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I titled an earlier post The Tapas Trap, and one commenter with the intriguing name of Little men asked what the trap was.
The idea that Americans eat too much isn't new, but Cleatus in his answer to Little men expressed it so eloquently his post deserves to be recognized: ...
The "trap," Little men, is that Americans just don't when the heck to stop.
Tapas traditionally in Spain was a "snack" or a little dish of something you used to literally "cover" your glass of wine (by order of the king!). It was not even a knosh the size of an appetizer.
It evolved in Spanish society as a kind of very light fare you ate standing up at a bar, socializing, usually before or after dinner at 10:00 p.m.
Of course once Americans got hold of it, we had to a. make it "cool" by forcing the issue of people thinking it was some form of hip and arcane European culinary tour de force and b. stuff ourselves silly on tapas.
The Spanish laugh. (Just as the Mexicans laugh at us getting drunk on Cinco de Mayo.)
Tapas was like cocktail peanuts. It was little fried squid in sauce, then drinks, THEN dinner.
It was NEVER supposed to be a thing in and of itself.
So there's the trap.
We Americanized it--and lost it--all at the same time.
Tapas? Go to Bilbao. Go to Barcelona. Go to Madrid, for Pete's sake.
Then talk to me about tapas. ...
Posted by: Cleatus | December 14, 2009 11:10 PM