Ambling along La Rambla and environs one becomes enveloped in a chocolate-lovers dream.
|The elegant display at Escriba.|
Simply put, I am giddily drunk from all the chocolate in Barcelona. I have never seen so much chocolate in my life, in such varieties. This next series of photos are from chocolatiers at La Boqueria, which, by the way, meets all of my expectations.
|Chocolate porcupines from La Boqueria.|
|This place, at the front of the market, has truckloads of chocolate and candy.|
|There is enough at the market to satisfy the most serious of chocolate addicts, and then some.|
|Truffles and chocolate with pistahcio, almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts...|
|More chocolate and fruta.|
|At around 10:00AM on a Saturday, it's filled with locals.|
|Here is one typical way to enjoy it: with a spongy biscuit that resembles the French madeleine, but is more practically shaped for dipping.|
|Buttons from from Xocoa.|
|Dark, ostrich-sized chocolate eggs...|
|Eggs with Barça players on them (this one of Puyol)|
Eggs with Sponge Bob, Dora and others...
Here is a chocolate display with a candy Xavi, Hello Kittys, Doraemon (Japanese character), Cinderellas...
I tried the "regular" churros which were warm and made me feel like home:
Museu de la Xocolata (Chocolate Museum), Spain is the 7th largest consumer of chocolate--after the UK, and Japan. What? With all this chocolate here? How could this be?!
|Panel at Museu de la Xocolata|
I actually have TONS more chocolate photos, but I didn't want to scare off my few precious readers away. Okay, next up will be pastries, candy (non-chocolate), live fish or olive oil...¡Ay, caramba!