Hello again! For my second weekly trip, I wanted to do something special because my family was visiting all the way from the United States. We decided to go on a Devour tour around El Born to discover the best tapas and wines the city has to offer! Here’s what we found…
Our first stop was La Puntual. We were treated to Izaguirre vermouth, croquettes, and the best patatas bravas I’ve had here in Barcelona! The vermouth was very sweet and went very well with the surprisingly spicy patatas bravas. The bravas sauce was actually made in La Puntual and is their specialty. (The water in the middle of the picture was essential because this sauce is not for the faint of heart).
I’ve actually never had a croquette. So, this was a something new for me and I was pleasantly surprised. These croquettes, in particular, had a mix of potatoes and spices inside. What I found interesting, is that it tasted like there was some sort of cheese inside, when that was not the case. So, my lactose intolerant sister was very pleased because she got the taste of cheese without actually having to consume dairy!
We only spent about 20 minutes at La Puntual, but our guide managed to pack tons of flavors into that small amount of time. I highly recommend this place if you’re looking for delicious and authentic patatas bravas.
We stayed a little bit longer at our second stop. We were given a cavas to start with. I really enjoyed this part because our guide had us do a “taste test” of sorts to see if we can tell the differences between the two wines. Turns out most cavas are stored for several months before they are served!
We were then brought eggplant tosta which had eggplant, mozzarella, pesto, and sweet onions. I am a HUGE fan of mozzarella and pesto, but unfortunately the sweet union was a little too sweet for me. However, it was still good!
Next, we got more wine and the sweet blue cheese tosta. If you like blue cheese this is the dish for you! The combination of the sweet jams/ fruits and the blue cheese crumbs make for an interesting flavor experience!
One of the things that I loved about this tour is that our guide showed us around El Born. It was good to see the environment around these stores and why this former port town is so popular!
This was the main event! Our last stop. We were told that we would be getting tapas with an Asian twist along with two traditional Catalan meat dishes. We started with the house wine and a mushroom salad. I really enjoyed the salad I thought it was light and paired extremely well with the wine.
We were then brought pan con tomate, or “tomato bread.” I’ve actually had this tapa before and it’s delicious. The tomato spread gives the bread some flavor. We paired this dish with El Mago wine, which was very bitter, but I can understand why it was paired with the bread.
Our third and final tapa at this location was a fried zucchini sprout dipped in an Asian teriyaki sauce. This was by far my favorite dish of the entire evening. I’m a big fan of Asian food and this was definitely a surprise. It was spicy and delicious!
Once I finished eating pretty much all of the zucchini dish, it was time for the meat courses. I’ve never really been a huge fan of meat, but I knew I needed to try and experience it. I loved the pork dish! The beef just was not for me.
And even though we were completely stuffed after that, we were given a traditional Catalan dessert. It tasted very similar to a creme brulee, but it had a little zest of lemon. It was the perfect ending to our food extravaganza!