It wouldn’t be unfair to call the Swedes health freaks. Always adhering to the latest food trends like sourdough bread, veganism or superfoods. In Spain, this way of living hasn’t quite been taken on yet but people mainly stick to the more traditional cuisine. Most food is home made using a host of vegetables and fruit along with fresh fish and stress-free meat. If you happen to be a vegetarian, or Heaven forbid a vegan, you might experience it more difficult to vary your diet when eating out. But don’t fret, there are places in Seville for herbivores although you might be faced with a question or two along with some scepticim about your diet in this tradtional landscape.
The Spanish meal times differ both in diet and hour. In Sweden, like in many other countries, breakfast is considered the most important meal of the day. However, not quite in Spain. They might start the day with a cup of coffee, not a Grande, so foam soya latte, but rather an espresso with a hint of milk. Breakfast normally consists of tostada (a toasted white bread roll) with olive oil, ham or tomato and is to be eaten after 10 am.
The Spaniards generally have lunch around two or three in the afternoon and dinner is served at 9 or 10 pm, depending on the season and family. The afternoon snack is important, la merienda between lunch and dinner, and is usually some kind of biscuit or pastry.
The Spanish language has made all the meal times into verbs: desayunar, almorzar, merendar and cenar (to have breakfast, lunch, a snack and dinner). Diet and nutrition has a completely different meaning here, compared to many northen European countries. The olive oil is a base in almost all of the cooking and is considered healthy. The food isn’t overly seasoned but mainly prepared with salt and pepper. It may sound dull, but oh so tasty. Fruit and vegetables here are different because they are locally grown, and the taste is amazing. The meat will taste of meat and nothing else. When you have a tomato, it’ll taste of tomato and nothing else.
What would Spain be without tapas? For those of you who haven’t come across the term before, it is a set of all kinds of dishes but in a smaller format. Imagine trying a little bit everything instead of one large plate. It’s also excellent for sharing if are one of those who struggle to decide what to get, or always end up choosing the wrong thing!
Most Spaniards drink beer with their dinner and especially during the hot summer months. Spain is the fourth largest producer of beer in Europe and the beer that is sold the most in Andalusia is Cruzcampo. Cruzcampo was started here in Seville in 1904 but has been owned by Heiniken since the nineties. ¡Salud!