The theme for the fourth day of our vacation in Spain is “Eat Like a Spaniard!” We were going to attempt the meals that the people in Spain have.
At home in Canada, we eat three main meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with small snacks in between if needed. However, according to our travel guide, the people in Spain have SIX meals!
This is how their meals are laid out.
|Spaniards have TWO breakfasts. The Spanish word for breakfast is desayunos.The first breakfast is a quickie with pastry or toasts with cafe con leche.
|The second breakfast is heavier, and called the “savory breakfast”. This will include things like ham or cheese sandwiches. Tortilla de patatas (Spanish potato omelette) is a popular dish for this breakfast.
|The lunch (la comida) is the main meal. It starts late by Canadian standards. 1PM is considered an early lunch. Wine or beer often accompanies lunch.
|La Merienda is eaten after work. This is the time when they have sandwiches, pastries or cakes with coffee. It is like the British tea time. A popular item is churros with hot chocolate.
|By 7PM, the tapas bars will fill up. It’s the primary tapas time with sherry, wine or beer.
|Believe it or not, dinner (la cena) starts at 10PM. That is the time I go to bed in Canada! Our travel guides says that in summer, sometimes dinner does not start until midnight.
How did you like my illustrations above? I used Microsoft Visio to do that … am pretty pleased with it too. 🙂
This is what we are going to try to emulate on our fourth day. We are going to eat like a Spaniard!
What do you think? Sounds like fun, eh?