Coastal cities of Catalunya cook salad of fresh herbs and spices, flavored with oil; vegetable salads represent an entirely different category of dishes there. An important element of every meal is fresh bread; locals prefer it to start the meal. Crispy slices of bread rubbed with garlic, tomato and sprinkled with a little olive oil have an amazing taste.
Culinary traditions of local people are treated with great respect and attention; cooking is a part of the national culture. Chefs cook their signature dishes exclusively of local ingredients; that distinguishes the Catalan cuisine from its Mediterranean sister. As for drinks, then there are some interesting features. During a hot day, the most popular refreshing drink is coffee with milk, and instead of usual tea restaurants offer linden flavored water.
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