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Articles by: Paula Mourenza

Barcelona
Bilbao: The Family Jewel

Pere Valls Isart is passionate about his restaurant, Bilbao, which his family bought, with the name already in place, in 1954. Continue »

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La Ruta del Bacallà: Follow the Fish

Salt cod has been a staple on the Iberian Peninsula for centuries, but in the last few decades overfishing and changes in eating habits have resulted in a significant drop in bacallà consumption. Continue »

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La Panxa del Bisbe: Mountain Man

Here we are in the Bishop’s Belly, La Panxa del Bisbe, which is not the midsection of a Catalan priest, but both a restaurant and a mountain. Continue »

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Can Manel: A Winter's Table

We don’t mind winter in Catalonia because it means the return of calçots, our beloved spring onions, and calçotadas, the wonderful celebrations that bring people together to eat them. Continue »

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Bean Week: Catalonia's Many-Splendored Beans

Known in Catalan as mongetes – “little nuns,” as Catalonia’s oldest kind of beans resemble the pale face of a nun in her black habit – or fesols, from the Latin phaseolus, beans are an integral part of the region’s culinary traditions. Continue »

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Lata Berna: The Tin Man

The name of this appealing Gràcia eatery is a play on words, an amalgam of la taberna, or “tavern,” and lata, or “tin.” Continue »

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Tortell de Reis: Of Beans and Kings

Editor’s note: This is the second of our two-part series on kings’ cake. The first, on the version found in Mexico City, appeared yesterday. Continue »

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Casa Pagès: To Grandma’s House We Go

Editor’s note: We’re wrapping up Soup Week here at Culinary Backstreets with an old favorite in Gràcia that serves classic wintertime Spanish soul food. Continue »

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Caga Tío: Crappy Christmas

Caga Tió, Tió de Nadal
No cagues arengadas
Que són saladas Continue »

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Best Bites of 2014: Barcelona

Editor’s note: The year is coming to an end, which means it’s time for us to look back on all the great eating experiences we had in 2014 and name our favorites among them. Continue »

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