在西班牙，你时常会听见这么一句操着浓郁拉丁口音的英文，“Spain is different”。你待的时间越长，越是能从方方面面感受到这句话的真实性。但也许对大多数游客而言，最为吸引他们好奇心的则是西班牙的饮食风俗和美食。
There is one phrase that you will often hear in Spain pronounced in English in a strong Latin accent which is:" Spain is different". The longer you live here the more random ways you will discover that this sentence is indeed very true, but perhaps the most immediate curiosity for most tourists are Spanish eating customs and cuisine.
The cuisine you can expect to find can be shocking for some and heaven onearth for others. However, there is one adjective which can safely categorize most of the food; "Mediterranean". Spaniards are proud of their Mediterranean diet and often brag about how they have the best and most healthy food in the world. This healthy and rich diet, which is traditionally found around the Mediterranean Sea, is considered one of the healthiest in the world.
The next thing that any tourist will quickly discover is that Spaniards have their own dining timeline which is very different from mostcountries. It is important to keep this in mind as you plan your activities and to take full advantage of the local cuisine.
Breakfast or "desayuno" in the Spanish culture is easily the least important meal of the day, occurring first thing in the morning until about 10:00 am. Many Spaniards skip breakfast but if they do have breakfast it will likely be something light and simple which may consist of coffee, hot chocolate or fresh squeezed orange juiceaccompanied by a croissant, pastry, or toast with jam.
Another common breakfast pastry which you will often see available in bars are "churros", fried Spanish fritters with sugar. Aftersuch a light breakfast, from around 10:30 to noon, you can expect tofind bars full of workers for their morning coffee breaks enjoying abeverage and a small snack to help them survive until lunch time.
Lunch,the most important meal of the day, generally consists of several courses starting with a light first course such as soup or salad, a heavier second course of meat or fish, fruit or a pastry as dessert, followed by coffee or shots of traditional liquor afterwards.
The whole meal is accompanied by bread and also wine and water. Lunch and the famous "siesta" (nap) time occur from 2 until 4 pmand it is recommended that anyone visiting Spain plan accordingly since most shops and establishments close during this time to allow for their workers to make their way home to eat. Although this pause still exists, the famous siesta time is rarely used for sleeping but rather transportation as people gradually live farther and farther away from their workplaces.
Due to this midday lunch break, many workers do not get out of work until around 8 pm. Typically, this is when they will have a small snack or "merienda" to get them through until dinner time.
Dinner, similar to lunch but usually lighter, is a late affair in Spain which is normally served from 9 to 10:30 pm. In the summer time it is common to see Spaniards sitting down to dine as late as 12 am! Once you have accustomed yourself to these times and customs, you are ready to discover the diversity of Spanish cuisine.
▲ Cocido madrileño
▲ Fabata Asturiana
▲ Jamón ibérico
▲ Mallorcan Tumbet