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Jamon Iberico is a cured ham which is produced in Portugal and Spain. You will find it hanging in restaurants and tapas bars. The ham comes from free-range accord fed pigs and is sliced very thinly. It has been described as ‘the best ham in the world’.
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In quite a few tapas bars we noticed that the waiters wrote your bills on the counter! They added to it, when you ordered more, they wiped it out and wrote a new sum there and when you left, they would wipe it out completely - and get ready for the next guests! In the picture you see our bill at the Bodega Santa Cruz (the 1.10 € is for that last beer....).
Some bars are family meeting points
Bars are something very usual in the South. Andalusia is the region with the highest density of bars per habitant. A bar is a place where you can eat some 'tapas' (small portion of food) and drink something.
They use to be full of people during the critical hours, because a bar is fundamentally a place to relax and meet with friends.
The most of then use to have a television, so it´s a right place to see a football match while drinking and eating.
Prices are more economic than in restaurants and can be a good choice if you don´t have to much time to eat.
The picture below represent the typical bar in Spain (when nobody in).
Don't get surprise if you see a whole family (kinds, grandmother, ...) in bars. It's a very usual situation. This bars are different from others which could be cattegorized as clubs or pubs.
The "myth" of Paella
Paella is everywhere here, although maybe in a little different form than what you see in the pictures. They tend to call it simply arroz (rice) in Sevilla, and while many bars and restaurants offer it every day a lot don't. You'll discover places offer it only on Saturday and Sunday. As for that picture you have in your head of a large dish with delicately arranged seafood on the top - try to forget it. Most of the time it comes in a big scoop on a plate. Expect different variations wherever you go, with possible combinations of chicken, shrimp, pork, squid and clams. In the nicer restaurants you can order paella and get what you've seen in those magazines, but it'll likely taste the same.
The "myth" of Gazpacho
Ditto on the above - many think gazpacho is everywhere. It generally is, but generally during spring and summer, and not very common in fall or winter. Many menus will even list "gazpacho en verano". Also, don't be surprised to have your gazpacho served to you in a glass instead of a bowl. This is more common in tapas bars. Some restaurants will server gazpacho in a bowl with guarnicion- little bits of green pepper, fried bread, ham and even hard boiled egg. And while gazpacho gets all the hype many people fail to ever try salmorejo - it's like gazpacho, but always served in a bowl, most often with bits of serrano ham. It's thicker and a bit sweeter than gazpacho.
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