Monday, September 30, 2013

seafood a La Boqueria

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The Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria is most often thought as a tourist destination, and it is ... but ask the locals, and they'll tell you that La Boqueria is where they do most of their grocery shopping. Walk past the juice vendors and you'll see - once they stop speaking English, you're in the right part of the market.
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A few weeks ago, I made a trip out. I desperately wanted shellfish, and to cook a meal that reminded me of home.
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So I found 3 varieties of clams, including these stunning berberechos from Galicia.
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And ending with gambas rojas. You handle everything the same way - leeks tossed in olive oil, white wine to steam, careful with the sea salt. You simply let each shellfish express what he is. And with a (few) glasses of Penedès rosado, you savour the marriage of flavours that bring that tired adage to life - indeed, what grows together, goes together.

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