La Boqueria Market
La Boqueria (officially named The Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria) is an amazing and inspiring market located just off from La Rambla, the main walking street in Barcelona, Spain. Every time I visit this market, I walk away with new ideas and a great appreciation for Spanish cuisine.
Many vendors have empanadas and most have a unique “design twist” to differentiate their offerings from their neighbors. Some popular fillings are cheese, ham and cheese, chicken, beef, tuna and spinach and cheese.
This clever vendor actually includes the filling type into the pinched seam of the empanada Carne Picante or “Spicy Beef.”
The selection of fresh fruit is always so vast and colorful. The effort put forth in arranging and displaying the produce is tremendous.
Jamon Iberico (a highly prized Serrano ham made from the Iberian pig) is everywhere in the market and can be purchased in little snack cones by themselves or with “Fuet” (dry-cured sausages) and/or Manchego cheese.
The Seafood selection is also vast. These oysters were so large and smelled so fresh.
Spiral-cut potato chips on a skewer anyone?
Or you can have some regular “homemade” chips plain or with ham or peppers, and have your corn on the cob on a stick.