A Taste of Barcelona: Tossa
Like Hailey mentioned on Tuesday, we were lucky enough to have a friend show us Barcelona. With Andrei’s help (and car), not only did we explore Las Ramblas and La Boqueria, but got our fill of Gaudi with visits to Sagrada Familia and Park Guell, and many other must-see sites such as the Montjuic Castle. It was great. I got to geek out over architectural beauties like the Sagrada and minorly freak out while walking down the almost 400 claustrophobic Sagrada tower steps. Andrei made it so we didn’t have to plan anything, just follow his lead or itinerary. The only thing that was left in our own hands was the food. You would think that two food bloggers like Hailey and myself would have this covered, but oh boy… were we in for an “experience.” Let me explain…
Our first night in Barcelona, we had quite a misadventure, where we ended up losing one of our party on the subway. Remarkably (to me at least as I only know about five Spanish phrases), we ended up meeting up with the missing friend within the hour, though the mini ordeal left us all extremely hungry. What happens when six girls with the propensity for eating large amounts of food start complaining about hunger pains? You walk into the first restaurant in sight, that’s what happens.
At first, I would say that the place gave off good vibes. Not only was it packed for the middle of the week, the restaurant offered a pretty good 3 course paella meal. I was sold, if only because I could snack on some complimentary olives while we waited. Hailey and I were almost done with our olive dish when I spotted IT: a dead cockroach swimming in the olive juices. I think it goes without saying that we lost our appetite pretty quickly after that.
With our food experience tainted by the extra “protein,” we decided that we would go into night two’s dinner with a more educated stance. After doing a little research on Trip Advisor, we decided to take a risk on tapas at a place called Tossa. And, let me tell you, I’m really glad we did. Though tapas are traditionally “small portions,” but Tossa’s dishes are more family-style-sized. If you have the chance to visit Barcelona, I highly recommend you do your restaurant research…unless you enjoy an extra “crawly” story.
C/Napols, 291 – Barcelona
What to Order:
Our favorite tapas: small chorizo in cider, assorted croquetas, tortilla espanola, fried calamari
Favorite drinks: Sangria and cafe con leche!