Food souvenirs I should bring back from Barcelona?
Back when I was in Paris (about two years ago), I managed to take a number of macarons, chocolates, hard cheeses (vacuum packed ), bread and even Tahitian vanilla beans (relatively inexpensive) back to NYC to give as gifts to friends and family.
I am hoping to do a similar thing with my upcoming trip to Barcelona and am wondering are there any cheese shops, shops that carry a great selection of Spanish olive oils, spices, gourmet specialty stores (similar to G. Detou in Paris), and kitchenware shops you'd recommend?
Roasted hazelnuts from Casa Gispert (roasted in a 150 y.o. wood burning roaster which adds a little smokiness to them) It's also a great place for fancy beans - some of the new crop could be in by late October and freshly dried beans are always a treat to me.
Vila Viniteca has a nice selection of high-end canned seafood and other gourmet things and a great liquor/wine store (there's an unusual gin from BCN that I like - Gin Mare)
La Ribera is a good for lots of things - canned seafood, oil, wine, vinegar, spices
One of several threads on this topic:
With limited time, you can find a fabulous array of items at Corte Ingles, at the food markets, and at La Ribera in Born. Torta del Casar is a wonderful cheese from Extremadura with limited availability in the US. I always bring home ventresca tuna, and other, more unusual canned seafood products such as berberechos. The variety of conserved seafood is astounding..look at any large supermarket and you will see shelf after shelf. Make sure to check prices at home and online before buying, though. ( I just bought Ortiz canned ventresca (in red box) online for about $10 per can including shipping; you may not find it for that price in Spain)
Boquerones, or white anchovies.
Pimenton, or smoked paprika in the three varieties (the agridulce version is not easy to find in the US) is always in my bag, in multiples.
Also like the "tomato marmelade" made by the famous Sevilla preserve maker (forget the name right now but available in supermarkets).
Interesting varieties of dried beans like Tolosa.
Saffron (threads, only, never powdered, and always marked with region of origin; look for La Mancha) La Ribera is a good spot for this.
Pedro Ximenez (sherry) vinegar. (look at label in back to make sure there is large proportion of PX; I like the Lustau product but can be difficult to find).
Canned piquillo peppers from Navarra.
Those are just a few of my basics; I could go on and on....
( I just bought Ortiz canned ventresca (in red box) online for about $10 per can including shipping; you may not find it for that price in Spain.)
That is an extraordinary price for an extraordinary tuna. When l worked at D&D we sold it for $16 and that was 5 years ago.
l get it in Paris for @ 10 euros. Going online now, thanks
I think you mean La Vieja Fabrica / Angel Camacho brand of mermelada...and don't forget the Albaracoque with Sevilla orange!
Forget the meats. A disappointed soul and his family in front of us had their bags stripped to the bones in search of contraband hams and Customs pulled about $300 bucks worth from their stash.
Agree with Erica...pimenton, azafran threads with a stop at El Corte Ingles to get the lay of the land, at the lowest prices.
re: Mike R.
El Corte Inglès and lowest prices are not really terms that go hand in hand. The supermarket at El Corte Inglès is pretty much the most expensive place to buy groceries in Spain.
You can find things much cheaper at large or even medium-sized supermarkets. Unfortunately, to get to those you have to leave the city centre. That considered, I would rather buy my food souvenirs from a local colmado like LaFuente, Colmado Quilez or La Ribera instead of giving my money to some overpriced department store.