Tasty Spanish Food

Bacalao is a tasty cod dish


Spain is a wonderful country to visit for different reasons and these reasons include the great climate of the country, variety of cultural heritage and activities, wonderful and helpful residents and most importantly the delicious food. There is much to write about the Spanish food but the main reasons for the popularity of the food are the food aroma and the bizarre combination of the ingredients. While cooking the food, more emphasis is laid on the flavor and the taste of the food rather than the presentation or garnishing.

Almost in every part of the world, experimentation while cooking is the key and so it is in Spain. The food recipes are made with the experimentation of the traditional and current styles which makes the recipes more delicious and mouthwatering. The modern day Spanish food is also cooked by using the ingredients of Greek, Roman and Moorish food. The typical Spanish dishes are spicy and rich in flavor while the most commonly used ingredients in the Spanish food are beans, tomatoes, citrus fruit, chilies and potatoes.

The cuisines in Spain are very much adopted and influenced by cuisines from other regions. The most generously used ingredients in the Spanish cuisines are cumin and honey which is similar to the Arabic cuisines. There are some Spanish cuisines which are influenced from the American food like the combination of chocolate and meat.

The most famous dishes in Spain include salted cod which is called Bacalao in the local language and sausages like

Bacalao is a tasty cod dish
Bacalao is a tasty cod dish

Choriza and Butifarra. Among other popular food items, shell fish and chicken are most common. Rice is also the main food item in Spain and there are many dishes which are made with rice and rich flavoring of saffron. Spanish people love eating rice dishes.

If you are visiting Spain, then you must visit the Tapas bar for a complete and great dining experience and you will surely remember it. The Tapas dining will offer you with plenty of small starters like cheese, dips and vegetables. Spanish people consider dining incomplete without the local wine. In Tapas the food is served with the best wine of Spain. The most popular wines produced in Spain include Sherry and Tempranillo.

Spanish food is a great reason to plan a visit to Spain and you will surely love dining at different famous places of Spain along with the rest of the holiday activities.
This entry was posted in Culinary Tips on October 11, 2012

How Locals Do Tapas in Spain on Travel with Kate

Tapas and Spain go together like baguettes and France. As promised here is my first episode from Sevilla, Spain chasing my passions and my storybook vacation with Expedia. In this video, a local, David Ciudad of the website Notjustatourist.com, showed me a couple of his most beloved restaurants in the Triana neighborhood of Sevilla.

Triana is a bustling part of town that is markedly different from the rest of the city. The concentration of historic architecture and manicured gardens found across the river in Sevilla are replaced here by a vibrant local scene. Triana has it's own festivals and is a hub of Flamenco culture. In fact, many who live in Triana identify as Trianeros rather than Sevillians.

Whether in Triana, in Sevilla-proper or Spain at large, I find that eating tapas is a really fun and social way to dine. Often in bars like we visited in the video you have the option to stay standing while eating or you can find a seat. Tapas are best enjoyed by sharing and trying as many tastes as you can. With all the flavors, I tend to feel more satisfied after a meal of tapas than if I do with regularly coursed meals. All that variety makes for a special experience.

If you want to have an experience like this one or even this exact one, go to Notjustatourist.com or Toursbylocals.com to book yourself a local experience. Both David and Tours by Locals proved to be instrumental on my trip to Sevilla helping me get into the heart of the city quickly and with ease. And I'm passing the tip on to you!

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PHOTO CREDIT: In the Travel with Kate opening sequence, the image behind Kate eating sushi (not of Kate) is by photographer Trey Ratcliff of http://www.stuckincustoms.com/
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