1. Our Experience with Foodie Experience Barcelona
We hopped on our Red Vespa and head over to Placa Reial, right in the heart of the city.
There, together with 8 other food-lovers, we join the cooking class by Foodie Experience Barcelona.
What’s cooking today?
A full, mouth-watering Mediterranean homemade dinner!
Beforehand we take a tour around the famous market La Boqueria. The cookery studio is located inside an old modernist building, right at Placa Reial, next to Las Ramblas.
This means La Boqueria is only a short three minutes walk away from the cookery studio.
We enter the spacious studio through a big, wooden door, and are welcomed with a friendly smile and a warm Hola!
Good vibes, great energy – right from the start it was pretty clear, this Foodie experience was going to be a cosy one.
Jump to the Info Box to get the discount + link to the cooking class.
The long, wide room has three green balconies and three different wooden tables.
One table is for the cooking itself with a big cooker hood. The second is prepared with chopping boards, big silver knives, and green, yellow and red vegetables to cut. The last one in front of the wine cellar is for dining only.
Oh, we cannot wait to get to the last table!
1.1 Foodie Tour at La Boqueria (behind the scenes)
After getting to know our fellow food enthusiasts, it is time to visit La Boqueria market.
Angela, the Foodies chef, shares some insights of Barcelona’s most popular market.
She gives us an idea of what has been going on behind the scenes of La Boqueria and its development over the past few years. Problems, changes, history.
Barcelona has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe, and this has affected local markets.
She provided the background story to the shiny smoothie stands as well as to the antique stalls, and we think she found the right balance between the two.
The Boqueria tour is a great way to start.
You can try lots of delicious food and the stories Angela shares whet your appetite for more. And not just that. Angela also gets the latest ingredients we need for the Paella.
We stroll back to the venue. It is time to prepare a tasty Mediterranean dinner.
What’s the best way to start?
With a homemade, fresh sangria, of course.
1.2 Time to put the apron on: The cooking class
David, a fellow foodie from Dallas, USA, prepares the sangria while Jennifer takes care of the dessert, which is nothing less than Crema Catalana. The Catalan Cream is a typical dessert from Catalonia. It includes cinnamon, thin cream, milk, lemon…
“And what else goes into the Catalan cream?“, asks Nathalie.
“Don’t worry, I will send you all the recipes by email, so you can cook everything we make today at home!“, replies Angela.
That’s awesome! We enjoyed not have to worries about taking notes, and simply enjoy the vibes. Putting our senses in cooking and enjoying our time with the fellow travelers.
On the menu:
pan con tomate
and Crema Catalana (for dessert)
Angela shows and explains passionately in detail how to prepare the popular “pan con tomate” and “Spanish omelette”. It is the first dish along with David’s delicious sangria.
Although we have tried plenty of sangria in our lives, this is a special one. Angela and David added a special ingredient: cinnamon, which provides a refreshing twist on Spain’s most famous drink.
“Should we get started with the paella?“ asks Angela. The 10 pairs of eyes start to shine yet again.
We take turns preparing three different paellas while our lovely Foodie’s chef goes into detail about the heritage of the dish. What goes into paella? Here is a sneak peek of the recipe:
red and green peppers
seafood mix of your choice
Finally, we reached the last table.
We lift our glasses of local Catalan red wine, say “cheers” “prost” “salut” and many other toasts, and start to enjoy an incredible, delicious, homemade paella.
For Lina it was her first day in Barcelona, and for Jennifer her last one.
It didn’t make any difference: The Foodie’s experience is either way a fabulous start to your Barcelona travels, or a wonderful “so long Barcelona“.
2. Cooking with Locals: 2 aspects
Cooking and eating with locals is one of the latest trends in tourism.
It is more popular than ever before. And there is a good reason for that.
It is not only a cultural but also a social experience.
Today’s tourist is not a simple consumer, but more an individual person who wants to live an authentic moment in a different culture. – Foodie’s Team
2.1 The Culture – Context
Cooking, and especially learning how to cook local specialties, puts food in the context of culture. It is the process of creating your own meal, and a local chef gives you a hand. Step by step you cut, taste, add, sip…
We especially enjoyed all the context that Foodie Experience Barcelona provided. The heritage, background information, and the fact that they sent the recipes by email.
This is a perfect travel experience to get to know the local cuisine.
Another lovely touch we enjoyed in our particular cooking class was the use of local ingredients. Angela makes great effort to only use only high-quality local ingredients.
From fresh fish to sugar – a delight to see!
2.2 The Social Part
Unless you’re booking a private cooking course, you will join the classes with other travelers. The experience we had is quite similar to that of a hostel. It is laid-back and really easy-going.
And according to our host, this is typical.
„People are always so relaxed, and never in a rush. They are really in a vacation mood!“
said Angela. And she was right.
3. The Verdict: Is it worth it?
We were incredibly curious about this experience. Would it be worth it – the time and the money?
We joined their wine tasting in a small, cute wine shop in the city center. We tested 4 different local wine, accompanied by 4 types of local cheese.
“The wine? WOW! The cheese? WOW!”
It is a private wine tasting class, introducing you to the fine art of wine tasting. The sommelier Enric is very experienced and shares this knowledge in a fun, consumable way – without making it overwhelming!
At the end of the day, we learned a lot about local wine culture and tasting flavors.
So there you have it. We found a fantastic wine tasting now as well 🙂