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What is Tapas?

Tapas ~ History & Food

A quick search through the internet will quickly show you that “Tapas”, which is well known now as an appetizer type meal, comes from a very unique history.  As described in Wikipedia, “The word “tapas” is derived from the Spanish/Portuguese verb tapar, “to cover”, a cognate of the English top. Before the 19th century, European roads were in bad condition. Some were originally old Roman roads (viae romanae); some were trails dating from the middle ages. Travelling was slow and exhausting. Most people could not read or write, and Spain was no exception. Inns, called posadasalbergues, or bodegas, grew up along the roads, offering meals and rooms, plus fresh horses for travelers. Since few innkeepers could write and few travelers read, inns offered their guests a sample of the dishes available, on a “tapa” (the word for pot cover in Spanish). In fact, a “tapa” was (and still is) a small portion of any kind of Spanish cuisine. According to The Joy of Cooking, the original tapas were thin slices of bread or meat which sherry drinkers in Andalusian taverns used to cover their glasses between sips. This was a practical measure meant to prevent fruit flies from hovering over the sweet sherry (see below for more explanations). The meat used to cover the sherry was normally ham or chorizo, which are both very salty and activate thirst. Because of this, bartenders and restaurant owners created a variety of snacks to serve with sherry, thus increasing their alcohol sales.  The tapas eventually became as important as the sherry.” (Cite: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tapas) Over the years Tapas have become more about food than it about “the sherry”.  Tapas dishes have also spread across the world and are served in more countries than just Spain.  Matter of fact, Tapas have become a style of eating that is very popular in the Mediterranean.   Would you like to try your hand at making some Tapas dishes?  We have found a site that offers 1000’s of recipes, including Tapas dishes from all over the world.  

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