• Hola.  Spanish I is learning food vocabulary and how to express likes and dislikes.  Read the following article about the tasty gastronomy of Spain.  And not only is it tasty, but the Mediterranean diet is one of the healthiest in the world:


    Food in Spain:

    The gastronomy of Spain is as rich and varied as the country itself. First class ingredients, excellence in cooking, wise old tradition and promoting new culinary concepts, have led Spain to be on top of the culinary list in Europe.

    To define Spain in terms of gastronomy, is easy: olives, extra virgin olive oil, cured Serrano ham, fresh vegetables, sherry and garlic.  Add all of this to the chicken, fresh fish, seafood, or any kind of meat, and you are summing up the superb Gastronomy of Spain.

    When you arrive in Spain for the first time, you will hopefully wish to taste all that the gastronomy Spain has to offer and discover that paella is not the only dish consumed and sangria not the only famous drink.

    The Spanish cuisine is extremely diverse and ranges from snacks (tapas) to generous portions of fresh regional and local dishes based on meat or fish and other unique dishes.


     Eating Out:

    A great way to explore the real Spain when eating out is seek out the sometimes smaller bars and hidden restaurants where the locals frequent. You are more likely to encounter authentic local dishes and lower prices whilst soaking up the unique atmosphere.

    Eating out in Spain is a real treat and generally very good value for money.  A good option to discover the gastronomy of Spain and eating out during the day is the so called ‘’menu del dia’’ – menu of the day, which is usually displayed outside the restaurant or Bar, sometimes on a blackboard and will show the 2 or 3 courses, and drink, included in the menu. Prices range from 7 to 12 euro/person – the prices will vary depending on the category of the restaurant.

    It is a good idea to confirm before eating that “pan, postre y vino” (bread, dessert and wine – which are included in the menu), to ensure you do receive any unwelcome additions to the menu bill at the end of your lunch or dinner.

    Spain is of course home of those famous Spanish tapas which are  small plates of food served up in bars and restaurants all over the country and are usually very reasonably priced and a great way to try a number of Spanish dishes without having to order large dishes. The Tapa (which means to cover) was invented in a bar in Seville in southern Spain by farmers who used to cover their drink with a piece of bread to keep out the flies and other small insects.

    Gastronomy of Spain has been on a culinary high in recent years where some of the best restaurants anywhere in the world can be found, Barcelona alone boasts some 22 Michelin starred establishments. Three restaurants, the Cellar de Can Roca in Girona and the Mugaritz and Arzak in San Sebastian  are often found in the top 10 in the world.