Most people have heard of tapas. But do you know what tapa means? It literally translates to a lid or the cover of a pot. Historically in cafes, they would serve a glass of wine or beer with a piece of bread or jamón (ham) on top.  This was to prevent flies, mosquitos or dust from getting inside the glass. Also by the sea, it was to prevent sand from blowing inside. Some bars will also offer a free small tapa with every glass of wine or beer you order, as an incentive to visit their establishment.

Nowadays, tapas are very typical of Spanish cuisine. They are considered appetizers or small bites. It is very typical to gather at an outdoor cafe in the afternoon or evening and enjoy a glass of wine and a tapa. They can also easily make a complete meal by ordering several different kinds of tapas.

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Cheese and Vegetable:

Butternut squash with gorgonzola 

Coca de recapte (flatbread)

–  Crunchy brie bites

– Escalivada – Goat Cheese over red pepper & Eggplant

– Goat cheese ball topped with pecans and cranberries

Huevos cabreados (angry eggs)

Mango and Tomato Salsa

Mini mozzarella Sandwiches with Tomato Jam

Mushrooms al ajillo 

Patatas Bravas

-Palmiers de Ham and Cheese

Peppers del Padrón

Pea Soup Shooter

Tortilla de patatas – Spanish potato omelette

-Watermelon & Feta Salad


Almejas a la Marinera (clams)

Chipirones a la Andaluza (squid)

Cod brandade

Gambas al ajillo (shrimp with garlic)

Gambes de l’àvia (Grandma’s shrimp)

Pulpo a la Gallega (octopus)

Piquillo Peppers Stuffed with Cod Brandade 

Àvia´s mussels 


Chicken croquettes

Chickpeas Croquettes 

Cod croquettes 

Crab Croquetas

-Double Squid Croquettes 

Ham and cheese croquettes 

Mushroom croquettes

Mushroom and bacon croquettes


Anchovy & pepper montadito

Bacon & brie montadito

– Brie and asparagus

Tres quesos

Pear and blue cheese

– Montadito de apple, cheese y onion

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