Seville – Tapping into Tapas culture
When in Spain there is nothing I enjoy more than tucking into some of the local culinary delights – and the majority of the time that means Tapas.
As someone who never knows what dish to choose from the menu, the idea of being able to dive into several smaller options is a welcome one.
For those not in the know, Tapas are a wide variety of appetisers; some served cold such as olives and some hot, including meats varying from pork to beef and a variety of sea food such as fried baby squid and even octopus. Order up any number of these snacks and you have a full meal to tuck into.
The word Tapas comes from the Spanish verb, tapar, which means ‘to cover’.
It is widely believed that the first Tapar were slices of bread or meat which sherry drinkers in Andalusian taverns used to cover their glasses between sips – thus preventing fruit flies from diving into the sweet sherry.
Sevillanos, like the Spanish in general, tend to eat later than people do in Britain; mainly between 9pm and 11pm. I found that eating Tapas helps the conversation flow more smoothly as the action of diners launching themselves into a variety of dishes leads to a more relaxed food experience.
Add a delicious drop of the local orange wine and you’re well on your way to a relaxing evening…