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It can all be a little overwhelming, the city may not be huge but the culture, activities, events, eateries etc. is vast. So we have taken it upon ourselves to amalgamate our local 12 years experience in the city via our blog. Whether you are planning on coming over for the festivals, want to find out vegan eats or general insider information, we will keep you in the loop.
What to expect on your plate this Christmas
If you are in Barcelona for Christmas and are curious to know what you can expect to eat during this season, we have taken the time to give you the mini low-down on what you can expect to see on your plate. Christmas Eve is when it all begins with many families serving a feast to kickstart festivities. In Catalalunya the dinner normally begins with Escudella i Carn d-Olla, a slow cooked, one pot stew with meat and vegetables. Escudella means bowl and refers to the soup that is eaten with large pasta shells that look similar to snail shells galets, the meat from the soup is served afterwards as another dish.
The meat that the soup was cooked with is then eaten as part of the main course. Many eat this alongside various tapas dishes such as langostinos (prawns), jamon and eels. Outside of Catalunya, main plates consist of chicken, baked fish or roast lamb.
For dessert one can expect turrón (almond sweet nougat) - which is very popular during this period. The most traditional turron is nougat with almonds and tastes delicious but you will also find crema de catalana, chocolate and more. Polvorones are also popular, these are crumbly cookies made from almond paste. You can find these in bakeries and in a good variety of supermarkets and are frequently given in Christmas hampers. You can also expect to receive gifts such as legs of cured ham and cava. Lets just say it is very much the time to eat, drink and be merry!
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