Friday, January 29, 2010

La Boqueria - A Foodie Mecca

If you are a foodie, chances are you have heard of Barcelona's foodie mecca, Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria or simply La Boqueria. I first heard of it from Andrew Zimmern's show, Bizarre Foods. La Boqueria is located at the Ciutat Vella district of Barcelona with entrance from La Rambla not too far from the Liceu metro station.
The entrance alone titilates the senses.
Here's why Andrew was drawn to the market. They sell heads, testicles, brains, and a lot more that falls under the category of bizarre.
Some people might consider this bizarre as well.
How about this? This looks like a fun way to fillet a fish right? I am guessing this one's a bacalao.
Barcelona is a busy seaport and the fishing is good. Some shell fish I have not seen before.
The sweetest stall in the market- literally - it sells candies, chocolate confections etc.
Olive oil - took a bottle home.
Mushrooms look yummy and so pretty.
Foie gras - took a small package home :)
They have a wide selection of cheese - took three small packages of cheese home.
A taste of bacalao, a good snack while exploring the market. They have a stall that sells a slice of pizza and a glass of wine - sweet!
Friendly storekeepers like this one who with her very little broken English and our almost non-existent Spanish and zero Catalan we managed to stay and "chat" with her and found out that it's a dream of hers to visit San Francisco because she has heard a lot of good things 'bout the city from friends. I guess both cities have a lot of similarities that both cities' residents would enjoy and appreciate.

18 comments:

  1. Love those markets... so colorful !

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  2. What a beautiful sequence of images of the market, a large and interesting assortment of foods there!

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  3. A stunning variety of food! it makes me hungry!

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  4. This post introduced me to sooo many things, especially the unique shells there.

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  5. quite bizzare for me, but thats what expected out of vegeterian i guess :)

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  6. someone did a post on la boqueria sweets before and the foto was just heavenly. ^0^
    you did a more comprehensive fotos, a myriad of very fresh and tantalizing (although, some are weird for my taste ^0^) goodies that can be found inside the market. one questiion though, does it smell?! ^0^

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  7. the pics looks so alive in the photos. hahaha... nice place but i wont dare eat a brain.

    i like mushrooms...

    i like your blog header. great shot!

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  8. @ arabesque - nope nothing smells, all fresh smelling :)

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  9. Oh wow! How I'd like to visit that place. I'd like to buy some brains, testicles, etc. and find out how they taste like. :D

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  10. Great photos.
    Balls, heads, intestines - different cultures, different foods. I bet if we ate it without knowing what it is, we'd like it.

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  11. interesting! an all in one foodie place! :)

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  12. First time here. I love how close you were to the cheese selection. Cheese envy!

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  13. Woah, I don't think I could eat a lot of those things. But glad you were able to capture them! nicely done

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  14. This is a truly amazing reportage. The pictures, the story. I love them.

    Some of these foods are not that strange to us. Where I live, we eat brain and all the internal organs of the animal that you show here. They are very good.

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  15. That fish fillet is marvelous! BTW.

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  16. Bizarre foods indeed! Great that you captured them. And oh, I <3 Andrew Zimmern's show! :)

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  17. amazing collection of exotic food !

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  18. that is one amazing variety of food! might be a little queasy when it comes to bizarre foods but i sure would like to take home a lot of those cheeses. hehe. :)

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