In keeping with our theme of sampling local produce, YM and I headed out for a dinner of paella with a few our our new friends we met at our Barcelona hostel. At first we tried the hostels recommended local restaurant, but upon arriving realised that they only served it in an entrée size, and that seafood was their only choice, which none of us really wanted.
After walking through the bustling Barcelona streets for only a few minutes, we chanced upon this small local restaurant offering sliced jamon (ham) from the bone, paella, and pintxos (small tapas) that one eats with toothpicks.
The day had been really hot, and even though the sun was down, the humidity and heat remained. Needless to say, I was really thirsty, and the beer menu consisted of two of the most popular Spanish beers, namely San Miguel and Estrella. We’ve also noticed that the Spanish are really into their beer with lemon, as well as sangria and kalimotxo, a 50/50 combination of house wine and coke.
However, since we’d been in Spain for a few days, I thought it was only right to get an Estrella, and paired with paella, I was seriously satisfied. Sadly, the beer by itself is a total waste of time. It’s bland, tastes like a common lager and doesn’t really do much more for my palate than keep it hydrated.
I think it was the time and place, along with the food that actually made me enjoy this beer, but there is no way I would go out and buy a six pack of this stuff from the supermarket. A total waste of money in my mind.
You can buy a glass/bottle from just about any bar in Barcelona for €1