Located in the hustling and bustling heart of Barcelona, Spain, this market has radiated the food and culture of the Catalan people for centuries.  On La Rambla, everything is bigger and louder.  The music, the buses, the people…

My favorite part about El Mercat de la Boqueria are the colors.  It’s truly an amazing sight.  From the moment you walk in, the colors hit you like an oncoming train.  All your senses immediately heighten and you feel like a kid in a candy store.  Where do I go first!?

Walking through the market, there’s so much to do and see that you can spend hours there.  I love walking by the candy booths.  So many foreign, but amazing looking candies make you want to just eat until you’re sick.  And the fruit. Oh my god … the fruit.

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Jeff and I were getting hungrier with every step we took through the mercato.  As we started walking through the seafood section, we decided we just couldn’t wait another second. So we stopped for some raw oysters.  They were so fresh that we could still taste the seawater.

After teasing our palates with just 1 oyster each, we went straight to the food counters where you can choose whatever fresh fish or meats you’d like and they cook it right in front of you.

So here’s what we decided to eat:

Razor Clams cooked on a flat grill-top.  Drizzled with some oil, lemon, and parsley sauce.

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And Grilled Catalan Sausage on top of french fries.  Yes, french fries.  If you’ve been to Europe, you’ll know that they LOVE fresh fries (even more than Americans do).

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So as you can obviously see, this is a sacred place rich in culture and history.  As with most European cultures, the market serves as not only a place to buy & sell the best and freshest ingredients, but also as a center meeting point for the local people.

-Cristina