Those after class activities really can be I interesting. The one on tapas was one of those interesting ones. We learned that there are many types of tapas, only limited by the mind and imagination of the creator.
During this activity we were told of the tapas competition going on in the city. We were provided a map of the locations that have one or more tapas entered in the competition that also has pictures of the entries with symbols showing special features like gluten free or vegetarian.
Three of us, yes students at the school change on a regular basis, thought about going to try at least one of tapas in the competition. Two of us, Sandra and I, went to try tapas. We rapidly learned that:
- Mid afternoon during what was considered siesta was not really a good time to go as some of the establishments were closed.
- The map was not really accurate but did list the name of the establishment with its address.
- It was raining so we really wanted to find a place quickly.
- Spotted some places that we had walked by after determining where we were on the map.
- And finally, it was raining!
We went into Cervantes Vinoteca. I had been in there before meeting the author and online acquaintance a few days ago. It is a nice quiet place. We sat down and I suspect that the waiter thought Sandra must be my granddaughter or something. He really hovered around her while we ordered vino blanca (white wine) and the competition tapas. Although we knew that when you order wine or some other drink you also receive something to eat, we were surprised just a little. The waiter brought our wine and a small plate with four tapas on it, two pulpo (octopus) croquets and two small pieces of bread with cheese and some type of jam on it. They were good. The tapas we ordered, Mexillion de Galicia con tres salsas or simply shellfish from Galicia with three salsas was delivered.
Wow, it was really good!
To the right in the photo, you can see the voting cards. We voted!
In my end of course review, I suggested that the tapas class be provided the first week and students be encouraged to go out in groups of two or three to try tapas. I had a blast as well as practiced a little Spanish.