10 Best Tapas in Barcelona – Barcelona Tapas Guide

10 Best Tapas in Barcelona – Barcelona Tapas Guide

When we first traveled to Barcelona, in 2006, I felt entirely intimidated just entering into a tapas bar. I knew some of the basics about what to order at a tapas restaurant in the US. But a tapas restaurant in Barcelona – well, I didn’t know where to begin. Since that time, we’ve traveled to Barcelona a ton of times. And, we live just up the road in Girona. Now, I feel pretty confident that we can tell any new traveler, or even experienced traveler, to Barcelona, what are the best tapas in Barcelona in our Barcelona tapas guide. Barcelona Tapas Guide Spain, and in particular Barcelona (which is actually in Catalonia, a region of Spain), is one of my favorite places to eat. This is due in large part to the availability of Spanish tapas. I just love the concept of these small plates of Spanish food, which allow me not only to snack throughout the day, but also to try many different dishes in one sitting. Learn more about Spanish tapas: 500 Tapas: The Only Tapas Compendium You’ll Ever Need 500 Tapas: The Only Tapas Compendium You'll Ever Need (500 Series Cookbooks) (500 Cooking (Sellers)) List Price: $17.95 Price: $13.54 You Save: $4.41 Price Disclaimer So, what are tapas? The concept of tapas has evolved over the years. It once was the case that a tapa came free with a drink. It was small morsel of food placed on a drink coaster, which was then placed on top of the drink, to keep the flies out. Oh how times have changed. Although there are still areas of...
A Barcelona Food Tour With the Food Lovers Company

A Barcelona Food Tour With the Food Lovers Company

Sometimes it’s fun to be a tourist in your own city. Sure, we don’t technically live in Barcelona, but I feel like we are there all the time. I don’t know the city like the back of my hand, but I feel like I know it well enough. After all, we only live 38 minutes north by train. So when the Food Lovers Company invited us to test out their Barcelona Food Tour, I was a little hesitant. Being almost a local, I wondered if it would be worth while to take a food tour about Spanish food, practically in our own back yard. But, in the end, I’m convinced it was one of the best Barcelona tours that focuses on food. Learn what are the 10 best tapas to eat in Barcelona Why Take a Barcelona City Tour? Barcelona is a big and bustling city, and one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. It’s so popular that there is almost too much Barcelona tourist information out there. It can kind of be overwhelming, particularly for first time travelers to Barcelona. To make the most of a visit to Barcelona, taking a city tour can help. Sure, it’s possible to take a free walking tour of Barcelona. And sometimes a free walking tour of a city is a great way to get an overview of the city. But, it doesn’t help you learn about the food, which is at the heart of a city like Barcelona. Looking to take great food photos when traveling? Check out our guide on How to Take Food Travel Photos! Why Book...
Where to Eat in Porto – Porto Food Guide

Where to Eat in Porto – Porto Food Guide

We loved Porto Portugal. Having traveled to Lisbon many times, and ventured to Alentejo, Minho, and the Douro Valley, we realized how much we love Portuguese food. But, we had limited time in Porto. In our list of foods to eat in Porto, and our recommendations for the best restaurants in Porto, we sought some help. Included in our ultimate Porto food guide are recommendations from top travel bloggers on where to eat in Porto. Some of whom are very adamant when it comes to their views on Portuguese food!  Book a Portugal Food Tour With Viator Or Check out one of the top rated Douro Valley Wine Tasting Tours from Porto In this Porto guide, we run down the top Porto foods you must eat when visiting Porto. And one of these includes the most famous Portuguese food to track down in Porto! Then, in our Porto Portugal restaurant guide, we include a few different Porto restaurant recommendations. First, we include some of our personal recommendations for some of the top restaurants in Porto. Yes, these include some of the fancier Porto restaurants. Then, we include some recommendations for where to find some more traditional Portuguese food.  Looking to take great food photos when traveling? Check out our guide on How to Take Food Travel Photos! Top Porto Foods to Eat Regardless of which Porto restaurants you choose, keep an eye open for these Porto dishes. Some of these are Porto-specific. Others are typical Portuguese foods. And, each of these dishes can be found in some of the best restaurants in Portugal. That includes contemporary versions of traditional...
Bifanas in Lisbon – A Love Affair With a Portuguese Sandwich

