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La Boqueria – Deservedly Famous Market in Barcelona

December 30, 2007

The primary joy of cooking must be, of course, the ability to procure perfect, burstingly fresh ingredients.  Markets are surely, then, absolute foodie heaven!  La Boqueria is a wonderful food market just off La Rambla with a lengthy history and loads of character – the wafting scents of herbs crushed underfoot and recently caught fish assault your nostrils; the colourful fruit and vegetables are arranged for the highest visual impact; the immaculate female vendors wear prettily embroidered aprons and gossip freely across the crowded aisles.  La Boqueria represents an enduring love of market shopping as a way of life.  How I would love to live near a market like this, calling in daily for my groceries! 

I just love the way this lady’s jumper acts as camouflage amongst the peppers.


Haughty looks from the beautifully pinafored shellfish seller.


Montañas of frutas!  Damn, I wants the one at the bottom….


These gorgeous ‘frutas escarchadas’ (candied fruits) are so vividly hued that they don’t look real…