How adventurous are you when it comes to food? Are you the kind of person that tries anything once?
Even if you are, you might still want to know what you are getting into. Just in case.
Walking into a traditional tapas bar in Spain can be a mix of fun, overwhelm and adventure. It is not uncommon to see a long list of unfamiliar Spanish words scribbled on a chalkboard behind the bar.
If you aren’t afraid of eating foods that you are unlikely to find at home – enjoy!
But if you are a bit squeamish and the thought of intestines or snails bothers you, you might want to come prepared with the right vocabulary.
Following on from last week’s theory podcast, we are continuing with the food theme. Last week we talked about the habits of eating in Spain. This week we talk about the different types of Spanish food that you can find in a traditional Spanish bar.
We focus on a particular style of food in Spain called “tapas”. We talk about the origin of Tapas. How did it start? Hint: there are lots of different stories. Listen to today’s podcast to find out if Maria knows the real story.
We talk about which tapas are our favourites. We give a few suggestions for tapas you have to try and a few that only the most adventurous travellers should consider.
If you are having trouble understanding the Spanish section of the podcast or if you would like to get more out of the podcasts and take your Spanish to next level you can get access to the Spanish podcast transcripts and english translations here in the Real Fast Spanish School.
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Examples from the episode:
To try – Probar.
Some day I would like to try Spanish omelette – Algún día me gustaría probar tortilla de patata.
I have never tried (spanish cured ham) – Nunca, he probado el jamón.
Dish / Plate – Plato.
How disgusting – ¡Que asco!
Offal (a.k.a weird animal parts) – Casquería.
Pig face – Careta de cerdo.
Tripe (intestines) – Callos.
Pigs snout – Morros.
Snails – Caracoles.
Pigs ears – Oreja.
Blood sausage – Morcilla.
Padrón peppers – Pimientos de padrón.
Spanish omelette – Tortilla de patata.
Spanish cured ham – Jamón.
Cheese and quince – Queso y membrillo
Type of cheese in Spain – Manchego.
Scrambled eggs on chips – Huevos rotos (Huevos cabreados).
Potato with spicy tomato sauce or aioli – Patatas bravas.
Mushrooms – Champiñones.
Deep fried left over bread bits mixed with your ingredients of choice – Migas.
Prawns / shrimp – Gambas.
Deep fried oval shaped yumminess – Croquetas.
Spanish sausage – Chorizo.
What types of tapas are you willing to try?