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"Breakfast is an institution here in Jerez" Top 5 Page for this destination Language and Local Customs Tip by H0BB1T

Here in Jerez breakfast is very important. People usually just take a coffee before leaving their homes in the morning, and then at 10-11am they stop to have breakfast in one of the many bars in the city. If you are walking down Calle Larga, you can see terraces full with people having their breakfast while looking at the people pass by.
Typical breakfast is coffee and toast, but it is not as simple as that, let me try to explain it to you. For example lets start with the coffee ... it is served in a glass, and depending on the ammount of milk you want it has different names ... solo (no milk), cortado (coffee with just a bit of milk), con leche (more coffee than milk) or manchado (more milk than coffee).
Toast also can be "entera" if you want both halves of the bread, or "media" if you only want half. And depending on the kind of bread, you can ask for normal bread, mollete or tostada campesina.
On top of the toast you can spread mantequilla (butter), mantequilla salada (salted butter), aceite de oliva y sal (olive oil and salt), mantequilla colorá ( this is some kind of red fat typical from here), zurrapa (fat from roast beef), foei gras, or con jamón (with cured ham).
This way, when you want to order your breakfast in one of these terraces in downtown you would ask for .... Un manchado con medio mollete con jamón ( a coffee with more milk than coffee, half toast and cured ham).
Hope this helps you :)

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  • Written Feb 8, 2005
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