Gemma Eats…BARCELONA Food Tour | CHURROS and La Boqueria MARKET, BEST Spanish Food

Gemma Eats…BARCELONA Food Tour | CHURROS and La Boqueria MARKET, BEST Spanish Food


I left the hotel this morning determined to
come here and have this dish, and I was not disappointed Food is my true passion. I’m Gemma Stafford, a professional chef
and host of Bigger Bolder Baking. So that means great food is a huge part of
my every day life. You’ve seen me boldly bake over the top
recipes. Now travel with me on my culinary adventures
around the world. In this episode of Gemma Eats, I’m in Barcelona
Spain bathing in churros and chocolate, exploring the most amazing food market and eating my
new favorite breakfast dish, and I’ve even found where the original Kronut came from. All right now on Gemma Eats. In Spain, they put so much care and effort
into every meal including breakfast. I’m here in Barcelona and I’m really excited
to try some traditional churros and really thick hot chocolate. Where the churro originated from is still
unclear, but I trust that the Spanish know a thing or two about making them. Located off the busy street of the famous
Las Ramblas, this is Granja Viader, a family business that was started almost 150 years
ago. Five generations later, the milk and eggs
are still brought from their family farm to make some of their amazing treats including
their churros. Look at that. This is one way to start your day off. Churros are a really simple pastry. All they are are shoe pastry which is what
you make profiteroles with. They deep fry them until they are lovely golden
brown, they toss them in a little bit of sugar, and then you eat them when they are nice and
warm. They’re crunchy, they’re not too sweet. Oh my gosh, this hot chocolate is absolutely
amazing. I could bathe in this. For your hot chocolate, you have to make sure
that it is really thick like this one so it will coat your churro. The great thing about it is that it’s not
overly sweet so they really balance each other out really well. So I’ve said this before but the best churros
I’ve ever had have actually been in Napa in Northern California, but I have to admit,
being here in Barcelona and having this traditional dish here, this might be the top of my list. After this sweet breakfast, I couldn’t help
but wander the streets of Barcelona. These back streets are filled with the hustle
and bustle of every day life. I was on my way to a legendary place that
I was so excited to experience. La Boqueria is a popular tourist destination and according to some locals, it’s not quite where they
would go on a daily basis but I found it vibrant and filled with so many culinary possibilities. I’m here inside La Boqueria Market in Barcelona,
one of the most famous food markets. I already know what I want to eat inside so
let’s go. This is really amazing. There’s a lot of fresh fruit vendors but
they do all of these juices along with fresh fruit cups and things like that. It’s absolutely incredible and its only
like two Euros. You can see its pretty much every fruit you
can imagine. Fruit is so pretty. Cherries are in season so they are everywhere
right now. And then all the fresh berries, strawberries,
raspberries, blueberries, absolutely gorgeous. There’s a really good mix in this market
of fresh produce and restaurants but for sure you know everything is coming locally sourced. But after my sweet breakfast, I was on the
hunt for a bite that was a little more savory, like jamon or Spain’s famous cured ham. The curing process can take up to a year but
sometimes stretches for many years to give the meat an incredible flavor. My choice today was more of a sampler which I ended up referring to as a “ham cone.” So you’ll see here in Barcelona that a lot
of the butchers and the delis, they sell little cones like this full of jamon and cheese,
a little bit of breadsticks, something like that. I think it’s absolutely genius and it’s
only a couple of dollars. This jamon is really soft. Look at that, at how tender it is. But more importantly how thin it is. I could eat ham comes all day long. This is kind of a Spanish version of fast
food, which I am all about. If there was more fast food in the world like
this, I think we’d be doing okay. Definitely be very happy. Check out all of these gorgeous Spanish olives. You can actually smell in the air where we
are right now. It’s go that lovely saltiness that olives
have. Yum. I definitely have to eat more olives while
I’m here. This is how you know a place is good: because
there is a whole pile of like, little grannies and locals hanging around. When I got anchovies the other day, I thought
I was getting what she just told me now are boquerones, but they’re kinda… I thought that they were like sardines but
