“Tapas” of Granada

Probably you heard already about the famous Spanish “tapas”, but what do you really know about them?

Of course you can taste them all around Spain, but there is one city where you will find the “mecca of tapeo”, and this place is Granada. There you will get a free tapa in almost every single bar of the city when ordering your drink, and believe me when I tell you that in some of them they are really big! So much, that probably with two tapas you should be already full!

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There are many theories about the origin of tapas, but the most consistent of all, is the one which says that the idea appeared in the Middle Ages, when some publicans began to “tapar” (to cover) their customers drinks with a slice of bread, in order to keep away insects and dust. Personally this is the theory that I like the most!

You can find tapas bars of all kinds, traditional, oriental, design, Asian, vegetarian, etc., so as you can imagine the variety is wide! You will need several days to be able to try a little bit of each!

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Is also important to know that there are usually two types of bars, those in which there is a predefined order of tapas and therefore you will be surprised with every round you ask for, and others in which there is a menu with all the tapas available, so you can choose the one that you prefer. If you are a group, usually you will be allowed to request up to two or three different types for each order.

To finish I am going to write a small list with some of my favorites tapas bars, they are all easily accessible and well known to the inhabitants of the city. Also is important to mention that Granada is a beautiful city, well worth a visit!

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– La Antigualla – Calle Elvira

– La Riviera –  Calle Cetti Meriém, 7

– Bodegas La Bella y La Bestia – http://www.bodegaslabellaylabestia.com

– Brasilia Café Bar – Calle Dr. Mesa Moles, 2

– Café Bar Oriental Feng Shui – Calle Hermosa, 7

So if you don´t want to eat and drink good for a ridiculous price, then DO NOT GO TO Granada!

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Belgian traditional food.

What is your national dish? I guess you have few in your country, don’t you?

Did you know that in Belgium are… chips? Before coming here I didn’t like them too much, but now I have to say that they are great! So crunchy and so tasty! And what is more, there are so many sauces to try together with your chips! Which one is my recommendation? If you like spicy food try Andalusian one and if you prefer something that will burn less in your mouth, then order Brazilian or Curry sauce.

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Apparently the most famous chips in Brussels with 27 sauces to choose!!! http://www.maisonantoine.be/ Check it out!

What is more, don’t be afraid to take your favorite chips to the bar! There are some special bars, usually close to the place where you can buy chips that have signs which allows you to order your beer and enjoy your chips while being inside! Isn’t it amazing?

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“Frites” are more than welcome here.

So, DO NOT GO TO BELGIUM if you don’t want to be addicted to chips! 😀

What is the strangest thing that you eat in your life?

I think for me will be grasshopper and larva of one bug (I’ve no idea which one). First one is really crunchy and taste like crisps second one ehh something between over cooked chicken and something really spongy.

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But what about other strange meal?  Let’s have a look. 🙂

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Goats heads and bull’s kernel? Any problem just go to Marroco.

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Blood soup served in Poland for men during proposal, just to say NO!?!(Yes I tried it and it is delicious!!!!)

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Fried spiders from Cambodia? (No, that one I didn’t try)

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So do not go to those countries if you are afraid of trying weird meals. Enjoy your lunch!