Sunday, April 02, 2006

Tapas in Spain

I never like going to Tapas places for dinner. For those of you who don't know, Tapas is a style of food from Spain where they serve many very small plates. For example, a plate might have 3 shrimps or 2 garlic sauteed mushrooms. And since it's popular to go with a large group, I always find myself sharing a plate that's not even big enough for one person with 8 people. And ordering many dishes somehow doesn't end up being enough food for me. I usually leave Tapas places hungry and craving a place like In-N-Out to get stuffed.

In Spain, Tapas are not for dinner or lunch. They are only consumed in the afternoon before and after siesta (a wonderful ritual of closing business in the afternoons and sleeping). So Tapas were designed more for an afternoon snack than a meal. So nobody leaves hungry. I loved many of the Tapas plates there. But my favorite was probably
Jamon Serrano -- think of it as Prosciutto++ (Scusi to all Italians). Here are some pictures to wet your appetite! Another good place, recommended by a Googler, was a swedish-argentinean restaurant called Olsen. Sadly, they had no giant swedish meatball, which is the first thing that came into my mind when I heard of this interesting mix.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The best type of Jamon Serrano is "de bellota" (of blockhead?), and the city for excelence know as cradle from Jamon serrano is "Salamanca".


12:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i love jamon serrano, you can eat the best in Valencia, let s try it!

12:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

in the north of spain you can try cidra...

8:18 AM  

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