Spanish Cuisine: Morning to Siesta Time

If you’re playing host to Spanish guests on a short or long-term basis, then it would be really great to get a better understanding of their cultural diet in order to please them as best you can. If you’ve ever stay abroad in Europe and sampled the local cuisine and then you’re already off to a good head start. Here are a few examples of typical Spanish meals:

Breakfast

Typically the smallest meal of the day, but often cited as being the most important, a tradition Spanish breakfast will consist of a potent coffee with boiled, whisked milk, not too unlike an Italian cappuccino. This potent beverage will be served with sweet pastry rolls with either some light cheese or jam. Some of the Spanish even like to kick off the day with a shot of brandy in their coffee, but it’s probably a good idea to ask your guests about this before you do anything too adventurous! I enjoyed starting the day with a strong brandy coffee when I chose to volunteer in Guatemala.

Brunch

Brunch, or the meal between breakfast and lunch is important in Spain, which is typical for a European country. One of the most popular past-times in Spain literally translates to ‘Tapas-hopping’ or the act of a light bar crawl with a different dish at each stop. Tapas are generally smaller Spanish dishes served in a buffet style. Some examples of Tapas are Spanish omelette, potatoes bravas (fiery Tabasco sauce on crispy, friend potatoes) and garlic shrimp.

Lunch

Once you’ve made it past the tapas stage, you’ll almost certainly be hankering for some more bites to eat. Lunch in Spain is actually the largest meal of the day. In fact, it’s a huge meal, probably becomes it chimes so well with the whole siesta thing; stuff yourself silly and then take a nap out in the sun. In fact, lunch is so important in Spain that a typical Spaniard or Hispanic person’s lunch break, at school or work, will be somewhere between two to three hours for them to fully enjoy this meal period. The entire country grinds to a halt at lunch time for a couple of hours, with all shops closing for siesta time. This comes from centuries-old agricultural traditions, long before the invention of air-conditioning. In Spain today, many of the larger shop and supermarket chains remain open during the siesta period. I found this out the hard way when I chose to volunteer in Latin America.


October 10, 2011 | Author: | Posted in Food & Beverage

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