The ocean is often the star of Catalunya’s food scene, but in November seasonal produce moves in-land, where the mushroom—or bolet in Catalan—is the protagonist of the plate. Mushroom foraging is a big deal: There’s a TV show called Caçadors de bolets ("Mushroom Hunters") that’s devoted to the earthy pursuit, a GPS shroom-spotting app to accompany it, and national park authorities have even started charging small access fees to control visitor numbers at the most-fungused spots. Back in the city, the best mushroom shop is considered to be Bolets Petràs. Nestled deep inside
La Boqueria market, its owner, Llorenç Petràs, is famous for his next-level mushroom smarts, having supplied the legendary El Bulli restaurant in its time. For a day tour to forage first-hand, contact Aborígens, which specializes in local foodie excursions. Wicker baskets, ready. Alternatively - and much safer option - join one of my walking tours and I will make sure you enjoy a good lunch!