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by Belsaita

Each part of Spain has different and distinctive typical dishes. You can find most of them in Barcelona, both in specialized regional restaurants, and in regular or touristy places. Many tourists ask for some dishes as gazpacho, paella, etc thinking these are typical from here, when they are not.

When you are in Catalonia, it seems more logical trying some really traditional food from the area.

Catalan dishes you may try are:
- esqueixada (salad of preserved cod with tomato, bell peppers and olives)
- escalivada (roasted vegetables) usually served as side dish
- fricandó amb moixernons (veal meat with mushrooms)
- suquet de peix (traditional fishermen?s fish stew)
- escudella (traditional soup made with meat and vegetables, that you eat later as main dish... not a summer thing!!)
- cargols (snails)... yes these are very popular here. I can't eat them indeed. I tried, but I can't ;o)
- crema catalana (similar to creme brulee) for dessert

You can find these at many restaurants

But what I would say is more different at Catalan cuisine from other dishes from Spain, is the use of some sweet and sour combinations, as ànec amb peres (duck with pears) or pollastre amb prunes i pinyons (chicken with dried plums and pinenuts).

Other very traditional Catalan dishes that my friends from other parts of Spain find amusing (if not plain disgusting) are the ones that mix meat and seafood, like mandonguilles amb sepia (meatballs with sauce and pieces of cuttlefish) or pollastre amb llamàntol (chicken with lobster).

And, of course, do not forget to accompany all this with pa amb tomàquet (tomato bread): Slices of country bread, slightly toasted, rubbed with special small tomatoes and seasoned with olive oil, garlic and salt to taste. In traditional places they will serve you the bread and the other elements so you make it at your own taste.

Bon profit!

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  • Updated Jan 28, 2010
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