Comment from Philippa Burne
Don’t you hate going out to eat and having to choose between all those delicious things on the menu? That’s the genius of tapas: you can choose lots of little dishes instead of just one big one. It reconfirms my opinion that Spain is one of the best places in the world. Seville takes credit for inventing the concept of tapas although there is some disagreement about the exact means by which these small plates came about. Some say it was when King Alfonso X was recovering from illness and
could only eat small meals, others attribute it to King Alfonso XII
traveling through Andalucia
and being served a glass of sherry with a slice of ham on top to stop
sand blowing into the liquid. What is not in dispute is that tapa
means lid and the tradition of tapas did begin with small items of food
being used to cover wine and sherry to stop sand, flies and whatever
else from falling in.
The people of Seville are so committed to tapas (the estimate is that
in Seville and surrounding areas there are 7000 tapas bars) that every
February through March they hold the annual tapas festival.
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