The Biggest Myths about Tapas Debunked

In honor of World Tapas Day 2016, we thought we’d clear up some misconceptions about Spain’s beloved tapas. There are lots of rumors that have been going around the US about what exactly tapas are. Are they meant to be ordered individually? How does one eat tapas? Well, wonder no more! We have taken the 5 most common myths about tapas, and DEBUNKED them. Ready…set… let’s “tapear!”

Myth 1: Many tapas are meant to be ordered at once to make a full dinner

Debunked: Tapas are meant to be eaten over a long period of time, often over a few different locations. In fact, it’s a big tapas no no to order more than three tapas at one bar! The recommended amount is between 1-3 tapas per location. The idea is, order a couple of plates to share with friends at one spot, then hop on to the next bar and order more! This way, you get to experience the social vibe at more than one spot, change up the scenery, and experience new signature tapas!

Myth 2: Tapas are always small. If they’re not small, they’re not tapas.

Debunked: Tapas can be small or big. In fact, these big tapas have their very own name: raciones! While these larger raciones might not be named “tapas” on the menu, they still constitute as tapas. Raciones are always shared amongst a group of friends, in the same style a small tapa is. However, it just might mean there are more people who want the specific dish. If you try a tapa and you love it, order a ración for the group to enjoy more of it!

Myth 3: Tapas are meant to be eaten as food independent from a drink

Debunked: Tapas go hand in hand with a drink. In fact, it’s a big tapas DON’T to order tapas without a drink! Kind of like the Spanish peanut butter and jelly. Whether your drink of choice is wine, “tinto de verano”, sangria or beer (we recommend a typical “caña”, or a small beer), it’s not complete without a tapa to munch on. However, a drink that is not paired with a tapa is coffee. That’s for before or after!

Myth 4: Tapas are expensive

Debunked: Tapas are often a very economical way to go out and eat with your friends! In fact, in certain cities of Spain, when you order a drink a tapa comes with it…for FREE! Yes, we said it. Free food. One city notorious for this is Granada, as well as other cities in the south of Spain.

Myth 5: The only important part of tapas is the food

Debunked: Going out for tapas, or “ir de tapas”, isn’t as much about the food as it is about enjoying. It’s about sharing delicious food with the people you love! It’s about enjoying company, passing time without a watch, relaxing, and overall…enjoying life. So, who is ready to “tapear" like a pro on World Tapas Day?

Written By: Casie Tennin May 31, 2016   World Tapas Day:  June 16th, 2016

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