they’re a really cheap little fish you can get here as a tapas. It’s white fish. It’s absolutely delicious and I have to
get some more while I’m here. And given my passion for seafood, I had to
make my way to that section. Oh look it, over here. I haven’t seen these in a very, very long
time. These are called periwinkles. We actually used to fish these in Ireland. As kids we used to go down to the beach and
get them off rocks, and then bring them up to our neighbors house and she would put them
in a big pot of boiling water and cook them. And then you get, like, a little pin and you,
like, fish out the periwinkle. They were so good. It’s amazing. I can’t believe I saw those. Look it, mussels…You have mussels, prawns,
squid, which is just huge here and in abundance. I have to admit, I actually think I’ve had
some of the best seafood of my life here in Barcelona the past few days. It’s been absolutely incredible. This is what we’re going to be having for
breakfast, so I’m going to find myself some squid. And then I found my dream destination, El
Quim. Executive Chef Quim Marquez and his team bring
creativity and their passion for beautiful and well prepared food to anyone who has the
great fortune to try it. Do you see the shrimp that she got? Did you see the shrimp that she got? Oh, I’ve got to get some of that. Squid and eggs or foie gras, eggs, and mushrooms? Oh, it looks really good. So when coming to La Boqueria, I looked online
and this is one of the most popular spots. They do eggs like nobody’s business. So I’ve decided I’m going to get eggs
with squid. They look amazing and also, the squid comes
from straight the water out there so why not get what’s local and fresh and amazing. Everybody’s dish looks really good. Gracias. Thank you. Oh yeah, baby. Fresh squid just sautéed off over two fried
eggs. Here they fry their eggs in olive oil so they
almost kind of deep fry their eggs. You can see they’re nice and kind of bubbly
and crispy around the sides. And they’re just barely cooked, do you see
that? They are just perfectly cooked. Oh man, this is my kind of heaven. This is why I love Spain. It is amazing food done simply. You don’t have to do a whole lot to squid
to make it taste good and the very same with eggs. Squid tastes like the sea. It doesn’t taste like fish. It isn’t chewy. It’s soft and it tastes like the sea. Absolutely gorgeous. To get the true impact of the kitchen, just
check out this monitor that shows you all of the kitchen stations. In a very tight space, these guys do a lot
to create a variety of amazing dishes. I don’t think I’ve actually ever had anything
like this squid before. Look how tiny it is. You’re going to have to trust me, it is
like, just barely sautéed, really soft. This is how you should enjoy squid. If you were to taste this dish with your eyes
closed, you would never guess that it is squid. The squid in Barcelona is so different from
the squid I’ve had all over the world. They know how to cook it just right and best
of all, it tastes like the sea air. Absolutely amazing. It’s kind of sweet. It’s a little bit creamy. Their produce served with eggs, just simple
fried eggs, I mean, come on. I left the hotel this morning determined to
come here and have this dish, and I am not disappointed. So after this amazing dish, I decided to continue
my breakfast theme with another something sweet. So Barcelona has pretty much done me in. I am absolutely stuffed but I saved room for
one more thing, a xuxo. Now this is a traditional Catalonia pastry. Usually you have it in the morning time and
if I rip it open for you guys, it is full of custard. Now this is a traditional dish and I’m starting
to think the Cronut acutally came from this because it is pretty similar to a fried croissant
with a filling on the inside. This is so unbelievably good. A little bit of sugar on the outside, it really
is like a mix of a croissant and a doughnut deep-fried. Yeah, these guys know how to do breakfast. It’s crispy on the outside without being
kind of greasy. It’s soft in the middle. And do you see all of those lovely layers
of pastry? Then you’ve got a lovely, soft vanilla custard
in the middle. It’s absolutely insane. And then, of course, sugary coating on the
outside. Breakfast of champions. Barcelona is a wonderland of amazing fresh
food done right. While I was just a visitor for a few days,
the locals make you feel right at home. I learned quickly that Barcelona is not just
a place; it’s a feeling. Coming up next week on Gemma Eats…I’m back in Barcelona:
I’m taking you on a secret food tour of Barcelona’s hidden gems to enjoy great food
and even drink wine just like the locals do. All right here, on Gemma Eats.

