• Posted:Friday, April 16, 2010
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Get your tapas on in Barcelona
I've said it before and I'll continue saying it probably until the day I die - one of the greatest things about travelling is the chance to sample the different culinary offerings of new and interesting countries. Unfortunately, the nature of the world today means that you don't actually have to go anywhere to try out new foods - generally there's something from every nation right on your doorstep (unless you live in the middle of nowhere, in which case food generally is a bit of a scarcity). However, if you're in a hostel in Barcelona right now, then you absolutely have to give tapas a go.

Rick Steves of the Tribune Media Services is of the same opinion, saying in an article for MSNBC that for the true-blue tapas experience, Spain is a total must.

"When I'm there, I can't resist stopping in local bars to munch on these small portions of seafood, salads, meat-filled pastries, deep-fried tasties and on and on," he remarked.

How true - they are so very, very moreish and, if my girlfriend would let me, I would very happily stuff myself until I burst on these delights. My mouth is watering just thinking about it! Mr Steves recommended travellers follow their eyes and ears and stop off for a bite at any "lively" restaurant, as Barcelona has lots of wonderful tascas to tempt people in, particularly in the Gothic Quarter - Barri Gotic. Yum yum yum.

Of course, tapas isn't all that the city has to offer. Local Rupert Thompson recommended in a Guardian article that visitors make sure they spend some time in Gerbard, a neighbourhood bar that gives a taste of the real town.

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