What is Tapas?
- Tapas are snacks, canapés or finger food that originated in Spain.
How did tapas food first come to be?
- According to legend tapas began when King Alfonso X of Castile Spain, recovered froman illness by drinking wine with small dishes between meals… After regaining his health he ordered that taverns would not be allowed to serve wine to customers unless it wasaccompanied by a small snack or “tapa”… Here at Laci’s the serving of tapas is designed to be shared so as to encourage conversations at the table… Enjoy !
How should you order Tapas food to get the best possible experience?
Think like a team. Since tapas are a series of little dishes, they are often shared, family style, among the group. Therefore, it is best if you decide what you would like as a group. Try to get everyone to contribute and don't let one person run the show.
Mix it up. One of the benefits of family style dining is the opportunity to try a little bit of everything. Try a series of dishes that run the range from seafood to salad, from fresh vegetables to finely cooked meat. Give your palate a range of flavors to sample and enjoy.
Be adventurous. Take chances. Order something you've never had before. A tapas dinner can be more than a meal, it can be an adventure.
Draw it out. Order your courses gradually; you don't want all your food to come at once. Begin by ordering fewer dishes than you'll eventually eat. Tapas are not a food that should be hurried. Once you've eaten the first few dishes, decide what else you want to eat. This way, you'll have a better idea of the types of dishes you like and what you'd like to continue with.
Enjoy. Sit around with a group of friends and spend a couple of hours over dinner. Order a couple pitchers of Sangria or a bottle or two of a nice Spanish red wine. A tapas dinner is an event, so enjoy it. Appreciate everything: the food, the drink and above all else, the company.