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  • 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, USD 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.

  • (Speaking Catalan) The name "la bomba" (the bomb) comes from when the first person tried it.

  • (Speaking Catalan) Upon taking a bite, he said, "Wow, this is a bomba!"

  • Josep Maria Sole is Maria's grandson, and sells about 250 bombas a day.

  • If grandma knew what this whole bomba thing became, how nowadays everyone copies it everywhere, she would be super proud and super happy.

  • 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."

  • 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!

  • 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 spent 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 ten out of ten.

  • It was worth every dollar and delicious bite.

If you want a food scene with bombs, fires and out-of-this-world flavors, I have just the place for you.

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We Ate The Most Iconic Foods in Barcelona On A $50 Budget

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    Estelle posted on 2020/07/25
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