Foood!

Saludos!

So who doesn’t like to talk about food? Now that’s a good question, considering that we LOVE to eat in Spain :). Our schedules are practically run by lunchtime and followed by the famous siesta. Absolutely everything- cafes, pharmacies, and clothing stores- shut down approximately between 3:00 and 5:00 p.m. and everyone goes home for a HUGE lunch. In my home-stay, we usually eat around 3:30 or 4:00. I’m always starving by that time, especially since I have many of my classes in the morning.
Typically, breakfast is fairly small and consists of a piece of toast with butter/jam and a glass of milk or orange juice. Later in the morning, some people go to cafes for what’s called descanso. This is when people enjoy a cup of coffee, and maybe churros with chocolate. On Tuesday’s and Thursday’s, my friends and I go to one of the many delicious panaderías to get pastries. I believe Spain is known for having some of the best.
Chocolate-filled pastry
To an American, lunch and dinner are reversed in Spain. Lunch is a 3-course meal, which is typically a soup for a starter, a meat for the main course, and a fruit for dessert. I frequently go out for tapas for dinner, which are rather small (and I will explain them more later!). Below are some pictures of popular spanish foods that I learned how to make during a cooking class. It was fun! As you will see, carbs are unfortunately a major part of the spanish diet :(.

Salmorejo is a purée similar to gazpacho that is made out of tomatoes, oil, and vinegar. Eaten as a starter!
Salmorejo is a purée similar to gazpacho that is made out of tomatoes, oil, and vinegar. Eaten as a starter!

 

Tortilla Espanola is one of my favorite foods that is made out of eggs, olive oil, and potatoes :)
Tortilla Espanola is one of my favorite foods that is made out of eggs, olive oil, and potatoes 🙂

 

What would a blog post about food be without a picture of paella! Haha.
What would a blog post about food be without a picture of paella! Haha.

 

Natilla is a thick and cold custard. It tastes exactly like pudding and can be served with burnt carmel! Yum.
Natilla is a thick and cold custard. It tastes exactly like pudding and can be served with burnt carmel! Yum.

Granada is known as “the land of free tapas” and here’s how they work: you go to a bar with friends and order drinks and then, you can usually choose two types of tapas per table. The idea is that everyone shares and has a little taste 🙂 .Tapa!
Hey, not bad for a college student budget! 😉

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