Thursday, March 5, 2015
Spain was once recognised for being a country full of voyagers, spreading its rich culture and legacy across the seven seas during the golden of age of exploration. Thanks to the Spaniards’ history as conquistadors, cultural elements such as bull-fighting, flamenco, and delicious Barcelona tapas have reached worldwide renown. Just like Spain had managed to become a massive influence to numerous far-flung countries, however, there are dozens of other nations that have greatly contributed to the wealth of their heritage as well. One of the nationalities that has had the most profound effect on Spain were the Arabs. The 7th century marked the height of the Moorish invasion, which crossed Spanish borders and left remnants of the Moors’ art, architecture, and language in their wake. For hundreds of years up until the present day, the country carried tell-tale signs that served as proof that once upon a time, the Arabs and the Spaniards co-existed in one land together.
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Tapas have long been a part of Barcelona’s history, and are considered an important trademark of Spanish cuisine. These sumptuous bite-size dishes are classified as finger food, and are usually served as snacks between meals, as appetizers, or if eaten in combination, a main dish. Unlike more formal meals that oblige diners to sit down and focus on eating, tapas are made to encourage socialisation, giving people the freedom to move about and talk while enjoying their food. There are many different kinds of tapas. From simple cheeses and olives to mouthwatering meats and cold cuts, tapas can be made out of a wide variety of ingredients. Of course, there are certain classic types of Barcelona tapas that have proven to be more popular and well-loved by locals and tourists alike.
Sunday, February 15, 2015
While many tapas bars serve more or less the same, familiar dishes, some serve regional cuisine that is unique and specific only to their establishment. Others are adventurous, and serve tapas that are a fusion of other countries’ cuisine. Some tapas, such as Ziryab, offer other amenities such as shisha in Barcelona. These peculiar tapas are a must-visit for those looking for a one-of-a-kind experience, or for those who feel like having a change of pace from the more popular bars.
Friday, February 13, 2015
Before you start asking “¿Donde encuentro un buen tapas en Barcelona?” you might want to familiarise yourself with Spain’s history and culture for a bit. Thanks to contact with the Romans (who introduced olives and other produce) and the Moors (who introduced almonds, citrus, spices, kebabs, and so on), Spanish cuisine is actually a fusion of many Mediterranean styles, and tapas is no exception. Diners should not be surprised to be served the occasional Turkish kebab or mezze while drinking their sherry, because such dishes have long since entered Spanish cuisine.