As my program has ended in Zaragoza and now that I am spending my time about 2.5 hours east, my cuisines continue to amaze me. When it comes to comparing the styles of foods from Zaragoza and Barcelona, the mediterranean diet is still present and some of the notable Spanish cuisines can still be found. One contrast is, because Barcelona is such a bigger and more popular city, that there are many more restaurants to choose from. Although these restaurants too abide by the mediterranean diet, there are unique restaurants that offer their own twist. Not only this but Barcelona also appeals to its large population of tourists by offering restaurants that bring a taste of anywhere in the world.
In the top left picture we have a spin-off of patas bravas which is one of Spain’s most notable, but simple dishes (potatoes + mayonnaise + a spicy tomato sauce). The top left picture is a tuna salad joined by an assortment of sides such as green pepper, rice, pesto, octopus and more. The bottom left shows a night out celebrating a friends birthday where you can see what you can expect to receive once seated in a Spanish restaurant: pan con tomate (bread with tomato). The bottom right marks one of my favorite dishes since being in Spain: pulpo. Pulpo is an octopus dish where here we have it on top of a bed olive oil soaked potatoes sprinkled with paprika.