Tapas is a traditional Spanish snack


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I wonder why nobody has opened a tapas fast food takeaway here in Spain? Gastronomy is part and parcel of living the Spanish lifestyle. Sun, sand and tapas. Why is the Spanish Mediterranean diet so good for your health? Loads of fish, olive oil, garlic, peppers and wine is the answer.

Boy! Do they love eating langoustines that are soaked in garlic and lemon.

Throw in the sunshine and chilled out stress free days and you begin to understand the lifestyle here.


A typical breakfast is tostada con tomate served up with a café con leche a lot of Spanish have corajillo (coffee with brandy) instead.

Tostada con tomate is basically half a French baguette (bocadillo) that is lightly toasted with crushed fresh tomatoes spread over it. The crushed tomatoes have garlic mixed in along with a drizzle of olive oil.

I like bacon y queso  in a toasted bocadillo.


My favourite tapas meal is in Joaquin’s café Los Boliches, grazing on meatballs, chicken or ham croquettes, paprika and garlic soaked pollo al ajillo, patatas bravas, tortilla de patata, pimentos de padron, a basket of bread and allioli all washed down with a cervesa grande San Miguel. Each large portioned dish is only 1€ and the bread allioli is free.


Umpius Tapas


Six dishes of tapas shared between two plus a free basket of bread and allioli. One large beer and a glass of house wine 8.50€. Fantastic value for money £7.14p or £3.57p each.




About Umpius

I retired and moved to the Costa del Sol in 2003 and I now live in the Jalon Valley which is in the Costa Blanca area.
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