By Ainsley Chac, University of California Riverside
Summer internship program

tortilla de patatasSatiate your hunger with tapas!

When I arrived in Barcelona, one of the first things that I noticed was the insurmountable amount of tapa restaurants lining the streets that I trekked on. Tapas are basically snacks, or finger foods that originated in Spain. Dive into this Spanish culture! Here are some tapas that you should know about:

1)   Tortilla Española – aka Tortilla de Patata, don’t be fooled by the name, these aren’t corn or flour tortillas, this dish is an egg omelet typically containing onions. The first time I ever tried this Spanish omelet was in my homestay.

2)   Patatas Bravas – I don’t know about you, but I love potatoes! Thus this dish is perfect for me. Diced potatoes typically served with tomato sauce or aioli. One of my favorites.

patatas bravas

3)    Calamares fritos – if you’re into seafood, you’re in luck. Because Barcelona is by the coast, they have great seafood, including this calamari tapa.

4)    Croquettes – lightly breaded fritters usually with the consistency of mashed potatoes (bechamel) and meat and finished off with béchamel sauce.

5)    Sauteed Mushrooms with Jamón Serrano – I’m pretty sure you don’t need an explanation for this one, but here’s a picture just in case you need it.

Screen Shot 2015-07-15 at 13.12.136)    Pan con Tomate – this tapa is pretty customary to Spanish meals, this dish is basically toasted bread rubbed with garlic and ripe tomato, topped off with olive oil and a bit of salt.

pan con tomate

Hungry for more? Check out this article by the Guardian for the top tapas bars in Barcelona!