Coffee and Tea
Coffee is an essential part of Spanish café culture, especially in the mornings. When ordering a Spanish coffee it is important to understand the different coffees that are available. Check out our guide to which coffee to order in a Spanish café.
Churros con Chocolate
Churros con chocolate is a perfect start to the day. In most towns in Spain there can be a found a ‘churrería’; this is a café that specially prepares fresh churros for breakfast. The Spanish take their breakfast chocolate very seriously.
Eating & Drinking
Hundreds of years ago the tradition of turrón began in Spain. Accredited to the Moors, it is made by combining almonds and honey to make a delicious Christmas treat.
The word tapa translates as ‘lid’ or ‘cover’ giving rise to various theories about from where the term was derived.
The word ‘tortilla’ is derived from the Spanish word ‘torta’ which means round cake. A tortilla is often referred to as a Spanish omelette.
Matanza, the annual pig slaughter is an age old tradition that is slowly dying out in all but the more rural areas of Spain.
A jamón is the term used to describe the hind leg of a pig that has been cured. The cured front leg is known as a paleta.
Widely consumed throughout Spain, Gazpacho is a Spanish soup, served cold, that originates from the Spain’s Southern region of Andalucía.
Vinagre de Jerez
Sherry vinegar, or vinagre de Jerez as it is referred to in Spain, is a gourmet wine vinegar made from Sherry and produced in Cádiz.
Spanish olive oil, its cultivation and its processing, which started during the Phoenician era, is an integral part of the history of Spain.
Spanish smoked paprika, known as Pimentón, is widely used in many Spanish recipes, particularly when a dish calls for a deep red colour.
Dry salt cod, or Bacalao as it is known in Spain, is an integral part of the Meditteranean diet.
A terracotta Spanish cooking pot that is used to cook all manner of meals is called a cazuela, as is a dish similar to a stew.