100 thoughts on “Gemma Eats…BARCELONA Food Tour | CHURROS and La Boqueria MARKET, BEST Spanish Food

  1. Gemma this is amazing I'm really enjoying this segment……beautiful places and delicious foods i love it all thank you for sharing

  2. I absolutely love this! My dream is to be in Barcelona one day and seeing that churro dipped in the hot chocolate looks so mesmerizing ✨ so happy you're doing these travel videos Gemma!! ❤️

  3. I absolutely love this new series! It's so interesting to learn about the food and culture of different countries. Great job, Gemma! 🙂

  4. Last week I missed Ireland (Waterford) and the best fish & chips in the world. This week I have to visit Barcelona, I love the new segments Gemma.

  5. I'd loved to been part of your entourage eating our way thru Barcelona. Luckily for my waistline I wasn't, because I know I'd probably gained 20+ lbs. Love this series!!! 🙂

  6. Hi Gemma! I love your videos! This series is amazing! Plz come visit India as well, and if you do, don't forget to visit Punjab!

  7. Gemma, I love this new series soooo much!!!!! After watching this video, I really want to go to Barcelona and try all these delicious food immediately! Can't wait to see the next video!

  8. Love it , i really love your channel because youre teaching how to cook or how to bake food. And you are exploring the other country to know what food are in this country that we didn't know……..

  9. anything sugar free please my dad's birthday is coming n I think I should bake something .
    Sugar free cuz he's a diabetic

  10. Gemma Good morning, I would like to know Ireland, I do not travel much to Europe, I stay more here in the south emisphere, America, because I know that most Europeans do not like tourists, mainly our Iberian descendants, But I am planning to go to Irlando next year. I made several of their recipes, I do not go with good bread. Thank you very much.

  11. I live close to barcelona but I was on a trip when the accident happened in barcelona and… its also my b-day❤

  12. Thanks for share, Gemma! Very interesting. Thanks to my spanish roots because my spanish grandpa make all this kind of food very familiar. Regards

  13. In the Philippines, especially where I'm from (Cagayan de Oro City) we call Periwinkle as "Taktakon" because after fishing out with a pin we have to tap the shell hard (without covering the opening haha) until the meat comes out. It's so delicious!

    As always, I looooove your videos, Gemma! Great job! hugs

  14. I am Spanish and lived in Barcelona 14 years, Viader is really the best! No ensaimadas? You went to the central corridor of La Boqueria, where the expensive things are 😉 The cones are for turists HAHAHA We eat it on the go with the paper that folds the jamón or chese… or at home mainly. For real churros you should go to Madrid or even better, Andalucia. The best ever seafood is in Galicia. It is quite emotional to watch your video in this moment…

  15. Hi gemma can you please teach us how to make fresh doughnuts without eggs and without the hard to find ingridients

  16. Oh wow another place I'd love to visit and eat my through – you're so lovely and lucky 😊❤️

  17. Hi Gemma nyc video will you plz do me a favor actually when ever I start whipping cream for cake decorations it becomes butter 😭😭😭😭

  18. mmm they all look soooooo good! You're one of my favorite YouTubers and I hope you never stop making videos! (btw if you have kids they must be sooo lucky) 🙂

  19. Hi Gemma!!! I´m from Brazil, and I made many of your recipes, and it was a big success!! Love to see your videos! I would like to see, one day, you making a brazilian dish… it would be so nice! Congratulations, your channel is awesome!!

  20. I've been to Barcelona last April with my family. My mom works at WFG for 19 years, before I was born and I'm 19 right now, and they invited us to go there. The food are so good, good places to go on a tour, etc. I really hope that you enjoyed your trip in Barcelona, Gemma.

  21. Wow! This series is so amazing! Hope you can visit Brazil some time.. Just came back from Ireland. <3Love your channel!

  22. Thanks Gemma for this video as I am planning a 7-day trip to Barcelona in October! Now I start to wonder if 7 days are enough to tour through all these culinary wonders! Please keep posting all these amazing videos and thanks again!

  23. It looks so good and beautiful I was literally crying…… I'm in Japan right now and I miss spanish food so much T T

  24. Your show is better produced than a lot of the travel channel shows you see on TV nowadays 🙂 So refreshing to watch

  25. +Gemma Stafford I watched your Video when you first put it up and wasn't able to comment, because of back to back doctors appt. So as a Great Punishment (:-) I watched it again and Enjoyed it again lollll. You've made me excited about watching cooking and traveling again. No Dramatized crazy cooking shows, Your Down to Earth and there is no Put on, We get You, that's fine by me. I Never had Squid that was cooked tender as that. I love my eggs cooked like that where others would say ewww they are not done….. Saw the end when you are still in Barcelona, getting excited to watch it… God Bless and Please Stay Safe, especially after what has happened. P.S. I think the Curled Ice Cream episode I think that would be something great to do with kids or better yet at a Party

  26. Hi Gemma! I'm a Spanish subscriber currently living in Australia. I am so happy that you enjoyed our cuisine 🙂

    By the way, I totally agree with you, in Spain we like simple food, still very delicious. We are probably not the best at making our food pretty, like Italian or French, but you can be sure that whatever you eat has a great quality (in terms of ingredients and also taste).

