Thursday, September 17, 2015
Le Barcares - The Food Pictures
Le Barcares was pure paradise. It's perhaps not the most beautiful place we've ever been to - we do come from the Philippines after all. But nevertheless, being in Le Barcares was a real pleasure. It was the sun, the sea, and of course, the food. Which is perfect for a foodie like me.
One thing that I was really looking forward to was buying fresh fish and seafood. One morning we literally waited by the port while watching the fishermen bring in their freshest catch. I swear I had glitters in my eyes.
Delicious pan-fried Sanrel. I'm surely gonna miss this.
On the only rainy day of our stay in Le Barcares, I decided to prepare a Mussel and Shell Soup. While it was yummy, we found that the mussels were not as good as the Moules de Bouchot, which come from the west of France.
I brought along my Moulinex plancha and we didn't miss to use it.
Sardines a la Plancha (sardines, olive oil, salt, black pepper, lemon juice, and flat parsley).
Shrimps a la Plancha (shrimps, olive oil, salt, black pepper, lemon juice, and flat parsley).
Tuna a la Plancha with Vegetables (tuna steak, white onion, tomato, green onion, olive oil, salt, and black pepper).
Delicious ... Miam!!!
True to our roots, we prepared white rice to accompany our delicious lunch.
Fresh local fruits and vegetables
Some of our market finds
One day we were walking through the market. It was towards the end, at about 2PM, and we saw a man at one of the food stands giving out free food. He looked at us and asked if we would be interested to accept a roasted chicken and roasted potatoes for free. Are you kidding??? Of course we were interested! I offered to pay him, but he insisted that I don't because past 2PM, it is illegal to sell. Turns out, he prefers to give out for free his food, than to throw it away. I promised to seek him out the next day and buy something from him.
While the Roasted Chicken was yummy, the Roasted Potato on the other hand was like no other roasted potato I've ever had. I don't know what was used to make it, but the potatoes simply melted in the mouth and was a burst of flavors.
I don't think we've ever eaten as much Paella in such a short time than during our stay in Le Barcares. But obviously nobody complained about that. We are huge Paella fans so personally I could have eaten some every single day.
On days that I didn't want to cook, we simply went to the take-out food outlets. What a wonderful way to discover and taste the flavors of the region.
Meat Paella and Seafood Paella.
I usually prefer the Seafood Paella, but both were delicious.
Aside from Paella, there were many other choices to choose from.
On the left: Fideua / On the right: Paella Royale
Fish Méli-Mélo / Meat Paella
Chocolate Praline Ice Cream.
To cool down on hot days, we made sure to stop for ice cream. Is there any better way to cool down?!
At Luna Park, I had the creamiest Pistachio-Chocolate Ice Cream!
One evening, my girl cousin, who lives nearby, came over to visit us with her family. I can't believe the last time I saw her was 20 years ago when I was just 8 years old. Twenty years later, we are both married. I have a 6 year old daughter and she has 3 beautiful children too. Wow!!!
Anyways, she insisted to bring a local delicacy - a sweet Fougasse. I completely forgot to take a "before" photo, so in the photo above you can see bits and pieces of what was left of one Pine Nuts Fougasse and the second one, Fresh Fruits Fougasse.
As you can see, we ate very very well in Le Barcares. Now that we are back home, these moments have become happy memories. Till next time, I guess.