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Will I starve?

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Will I starve?

I am being nagged to visit Barcelona and am very reluctant to do so being a vegetarian.

I wonder if I am being over cautious in thinking Barcelona is where a vegetarian goes when they need to diet and would appreciate any tips and advice on how to make the most of the culinary side of the city given my dietary limitations. Are there veggie friendly restaurants, what are the pitfalls, suggested foods to try etc

Many thanks:-)

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1. Re: Will I starve?

Hi,

Its quite a frequent question on this forum, are you strict or do you eat fish? If you eat fish then its culinary paradise. If not this is a very useful website, covering vegetarian / vegan restaurants and shops amongst other things.

http://www.sincarne.net/

As it is a frequent question there is loads of info available using the search button. (note the warnings that vegetables or pulses as a first course are often cooked with bacon or ham.)

In an emergency there is always FresCo, a chain of restaurants open all day that charge under 10€ for as much as you eat buffets, huge salad selection, pasta, pizza, soup, hot dishes one at least is usually vegetarian, desserts, ice cream, drink, etc

Plus there are many Pizza places around.

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2. Re: Will I starve?

I would ask if you eat eggs/cheese??

IF YES- then you have lots of choices ! There are also lovely salads in many restaurants and tons of fresh fruit/veggies. I think there are many other countries where you'd have more trouble!!

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3. Re: Will I starve?

definitely you can go to barcelona to be on a diet... on a diet to gain some weight :)

even in a carnivore culture, some of the signature dishes of catalan food are vegetarian: escalibada, spinachs 'a la catalana'...

the only real trouble will be if you're strictly vegan and no dairy and eggs, but there are many vegetarian places around town

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4. Re: Will I starve?

Hola Purp!

And welcome to Barcelona Forum!

Many restaurants provided (Catalan) vegetarian dishes, but the question first of all is...

??? what will you eat - Cheese? Fish? Eggs? ???

When we know that we can get down to giving you a long list of suggestions. And what about chocolate? Does this nagging person or yourself like chocolate or cakes as part of a healthy and sensible diet?

First place you must visit is that temple to food, the Boqueria Market, and be truly amazed at the variety and quality of fresh fruit and vegetables, go early in the morning (for breakfast) and watch the place come to life, look out for all the boxes of fresh Scottish produce being unloaded on the displays.

Soon as you give us a list of what you eat and dont, we can get to work giving you all the information you need for a memorable holiday.

Also worth adding into your planning is Catalunya's patron saint is Sant Jordi, and 23 april (easter weekend) is the day that Barcelona celebrates in style. Ladies get red roses as gifts, men get books. So a great time tolan for your intended holiday (unless you fancy La Merce in late september with correfoc, castellers, fireworks, giants...oh just an every day occurence in south ayrshire i know) but i am already booked into my hotel on the Rambles for the next two years for Sant Jprdi and would be more than happy to buy a fellow citizen of my country a drink. You cant miss our hotel, its plastered with the qautre barres de la senyera and just one or two giant Saltires. Too difficult to fly a st george cross methinks.

Bon profit! Bon viatge!

Chris

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5. Re: Will I starve?

Thanks for the prompt responses.

Yes I had already done a search on the forum for this subject to get a few pointers, and I appreciate the additional info. I'm not vegan so will eat eggs and vegetarian cheese - if such a thing can be readily identified/exists in spain. Often meat bi-products lurk where you'd least expect them, but I see from the replies that you are pretty clued up on that aspect. I prefer to avoid fish too.

I'll keep an eye on this thread in case anyone has more to add about their veggie experience of Barcelona.

Thanks again, its a great help :-)

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6. Re: Will I starve?

Purpleceltic, sorry to re-direct you but some folks were just having a discussion about vegetarian dining in Barcelona over on my 2nd favourite forum site, Chowhound.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/629875?tag=main_body;topic-629875

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7. Re: Will I starve?

www.formatgerialaseu.com

is a leading authority on Catalan and spanish farmhouse cheese, they assist Ian Mellis et al

better still, Katherine is fae Kirkcaldy so email ahead or pop into her shop and she can advise, even if its cheeses in other specialist shops or markets such as the artisan market held in plaça del pi off the Rambles.

Katherine offers cheese tapas. cheese platters and cheese ice cream and if she can, am sure she can provide cheese of the standard you prefer. And Bar Zim next door is an excellent wine bar also run by Katherine and a great way to learn about Catalan wines....

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8. Re: Will I starve?

Vegetarian cheese is gonna be tricky , apart from cheeses like parmesan and some other cheeses which don't contain renet anyway.

There are however plenty of vegetarian restaurants most of which have some dishes which are suitable for vegans.

A favorite of mine, and which always has vegan options is "Arco Iris" C/Roger de Flor 216, another good one that seems to always have vegan options is Amaleta C/ diputacion 164. More central is L'Hortet C/ Pintor Fortuny 32 . Then theres Juicy Jones which is a juiceBar and vegan restaurant just off the rambla. Theres plenty of other veg places too .

Outside veg places bear in mind that vegetable soups are normaly made with chicken or meat stock and that dishes like pisto (Spanish ratatoui) which may seem like they'd be veg aren't normaly suitable for vegetarians for the same reason. Obviously buiscuits, pastrys croisants etc. are normaly made with lard rather than butter although there seem to be an increasing number of bakerys which offer croisants made with butter.

Don't worry you definately won't go hungry !

Oh and I second the Escalivada recomendation !!

Edited: 08 June 2010, 20:47
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9. Re: Will I starve?

Sorry thought I'd add another favorite:

"Buen Bocado" - C/ Escudellers, 31, This place sells the best Falafels and houmus in Barcelona !!!

Edited: 08 June 2010, 20:51
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10. Re: Will I starve?

may i ask what is 'vegetarian cheese'?