FODMAP Resources, Travel

Culinary Backstreets Barcelona

June 17, 2015
Salted Cod - Barcelona

If you are a food enthusiast (like me!) and love to experience the food of different cultures when you travel then I think I have just the thing for you! Of course travelling with a food intolerance or allergy of any sort can be tough. Some other cultures don’t have the same awareness of allergies and intolerances as we do in Australia and explaining the importance of you not eating fructose, gluten or other FODMAPs in another language can be even harder!!

My most recent overseas trip was to Spain, Portugal and Morocco. The food in all of these countries was AMAZING and in some areas surprisingly easy to eat fructose friendly. I even saw dedicated gluten free shops in Spain and plenty of menu options marked as gluten free making it easy to avoid wheat. One of my favourite experiences during our journey was a culinary tour we booked through Culinary Backstreets. We had previously completed a Culinary Backstreets tour in Istanbul a few years earlier and loved it! So as soon as we had decided where we were travelling this time, I was back onto their website to see where they offered tours. It just so happened that our first stop was Barcelona and two different tours were offered, now it was just a matter of picking which one!

The decision was made and we were off on the ‘Made in Catalonia’ tour, sampling the local delicacies of the Catalonian people and learning a bit about their history and culture on the way. Our tour guide was Paula, an experienced food writer and fantastic guide! She was very considerate to my requirements along the way, ensuring that every establishment we visited that I was able to sample the Catalonian delicacies. Weather it was serving something on the side or choosing a slight alternative to everyone else, nothing seemed too much trouble for Paula, she really wanted me to have the same experience as everyone else.

We started with the best churros I’ve ever had, then moved onto a ‘gypsy arm’, a traditional Catalonian breakfast, catànies, a visit to a local ‘mercat’ (market), herbed snails and so much more!! Everything was so fantastic, I cant even decide which one was my favourite. At least this time we didn’t make the mistake of eating breakfast before the tour, we weren’t so smart in Istanbul and could barely move by the time we got to the end of our tour!!

And last of all I wanted to share quite a few photos with you from along the way. I think I took around 1800 photos over our whole 4 week trip but I’ve managed to narrow it down to just a select few!

Jamon Deli Barcelona

Jamon Deli Barcelona

Bites from the 'mercat'

Bites from the ‘Mercat’

Traditional Catalonian Breakfast

Traditional Catalonian Breakfast

Herbed Snails - no garlic!

Herbed Snails – No Garlic!

Local pulse and legumes store

Local Pulse, Nuts and Legumes Store

Ordering Churros!

Ordering Churros!

Do yourself a favour and book a Culinary Backstreets tour!!

*** This review is completely my own opinion and not sponsored by Culinary Backstreets, I just wanted to share an awesome travel experience with you all! ***





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  • Reply Kate July 26, 2016 at 8:14 pm

    Hi there,
    This is such a helpful post. I am getting ready to travel in Europe for 5 weeks. I’m very excited but also quite nervous about being away from my own kitchen, and losing the capacity to cook for myself or know what is in my food.
    I’m on a low FODMAP diet too. I was wondering if you had any other tips about how to address this with restaurants or hotels.
    I’m particularly concerned whether it’s doable to have carbohydrates while I’m there, or whether I’ll be eating protein and veg most of the time.
    Thanks in advance,

  • Reply Kate July 26, 2016 at 8:16 pm

    I should say that the countries I’ll be travelling in include France, Italy, Croatia, Austria, and the Czech Republic. (I know, very lucky!)

    • Reply Melissa July 26, 2016 at 9:50 pm

      Sounds amazing Kate! I’m jealous! I think rice is a good carbohydrate option that sounds be readily available in those countries. I found that their food is just so fresh and simple though that I didn’t miss carbohydrates though! Europe is great for delicious simple salads too. A go to meal for me was meat or fish accompanied by a simple salad. And if all else fails in the way of carbs, you can usually get some fries!! I think you’ll find it easier than you expect, I’d love to hear how you go!

  • Reply Kate July 28, 2016 at 11:53 am

    Thanks Melissa! That is very helpful and reassuring. I love those fresh and simple meals, so it sounds like I’ll be fine. And who doesn’t love an excuse to have a random serve of fries, heheh. I will post again after the trip to let you know my experiences. Thanks again for your quick reply :)

    • Reply Melissa July 28, 2016 at 12:26 pm

      Fantastic! Look forward to hearing about it!!

  • Reply Mollie August 18, 2016 at 4:45 am

    Love this post! Do you have specific restaurants in Barcelona that you would recommend that are lowfodmap?! Would love to hear if so. :)

    • Reply Melissa August 25, 2016 at 10:59 pm

      Thanks Mollie! I didn’t find anywhere specifically that was low FODMAP, but in saying that everywhere has so many places where the food is so fresh and simple that it was easy just to pick from a tapas menu. Being able to speak Spanish would be a bonus and our tour guide helped from that perspective while on the tour. You’ll love the food though, enjoy!

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