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Edible Bikinis in Barcelona

20th August 2015

Barcelona is a culinary capital offering a wide and wild variety of cuisines and creative dishes. However, grazing on tapas and dining in fine restaurants can be both wearing on the wallet and bruising on the palate.

There sometimes comes a time when you just want something more ordinary, a light bite to fill a hole while out and about.

Well, you could try a Bikini.

View of Bikini, Barcelona, Bill Sinclair

Bikini?

Yes, Bikini. When wandering around the city you’ll see the word Bikini scrawled on chalkboards outside snack bars. It’s a very popular snack, probably the most popular snack after the ubiquitous patates braves [patatas bravas in castellano].

A Bikini is a grilled ham and cheese sandwich.

The name, Bikini, is unique to Barcelona and Catalunya. Try ordering a Bikini outside of Catalunya and you’ll prompt incomprehension, a measure of confusion, and perhaps a little argument; in Spain a Bikini is known as a mixto.

History

The sandwich, un croque monsieur in France, is said to have been so christened here, in Barcelona, in 1953.

To check out the history of the Bikini GO HERE

Cropped Bikini, Barcelona Bill Sinclair

Test

There are two food tests for any snack bar in Barcelona — the Braves test and the Bikini test.

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Make more of your time and money when visiting Barcelona

1st February 2015

Palau Música, Barcelona

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