DO YOU EAT TAPAS CORRECTLY?
Eating tapas is to have a feast with everything that's good, but do you know how the Spaniards eat tapas?
It started as an appetizer before lunch or dinner, but things have changed in the last fifteen years. It has become more common to eat tapas as a main meal, also for Spaniards. They call it 'tapeo', which is a bar round where you go from bar to bar and eat. You hang out at the bar, point at the good food you want and enjoy yourself!
5 common mistakes when eating tapas:
# 1 We order everything at once
If you go to a tapas restaurant in Norway you get quite large plates of meatballs, patatas bravas, padronpimientos, bellota ham, and so on. If you order everything at the same time, the meal is over in a snap, hot food gets cold and you risk ordering too much food. In Spain, you order a little by little, as the metric barometer develops.
# 2 We don´t know the difference between tapas and raciones
A tapa is a small mouthful of food, served on a tiny plate, often in the bar. A ración is more like an overgrown tapa, and is something you can order when served at the table. It is also possible to order media ración, which is half the amount. The food comes without garnish and is meant to be shared.
# 3 We pay only for our own food and drink
In many countries it is expensive to go out and eat and drink. Therefore, we are used to splitting the bill and only pay our part. This is not common practice at all in Spain. Here everyone pays for a round at the bar if you go 'tapeo'. If you sit around a table and eat raciónes, it is common to split the bill on the number of people who have eaten. I have never experienced a Spaniard sitting with the magnifying glass and calculator to accurately figure out how much he has eaten and drunk for.
# 4 We order pints or half liters with beer
Big glasses of beers like pints or half liters is not so smart in the heat. In Spain it is common to drink small cañas or slightly larger tubos with cerveza. Try yourself, then you wont have to drink warm beer.
# 5 We only order for ourselves
We are used to ordering a course only for ourselves, and it is not easy for many foreigners to change this habit. But in Spain you put the plates at the center of the table and everybody eat from there. Everybody shares. If you want your own dish without having to share with others, order a plato combinado, which comes complete with garnish, potatoes and fish or meat. But my and my how boring when you instead can taste a bit of everything and maybe find a new favourite!
Source Vibeke Montero bortebest.no