Bifanas in Lisbon – A Love Affair With a Portuguese Sandwich

When we first met the bifana, during our first trip to Lisbon in 2012, I wrote an entire post dedicated to the Portuguese sandwich. At the time, I wrote that I couldn’t believe I dedicated over 600 words to a sandwich, but of course, it wasn’t any sandwich, it was the Portuguese bifanas. Of course, since that time, I’ve dedicated multiple posts to a single dish, and even a single sandwich, like the Macau pork chop bun, a relative of the bifana. The question then is, what is a bifana, and why is it so darn good? Powered by GetYourGuide. Become a partner. *This post contains compensated links. Find more info in my DISCLAIMER. What is a Bifana – The Portuguese Sandwich There are three very important Portuguese sandwiches that people must try when traveling in Portugal. Two of them are the prego steak sandwich and the leitao, which is a suckling pig sandwich. Both are great. But, the Bifana Lisboa is an institution. The bifana seems simple, a few slices of pork on a Portuguese roll. But, there is so much more to it than that. It’s a cheap, humble, almost working man sandwich, often served with a beer. The Portuguese pork is sautéed in garlic and seasoning until tender. The meat is served on a Portuguese roll, so that the oil and seasonings soak in. Then, it is served with mustard and chili oil. I hate to say that an entire dish comes down to only one thing, but here it’s the seasoning. No, wait, it’s the quality of the pork. No, wait, it’s the freshness of the...
Eat in Modena: Italian Restaurants in Modena

Eat in Modena: Italian Restaurants in Modena

Travelers to Emilia Romagna Italy often focus on Bologna, and with good cause. It’s one of the top cities for food in Italy. Emilia’s restaurant scene shouldn’t be limited to Bologna. It only takes 30 minutes to travel from Bologna to Modena. One of our favorite cities in Italy, it’s worth the trip just to eat in Modena! The little province of Modena covers less than 3,000 square kilometers. But there are so many good places to eat that it’s worth making a trip to visit Modena. Here are our recommendations for some of the must-eat Modena restaurants. Where to Eat in Modena Modena is home to some of the best foods to eat in Italy, including prosciutto and Parmigiano Reggiano. There is an amazing local market, the Mercato Albinelli. And, Modena is the heart of Lambrusco territory. Because when it comes to putting together a list of what to eat in Italy, the food in Modena has to be on the top of the list. It’s home to amazing fresh Italian pasta and more! Trattoria Aldina Stinco. One word describes why a visit to Trattoria Aldina is required. It’s stinco. Just across the pedestrian-friendly road from the Mercato Albinelli, there’s an apartment building. Head upstairs to visit Trattoria Aldina. It’s almost like stepping inside someone’s home, or a speakeasy, for lunch. With an emphasis on typical Modenese cuisine and handmade pastas, there is no real menu at Trattoria Aldina. The server will simply describes the  options, usually in Italian. If the server mentions the stinco, don’t pass it up. A slow roasted pork shin, it’s fabulous. Trattoria Aldina Via Luigi...
Stay in Parma: A Traveler’s Guide to the Best Hotels

Stay in Parma: A Traveler’s Guide to the Best Hotels

A trip to explore Parma should be less focused on the geographical differences between the towns that surround the city, and more focused on where to find food experiences. Perhaps they have their priorities right. After all, UNESCO recently named Parma a Creative City for Gastronomy. But, even if your focus is on eating, you need some place to stay in Parma, right? Parma, famous for its cheeses and hams, is a popular spot among food travelers to Emilia Romagna. Parma lies along the Parma River, offering riverside walks or lazy afternoons spent lounging in the Parco Ducale, or window shopping along Strada Luigi Carlo Farini. There are also churches, monasteries, and theaters to keep culture hounds busy. There is a cathedral, several beautiful squares, and a famous pink-hued baptistery. And, we have some recommendations of where to stay in Parma so that you can enjoy the culinary delights of this portion of Emilia Romagna. Where to Stay in Parma – Central Staying within the city offers some obvious perks, including the ability to explore the city itself. And, it’s nice to walk around before dinner, enjoy an Aperol Spritz for aperitivo, and slowly stroll back. But, the historic center of Parma is pedestrian only. Many hotels offer parking for a fee, but if you have a rental car, check your parking options ahead of time. There are no free parking lots in Parma, as there are in Modena. Hotel Palace Maria Luigi This four-star hotel in the heart of Parma features over a hundred rooms, in an historic building. During the day, walk to the most famous attractions of Parma,...