Spaniards are very jealous of the food, wine and Spanish cuisine. Spanish cuisine – a light vegetable dishes and a huge variety of meat and fish. In Spanish cuisine uses few spices and excellent quality ingredients.
As a rule, in large towns, restaurants during the week until midnight on weekends – up to 2-3 hours at night.
The bars under the name «Tapas» you will find a wide variety of dishes, which are served as an appetizer for a drink. Some bars offer a wide assortment of «tapas»; others specialize in any one form (eg, seafood appetizers). Spaniards traditionally take in one tapas bar and a small portion of the drink, then go to another bar and repeat. Group visitors can order 2 or more «tapas» or order instead «raciones», which is more and it can be divided.
In large cities, you can find McDonalds and Burger King. Their menu will surprise you: it was revised to suit local tastes, so prominent is occupied beer, salads, yogurt and wine. Pizza is growing in popularity, and in major cities you can find shops that sell pizza, but they can sell as their own home-grown products, and something like the international Pizza Hut.
Many restaurants offer set menus at fixed prices – «menú del día» – this is often very profitable. The price includes the cost of water or wine.
Tips and taxes
An account does not include charges for services. Tipping, the size of which can be increased if you loved the service. Usually, as a tip is left separate bill.
In restaurants, the middle class and in fast food restaurants is not customary to include in the price of taxes, so you should always know the menu is included in the price of VAT (7%, IVA in Spanish).
Cheese. In Spain, you can buy a lot of locally produced cheeses. The most famous – Queso Manchego. Also popular are the Cabrales, Tetilla, Mahon.
Morcillo. Blood pork sausage, flavored with anise, offer fresh, smoked and dried sausages.
Chorizo. The most popular in Spain sort of sausage, a convoy with pork, ham, salt, garlic and pepper. Produced many varieties, sizes and shapes, short and long, with spices, different shades of red, soft, dry and hard or smoked. Often contain emulsifiers and preservatives, so if you have allergies, look closely at the label.
Hamon. It is air-dried ham. There are several types. Jamón Serrano (Serrano ham): canned product obtained by drying the salty ham. If the front foot is taken, the product is called «trowel» or «paletilla». Also called jamón Iberico (Iberian) and jamón of bellota (acorn). Especially popular ham made in Huelva (Spain), in Gihelo (Guijuelo) (in the province of Salamanca), in Pedrochese (Pedroches) (Province of Cordoba) and Trevélez (province of Granada). Jamón Iberico is made only of meat grazing pigs. At the Boqueria market in Barcelona, Jamon Iberico costs between € 80/kg, Jamon Serrano – about € 25/kg.
Paella. The famous rice dish in the Mediterranean. There are many options: with seafood, chicken and rabbit, etc. Although the dish called “paella” can be found in almost every Spanish restaurant (and you will surely say that it is prepared to “that very” real recipe), this paella is found very rarely in the meals should include saffron (very expensive) and some seafood (in a good quality is outside the coastal zone is hard to believe). Locals advised to look for a real paella at major local festivals, such as at a wedding in the village, but some restaurants may still make them compete here.
Wines of Spain
Spain – home to many spirits, loved around the world. Spanish wines are not as popular as French and Italian, they are widely known in the world for its excellent taste and aromatic qualities. Each wine region is famous for its own centuries-old traditions and recipes for wine production.
Thus, the best-known Spanish wine is the “Rioja» («Rioja») – the wine produced in the eponymous region of Spain. Rioja region produces mainly red wines that are aged in barrels made of American oak and bottled in Bordeaux bottles. However, there is the percentage of white wines to be drunk young, and pink with fruit aroma, which are usually drink in the year following their creation.
Rioja wine, which has the status of quality DOC (Denominacion de Origen Calificada), classified according to the exposure time: Joven (hoven) – 1 year, Kriantsa (crianza) – 3 years (of which at least one year in oak barrels), reserve (reserva ) – 4 years (including 1 year in oak + 2 years in the bottle), Grand Reserve (Gran reserva) – 6 years (including 2 years in oak + 3 years in the bottle).
Wine connoisseurs advise men and women to drink different types of “Rioja”. Men – Alta «gran reserva», produced in the north of La Rioja, and women – Alavesa «reserva» or «gran reserva», created in the south of the area and has a soft and light taste.
Valencia – another region of Spain, famous for its quality wine (a quality status DO (Denominacion de Origen)). It produces excellent white wines from grapes Mersegera and Malvasia and Moscatel sweet scented golden. Red wines in Valencia is not a lot (Monastrel, Garnacha, Cabernet Sauvignon), and to drink young.
