Tapas are little
snacks and a great way of eating. Originally, when you ordered a drink the
barman would provide a free morsel to eat on a tiny plate on top of your
glass. The word tapa means a cover or lid. Obviously time
passed and what with free competition coupled with the infinitisimal
imagination of a human before long Tapas was being produced in lots of
different guises and no longer free!
Tapas have come to encompass more or less any hot or cold dish that can be
served in small portions, and they may be quite substantial.
The Spanish thing
to drink with Tapas is a dry (fino or manzanilla) sherry, or a glass of
tinto (red wine) or cerveza (beer). Of course gin & tonic is wonderful too
... just not terribly Spanish!
are an integral part of the Spanish lifestyle. In the sun drenched streets
of Spain, the lively Tapas bar hung with smoked Serrano hams provides a
local point for every community. Twice daily, Spaniards from the most remote
of mountain villages go to the thriving cosmopolitan cities of Madrid and
Barcelona head for their favourite bar for a chilled sherry, or a glass of
wine or beer, conversation and, of course, Tapas.