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“La Boqueria” or “La Mercat de la Boqueria” in Barcelona

The famous market “La Boqueria” or “La Mercat de la Boqueria” in Barcelona, Spain is the one of the most visited attrations in the city and maybe among the top visited places in the world. Going back to history, we find out that La Boqueria was first mentioned in 1217 tables were installed near the old door of the city to sell meat. Later on, that is in 1470, the name of the market changed into Mercat Bornet, or simply, Mercat de la Palla (Straw Market). Some years later, local authorities took the decision to construct a separate market on La Rambla, housing mainly fishmongers and butchers. 1840 is the year when it was decided to build the official market, which opened the same year. Some of the old structures of La Boqueria Market, the metal roof still exists.

Mercat de la Boqueria Map, Barcelona, Spain
Mercat de la Boqueria Map, Barcelona, Spain

La Mercat de la Boqueria is a mixture of colours, tastes, smells, all attracting customers to see and buy. You can find almost everything here, from nuts to candies, fish, meat, cheese, bread and drinks. Tourists have this market on their top to-visit list. If you are in search of fresh food, than this is the right place. It is very crowded, especially because there are a lot of tourists there recording and taking photos. Paella, fish and chips, tapas all are there, freshly cooked, before your eyes. Not to mention the unique smell!

Boqueria Market or The Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria, one of the oldest markets in Europe, is situated on Las Ramblas, a very popular street in Barcelona, near the Opera house, just in front of Liceum Metro station, and it is opened from 8 A.M. to 8 P.M., except Sundays. The Market has many sections, such as pork products and meats, dried fruits, fresh fruits and vegatables, seafood, seeds and cereals, olives, candies and most of all, fish. You can also have lunch or dinner in one of the attractive bars and restaurants situated right in the center of Boqueria.

As a tip when planning your trip to Barcelona, go to Boqueria, see the stalls selling jamon, just at the entrance of the market, it is Spain’s delectable cured meat, buy yourself a fresh fruit juice, it is a wide range of fruit-based drinks, it may become very crowded at the entrance, where this juice is sold with about €2.50. Go to the fish stalls and admire all kinds of seafoods, most of them freshly brought that morning from the Mediterranean Sea. And finally, don’t leave La Mercat de la Boqueria without tasting paella, or tapas, two local dishes.

So, enjoy a feast of colours and smells in La Boqueria, maybe one of the best markets in the world! It is a fascinating place, with a reputation of having one of the best fresh food markets in Europe. And in the end, go for a long walk on Las Ramblas.

Different Types of Cheese at Boqueria Market, Barcelona
Different Types of Cheese at Boqueria Market, Barcelona

Different Types of Fish Sold at La Boqueria Market in Barcelona, Spain
Different Types of Fish Sold at La Boqueria Market in Barcelona, Spain

Freshly Squeezed Juice at Boqueria Market, Barcelona
Freshly Squeezed Juice at Boqueria Market, Barcelona

Fruit and Vegetables Stalls at Boqueria, Las Ramblas, Barcelona
Fruit and Vegetables Stalls at Boqueria, Las Ramblas, Barcelona

Fruit Stalls at La Mercat de la Boqueria, Las Ramblas
Fruit Stalls at La Mercat de la Boqueria, Las Ramblas

La Boqueria Market in Barcelona
La Boqueria Market in Barcelona

Mercat de la Boqueria, the Famous Market on Las Ramblas, Barcelona
Mercat de la Boqueria, the Famous Market on Las Ramblas, Barcelona

Stalls With Tasty Sweets and Nuts Sold at La Mercat de la Boqueria, Barcelona
Stalls With Tasty Sweets and Nuts Sold at La Mercat de la Boqueria, Barcelona

Jamon, Boqueria Market in Barcelona
Jamon, Boqueria Market in Barcelona

Food Safety in Airports

Unfortunately, food in airport fast-foods and restaurants is not as safe as anywhere else in town. Food safety has been always violated, according to local health department reports. Conditions is around 800 restaurants from 10 airports proved alterate conditions for the food sold. For instance, tuna salads or turkey sandwiches are some stay-away types of food in airports. They were kept and prepared in kitchens without soap at high temperatures. The National Restaurant Association’s Sue Hensley said the industry “is committed to ensuring all prepared meals are safe.” “The grab-and-go sandwich problem, it’s a constant battle,” said David Jefferson, of the Tarrant County, Texas health department, which inspects Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport Jefferson.

Is food safe in airports
Is food safe in airports
The risk of becoming ill as at hand’s reach because some recent inspections have showed that 42% of 57 restaurants reviewed at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and 77% of 35 restaurants reviewed at Reagan National Airport deal with a very serious unsafety issue. It is very easy for customers to grab and go their food but this is made at very high risk. Statistics have shown that there are 76 million cases of food-borne illnesses annually in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Food is almost never kept in coolers which can stop dangerous pathogens.

For instance, food safety is questioned in many airports, because at Detroit’s airport, chicken in salads was 60 degrees in a cooler Dec. 4 at the Fuddruckers near Gate C25. Fuddruckers in airports differ from its typical restaurants because they sell so much food from grab-and-go coolers, said spokeswoman Kelly Pascal Gould. The company is auditing airport franchise coolers. Workers handle food, for example, meat and bread, without changing gloves. This happened at Cibo Bistro & Wine Bar at Reagan National Airport. Atlanta Aiport is a faulty place indeed because inspectors found rat droppings or rodent issues at least 12 times from October 2008 through March.

Food-borne illnesses come from either bacteria or viruses, and bacterial infections arise when food is not stored at the correct temperature or it is not thoroughly cooked,” said Dr. Cynara Coomer, a medical contributor for Fox News Channel and FoxNewsHealth.com. She added that “Viral infections are most commonly Hepatitis A, which is transferred from the hands to the food. This comes from poor hygiene, like going to the bathroom and then not washing your hands.” So, pay very much attention – we all know that time is essential when travelling by plane – however, make sure you buy food that looks very fresh and eat only in places which are clean. Besides, food must be well-cooked, so as to kill the bacteria. But, if you get sick, report the issue to the authorities.

Food Safety in Airports
Food Safety in Airports

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