I have been trying all sorts of food in Barcelona, and I have come to two conclusions (more like speculations based on my observations) on views of the Spanish on food:
1. These people have never heard of cholesterol, heart attack, and related subjects
2. These people have heard of all these but try to defy the whole issue of light/healthy eating with an iron will (and a gallon of oil/fat).
It is very interesting that the more I look, the less I find anything grilled. Even roasted vegetables are dipped in oil. There are all sorts of cured meat. I am curious about the vegetarian population here, its existence and the size of it. I am also looking for a good Paella. From what I had in Canada and what I have seen on cooking shows, it should have saffron, and it shouldn’t be watery, and … Everything I have had so far is anything but. I have asked just about anybody but so far one is worse than the other. Or perhaps I prefer the non-authentic version I had in Canada better. Any suggestions?
One thing I have had amazing experience with is coffee. And bread. And olives which must have come directly from heavens. OK that is three, but I cannot help admiring. Food is also quite cheap compared to Canada, and mostly much better quality and taste. If I can get over my fear of heart diseases, I will never stop eating (this is in case my family doctor reads this).