Malaga – at the same time and the name of Spanish wine, and the cities of Andalusia, surrounded by the wine and produce. Malaga – a dessert wine with raisin and caramel taste, it is sweet and dry, white, golden and almost black – depending on age. Distinguish 16 varieties of Malaga. The best kind of Malaga – “Lagrima» (Lagrima), it is made from Pedro Ximenez grapes (Pedro Ximénez), which prior to compression for a few days in the sun vyalitsya.
Malaga is the same grape varieties Moscatel (Moscatel).
And, of course, impossible to imagine without the collection of Spanish wines table wines of Galicia, full wines of Navarra, thin – Alelyansa, rich and delicious – from Tarragona and Priory.
Sherry (Jerez) – It is a known strong Spanish wine with a lovely flavor and delicate aroma. Real sherry made only in Andalusia, near the town of Jerez de la Frontera, San Lucar de Barrameda and El Puerto de Santa Maria. Sherry made from Palomino Fino grapes (Palomino Fino), Pedro Ximenez (Pedro Ximenez) and Moscatel (Moscatel).
Conditionally all sherries can be divided into two groups: Fino and Oloroso.
Fino – dry sherry with the strength to 15-16%, made exclusively from grapes of Palomino Fino. It has a pale straw color and fresh, bitter-almond, taste.
Oloroso – Spanish for “sweet”, it may not only be dry, but dry, and sweet, with the strength of 17% and above.
Other types of sherry, which now meets a lot, by nature are either Fino, Oloroso or to, or are something in between. For example, the type of Fino sherry is famous Manzanillo (Manzanilla), to Oloroso – Palo Cortada (Palo Cortado), medium variant can be considered Amontillado (Amontillado).
Jerez is widely used in mixed drinks, aperitifs, it goes well with vodka, gin, whiskey, and if necessary even substitute dry white vermouth. Sherry to drink from the glass in the shape of a tulip.
Sangria – also wine. It is prepared by spreading a dry red wine with water (regular or sparkling) or juice. Sometimes sangria is filled with fresh fruit (peach, apple, orange, lemon, strawberry, pineapple, melon) and spices, or added sugar. Summer sangria are served on ice – it is perfectly quenches thirst, and in winter it warmed drink (like mulled wine).
Any features or classification has sangria, but people distinguish her 5 types: quiet sangria, fruit, white, sparkling and strong.
The first type – the simplest: a dry red wine with grapes, oranges, and carbonated water.
The second is the same thing, but with as many fruits. The third type of sangria is prepared on the basis of white wine, but, paradoxically, it is still stained with red berry juice and grenadine syrup.
Sparkling sangria – the most delicious, cooked by Cava (Spanish sparkling wine similar to champagne), or on the basis of the usual red wine with soda.
Finally, strong sangria prepared with sugar, spirits (cognac, brandy, liqueur, vodka, gin) and spices (cinnamon, mint, ginger, nutmeg).
Cava (sava) – Spanish sparkling wine that makes for imported technologies from Champagne (Methode Champenoise) mainly in the Penedes region of Catalonia, which has the status of DO. Kava – white wine, while also produced small quantities of rose wine.
Kava is made from the following grape varieties: Pareyada, Macabeo (Viura) Charello, Chardonnay and in smaller quantities Priory and Pinot Noir. Aromas of kava include fruit and floral tones. On the palate there are shades of honey and sweets.
Cava varies in sugar content – from very dry (Extra Brut) to sweet (Dulce). There is also a classification of cava on the number of years of aging wine in the bottle: Cava (9 months); Cava Reserva (15 months); Cava Gran Reserva (30 months) – usually Brut Nature and Extra Brut.
The most popular brands of cava are Freshenet (Freixenet), Kodornyu (Codorniu), Segura Viudas (Segura Viudas), Zhyuve and Kamps (Juve y Camps), Gramont (Gramona), Bodegas Faustino (Bodegas Faustino).
Kava served chilled in a tall glass with clear glass in the shape of a flute or tulip. Cava is impossible to imagine without any Spanish party, wedding or banquet. Kava is often compared to champagne, because it is a great alternative (in terms of price and quality), the most famous sparkling wine of the world and makes it a very serious competition.
Cider (Sidra) – low-alcohol beverage, made from a certain kind of apples in Asturias and the Basque Country. Make juice from apples, which by fermentation without the addition of yeast to make an easy drink with 2-7% strength. Cider has a golden or greenish color and the smell of apples. According to the content of sugar cider distinguished from dry to sweet.
Cider to drink chilled. So when filling the glass formed a necessary layer of foam, cider is poured into large glasses of a certain height. Designated use cider called sidreriyami, and the cider Spaniards call ‘jealous bride, “because this wonderful drink does not tolerate combination with other alcoholic beverages.