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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions about Spanish Food. Find out what tapas are, how Spanish chorizo differs from Mexican chorizo and find answers to many other questions about Spanish cuisine.

What is Ropa Vieja?
A traditional Spanish dish, ropa vieja is made with sauteed garbanzos and shredded bee.

What are "Angulas"?
Thin, silvery-white creatures that appear to be 3-inch worms and are sold in the seafood markets for high prices. The Spanish call them "angulas" and simply adore eating them, especially during Christmas. What are they? This FAQ answers this and more.

Where can I buy Spanish food?
Are you searching for Spanish paprika or a paella pan? Maybe you would like to buy some Serrano ham or Spanish chorizo for a special recipe or a Christmas gift? Whatever your reason, you want to buy Spanish food or an ingredient for a Spanish recipe, but you don't know where to go…

What are Tapas?
Tapas are snacks, canaps or finger food. Tapas come in many different forms and can vary from town to town! But, what are they? Read on and find out.

What is paella?
"Paella" is a rice dish from Spain that has become very popular and is now known around the world.

Is Spanish Food Spicy?
Many times people ask if Spanish food is anything like the cuisines of Latin America? Quite often, people ask if it is spicy like many Mexican dishes are. The answer is – no, not really.

What is Spanish chorizo?
Chorizo is a sausage that has many different varieties and is eaten all over Spain, made with pork meat and paprika.

What are the national dishes of Spain?
Does Spain have a national dish or dishes? Which tasty dish is it?

What are Spanish Breakfast Foods?
Spanish eat a large midday meal, but start the day off with a simple morning meal. Do they really only eat a roll and coffee and then wait until 2:00 pm to eat lunch?!

What is Horchata de Chufa?
Horchata is a creamy white drink, served ice cold and popular all over Spain. But, what IS horchata? What are chufas?

What are Cangrejos de Rio?
You've seen them on menus or heard Spaniards talk about "cangrejos de rio", but what are they? Simply they are crayfish! Spaniards love to eat them and will make catching them a family outing.

What is Mojama?
What is "mojama"? That dark reddish-brown chunk in the fish market is called "mojama" and it is salted, dried tuna. It's quite a delicacy and makes a great "tapa".

What is the difference between a Sandwich and a Bocadillo?
So you've seen sandwiches and "bocadillos" on menus in Spain... Aren't they both the same thing - sandwiches?! Actually, they are two very different types of sandwich.

What is a Giratortillas, aka Omelet Flipper?
What is a Giratortillas, aka Omelet Flipper? How do you use one? Do Spaniards use them to flip their omelets?

What is a revuelto?
What is a revuelto?

What are migas?
Migas are a dish made of stale bread slices, olive oil and garlic, a very traditional dish of Spanish shepherds and a great way to use up stale bread.

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