Every foreign land has its own uniqueness to offer the visitors. It can be in terms of food, tradition, language, customs, etc. To help yourself from some embarrassment whilst you are in Spain, you could refer to the most important eating customs listed below:
1. Never go too early for a lunch or a dinner
Big cities like Madrid and Barcelona have 24/7 eat outs for tourists whereas most of the local ones offer breakfast between 7-10am, lunch between 2-4pm and dinner between 9-11pm. ‘Dead zone’ from 11-2pm is where you are too late for breakfast and too early for lunch. Avoid it.
2. Butter with bread is a ‘no’
Margarine is the closest thing they will have if you ask for butter with bread. This is because Spain is a land of abundant, cheap and tasty olive oil!
3. There is only carbs at breakfast
Breakfast is most often skipped. Olive oil, salt and tumaca (tomato pulp) on toast, Serrano ham and olive oil on toast, a croissant, magdalinas (a type of Spanish cupcake), muffins, biscuits or churros, to be washed down with a cafe con leche or a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice are the common choices of breakfast for locals.
4. Hot chips, capsicum, meat and fish are plenty in food
Spain represents a Mediterranean diet which is the most naturally healthy diets in the world, making Spain as the healthiest country in the world!
5. Don’t take away your food
Yes, it is just not there in their custom to take away food as the Spaniards love their food. A Pizza could be taken away though.
6. Embrace the unusual animal parts that are eaten
Cola de Toro (stewed bull’s tail) to Carillada (pork cheek) are the kind of meat you could find in Spain. Just embrace them!
7. Go along with the Spanish drinking schedule
Here it is:
8am: cafe con leche (flat white).
2pm: Amontillado or Oloroso aperitif wine.
3pm: small, ice cold glass of beer—or a tinto de verano (sweet summer wine) with lunch.
5:30pm: un cortado (an espresso with a tiny dash of milk) with afternoon tea. 11:30pm: a gin and tonic or similar post dinner digestif.
8. Water is not free at the restaurants
Remember, you will have to pay and get your bottled spring or mineral water at the restaurants instead of free tap water for drinking.
9. Be careful with the grammar on Google translate before ordering
A simple spelling mistake during translation could serve you something different. Like Pollo in Spanish means Chicken and Polla means Pen*s. Hope you get it! Just be careful!