Spanish Regional Cuisine- Catalonia

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Geography, Topography, Climate, and Agriculture

Catalonia is located in the eastern part of Spain, right on the Mediterranean shoreline. Its capital is the famous city of Barcelona. Within Catalonia, there are three main rivers: Ter, Llobregat, and Ebro. All three of these rivers flow directly into the Mediterranean. The main languages of Catalonia are Catalan and Spanish. Catalan, however, is considered the main language, according to Catalan laws. The weather is generally the same throughout Catalonia, hot, dry summers and mild and rainy winters. Catalonia's agriculture revolves around the production of wine, almonds, olive oil, rice, potatoes, and corn. Over one third of Catalonia remains under cultivation.
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This is an image of Catalonia. Catalonia borders Andorra, France, Aragon, Valencia, and the Mediterranean Sea. Within Catalonia, there are four regions: Lleida, Tarragona, Barcelona, and Girona.

http://wikitravel.org/en/File:Catalonia-regions-map.png
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Pa amb tomàquet: bread with tomato

In Catalonia, people prepare bread with tomato much differently than in America. Instead of sliced tomato with bread, the tomato is squashed and spread in the bread slice, dressed with extra virgin olive oil and small cuts of a Catalan specialty: cured pork.

http://smokysweet.com/dining/tomato-bread/
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Catalonian Paella

Paella is a rice dish with seafood. There's also some paella that has noodles called "fideuà". Paella and fideuà can also be prepared with black squid ink, which is called "fideuà negra".

http://barcelona.de/en/recipe.html

Bibliography

Written Sources

"Catalonia." Travel Guide. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 Apr. 2014.

"Catalonia." Britannica School. Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., 2014. Web. 31 Mar. 2014.

"A Guide to Authentic and Typical Catalan Cuisine." Catalan Food: Guide to Authentic and Typical Catalan Cuisine. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Mar. 2014.

Rodriguez, Vicente. "Geography." Encyclopedia Britannica Online. Encyclopedia Britannica, n.d. Web. 09 Apr. 2014.

"Spain." Britannica School. Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., 2014. Web. 31 Mar. 2014.

Images

http://wikitravel.org/en/File:Catalonia-regions-map.png

http://smokysweet.com/dining/tomato-bread/

http://barcelona.de/en/recipe.html