My boyfriend and I are visiting Spain for 10 days next week. We'll see friends in Madrid for a few days, then head to Barcelona for four nights (Nov 1- Nov 4), Girona for 1 night, and rioja wine region for the last weekend with our Spanish friends. Living in New York City, I would consider myself a foodie and have been lucky to enjoy some of the best restaurants around the world both here and abroad. That being said, I am incredibly nervous about 10 days of eating tapas. I'm a very health-conscious woman and would like to avoid eating heavy meals and fried tapas the entire trip. Please help with some guidance!
1. General Question: What are the "healthiest" tapas options? What key terms should I avoid?
2. Barcelona: I have been reviewing the board for the top restaurant choices. Are there any top restaurants known for being organic or "clean" preparation? I tend to learn toward seafood, raw or cooked, to avoid cream, butter, sauce etc. Any lunch recommendations for good salads or simply prepared seafood? We are staying at the Passeig de Gracia.
3. Girona: I have tried to get a reservation at Cellar de Can Roca, but they only offered lunch and we are cycling. Any hints on how to get a reservation? What would the second best option be in the area?
4. Rioja: If by chance anyone knows some must-see wineries, please share. I really enjoy unique experiences such as sensory tastings etc.