cover issue 157
This month in Barcelona Metropolitan, we focus on food. Our cover story sees Matt Elmore investigate why juvenile obesity has shot up in Spain in recent years, despite its traditional, healthy Mediterranean diet. Catherine Hubbard looks at the whys and hows of the renovations being done on all of Barcelona's markets, while Andrew Gubb writes about his own, and others', experiences of 'bin-diving' here, which sees people obtain some or all of their food from what is thrown out by supermarkets and other shops. And for our vox pop this month, we asked readers where they get most of their food from.
Our regular food and drink section features reviews by Nadia Feddo of 'sexy' Indian restaurant Mayura and a what's for lunch that ventures just out of Barcelona to the green area of La Floresta for a meal at Casa Blava. The market watch section tells you how to make xató, a popular Catalan cod salad that works best when you search out top quality ingredients, amongst other products worth looking out for on the market stalls this month.
In the culture section, there's a guide on how to get the most out of a flamenco performance, to tie in with the start of Barcelona's flamenco festival, De Cajón! by Natasha Young, and a look at this month's Minifestival of Independent Music which, for the first time, is also staging a day of film screenings. Jethro Soutar spoke to Scottish crime writer Ian Rankin, who will visit Barcelona as part of this year's BCNegra crime literature festival. Alx Phillips writes about the photojournalism exhibition on at CaixaForum, FotoPres, and gives you the highlights of this year's documentary film festival, DocsBarcelona. Lauren Mannion previews the Richard Hawley concert (and we give you the chance to win tickets to see the Brit on stage here) and we suggest ways to get your Carnival costume together.