Postcard of the Week: Tapas
This postcard comes from Barcelona and pays a wonderful homage to the unforgettable and irresistible tradition of Spanish tapas. Granada, however, is the true home of tapas, where you will traditionally receive a free tapa with every drink you buy. ‘Tapa’ actually means ‘lid’ or ‘cover’ in Spanish and it allegedly came about from a law introduced centuries ago to stop the citizens from getting too drunk: each glass of alcohol had to be covered by a ‘tapa’, either a slice of bread or a slice of jamón serrano, which was supposed to line the stomach before the alcohol. My favourite tapas from this postcard are croquetas (small fried rolls made with ham or chicken), calamares (fried squid rings), patatas bravas (fried potatoes with a spicy tomato sauce) and albóndigas (meatballs in a tomato sauce). There are Spanish tapas restaurants in many UK cities, and the chain La Tasca has a lot of variety and isn’t too costly.