Moonraker Morsels

A Barcelona food blog


Claire Gledhill, Moonraker Morsels, Barcelona food blogI’m Claire, I’m originally from Slaithwaite, a small village in West Yorkshire, UK and Moonraker is the nickname given to the people of our village, which we prefer to call ‘Slawit’.

Since September 2009 I have been living, working and eating in Barcelona. Over the last 10 years I have grown from being someone who ate lots of Heinz and packet foods to thankfully now being someone who has developed a burgeoning passion for good food and cooking and an interest in food production and it’s impact on the environment and society.

Barcelona is a fascinating and exciting city which excites me immensely, particularly gastronomically. The plethora of ingredients, the markets, the patisseries and chocolatiers, the restaurants, small eateries and Catalonia and Spain’s current dominance in the world of culinary creativity were just some of the pulls to this wonderful place.

I learn more about here all the time as I contribute to Barcelona lifestyle and listings magazine

You will find me interspersing Spanish and Catalan vocabulary throughout this blog, the use of both reflects the interchanging usage in this city. However I always aim to use the Catalan words if I know them, this is the capital of Catalonia after all.

I don’t really enjoy writing about eating experiences I haven’t enjoyed so you’ll generally find I’m pretty positive about where I write about. I also don’t have a huge salary so you’ll see I cover places that are affordable and not too extravagant. Sadly.

And finally, do not call me a ‘foodie’. I think having an interest in what we produce, put in our bodies, treat ourselves with and what impact they have on our surroundings are something we should all be conscious of and not be an elitist, niche, snobbish label.

Thank you for reading.

18 comments on “About

  1. Su-Lin
    November 1, 2010

    Oh wow! I’ll be heading to Barcelona again soon and I’m so glad I’ve discovered your blog!

    • butterytoast
      November 1, 2010

      Thanks Su-Lin, glad you like it. Your posts have also made me check out some of the places you’ve visited here, especially the granjas for hot chocolate and melindros. I also like that we both share a hatred of beetroot and warm milk.

  2. Jonathan Hall
    October 30, 2011

    I’ll be heading to your home village in November on the beer train. And then back to Barcelona week before xmas.

    Will be checking out rest of the blog.

    • butterytoast
      October 31, 2011

      The beer train! I’ve heard a lot about it but never been on it. Also make sure you quaff a beer in Huddersfield’s ‘Head of Steam’ as well.
      Do you live in Barcelona Jonathan? And a big thanks for subscribing to the blog.

      • Jonathan Hall
        October 31, 2011

        Been in both pubs on the station, might only make it as far from Slaithwaite from Liverpool (too many pubs…)

        No live in Liverpool but been to Barcelona approx 25 times in tens years. Need to seriously improve my Spanish and Catalan before even thinking about moving there (though i’dnot object to moving within next five years…)

      • butterytoast
        November 1, 2011

        Make the move! You won’t regret it. Give my best wishes to Slawit on your boozey train trip.

  3. sally golland
    February 1, 2012


    just discovered your blog, we will be coming to Barcelona for 4 days Mid May and I can’t wait to delve more into your blog to try and get some great places to try out! Just worried that 4 days is going to be enough time to consume all of the delicious food I want to!!!

    • butterytoast
      February 4, 2012

      Sally, I can assure you 4 days will not be enough and will leave you hungry for more. I would suggest making sure you try and enjoy some typical Catalan food, don’t just be lured by tapas and other Spanish goodies which are delicious but not typical of this region. I can especially recommend ‘Mam i Teca’ and ‘Disbarat’, both of which I’ve done posts on. I would also try and check out some of the xampanyeria cava bars. There are too many places to mention but have a good look through the blog and more additions will be coming up. Enjoy your visit!

  4. David - Sheffield
    February 22, 2013

    Hi Claire, Good to meet you here. I am David from Sheffield. I have taken up residency in Ordino, Andorra. We moved here last year. Our work takes us away from the country for inordinate periods and it always takes a while to settle back into the routine of recognizing produce etc and formulating recipes. I had just returned from the fish counter to re translate what was on offer, this being Friday. Fish is delivered here Tuesdays and Thursdays only – so you have to be quick! It was in translating panga that I came across your blog. Thanks for the info on that. I will refer back to your site often i am sure. We were just down in BCN and tried out Dos Palillos in Raval – supreb seafood! Glad I found your blog. D

  5. 1001cpqmoments
    August 21, 2013

    Fascinating read and information. Saving your blog for next time I am looking for a place to eat. Well done

    • butterytoast
      August 21, 2013

      Thank you so much for your kind comment, I’m glad you enjoy the blog.

  6. Renee
    August 12, 2014

    Hi Claire! You’re website is fantastic. Are you still in Barcelona?

    • butterytoast
      October 22, 2014

      Hi Renee,
      Thanks for your kind comment. Yes I am still in Barcelona although I don’t write much on this blog anymore, usually just articles I write for other publications at the moment.

  7. John Bangal
    December 9, 2014

    This blog website is COOL 🙂 La Boqueria is a great place to buy and eat tapas in Barcelona !!! 🙂

  8. nikkgupta
    May 4, 2015

    Hey was soo great to come across your blog. Would love to connect with you. i’ll be flying down to barcelona on the 23rd of May & being a food lover myself i think it would be great to understand barcelonas food culture from you.
    Food Avalanche – Check me on instagram .
    Thats my email id : would love to hear back from you.

    • butterytoast
      May 27, 2015

      Hi, sorry I missed your visit but I have only just seen your comment as this blog is no longer updated as the last post explains.
      Hope you had a fantasic time in Barcelona.

  9. Manolete BCN
    July 14, 2015

    Hi Claire! We’re a tapas restaurant in Barcelona and we’d like to invite you! Can you please give us an email and we’d send you all the information?

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