June 16th is World Tapas Day … do you want to join us for dinner?

MADRID – On June 16 (2022) it’s time again for World Tapas Day (Tapia World Cup † Tapas are world famous and therefore the little bits are celebrated profusely with their own international holiday. Eating tapas is an ingrained custom in Spanish culture. It is an extremely popular culinary and social experience. Spain has the highest number of bars per. per capita in the world with 1 bar for every 175 inhabitants. Most of these bars also serve tapas, and more than half (58%) offer free tapas for each drink. So are you eating this year?

A study has shown that the tapas habits of the inhabitants of Spain and tourists are very different. You can easily get the holiday guest out as he comes from one sangria enjoy with its tapas while the Spaniards have a tasty fresh beer prefer (73%) or a glass of wine† The most popular tapas among tourists are tortilla and paella. Serrano ham and patatas bravas (fried potatoes with a spicy tomato sauce) are popular with both tourists and locals.

The locals’ favorite tapas include croquettes (hot, crispy croquettes with a creamy bechamel sauce and a filling of ham) calamari (fried squid rings) and ensaladilla rusa (called for confusion Russian salad) made with potatoes. Weekends are the preferred time to eat tapas (84.6%). The most popular time to eat tapas is Saturday night with friends or Sunday with family.

The average number of tapas eaten is 1-3 tapas, but it rises during the peak period on Saturday night (between 8pm and 10pm) to more than 5 tapas per day. person. Maybe the secret behind not getting too drunk is one tapa per drink?

But … what is a tapa?

A tapa (plural: tapas) is the term for a Spanish starter. Traditionally, a tapa is an appetizing snack enjoyed in Spanish cafes with an alcoholic drink (beer, wine, sherry). Sometimes in Spanish cafes (especially in Andalusia and inland) one or more tapas are served automatically for free with the ordered drink.

The origin of the tapa is disputed, but it is certain that the word “tapa” (plural tapas) is derived from the Spanish verb “tapar”, which means to cover or cover. “Tapa” can therefore literally be translated as “lid”.

Based on this meaning, it is often assumed that tapas originate from the habit of literally covering a drink with a piece of bread and / or a slice of ham, to prevent, for example, flies from getting into the glass.

Most popular tapas

Below is a brief overview of the most popular tapas in Spain, no doubt you know them and have eaten them before.

  • potato Bravas – Delicious potato cubes in a bowl or on a platter with a spicy red sauce. Delicious as an appetizer or as a snack as tapa.
  • Jamon Iberico – The traditional Spanish ham can be eaten alone or with bread. Be aware, because the good Spanish ham can cost a lot of money, but it is tasty.
  • croquettes – The croquettes but made in the Spanish way, not with the usual meat as in Holland, but with ham, cheese or fish.
  • chorizo – Another tasty Spanish spicy sausage cut into thin slices, delicious to eat as tapa. It is believed that Chorizo ​​was one of the first tapas to be used.
  • Olivas – A jar or bowl of olives will always go in, filled or not.
  • Potato Tortilla – The usual potato omelette satisfies, but can also be eaten as a small tapa, cut at the tip of the large tortilla or as a modern dice with a stick in it.
  • anchovies – The anchovies are finely filleted and eaten as tapa, sometimes with lemon on the side.
  • Albondigas – The meatballs in sauce, often tomato sauce, but it can also be another sauce, it’s up to the chef.
  • Pulpo a la gallega – Squid cooked in a Galician way, boiled in salt water and then cut into small pieces and served with olive oil and spicy paprika. You have to love it, but like tapa it is eaten a lot.
  • Gambas al Ajillo Freshly cooked shrimp with olive oil and crispy on the outside but soft on the inside.

Of course, there are many more to mention, but one should not write about them, but one should try it in the local tapas bar. Make no mistake though, because if the tapa is served on a sandwich, in all sorts of original sizes and shapes, then you are no longer talking about a tapa, but about a pincho or pinxoa Basque form of tapas that is very popular in Spain and just as tasty.

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