FC: Spanish Cuisine By: Sam Weinstein
1: The first meal of the day in Spain is called Desayuno. The foods during this meal that are commonly eaten are croissant, churros and cafe con leche. This meal is usually eaten before 10:00 A.M.
2: The second meal of the day in Spain is called "Comida." This meal is taken very seriously, in fact most stores close down so they can go to see their families and eat with them. This meal is usually eaten between the hours of 2:00 and 4:00 P.M. This is the biggest meal of the day.
3: The third meal eaten during the day in Spain is Merienda. This meal usually consists of a light pastry, snack or sandwich. It's known to the locals as "The Snack." This meal is usually eaten at 5:00 to 7:00 P.M.
4: The last meal of the day is La Cena. Unlike the United States this is not a big meal. The usual food eaten at this meal are croquettes, huevos, (eggs) or tortilla española. Tortilla esapañola is a Spanish Omelette with potatoes, onions, and possibly meat. This meal is eaten at around 10:00 P.M.
5: Las tapas are a very important part of the day in Spain. Tapas are small appetizers served to you by a weighter on a tray. They are often served on toothpicks. Tapas may substitute cena. Most of the time you go to different restaurants and try all of the tapas and you usually drink beer or wine to go along with the tapas.
6: The tapas go way back in time. The tapas tradition began when Castile's King, Alfanso X mixed drinking wine with a small appetizers or dishes. The King was excited to publicize his idea, so he made it a law that if you were buying an alcoholic drink you had to order a small appetizer or what came to be known as tapas.
7: One of the most famous tapas bars in Spain is La Zapateria in Madrid. They serve extremely exotic tapas such as Oreja which is grilled pig ears and Caracoles which is baked snails. La Zapateria was featured on Travel Channel's, "Andrew Zimmerman's Bizarre Foods" in 2006 for their unique creations.