Tapas to you!
December 23, 2009 — Barcelona, Spain
Here’s a little nibble of info on Spain’s favorite meal: Tapas!
Tapas were created when someone placed a piece of bread on top of their glass of brandy to keep the flies away. Then someone else decided to place a piece of ham on the bread.
Voila! Tapas are born!
Tapas, which comes from the Spanish word Tapar, “to cover,” are usually eaten between 4:00-6:00 pm and consist of small plates of a variety of foods.
A typical tapas menu consists of:
- • Croquetas – mashed potato croquettes
- • Patatas Bravas – fried potatoes
- • Tortilla – thick potato omelet
- • Anchovies
- • Grilled Prawns
- • Calamari
- • Olives
- • Cured Jamon (ham)
- • Cheeses
For some reason, Sam has taken a sudden disliking to jamon, which is starting to be a bit tricky (especially because she also doesn’t eat seafood either).
We found a higher-end tapas place last night and got grilled asparagus, fried artichoke hearts, sautéed spinach and chick peas, along with the standard potato offerings.
Most excellent! (if not quite authentic)
What’s your favorite tapas dish?
This entry was posted on Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009 and is filed under Food & Drink.