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Taste of Spain
Tapas - Gazpacho
Gazpacho has an incredible history behind the creation of the famous dish. Originating from the Roman Empire, soldiers would carry pieces of stale bread, garlic, and olive oil with them on their journeys.

They would then take the ingredients and make it into a paste with a makeshift mortar so they could quickly turn it into a soup.

The Moors in ancient Morocco, made a similar soup using almonds called Ajo Blanco, which contributed to gazpacho origins.

Legend says that Gazpacho had some influences from the Moors of Northern Africa, as well as the ancient Greeks.

The dish had become popular in the Andalusian region of Spain. They began to make several varieties by adding fresh vegetables to the original recipe.
La Cena - Tortilla de Patatas with Pipirranna
Until recently, the first known document that referenced the tortilla de patatas was a letter dated from 1817, led to the Cortes de Navarra, in which it was says that the people of Pamplona consumed two or three eggs in tortilla, for five or six people, mixing potatoes, bread, etc., while farmers had nothing to eat. Some claim that it was General Thomas Zumalacárregui (a Spanish military official who became a general during the First Carlist War), who invented the potato omelette “for necessity”, as it was a simple and nutritious dish that can satisfy the appetite army.

Others suggest that the wife of Navarre invented it when Zumalacárregui stopped in her house and asked for something to eat. The woman who didn’t not have lot of money only had eggs, onions and potatoes. She used those three ingredients and then served what she had made to the General, who enjoyed, and then popularized it.
El Postre - Flan
The true origin of this dessert comes from the Roman Empire. The name is originated from Old High German word “flado,” which means flat cake. At first, the dessert was just a savory dish, usually flavored with fish or meat, and not something sweet as it is nowadays. The Roman Empire fell to its ruins, but this delicious dessert managed to survive with sweet minor changes to its recipe in recent years.

It turned into two different ways to make it. In Spain, it became a sweet dessert made with caramelized sugar. While in England, they took the recipe in a whole different direction and made of it a pastry shell with an open-top filled with custard and sometimes mixed with nuts or fruit. The only ingredients that have not to change are the use of egg, cream, and sugar concentrations.
Bebida Alcoholica - Sangria
Like many countries who were invaded by the Romans, Spain began actively planting grapes to make into wine and trade with the Romans. Soon, wine became the drink of choice for people of all ages. It is important to remember that before modern times water was full of bacteria and not safe to drink. Any liquid with at least some alcohol in it would kill the bacteria making it the beverage of choice. To liven things up, households who lived near where the grapes were grown would add other fruits and spices to the wine, giving it a different flavour. These ingredients made way for the traditional Spanish red wine punch, Sangria.
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