Spain offers a great variety of food in several
distinctive styles owing to its history, culture and climate. It
is a real paradise for the lovers of any kind of seafood. Cod fish,
octopus, shrimp and an ample selection of fish are of extraordinary
Chick-peas, garbanzo beans, asparagus, olive oil,
garlic are common ingredients blended with sauces and spices mixed
with meat like lamb, beef or poultry to create amazing mouthwatering
dishes. Some of the dishes include Cocido (a traditional dish made
from sausage or bacon), Paella (saffron rice with fish), Mariscos
(shellfish), Fabada Asturiana (bean stew), Lechazo asado (roasted
lamb), parrillada (mix of various fried fish and shellfish) and
Chulletillas (grilled lamb). Most restaurants server tapa which
are little portions of several regional specialties. This is an
inexpensive way to sample the different dishes.
Spain also offers several kinds of delicious soups.
Fazpacho (chilled tomato soup), Sopa de Ajo (a typical garlic soup)
and various fish soup.
Spain makes several famed wines and they are usually
had with meals. Rioja is Spain's best wine-making region. Albariño,
Sherry (a white wine from Jerez), Cava (white wine similar to champagne)
and Ribeiro are world famous wines. The prices for these wines range
from affordable to very expensive. Other beverages popular in Spain
are beer, sangria, coffee and horchata (nonalcoholic drink made
from a root).