Imagine that it is 7 o’clock. A Thursday night. You are in the main street of one of the biggest cities in Spain and everything is closed. Nobody around. All the bars are empty. You think to yourself – when do the people here eat?
Even after 3 trips to Spain, Spanish eating customs still confuse me. Do they eat early or late? Do they eat big or small?
When deciding on a topic for this week’s podcast, we discussed the idea of food in Spain. But food in Spain is a massive topic. So we needed to break it down a little.
Instead of talking about all things food, we decided to focus on the eating customs in Spain.
For example, what times of the day to the Spanish eat? How big are the meals? How many meals? Do they tend to eat at home? Or out? And do they eat differently on the weekend to the typical weekday?
We going to answer all of these questions this week. As well as that, just for fun, I ask Maria how she is adapting to the way of eating here in Australia. Is she finding adapting to our eating customs difficult or a breeze?
How do the Spanish eating customs differ from those of your country?
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.
Examples from the episode:
To share – Compartir.
We are going to order something to share – Vamos a pedir algo para compartir.
Mediterranean diet – Dieta Mediterránea.
Balanced – Equilibrado/a.
Typical rice dish in Spain – Paella.
Winter stew – Cocido.
Heavy – Pesado.
Breakfast – El desayuno.
Lunch – El almuerzo.
Food / lunch / main meal of the day – La comida.
The afternoon snack / tea – La merienda.
Dinner – La cena.
Typical menu of the day – Menú del día.
First plate – Primer plato.
Second plate – Segundo plato.
Dessert – Postre.
The weekend – El finde.
What else do you know about Spanish eating customs?