Being surrounded by water (Atlantic Ocean on the west, Mediterranean Sea on theeast, and Cantabric Sea on the north), Spain’s diet has a lot of seafood in it. Thefamous rice dish, the paella, is filled to the brim with fresh seafood such as mussels,shrimp, squid, and fish. Crabs such as the snow crab (centello), blue crab, and bueyde mar are popular in Spain. Whether incorporated in the empanada or as crabcakes or simply boiled in sea water, these crustaceans are a delight. Lobsters maybe boiled and served with sauce or the meat mixed with a rice dish. Seafood is alsofound in soups and stews or sometimes enjoyed steamed or boiled (in the safe wayto eat, of course). Either way one thing we can be sure about, Spain loves theirseafood.Spain also has a lot of Roman influence like ham, lentils, and mushrooms, which werecommon at the northern part of the country. The southern part of Spain had a lot ofMediterranean influence, with the influx of healthy dishes. Typical dishes includestews, sausages, and cheeses. Spanish food in general, has rich, robust flavors whichsay a lot of their culture and character. There’s not one food that’s bland. Thepaella alonehas a bit oftartness addedwith thesqueeze oflemon on therice dish beforeeating.Tapas, inSpanish cuisineare a variety ofappetizerseither cold orwarm, usuallyserved toencourageconversation inparties.Spanish tapasmay consist of
olives, cheese, ham, and baby squid (the Spanish do really love their seafood).Chorizo, mussels, and even mushrooms are also popular. Tapas are still popular intoday’s modern restaurants and are sometimes recreated in home parties and smallfunctions. Many restaurants nowadays have added their own versions of popularSpanish tapas in their menu.A forever evolving culture, Spain’s food choices to continue to grow. As history haswritten, Spain has also brought a bit of their tradition and food in the countries theycolonized, like Mexico and the Philippines. With globalization, more food is beingrecreated, with more influences coming from other countries. Trends nowadays addtweaks and updates to traditional Spanish dishes, either making it available toeveryone or introducing cuisine to children. TV shows in cable or local channelsintroduce Spanish culture as well as describing food and giving tips and tricks onhow to recreate these dishes at the comfort of the viewer’s kitchens. This rich culturestill will live on.