    Cheers!

  27. I'm from Spain, and I love seeing how much you enjoyed our gastronomy, which is truly amazing. I hope you had a great trip (I could tell that you did, watching the video!!) 🙂

  28. Gemma! I love all your recipes and I love this new show! I am half Spanish but I never got the chance to visit Spain. My grandmother always tells me about the churros with thick hot chocolate, tappas, and all the wonderful sea food! Thank you for allowing me, and all your viewers, to see the wonderful food that Spain has!

  29. Gemma, is ur husband English or American??? If he is English, then ed sheeran 's Galway girl would be the perfect song for you both. But if he's American (or of any other nation,) you can always turn the lyrics into:
    She (what you do) in an Irish band
    But she fell in love with (ur husband's nationality) man

    🙂

  30. can you make all-bran banana muffin. using chocolate chips, all bran cereal and banana in a mug the mug cake recipe

  31. i cangive you ingredients and it tastes amazing almost like your banana rasin muffin except you do not use peanut butter or oats instead of oats you use all-bran

  32. You went to all the most touristic places XD. I am just hapy you enjoyed the city and enjoyed the food. But you can just buy Ham at the sumermarket and it will be just as good. Just buy the black legged, acorn one and it will be delicious. And cheapper than at La Boqueria. That place is super expensive.

  33. Gemma,i´m glad you like to visit to Barcelona. This is a very beautiful city, and a very good example of the spanish cuisine. I´m so happy to have this country with this amazing fresh products, great vegetables, great fish and meats and delicious and homemade milk products.
    You know so well, what you must eat when you visit my country.

    Take care my friend,

    Patricia.

  34. Hi Gemma Im algo from Malaga in Spain. The good churros are all in Andalucía, they are longer and thicker and taste wayyy better😘 Glad you liked Barcelona

  35. Dear Mrs Gemma… "HELP"?? We baked a first batch of "churros" per your oven baked recipe and they were a big hit, nice and fluffy and good. So this weekend, we decided to try it again, "ONLY" doubling the amounts, so as to make twice as much. They were so goooood last time, that they ran out quick.
    So after we doubled everything and baked them, well… "NOT" so good of a turn out. Which is why we need help. We baked them in 2 batches, since the double trays would not fit in our oven. 1st batch was kind of tough and hard I would say… maybe too much heat, so the next batch, we lowered the time a little and maybe fix the problem. Well they wee to soggy of butter and kind of raw…
    So we're puzzled as to what to try next.
    Thank You… Great recipe!!
    Raul & Francisca.

  36. This is amazing! I love this series! I really want to go to barcelona just for their food! It is funny to see you make a food vlog in barcelona! It is perfect!! ^___^ Thank you guys for taking us with you~~~

  37. Hi Gemma, Love this video. I lost my heart toS pain and went on Erasmus there 2 years ago. Barcelona is absolutely amaizing. You've probably reseached it already but just in case, this is a traditional recipe for Xuixos. Ffound it online but I might have a go on it 🙂 https://www.shbarcelona.com/blog/en/traditional-catalan-recipes-xuixos/

  38. Amazing beautiful place and all the foods are awesome 😳👌👌👌👌💀😋😋😋😋thnx for sharing God bless u 😊

  39. Was debating on moving to BCN for the summer and this vid just absolutely convinced me to go! Can’t wait to visit these places. Great channel!

  40. I was in Barcelona a few months ago, the food was sooooo amazing. I also made a few videos about it. Can't wait to go back to even taste more, cause I was only there for a few days, I didn't get to taste it all.

  41. El quim de la Boqueria is one over rated place in Barcelona, and more over rated and overly priced dish is their baby squid with fried eggs, waited almost an hour to get a seat and got disappointed with their food. Tried the aged beef also, total waste of money. Do promote/try good places to eat in Barcelona, one such place is Xiloka BCN, couple manage the restaurant, food quality and tastes both are good.

  42. I went to El Quim and tried the baby squid with eggs and foie gras with eggs and mushroom. The baby squid is very salty, because of the black ink they left in and mixed into the sauce. It's very briney , salty and not for everyone. I love baby squid, but usually eat them fried "chopitos" and it's not as briney. I actually prefer the foie gras which was really heavenly, it was paired really well with the mushroom.

  43. ¡Soy Español, Y tengo mucho Orgullo del mío País y la mía Nación y Barcelona me Encanta y Aquella Iglesias y las Tapas me Encanta!

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