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Like most good things, no one knows when someone had a tapa for the very first time.
The history of tapas is old and diffuse in time. Some theories say that it was in the times of king Alfonse X ” The Wise”. By medical prescription he had to take 2 glasses of wine a day. To mitigate the effect of alcohol a small bite would be of accompaniment.
Some say that in times of Isabel and Fernando, The Catholic Kings. Due to the consumption of alcohol, many fights would break outside taverns. Folks would receive a slice of jamón or something to eat.
Others say that it has a peasant origin. To restore energy and continue their work without having abundant meals.
Another theory claims that it was king Alfonse XIII stopped in a road eatery an ordered wine. Wind picks up and the waiter is quick to cover the king’s cup with a slice of jamón. The monarch loved the idea that he gave it an encore.
Either way, tapas have worked their way up. From a slice of cured ham, cheese or olives. To most sophisticated experiences such as michelin stars restaurants.
As a matter of fact, tapas dominate the Spanish culinary panorama. And every chef reinvents and recreates versions of tapas luring visitors.
big and small cities celebrate festivals in honor of the tapas! and tourist devour the most authentic gastronomy.
As opposed to a full hearty meal course, tapas are full of advantages. Lighter, quicker to cook, nutritious and cheaper!
And let’s not forget the social dimension of tapas. It’s become one of the cultural attractive Spain has to offer. The dilation of food between tapa and tapa fosters conversation, digestion and interactions.