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CN150 May 13, 2011 12:54 PM

Hi, I am staying 7 nights in each city and was looking for suggestions on what I should focus on for each city. For example, which city is better for molecular gastronomy, traditional food, tapas, paella, etc. Any must try dishes/places in either city?
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    JuanDoe May 13, 2011 01:34 PM

    IMO, Barcelona is better for molecular gastronomy and Madrid better for traditional food and tapa bars. In Madrid you can taste dishes from Galicia, Asturias, Basque Country, Castile, Andalusia, Madrid itself...

    1. J.L. May 13, 2011 03:03 PM

      Madrid:
      Jamon Iberico de Bellotas from jabugo (AKA Jamon Jabugo) at Museo del Jamon or Meson 5J
      Cocido madrileño (chickpea & meat stew)
      Churros con chocolate (a great breakfast after "killing the night away" at the bars/clubs/terrazas in Madrid) at San Gines

      Barcelona:
      Navajas (razor clams) at El Merendero de la Mari
      Agree that Barcelona's molecular scene is more avant-garde than Madrid's

      Good paella can be had in either city.

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