Experiencing new dishes and cuisines should be a shared experience. Sharing food is a way of life in Spain, from sitting down at a bar and sharing tapas to a big family get together with a table spread.
We’ve all experienced dish envy at some point in our lives, comparing your main course to another and thinking that you’ve made the wrong choice. It’s time to say goodbye to eating from the same plate and start sharing.
The next time that you find yourself in a restaurant, look out for Spanish families. You’ll often see them passing plates around and helping themselves to different dishes.
It’s easy to get into the habit of choosing the same dishes every time you visit your favourite Indian, Chinese, Spanish or Italian restaurant. You know what you like and you stick to it, but you’re missing out on a whole host of new flavours.
The best way to try new dishes is to share. We often choose the same dishes as we don’t want to pick something that we might not like. Although, by sharing, you’re sure to find new dishes to fall in love with.
Looking at a Spanish menu, you’ll find that nearly all of them are fit for sharing. The first thing that comes to mind is tapas, an idea made for sharing. Ordering a big selection of smaller dishes to share over a bottle of local wine is perfect for summer nights in Spain.
And of course there’s the singular showstopper dishes such as Paella, fantastic cheese & meat boards, and the Canarian Puchero stew.
Sharing doesn’t have to apply to just evening meals either. It’s very common in the mornings to see a table of friends all sharing a basket of churros to be dipped in hot chocolate, or washed down with a cafe con leche.
It’s 2022 and it’s time to get out there and try new things. Get some friends together and make a reservation at that restaurant you always walk past but never try. You might just find that sharing is your new favourite way to eat.
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