I will be visiting Barcelona for the first time during Jan 3rd to January 10th (after a trip to London for NYE)! Coming from San Francisco, and going there with 2 friends from Chicago and Los Angeles (also first timers).
We actually don't even have a place to stay yet, so reccomendations which areas/neighborhoods to stay are more than welcome too..also willing to venture a little out of town for good eats and gain some adventure by doing so.
Also looking for more relatively moderate to cheaper eats; no super high-class dining needed.
So..first, please give me some recommendations on the BEST "quintissential" and cultural foods that Barcelona has got to offer.
..and even possibly what to do with the food, when to eat a certain food, how to eat certain foods, and any other cultural etiquettes related to food or restaurants.
second: I love all kinds of foood, Im open to anything just as long as its awesome; this can be anything from asia, southeast asia, south america, central america, africa, european, thai, vietnamese, chinese, japanese (izakaya/yakitori, ramen), sandwiches, mexican, cuban, puerto rican, portugese, checkered-table-cloth italian, irish, indian, pakistan, jamaican, etc. etc
third: any other recommendations I forgot to ask, or that would interest me
Any help greatly appreciated :)