la boqueria, aka the king of markets

so by way of many recomendations, we mapped out our first breakfast to the mercat la boqueria.  we were told that it was

This place is like Granville Island public market x 20032098948039, food heaven

…expectations were high.  we started the pilgrimage into the city and the market is right outside the *x* station.

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it was sensory overload.  the scents.  the colours.  the fruit.  the bread.  all the thoughts of culture shock from being in asia for long culminated in this one moment.  i might be understating this but the scents in asian wet markets are a little more, uh, pungent :)

so in our attempt to get breakfast, our battle plan was to do a lap and scope out our options.  about half of the vendors were still stocking their storefronts but many of the eating stalls already had patrons huddled around them.  we opted for one called la quim, it was towards the beginning/middle of the market and what drew me in was seeing their cubed potatoes sitting on top of the counter

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the light at the end of the rainbow in potato form

so our breakfast…

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haha got her first cafe con leche and an egg & ham sandwich
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pork loin, asparagus, fried egg and balsamic reduction sandwich for me
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and patatas bravas. we had much fewer of these in barcelona than i was hoping but these ended up being my favourite

as for the rest of the market… lovely

 

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sangria mixes
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fruit jellies/candies
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iberian ham
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free range chicken
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bread. oh the bread……
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muffintops. i could be in this photo as well
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danish twists. regular icing, chocolate and mango. i got mango and it was my first poor decision of europe
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ham montaditos (sandwiches)
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artichoke hearts
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my nemesis. one day, i will conquer you…
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ham & cheese cones to eat on the go
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CANDYYYY
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honey in churro form
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the one that didn’t run fast enough

all in all, a beautifully laid out market.  we walked through at least half a dozen other markets and boqueria remained our favourite even with the tourist-heavy crowd.  the selection of goods and energy of the market contributed a lot to the overall ambience, for me.

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