“Going for tapas” in whole Spain is one of the most popular gastronomic activities for the tourists but also for the locals!
Wherever you are in Spain: Andalusia, Vasco Country or Catalonia, you will find a wide TAPAS offer in all the Gastronomy and of course, with the typical dishes and ingredients from each area.
But, what does it means?
“Tapas” is not a particular type of food. Anything can be tapas: escalivada, paella, croquettes, ham and cheese on toast, truly anything. As long as it is small and served with your drink, in some places included, in others you have to order.
“Tapas” is not a starter. It is a concept of going out for having lunch or dinner in this way, and you will be eating 1 “Tapa” or more till you are full, and also you will have your tapa for yourself or you will share with the rest of your group, so all of you will enjoy a huge variety of “tapas”
Where did “Tapas” come from?
Exist different theories , ‘tapa‘ is a ‘lid’ or ‘cover’. In the early days of tapas, a slice of cheese or ham was given with your drink and placed over your drink. There is some debate over why exactly this was done:
- To keep out the flies.
- To hide the smell of the bad wine.
- To keep the wind from blowing your drink everywhere.
There are many other explanations, as it is said that there was once a sick king who couldn’t drink alcohol without taking some food with it. He issued a royal decree that insisted that everyone should take food with their drinks. A slight variation of this one is that the benevolent king simply insisted that food should be taken with any drink out of concerns for the health issues associated with drinking on an empty stomach.
But whenever it comes from, the truth is that we enjoy food and we do LOVE TAPAS!