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September 10, 2012 2:50 PM   Subscribe

On November 7, more than 60 chefs will converge on Valladolid, Spain to vie for glory in the annual National Tapas Competition.

If you can't afford the airfare, you could cook these dozen recipes from Saveur or just stare at the pictures in this Flickr group pool.
posted by Egg Shen (17 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

 
Yum - who's up for a Metafilter outing to Spain in a couple months?
posted by Greg_Ace at 3:32 PM on September 10, 2012 [1 favorite]


Mmmm, I think I'll be headed toward my local tapas bar this week.
posted by perhapses at 3:36 PM on September 10, 2012


Tapas is such a scam. I prefer value for my dollar, thank you.
posted by Fister Roboto at 3:37 PM on September 10, 2012


In Spain the value of tapas for the dollar is excellent. They were free with the drinks, or dirt cheap, at most of the bars I went to.

But I sypathize, the tapas places in the USA often disappoint.
posted by bswinburn at 3:39 PM on September 10, 2012 [6 favorites]


Eponysterical.
posted by I EAT TAPAS at 3:39 PM on September 10, 2012


That gathering should fix the economic problems currently confronting Spain...Perhaps Greece ought to do something like that.
posted by Postroad at 3:40 PM on September 10, 2012


The dollar is such a scam. I prefer value for my tapas.
posted by cmoj at 3:45 PM on September 10, 2012 [6 favorites]


Tapas is such a scam. I prefer value for my dollar, thank you.

My wife has this same problem (with overpriced, undergood tapas in the US). The interesting thing is that, even when we were in Spain, she still didn't like them that much, even though they were cheap and well-made and many tapas are made of things that she loves.

She thinks it's the repeated association with paying too much for too little in SF's Mission District that turned her off of tapas for good.
posted by gurple at 3:56 PM on September 10, 2012


Someday, I will go to Spain. I will be unbelievably happy. Aside from being amazing food, I like tapas for the environment.

That said, I'm accepting donations for the Send Ghidorah to Spain for the Tapas Competition Fund.
posted by Ghidorah at 4:26 PM on September 10, 2012 [1 favorite]


Tapas in Australia is also an astonishing rip off. There's nothing like paying main meal prices (eg 20-30 bucks) for <entre-sized dishes. Infuriating, as tapas is delicious!
posted by smoke at 4:45 PM on September 10, 2012


My spanish wife refuses to go to tapas restaurants in the US, as she feels they are ridiculously expensive. Tapas in spain are amazing. I miss morcilla so, so much.
posted by deliquescent at 5:02 PM on September 10, 2012


Patatas alioi FTW. Every time.
posted by Kabanos at 6:45 PM on September 10, 2012


You could probably say it's a rip off in Japan, too, but then again, pretty much any 'nice' restaurant is going to cost you an arm and a leg. If it's done right, it's still worth it. The place we like to go (which usually runs us about $80, so we don't go as often as we like) is actually a side operation. The owner runs a Spanish food import business, and the stuff sold at the tapas bar is the same high end stuff he imports. Damn, that chorizo is good.
posted by Ghidorah at 6:45 PM on September 10, 2012


I need to get myself to Espana, ahora!

The thing I don't like about (American) tapas is the awkwardness about who gets the last bite of food, especially in a large group. I think this would be less of an issue if it's bar snacks, rather than a dish that cost $8 for 5 pieces of potato.
posted by Fig at 6:48 PM on September 10, 2012


I want to do this. The Send Ghidorah to Spain for the Tapas Competition Fund has been renamed and given a new mission. It will now be called the Give Ghidorah $43,000 So That He Can Study Under Jose Andres, Pretty Please Fund.
posted by Ghidorah at 6:55 PM on September 10, 2012



Tapas is such a scam. I prefer value for my dollar, thank you.


I never paid for tapas once in Spain.
posted by wilful at 11:03 PM on September 10, 2012


Also, not sure why people are thinking tapas is a singular? It's plural, so it's OK to say "are" rather than "is".
posted by wilful at 11:05 PM on September 10, 2012


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