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IST/492 Spanish Food Culture by Sophia Villegas

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  • Spanish Food Culture

    One of my favorite things that I loved about Spain was their food culture. I felt that the food tasted so good and it was very affordable. I remember going to the grocery store and spending $20 and walking out with four bags of groceries that included fresh organic vegetables, ham, fish and of course good wine.
    Also, the times to eat were very different. Breakfast would be anywhere from 6am to 2pm but it tended to be more from 11am until 2pm. Spaniards seem to wake up later than people in the States and I am referring more to college students. They stay out until the wee hours on the weekend and they don’t wake up until the early afternoon. With that being said, lunch would be from 2pm-4pm and it would be followed by a “merrienda” which was considered a snack. A snack would be anything from fruit, a small sandwich called “bocadillo” or anything that could keep you full until dinner time, which would be at around 10pm until 12pm.
    I always wondered how Spanish people could stay awake until morning but I remembered that they would love taking their siestas. The siestas would be right after lunch. Not everyone would take their siestas but the majority of young students would.
    This was one of my favorite things to do after I got out of school. I would love to go to a bar, order a glass of rioja, which would cost $2 and order these incredible small size appetizers called Pintxos. From Foi Gras, to the Jamon Iberico, they were all incredible and satisfied every craving I had. If there is one memory that sticks in my mind about Spain is the rich food culture and festive nights. As I close my eyes and sit here, I could still here and smell the excitement and food that the night was going to bring. Spanish nights were simply magical.
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