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November 19, 2018

By Peg Kern

Barcelona Cooking Vacation: Mercat del Ninot

Post Categories:  Destination Feature, Travel Tips

I have to confess, when doing a market tour in Barcelona my first thought was "what's the Ninot market and why aren't we going to the Boqueria?" It's true that the Boqueria market off the city's main "Rambla" is one of the largest, oldest, and most well-known markets in Europe, but Barcelona is peppered with over 40 local markets, including the Mercat el Ninot in the town's Eixample district, which… Read
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November 10, 2018

By Peg Kern

Barcelona Neighborhoods: The Passeig de Gracia

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One of Barcelona's most famous streets - and one of my favorites - is the Passeig de Gracia. Named for the road (passeig means "passage," or "way") that connected old Barcelona to the village of Gracia to the north, this wide, ambling promenade is now one of the most known and poshest in Barcelona, and one of the favorites of our travelers doing a culinary tour of Barcelona. It's so… Read
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October 31, 2018

By Peg Kern

What is the Nouvelle-Aquitaine?

Post Categories:  Destination Feature

The Nouvelle-Aquitaine is a new region of France that emerged with the re-drawing of France's administrative regions that occurred in 2016. The region is one of the largest and includes the former regions of Aquitaine, Limousin, and Poitou-Charentes. We're participating in a yearly event focused on tourism in France and are reminded of the many great destinations that France has, and one of them is certainly the Nouvelle-Aquitaine. Think of… Read
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October 23, 2018

By Peg Kern

How Do You Eat Tapas in Barcelona?

Post Categories:  Food History, Travel Tips

How do you eat tapas in Barcelona? It's super easy, especially in a cosmopolitan city where most of the waitstaff speak multiple languages, including English. There are different types of tapas, all of which you can enjoy on a cooking vacation and foodie tour of Barcelona, including: pintxos tapas frias tapas calientes montaditos bocaditos Pintxos What is a pintxo? Basicaly it's a tapa (singular of "tapas") that is composed on… Read
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October 19, 2018

By Peg Kern

Barcelona Neighborhoods: El Born

Post Categories:  Destination Feature

El Born is one of the trendiest and hottest neighborhoods in Barcelona. Popular with tourists? Yes. But that doesn't make it 'touristy' - quite the contrary, it is full of shops, restaurants, cafes, and bars that make it one of the best places to visit while on a culinary tour in Barcelona. El Born is actually the southern part of the larger neighborhood known as "La Ribera" that runs along… Read
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October 8, 2018

By Peg Kern

What is Baklava?

Post Categories:  Food History, Recipe

What is Baklava? Baklava is a traditional dessert from the eastern Mediterranean basin, and is especially prevalent in Greece and Turkey, but also the Caucuses and the Middle East. There is no consensus about where or when it originated, but some date it back almost 3000 years! The ingredients can change slightly, but they always include phyllo (or filo) sheets, chopped nuts, some type of sweet syrup, and some type… Read
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