How Far $50 Goes On Barcelona's Most Iconic Foods


Narrator: If you want a food

scene with bombs, fires,

and out-of-this-world flavors,

I have just the place for you.

You might be familiar

with Spanish dishes like

jamón and paella, but we're in Barcelona,

and this city has its own food culture.

I have $50, or 44 euros,

and I'm on a mission to

try the local flavors

in one day, without breaking my budget.

One of Barcelona's signature

dishes is la bomba,

a potato and meat croquette topped

with garlic aioli and romesco sauce.

It was invented by Maria

Pia more than 60 years ago,

and her secret recipe has been passed down

at her family's tapas bar, La Cova Fumada.

Narrator: Josep Maria

Sole is Maria's grandson,

and sells about 250 bombas a day.

Narrator: Other tasty and popular items

at La Cova Fumada include

octopus and artichokes.

And part of La Cova Fumada's

charm is the good company,

Joaquin, Felix, and the local patrons.

After lunch it was hard to leave them,

but there was more food to try,

and I'd spent only 12 euros.

A trip to Barcelona isn't

complete without a visit

to La Boqueria, and this market's

been around for centuries.

It's a maze of jamón, nuts,

seafood, and produce stalls,

which led me to this cup of

fruit for just two euros.

Spain is the world's third

largest wine-producing country,

so of course I had to try some.

Vila Viniteca sells and

distributes more than 3,000

varieties of wine and distillations

from around the world,

but just one place in the

world makes the sparkling wine

Cava, and that's Catalonia,

the Spanish region I'm in.

- You can find different

profiles inside the cava style.

Narrator: Gonzalo Fernandez

is the Vila Viniteca's

sommelier.

- You can find young cava.

It's very crispy and fruit-forward.

Or you can find

aged cava.

More complexity, teeny bubbles.

- To Barcelona!

Narrator: Our toast with a

medium-aged Cava was dry,

a little fruity, and surprisingly

just four euros a glass.

My big splurge was dinner

at Racó de la Vila.

Spain's Catalonia and

Valencia regions make a dish

similar to paella called fideuà,

and pasta, not rice,

is the main ingredient.

Peppers, cuttlefish, crayfish,

shrimp and mussels are added.

Stock, and then into the

oven for the flavors to bake

together into a truly delicious dish.

The restaurant serves other

traditional Catalan dishes

like calçots, pan con

tomate, and crema catalana.

This sweet treat might

look like crème brûlée,

but it has two important distinctions.

The crema is cooked with

lemon peel and cinnamon,

and it gets its caramelized

crust from a hot iron.

These two things combined

made it impossible

for me to put my spoon down.

But I dropped 25 euros on just the fideuà

and crema catalana.

After a full day of feasting in Barcelona

I spending 43 out of 44 euros.

The fideuà was 19 euros

and took a big bite out of my budget.

But it's meant to feed a crowd

and the price reflects that.

Barcelona was a lot more wallet-friendly

than I would have guessed for

a major tourist destination.

So I give it a 10 out of 10.

It was worth every dollar

and delicious bite.

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