Eating can be one of the most vivid ways to experience a country. Spain is a beautiful country with many things to offer. One of those special gifts is its cuisine. Whether it’s Basque, Galician, Catalan, or Andalusian, Spanish food is an indulgence. Now, we all know the paella as THE Spanish dish. This article, however, is dedicated to all the other delicious dishes that often get overshadowed by it.
Spaniards have a thing for seafood, all kinds of it. That’s no surprise, the Seafood Business Magazine, stated that Spanish consumption of seafood is over 80 pounds per capita. For really good prices, you can get amazing quality lobster, Cod, crabs, shrimp, squid, mussels, oysters, anything you can think off. It’s a fish heaven over there. My ultimate favorite is Octopus, grilled or baked,whole or cut into pieces, those tentacles are a delicacy.
The Spanish Omelette
Now I do not want to break your hearts, but the Egyptian Spanish Omelettes has nothing to do with Spanish Spanish Omelette. The Spanish Omelette, which is also called Tortilla, is made of eggs, potatoes, and onions. And that’s is. It’s usually thick in texture and a variety of options can be added on top. It can be eaten at any point of the day, breakfast, lunch, snacks,
Pintxos and Tapas
For some reason, the Spanish love doing things on intervals, they wont sleep well at night and have siestas through the day, they won’t eat big meals and have snack all day, the list goes on. So when we talk about snacks, between the north’s Pinchos to the South’s tapas, Spain has an amazing culture for it. Tapas is a tradition that begun long ago in the southern city of Seville, and slowly took over the country. It is an assortment of small portions of appetizers and different dishes. Pinchos (or as the Basque spell it: Pintxos) is more or less the same idea but it is a north speciality. It is mainly made of slices of bread with different toppings on them. Delicious, light, and cheap!
About a Food Culture
You can tell a lot about a country from the way its people enjoy food. A great portion of the social life in Spain revolves around eating and drinking. Though underrated, Spain has really amazing wine production. As for coffee, it is the essence of Spain. Wether it is a café con leche (coffee with milk), café solo (coffee without milk), or cortado (coffee with some milk), every hour is coffee hour. If you stay there long enough you will get used to the gatherings on the streets in front of bars with people talking for hours over good snacks, wine, and/or coffee. This includes families as well, as it is very common to find the kids in all the gatherings and not at home because of a school night. Truly, Spain is one of the coziest cultures you’ll ever witness.