One highlight of our recent trip to Barcelona was a cooking class, booked through the aptly named Barcelona Cooking. We learned how to make strawberry gazpacho, Spanish omelet, seafood paella and crema Catalana. Yum!Kail was in charge of our strawberry gazpacho.We booked the morning cooking class, which includes a tour and shopping trip to the Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria, or La Boqueria, a huge food market where vendors are selling fresh produce, seafood, ham, cheese and all kinds of goodies.Our chef, Lalo (right), bargaining for some ingredients at La Boqueria.In addition to picking up fresh ingredients necessary for our meal, the market tour included explanations of different aspects of Catalan food culture. Most importantly, it included a lesson on different types and qualities of jamón and a ham tasting.Pescado.Fresas.Once we returned to the kitchen (a short walk from the market), our chef, Lalo, divided up our group of 10 students to work different stations. He then explained how each dish needed to be prepared and what every person had to do. Even though we were each assigned different responsibilities, we all got a chance to contribute to different dishes, which was nice.Barcelona Cooking kitchen.Spanish omelet.Paella is a pretty involved dish if you make everything from scratch, including the vegetable stock. I was in charge of chopping vegetables for the stock (a relatively easy task compared to what others were doing — including peeling/cleaning all the seafood).Afterwards, I helped Kail chop strawberries for our gazpacho and I also cooked (and flipped and cooked and flipped) the Spanish omelet once all the ingredients were prepped. We also had the chance to enjoy some nice Spanish wine while we cooked. I mean, it was after noon at this point, so wine was totally acceptable.Plated strawberry gazpacho garnished with edible flowers.We received all the recipes via email, and they are also available on the Barcelona Cooking website. I don’t know that I’ll be replicating any of these at home, but it’s nice to think so.Paella!Crema Catalana.Crema Catalana is similar to creme brulée, only instead of full-fat cream and vanilla it’s made with milk (2 percent or whole) and lemon zest.Cooking classes are a fun way to explore a new country and culture. We have only taken one other cooking class (in Luang Prabang, Laos), but it’s definitely something we’ll plan on doing on future trips.Have you ever taken a cooking class in another country?