Maybe the most typical dish of Spain and the favorite activity of the Spanish people is “ir de tapas” or “tapeo”. Tapeo means go from bar to bar consuming a drink and a tapa in each of them.
Literally tapa means cover and the verb tapear means to cover. It is believed that the cover comes from an old custom: To cover with a slice of bread the glass to protect it from the flies. Although it is not clear that this story is nothing more than an urban legend, the truth is that it makes sense.
When the bartenders saw that their guests were eating the cover of his glass, they understood that they could offer their clients with something of better quality. And so they did! Today a ‘tapa’ is more known as a small and delicious bite than as a thing to cover up!
Another version of the origin of the tapa comes from the Middle Ages, when the bartenders were forced to accompany the wine glasses with small bites of food, in order to “tapar” the effects of alcohol. A variant of this version is that the bartender served his wine “tapado” by a small portion of food, so that customers should first eat this tapa before they could access to the glass of wine and thus selling a bit more than just wine.
And although the versions on the origin of the tapa occur almost to infinity, the fact is that the cover did not change much over time as is evidenced by the fact that the most basic and classical tapa is still the slice of bread with some ham on it. Obviously, star cooks as Ferran Adria (According to Michelin the best restaurant in the world during several consecutive years) showed the versatility of the concept ‘tapa’ and with that actually says that a tapa does not need a recipe, just creativity!
In our Guest House, we can give your some tips to enjoy this delicatessen!