Spain food has to be one of the main reasons to retire to the country! As you will see, what many consider Spanish food (or Mexican food in the US) is not the same as the traditional meals found here. In fact, you are much more likely to enjoy a rich, full of flavor, and less spicy meal here than you would if you visited Mexico or other Latin American countries, though many people confuse the cultures.
One of the foundations of Spanish food is coffee and tea. You’ll find a number of options available to you here.
Cafe solo is an espresso drink, which is considered the regular type of coffee here. If you want a more America version, order a Cafe solo con agua caliente, though you may get made fun of! Cafe con leches is a coffee with milk. Tea can be ordered in most coffee shops as well. Try the negro which is black tea and the most common type.
As far as Spain food options go, you will find many tasty dishes to consider. There are many meals that are very locally popular. For example, buy cochinillo asado in Segovia. This is a roast baby pig with a fatty outside to it but a very tender inside.
Other well-known and more unique dishes to try include pulpo a la Gallega, which is octopus from the region of Galician. Garlic prawns are common and called Gambas Ajillo. You may also want to try Paella which is a true Spanish rice. Gazpacho is another national food which is a cold served soup made from tomatoes and other vegetables.
With all Spain food, you will need a nice glass of wine to follow it down. The good news is that there are many outstanding options available to you here. For the best wine choices, be sure to drink locally grown blends for their fruity flavor.
The food in Spain is delicious and affordable. Perhaps the only other thing that you must know about it is that it is often shared with the entire family. Meals are important parts of the lifestyle here. You can expect a big meal in the middle of the day where people actually come home from work to enjoy before heading back out to enjoy the rest of the day!