[Barcelona, Spain] Spanish Cooking Experience

Travel Bound cooking info page :  http://www.travelbar.com/es/activities-in-barcelona/spanish-cooking-class.php

Trip Advisor page:  http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g187497-d3757398-Reviews-Spanish_Cooking_Experience-Barcelona_Catalonia.html

 

One of the best things that I did on my recent trip to Spain was to sign up for the Spanish Cooking Experience, hosted by Travel Bound tours.  The tour is EUR 22 (approx USD $30) per person which includes food and the cooking experience.  You are first led by the chef to the local traditional market in the central Las Ramblas area.  There, you will get a tour of the market, and the chef will buy some of the ingredients for the paella.  Then, you’ll follow the chef back to the cozy bar and be served with amazing tapas and sangria, all the while waiting/watching the paella to be cooked.  Since paella takes about half an hour to cook, that means you’ll enjoy lots and lots of tapas and sangria.  The sangria never stops flowing!  Just when you think it stops, it’s actually time for you to make your own!  🙂

 

All in all, it’s a great way to spend an evening out with some friends.  Highly recommend it if you’re heading to Barcelona!

 

The Boqueria Market – where you’ll shop for the paella’s ingredients

 

So many different kinds of seafood, some of which makes it into our paella.  ^ ^

 

Different kinds of shrimp

 

Saffron is what makes the paella its golden color.  The market sells the ones from Spain.

 

There are also lots of meat stalls inside the market, which sells assorted meats and hams, including the famous jamon iberico!

 

The sangria that we enjoyed.  It was the never ending jug.  🙂

 

The tapas include toast.  The Spanish tapas way of eating it is to rub the tomato on the toast, then drizzle the toast with a bit of olive oil.  Yum!

 

Cheese, Jamon Iberico and olives.  The Spanish olives were the best I’ve had!

 

Patatas bravas – these were piping hot fried potatoes with a spicy tangy aioli sauce.  So good!  I want to learn how to make it!

 

Pimientos padron – roasted peppers.  These don’t look like much, but they are super delicious!  Simply cooked with olive oil and a bit of sea salt, the peppers are not spicy at all and are a great snack!

 

The big vat of paella is bubbling with all sorts of goodness:  shrimps, mussels, squid, clams, fish stock, chicken, saffron, and of course the paella rice!

 

The finished product:  best paella ever!

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