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  La comida (Lunch) in Nerja near beach
by deecat

While in Spain, we loved the interesting assortment of ingredients. Some of the ingredients such as olives, dates, grapes, and fish are originally from Spain. Other ingredients were brought here by conquering nations such as the Moors. The Moors brought rice, lemons, oranges, and sugar from their African homeland. The Moors also introduced the technique of marinating fish in a strong vinegary sauce and the combination of sweet and spicy foods. The Spanish explorers brought back with them such ingredients as peppers, eggplant, tomatoes, potatoes, and chocolate.

Since it's a hot country, the siesta is necessary, especially in the countryside. The people thus stay up longer at night; this long day has created the custom of eating five times instead of three times a day.

Favorite Dish: The first of the five times to eat is, of course, the Desayuno [breakfast], which is a simple meal of a fresh crusty loaf of bread, rolls called bollos or cookies called galletas, a glass of milk, hot chocolate, or coffee. Of course churros is a popular breakfast treat, too. {strips of dough shaped like horseshoes or spirals that are lightly fried and sprinkled with sugar.]

A snack around eleven o'clock is called almuerzo, and it consists of anything from a small dish of olives to a large plate of ham and eggs.

Between one and three in the afternoon, the hearty lunch is eaten. It is called La comida [lunch] and consists of three courses: green salad, chicken or meat dish, fresh fruit for dessert. We noted that a popular lunch meal is called
tortilla espanola [Spanish omelet] that is made with eggs, potatoes, and onions.

After work or school, Spaniards eat a light snack called la merienda. The kids usually eat a special sandwich called bocadillo that means "mouthful". It's made of crusty bread filled with cheese and a cold meat (that contains sliced olives) called mortadela. The adults usually eat tapas at tapas bars or cafes.

In the evening, Spaniards do not eat much dinner [La cena] as compared to the lunch. However, in large cities where siesta is not done much anymore, dinner is the family's main meal.

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