one word: tapas

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

on monday i clarified that caroline’s and my reason for going to spain was to visit our old friends, sergio and roman.  while that may have been my original reason for going, it didn’t take long for me to realize my true purpose in spain (which very well may also be my purpose in life):  tapas. 
during my first few visits to spain, i foolishly did not utilize my access to tapas.  this time around, however, that was not the case. 

on our first day in granada, caroline and i were rewarded for making the trip from hell by a day of tapas (the first of many).

for those of you unfamiliar with the tapas routine (bless your poor little hearts), allow me to explain….

you walk into a tapas bar around siesta time (early afternoon) and you sit down at a table.  your spanish friend, who knows the owners/every member of the wait staff, walks up to the bar and orders “1 round.”  he does not know what he’s ordering, nor does he care, but he assures you you won’t be disappointed and so you choose to trust him.  minutes later, each member of the table is handed a drink (maybe a beer, sangria, fanta or lemonade) and minutes after that, 2 plates of an appetizer-sized meal magically appear on the table.  all people seated at said table partake in the immediate consumption of said appetizer-sized meal.  every one eats off the same plate and no one cares about hygiene.  after all, this is spain.  and besides that, it’s the best food you’ve ever tasted, so who cares about eating off the same plate?  once the drinks are finished, you repeat the whole process.

over.
and over.
and over again.
at the end (3 hours later), you pay less than 10 euro.
which confirms it:  you have, indeed, died and gone to heaven.

in all honesty, i didn’t eat everything that was served to me but i ate (or at least tried to eat) most of it.  there were some plates that made me want to vomit, though, in which case my friends were more than happy to eat my portion.  but what i did eat, i can tell you, was SO. GOOD.
i miss it every day.
and i don’t even normally eat seafood (apart from, you know, fish tacos maybe?). 
but i think if i lived in granada, i’d eat it weekly/daily/hourly.

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if you’re wondering why there is a different plate of food in every photo, it is because we literally ate around 20 plates of food. 
a country which advocates breaking the work day in half in order to nap AND eating in excessive amounts?  my kind of country.

21 comments:

Megan said...

haha this is awesome...and everything looks so good (even though i can't identify half of it LOL). and im loving your sweater!

Brenna [fabuleuxdestin] said...

i love tapas...although they're sooo messy! when i was in madrid i felt so uncomfortable. where are the napkins, spaniards??

Inessa said...

I love tapas as well, although I have never enjoyed any in Spain. Every time i visit Las Vegas the first thing I always to is to visit my favorite tapas restaurant Firefly.

arielle @ a beautiful journey. said...

oh my goodness gracious... that food looks so interesting! :) definitely a taste of another culture, awesome!

Alex said...

oh.my.gosh. This is my kind of eating/day/heaven.
I am sitting here salivating. I want all that food RIGHT NOW. And the sangria. I have a bottle in my refrigerator, but I feel like it probably tastes like crap compared to sangria in Spain.
MUST GO TO SPAIN ASAP!!

Diana Mieczan said...

All the seafood looks so fresh and delicious! Yum:) Have a great afternoon, darling

Ps: I’m hosting a stunning 3 gold bracelets GIVEAWAY today! Fun pieces to spice up summer outfits!

ellie said...

I've done the "American" version of Tapas (cause you never know if it's legit in America) and I've always loved it. Reminds me of the worst-best movie of all time... "I Hate Valentines Day"...

Maggy said...

oh my word - I'm equal parts impressed and terrified.

Katherina said...

mmm.... you made me really hungry for tapas now! I'm so glad I'm going to Madrid over the weekend to eat some of these delicious bits!

DB said...

Beyond jealous! I adore anything Spanish.

ilene @ muchloveilly said...

whoa so many interesting things here! loooove tapas!!!

Abby said...

I finally went to a tapas restaurant here and loved it! It was so cheap and so nice! I would love to go to Spain and try the real thing!

kylee said...

how bad is it that after reading a post entirely dedicated to food all i want to comment on is how amazingly great your bangs look? i blame my dislike for sea food. girl, your bangs? they are amazing. i want them.

Brittany said...

1. Granada is incredible 2. they have some of the best tapas 3. i miss spain sooo dearlyy :(

The Prairie Hen said...

Love your leopard cardi!

ashley // chasing heartbeats said...

A friend of mine studied in Granada and my visit there was literally a dream, and ever since I have been dying to get back. I think the tapas would be a reason alone to make the trip!

Erin said...

Oh, man, those pictures are making me hungry! I went to spain a few years ago to visit friends, and have very good memories of amazing food. Spanish food is so freaking tasty, especially since it usually comes with drinks!

Kayla said...

Tapas- love.

Jeneric Generation said...

I thought I commented on this! I know I at least told my roommate the next day how amazing this lifestyle would be. Seriously, I have thought about this post a lot...especially on the days when my lunch break consists of eating salad at my desk. That food looks AMAZING and I am a little jealous you get to experience this occasionally. Thank you for being careful to take pictures of everything you ate. It means a lot to me.

Jan said...

Don't think I've ever seen so much food in one setting!!!

colleen said...

i loved how you get a plate of food with every drink in granada - cheapest way to eat and drink ever!