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Learn Spanish in Spain

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To talk of a single Spanish cuisine wouldnt be very accurate in our country. You would have to talk about an ensemble of diverse and independent regional cuisines. These cuisines are a reflection of the history and culture of the people and villages of Spain.

Ours is a varied cuisine with some common points connecting it. Just to give some examples, well say that roasted meat is plentiful on the plateau, rice is typical of Spanish Levante and foods fried in olive oil are typically Andalusian; but, this would simplify things too much. Besides local dishes, dishes from other parts of the country are prepared in most Spanish homes.

Despite the aforementioned variety, there are some common features that characterize our entire territory:

Among the large number of dishes that make up the broad and diverse Spanish recipe collection, there are a few that could be considered common to the entire territory. Some of them have a known origin and continue to be associated to certain regions even though they are prepared throughout the country such as the Spanish omelette or tortilla de patatas, paella, ratatouille, gazpacho, fried breadcrumbs and cured meats (Serrano ham, chorizo, blood sausage) as well as the different cheeses (there is no region without their own). Dishes with legumes as the base (lentils, chickpeas, beans, etc.) are frequent as are stews; however, each region places their own spin on these dishes. We mustnt forget the bread and the many ways to make it leading to very different varieties in each region. And, above all, the various regions most coincide on desserts and sweets: crme caramel, custard, rice pudding, torrijas (bread soaked in milk and fried), fairy cake and churros are some of the most common.

Likewise, you cant just talk about Spanish wine. Using the plural form is just as necessary as when discussing the gastronomy.

Wine is part of a thousand-year-old tradition in Spain ever since the introduction of the vine and its conversion into wine by the Phoenicians.

The variety of wines that can be found throughout the Spanish territory is immense. Each Autonomous Region features several winemaking areas of interest (called Denominations of Origin) where excellent quality, famous wine is produced such as Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Jerez, Peneds... But, other regions that are less well-known abroad also make great quality wines with an interesting present and fantastic future. There are even wines that do not pertain to any D.O. that can be of great quality and for this reason, they have been granted a geographic indication known as Regional Wines or Vinos de la Tierra.

Even people who do not usually drink wine, sometimes drink it in a form known as "tinto de verano", combined with lemonade; or in sangria, one of the most typical Spanish beverages known worldwide.