How to Eat like a Native in Barcelona

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Barcelona
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A native of East Rockaway, New York and a magna cum laude graduate from Boston University, attorney Marc Rovner serves as general counsel and director of business development for BETA Abstract LLC. In his free time, Marc Rovner enjoys traveling, and claims Barcelona as his favorite city.

Food and meals play an important role in Barcelona social life. As a result, the city offers delicious, enticing cuisine to visitors. To eat like a native, start with a light continental breakfast, usually found in bars. Most residents drink café con leche or a cortado as well as a croissant or other breakfast roll.

Lunch is the most important meal of the day and tends to include three to four courses, beginning with soup or salad, followed by a meat dish, and topped off with a light dessert of fruit, yogurt, or crema catalana. Lunch is always served with bread and wine and between the hours of 1:30 to 4. Finally, dinner tends to be lighter fare, with many indulging in tapas. One famous snack is pa amb tomaquet, bread rubbed with olive oil and tomato and served with cheese and cold cuts. Most Catalonians eat around 10 at night but restaurants are opened earlier.

Be warned: many restaurants are closed on Sundays and Mondays. Also, visitors looking to get authentic cuisine should avoid places in La Rambla.

A Look at Sushi Rice

 

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Sushi Rice
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Marc Rovner is an accomplished attorney, who has received the Client Champion Silver Distinction from Martindale-Hubbell as well as the Client Distinction Award from Lawyers.com and Martindale.com. His responsibilities include the role of senior staff attorney at BETA Abstract, LLC. An Avid New York Giants fan, Marc Rovner loves traveling outside his hometown of East Rockaway and enjoys seafood and sushi.

A Japanese dish, sushi consists of cold rice to which vinegar has been added and that is garnished with seafood, vegetables, or other ingredients. As rice is the central component of sushi, proper preparation is essential. It should be fluffy but firm. Moreover, the right variety of rice should be used to achieve the proper texture.

Traditionally, a Japanese short-grain white rice has been the ideal choice for sushi. Varieties of this kind include Uruchimai, a sticky rice that is ideal for chopsticks, and Mochigome, whose high gluten content gives it a chewy texture. Developed in 1948, Calrose rice is grown in California and is used to cook Japanese meals in North America. However, strictly speaking, it is not a Japanese rice. Calrose includes the Kokuho Rose and Nishiki varieties, which are known for their good flavor and texture.

Experiencing Tapas in Barcelona

Tapas
Tapas
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Attorney Marc Rovner serves as general counsel and director of business development at BETA Abstract. In addition to maintaining community involvement within his hometown of East Rockaway, New York, attorney Marc Rovner enjoys traveling with his family to places that allow him to relax and enjoy local cuisine. One favorite destination is Barcelona, Spain.

Barcelona provides visitors with a mix of history, beautiful natural spaces including beaches, and delicious food. Those who appreciate authentic Spanish cuisine often enjoy visiting various tapas bars to experience the tradition.

Tapas are small plates of food meant for sharing among several people. Part of experiencing tapas involves taking a relaxed, casual attitude and an impromptu approach. Tapas are usually enjoyed standing around a table in a crowded restaurant while sharing a bottle of a light white wine or Basque cider.

Though tapas are traditionally small plates of food, customers can also order raciones, larger plates with more to share.

Some dishes that are common in Barcelona include pan con tomate, a dish consisting of white bread rubbed with tomato and drizzled with oil and salt. Also familiar are patatas bravas, deep-fried cubes of potatoes that are dipped in sauces, and chipirones, deep-fried baby squid