!") are having a movement in Spain.  Lots of bars specialize in gin tonics with special add ins.  This cucumber combo was the best!
Our first night had to be toasted as it was our 10 year anniversary!!

You have probably heard of La Boqueria in Barcelona- it's a giant food market, much like Pike Place in Seattle.  A mix of farmer's market and small food stalls, it's very popular.  Madrid has a similar market, Mercado San Miguel, but the two were actually very very different!
La Boqueria was exactly what you'd expect and exactly what I just described above; mix of farmer's market and small food stalls.  It's the place to find fresh fruit juices, produce, and small bites such as quiches and empanadas.  

On the other hand, in Madrid, Mercado San Miguel is much more of a tapas market.  You can still find fresh fruit juices and produce, but it's a lot more of a gathering place for young professionals to grab a quick drink and tapas after work.  We loved it!  There were a lot of stalls all around the market where you could grab olives and small bites along with a drink. There were people standing around chatting and eating and having a good time!

Ahhhhhh all the olives!!!!! Heaven!!!!
Vermouth is also having a fun moment of fame in Spain, but more in Barcelona and the Catalan areas. It's meant to be enjoyed in the early afternoon with lunch, and is often on draft.  We tried a glass with a plate of olives at the market, and they complemented each other perfectly, although it would be a hard drink to acquire a taste for!
Personally, we both thought Mercado San Miguel was awesome!

Catch up with the rest of our trip to Spain below!

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