What's so great about Tapas food?

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Many people love to have Tapas food in Tenerife at the Mesón Monasterio, of Los Realejos in Spain, a little detail of which is depicted above. That's one of better Tenerife restaurants, but not necessarily the best place for Tapas. It is for me though, as surroundings are important to me.

The mushroom dish with its sauce may be called a 'cazuela tapa', although this expression may even be used for tiny helpings of stew, fish or vegetable dishes when they are in a generous bed of sauce. The olives which are in the image belong to the most classic variety which is also seen as 'Pinchos'. All small edible things which have a toothpick in the middle also fall under this category of 'nibble tapas' food also called the Pintxos. This is most common with bite size chunks of varied cheese.

Talking of Pintxos mind the Vintage Bar Farina 1920

This former cafe bar restaurant of La Orotava has definitely innovated with its Tapas and Spanish style Pintxos.

Tapas food a way of life ?

Yes, that's the case in most Spanish provinces, above all on mainland Spain. Also, Spanish speaking South America loves it. The small dishes or bites play their role with socializing and business. That's done in bars, tascas, cafés, bodegas, bistros or in restaurants, just like all over Spain. Such parties often take more than an hour.

Most important seven reasons to savor tapas

  1. The adventure of savoring tapas
  2. Never drink liquor without eating something
  3. Being hungry in between meal times when bar or restaurant kitchens are closed
  4. Preferring smaller portions, but more variety to eat
  5. Tasting unique finger food, as by business promotions
  6. A feast for the eye by designer tapas
  7. Cheap and/or value for money

Designer food tapas that are more than culinary arts

Tapa appetizers or cocktail tapas are rather small dishes. They are ideally turned into pieces of art. Nevertheless, they are a most practical and convenient variety of the Spanish cuisine.

Usually, they may also be found under starters in good Spanish or Tenerife restaurants.

Tapas event of 2017 as example.

El Sauzal celebrates
Dia Mundial de la Tapa (World Tapa Day)
More information here

Starter or Tapa

For example, we enjoyed some of best tapas food at Hotel Victoria of La Orotava. This was the starter of a daily menu. You may order it apart as a tapa. This artistic creation by the famous chef Richard Etherington was also seasoned to perfection.

We experienced a totally different type of tapas as finger foods which are classic, traditional Tapas (while cutlery was not amiss). This was at a very pleasant terrace restaurant of la Noria which still serves food between lunch and dinner times. Note that Tapas food was not specifically advertised outside of this eating establishment.

Free tapas in Tenerife

The news for free tapas are not good in Tenerife. Public fiesta tapas food seems to have come to an end. The biggest Canary Island was never as generous in this respect, contrary to some rural tascas on Mainland Spain, in Madrid or most of all in Granada. The wealthy region of Adeje stopped free 'Fiesta tapas' for a Romeria in 2013.

There are always some Tenerife bars which serve free assorted nuts with expensive drinks. You may see them as a tapas compromise. This follows the ancient Spanish tradition to always nibble at something when you drink liquor but, some finger food also makes more thirsty.

classic groceries for tapas, like different cheese, hams and salamis
Certainly food for tapas may serve a special occasion, such as a wine tasting venue. Needless to say, the famous Tenerife cheese is always in big demand for such short bites to eat.

Bar Tapas food is ready made on stand-by.

How big are the portions of these Spanish appetizers?

They are like children portions which are presented on oval dessert plates, often.

Some standard bar Tapas

  • Ensaladilla de papas (Potato salad)
  • Tuna fish salad
  • Crab salad
  • Pinchos of deep fried Calamares (Octopus) rings
  • Beef stew
  • Dish with baked potatoes or French fries
  • Spanish bean stew
  • Little fish, such as Sardines, Chicharros or Gueldes
    in a vinaigrette with olive oil,
  • Fish pastries
  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Red, or green sliced or entire Cocktail Tomatoes
  • lattice leaves and onion rings
  • Black and/or green Olives
  • Tiny 'Boccadillos' (small loaves of bread) with cheese and/or ham or salami
  • 'Cerrano ham' of varied quality, where 'Pata Negra' excells
  • 'Garbanzas' beans
  • 'Papas Arrugadas'(wrinkled potatoes) with Mojos of red and green sauces
  • Mojo rojo and Mojo verde
  • Alioli (garlic based mayonnaise)
  • Pan blanco bread and or garlic bread

By the way, you may ask kindly for any of the items listed when a place doesn't offer Tapas. Some bars or small restaurants go out of their way to serve you what you want.

Tapas more healthy than fast food?

Indeed, tapas are part of healthy food. Yet, most are fast to dish up or to prepare. Stay away from 'fastfood' where flavor enhancers, colorants or preservatives are used. They may taste good but should not become part of a regular diet.

Normal prices of Spains most popular food?

Of course, the prices of Tapas food shouldn't be higher than those of starters. That means about €2,50 to €8 in 2013. You will pay much more when you eat at a high class restaurant such as at the Abama Golf Resort in Tenerife South.

By the way, Spanish Tapas in Spain may include sausages or mushrooms which are typical to some regions of Spain.

Cheap and fun way to sample gourmet Tapas

Note that Culinary arts become more and more a trend with Tapas. Tapa hopping by Tenerife tapas bars, tascas and restaurants has turned into a yearly event for most towns or regions of the island. This is called 'ruta de las tapas'.

Get 5 friends to join you on a 'ruta de las tapas' to some listed places in Tenerife. The latest is the 'Ruta de la Orotava'. (Orotava tapas trip) with 45 tapa places to check out. It started on October 23 and will end on November 17, 2013. You can catch a tapa route taxi whose driver knows the way and is cheaper, too. You may take part in a Tapa competition where tapas only set you back € 2,50. Prizes are to be won.

The 3 best Adeje tapa producers of 2013

  1. Tasca Don Alfredo which was awarded the gold medal
  2. Restaurante Rambla of Adeje for the silver premium
  3. Tasca Italiana which received a bronze medal

All winning tapas were small cocktail tapas

Disclaimer

Mind that Tapas that won prizes during Tapa Routes are normally one-offs. Just about every bar in Tenerife took home a trophy at a Tapa Route competition. However, it will never offer the winning Tapa to you in the future, as it was only for a promotion.

Many Tapas with photos described in detail at Taperia Punto de Encuentro that is now at Hotel Puerto Plaza in Puerto de la Cruz.



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