Tonight I dined on a Valencian favorite, paella. I think of paella as Spain's national dish, although my Spanish hosts say it is a regional favorite. Most restaurants here offer Valencian paella (meat), seafood paella and mixed paella, but there are many others as well. Since I'm on the coast, I had the seafood paella tonight, and what a treat it was. It's hard to see the rice in this photo for the abundance of seafood.
Tapas is also very popular here in Spain. If you haven't had it, you can think of it as a series of appetizers that make up a meal. They may be hot (fried squid, meatballs, shrimp, beef tips, sausage, empanadas, etc.) or cold (olives, pickles, cheeses, garlic bread, etc.) We order many different tapas and combine them throughout the evening to make a full meal. Serving tapas like this is designed to encourage conversation, because you are not so focused upon eating an entire meal all at once, and there is plenty of time between servings for good conversation. In fact, we order it just a dish or two at time. Of course, with high quality Spanish wine also being abundant, the conversation will flow easily.
|A favorite tapas restaurant in Barcelona.|
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