Inside The Tiny Barcelona Restaurant Using Food To Fight For Migrants' Rights

“Food provides a chance to share social, cultural, even political stories. It unites us as a society”

On the surface, Mescladís looks like any other charming little restaurant in Barcelona's trendy Born district. On a recent Monday afternoon, the chalkboard menu touts local and seasonal ingredients, the furniture is mismatched and painted in cheerful colors, and a crowd of fashionable international types fills nearly every table. But a closer look reveals a project with much larger ambitions. Most of the staff are migrants from places like Senegal and Syria—many with an “irregular” legal status—and the daily menu often features recipes they've adapted from back home. Today it’s Moroccan salad and veggie moussaka.

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