Sweet life in Spanish: what is it?
As the great musician Ziryab once commanded, after the hot everything should go to dessert — fruits, cheeses and sweets. It is known that Spanish cuisine has experienced several influences,…

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Why food is not the most important thing in a Spanish lunch
The Spanish word sobremesa has no correspondences in other languages, although the idea here is quite simple. This is the time you enjoy sitting at the table with friends or…

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Spanish soups: which to choose?
Today the Spaniards were busy with two important things. First, for the first time in decades, a bull killed a bullfighter in a bullfight. Secondly, in the evening everyone gathered…

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well-deserved aperitif

GASTRONOMIC THESAURUS (part 3)

Quirky habits and all sorts of oddities are the flip side of the traditional view of food, anchored in the content aspect of the units of the gastronomic thesaurus. One of the oldest and most natural pleasures – the pleasure derived from food, as noted by psychologists, covers 70% of all pleasures experienced by people. The Spaniards, unlike the English, eat with undisguised pleasure, considering any meal as one of the most enjoyable ceremonies of everyday life. The commitment of Spaniards to the culture of food is associated with a well-structured knowledge of what fits in the phrase “good to eat”, with the time of eating passes into the rank of absolute value, and lunch hours are considered sacred. The main meal of the day comida gives the Spaniards a lot of fun and takes a lot of time.

One of the most common culinary traditions in Spain is tapas. So generally called a variety of snacks that are served in taverns to wine and beer. Tapas are not limited to clear time intervals, as this ritual has a special place in the gastronomy and traditions of Spain. Continue reading

Tapas or pintxos?

Anyone who has been to Spain, and even more traveled to the Basque Country, probably wondered this question. What is the difference between pintxos and tapas? And how did it happen that around the usual, it would seem, sandwiches there was a cult? Briefly and to the point explain the difference.

So, let’s start with simple. On the left in the photo – tapas. Right-pintxos.

Both are traditional Spanish appetizers. Tapas-name, widespread more-less across the country. Except one region. In the Basque Country, small mouth-watering snacks for wine or beer are called “pintxos” and claim that this is a different story. Continue reading

10 most famous dishes of Spanish cuisine
Spain has given the world many brilliant chefs, including the magnificent Ferran Adria, whose restaurant four years in a row was recognized as the best in the world. In the…

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Spanish cuisine (part 1)
According to popular beliefs, the cuisine of Spain is a "Mediterranean diet" with cooking based on fruits, vegetables, legumes, rice, seafood, cereals and greens. However, in reality, in Spanish cuisine…

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Traditional Spanish dishes that surprise foreign tourists
Whatever the purpose of the trip of foreign tourists to Spain, they will in any case get acquainted with the national Spanish cuisine, which has an infinite number of unique…

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Spanish wine: choosing and drink properly
Did you know that Spain is one of the three world leaders in wine production along with France and Italy? Moreover, it is Spain that can be proud of the…

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