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Pastrami in Barcelona

October 13, 2013

Pastrami is a kind of meat usually made from beef  (also from pork, mutton or turkey). It comes from Romania and it was originally created as a way to preserve meat. For pastrami, the raw meat is brined, partly dried, seasoned with different spices and finally smoked.

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In Barcelona, in Paprika Gourmet (Update July 2015: New address! Castillejos St.,248) you can find a broad offer of pastrami sandwiches, with  original mixtures (pickles, orange sauce, honey,etc) and different kind of bread. Some of them are spicy (better ask before!), but all sandwiches are delicious.


In the shop, you can find delicatessen from different countries, most of them related to paprika (Ajvar (Balcanic sauce made from paprika), paprika filled with minced beef,chutney of pear and ginger)  and a selected offer of wines, Hungarian beer or cheeses. There are also sweet products, like carrot cake. Highly recommended!!

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Pastrami and cinema

Pastrami is not so well-known here, but it’s very popular in USA. It became very famous due to the fake orgasm scene in the film “When Harry met Sally”, not our favourite film but undeniably mythical. The scene takes place in the “Katz’s Delicatessen”, a restaurant at 205 Houston St in New York, in front of a pastrami sandwich:

Harry, Sally and a pastrami sandwich

Harry, Sally and a pastrami sandwich

In our visit to the restaurant (see, we saw the table at which Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal sat and how it was marked with a sign that says, “Where Harry met Sally…hope you have what she had!”.

Katz's Delicatessen

Katz’s Delicatessen


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