Every year, around this time, Halloween arrives to our streets with pumpkin and spooky decorations displayed in shops. However much fun Halloween can be, it is an imported tradition that arrived with all the promotion from TV and films. So what are our own Catalan traditions around this time? When it starts to get cold… Read More


Mercat de la Boqueria

The markets in Barcelona were built in the 10th century, although back in the Roman times there were all kinds of trades and exchanges taking place in the narrow streets of the old town. Barcelona has 39 food markets and 4 non-food markets where the locals go to buy their everyday fresh and seasonal products.… Read More


Slow Food Catalunya - Km 0

Slow Food is a global, grassroots organization linking the pleasure of good food with a commitment to local communities and the environment. This movement seeks to address our pace of life, which is speeding up as we run around without giving time to pleasures, big or small. It is essential to slow down, and what… Read More


Calçot eating contest in Valls

In Catalonia we love to meet and savor the traditional cuisine of every region, frequently on street lunch parties. Any excuse is good to get together and enjoy a botifarra, arròs caldós, calçots, etc. The party often coincides with seasonal food like the calçot, which is a grilled long green onion that you eat dipping… Read More


Chocolate

The origins of chocolate can be found in Mexico, most likely in 1500 BC. Both the Mayans and the Aztecs had consumed cocoa mixed with water and other plants during ceremonies held by the high classes. The Aztecs even used it as a currency unit, and associated it with the goddess of fertility. It was… Read More