Porteños get notably nostalgic for Italian food, but let’s not forget that in addition to their linguistic contributions, the Spanish left behind some pretty solid staple dishes too. Accordingly, as of tomorrow, Spanish tapas get their time to shine, for not one but three days.
Día Mundial de la Tapa is organized by the Spanish Tourism Institute and is taking place in 35 cities across the globe.
What is a tapa? If you type it into google images, it will have you drooling; that’s what. Tapas come hand in hand with paella, sunshine and sangria, forming part of the Spanish cliché. They are served day in and day out in countless Spanish bars and restaurants, so much so that tapear is actually a verb in use there. Tapas are, to say the least, a big deal. Similarly to the copetín, whenever you order something to drink – be it a caña, clara or tinto de verano, the cold beverage will come with a small portion, canapé or finger food to snack on. Likely tortilla, patatas bravas or jamón. Or croquetas, or manchego. It can come as meat, vegetables or carbs, as long as it comes in a small portion.
If you go to the Basque Country and try their version of tapas whereby everything comes placed on a slice of bread – pinchos – you’ll be rolling home. There are too many to choose from. The combinations are mind-blowingly delicious and endless.
So, on October 22nd, 23rd and 24th, 30 bars and restaurants across Buenos Aires are getting involved with the cultural event. Although the emphasis remains on Spanish cuisine, this won’t limit the tapas to only Iberian ingredients. Flavours from around the world will also be presented in tapas form to emphasise the concept of international gastronomy.
The bars and restaurants will charge AR$ 80 per tapa and drink (wine, beer or cocktail) combo. The idea being to bar hop all evening in order to taste the various tapas each different bar has to offer, just as one would in Spain.
Here’s where you’ll be able to indulge in some gambas al ajillo, stuffed peppers, chorizo and more:
Casal de Catalunya, Rioja, Deltoro, Sagardi, Roux, La Esperanza de los Azcurra, Aguirre, La Esperanza de los Azcurra, Fitz Roy, Casa Borja, Vinoteca Arevalo, La Carnicería, Chochan, Convite, Comité, Casa Cruz, Bodega Cervecera, Cervecería Nacional, Verne Club, Mishiguene, Hoteles Meliá, Otra Vuelta, Freud&Fahler, Aldo’s and Trova.