Friday, 26 March 2010

Food in Catalonia

Smitonius:

Just back from a quick trip to Barcelona and Vic in Catalonia (Spain). Although the main aim was research, so most of the time was spent in libraries, I still managed to fit in some tasty food! The fresh produce at this market in Vic was exceptional:

And, on my last day, I sat and enjoyed a set menu in the sunshine. So for the total of 10 euros I enjoyed... firstly, a bean stew:

Secondly, a fish dish (which was heavenly but not particularly photogenic, so will spare you the sight of it); and thirdly, a little dish of strawberries:

I should have joined the locals and danced a Sardana to work it all off! This pic was taken in Vic's main square, in fact, after the market had closed a music band from nearby Girona arrived and started to play. The Sardana is a sedate circle dance, and although there appears to be some etiquette involved, people just popped up to the circle and joined the dance as and when.

9 comments:

rachel said...

A perfect post - cheerful, colourful (natty tablecloth!) and a healthy mix of diet and exercise!

(Wouldn't it be nice if dance were to break out spontaneously on the streets of Britain!)

Once in a while said...

Hi Jessamy - obviously you like Spain, shall be blogging 'The walk of St James' eventually. Across Northern Spain. Like your photo's Regards Patrick

Tania said...

I love that phrase 'as and when'. And I love the as and when-ness of dancing in a town square with other as and when-ers, if it 'takes your fancy' (another nice phrase).

Rattling On said...

Looks like a great trip. I'd have joined the dance and had a bash, but it's the sort of thing that makes MrH squirm and become a real Englishman!!

Marcheline said...

How lovely it all must have been! Thanks for sharing, and next time save me a strawberry. 8-)

liZZie said...

Lucky you. Once upon a time when I was married we had a place in Spain and I loved the Easter time celebrations and rituals although not religious myself. They live and talk the walk/dance in a cultural way that I envied.

Penny said...

I love Barcelona, and that bean stew looks delicious!

Pam said...

The food and dancing looks wonderful. How I wish I could say "just back from a quick trip to Barcelona".For those of us in Australia not at the top end, close to Indonesia,I guess the nearest quick trip would be across to New Zealand for a rousing Maori Huka, or for those Aussies living in Western Australia,a much longer trip directly across the ocean to Africa for a lively bounce with the Massai! Enjoyed your post and pics.

Friko said...

lucky you, going off to do research in Barcelona hen the weather here is totally piggy.
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