BLOG: ONLY IN SPAIN

BLOG: ONLY IN SPAIN

There’s a special place in our hearts for the Spanish news. We get simply the best headlines with the wackiest of stories. We took our inspiration from The Guardian’s section of world news and The Metro to find our favourites.So settle in with a cool glass of cava and get your dose of what’s been happening in our beloved España.

'I'M GOING TO BE LATE'

Spanish civil servant who skipped work for years ordered to repay £21,000. Only when Joaquín García, a Spanish civil servant, was due to collect an award for two decades of loyal and dedicated service did anyone realise that he had not, in fact, shown up to work for at least six years – and possibly as many as 14. The man was up for an award, and that’s how he was caught. We think that says it all.

'MY DIARY IS PRETTY EMPTY'

Spain's acting PM tells hoax caller Spain’s government is currently a little bit in limbo at the moment, which may explain the free time. But seriously, this was told to a prank caller from a Radio Station. 

'THE RUM DIARIES'

Spanish police officer suspended for drinking rum in brothel on duty Member of Guardia Civil caught talking to workers while enjoying cuba libres at establishment near Toledo. The officer, who was on patrol with his partner, told his bosses that he was simply speaking with friends outside the establishment when he saw some "suspicious” movement and went inside to investigate. According to the owner of the establishment, the officer was exchanging banter with the women who work there while drinking cuba libres for an hour and a half, and entreating his partner in a loud voice to do likewise. We get it; we all love a cuba libre.

'A BOTTLE OR FOUR A DAY KEEPS THE DOCTOR AWAY'

107-year-old says the trick to long life is four bottles of red a day Vineyard owner Antonio Docampo Garcia, from Ribadavia in north Spain, said that he would drink a couple of bottles of tinto at lunch and a further two at dinner. His son, Manuel Docampo Lopez, told La Voz de Galicia that his father could drink ‘a litre and a half all at once.’ Absolutely inspiring, we say. 

Speak Spanish Wine Like You're Bilingual

Speak Spanish Wine Like You're Bilingual

Before we get ahead of ourselves, don’t worry if you haven’t passed your Spanish A-level. If only we were taught with wine and food, things might be different…

Now it’s your chance to impress your dates and your mates by learning to speak Spanish wine like you’re practically bilingual. Right or wrong, you’ll still be rewarded with a class of vino. 

Vino Blanco (Bee-noh, blahn-koh)
We’re going basic on this, it means white wine. Impress your date by asking about the wines from Galicia (GAH-LISS-E-UH). It doesn’t matter what they bring, it’s Spanish wine and you’re going to amor it. 

Vino Tinto (Bee-noh, teen-toh)
Shockingly, this means red wine. Kick off the month of love by ordering the Cerro Añon Rioja Crianza. You know when you order a Rioja ( ree-aw-hah) you’re going to fall head over Spanish steps for this baby. This wine contains a fruity nose and spicy aromas from cask ageing. And it’s perfect for tapas. You’ve obviously come to the right place.

Vino Rosado (r-oh-s-ah-doh)
We love to relax with a glass of rose and this one in particular from the menu is ahem – suggestive. The Libido Rosado Garnacha from Navarra includes wild red berries nose, medium-bodied. Yes, we do enjoy the medium bodied Libido…

Cava (kah-vah)
Ah we love a glass of Cava. Sparkling wine at its finest. Choose from Canals y Nuviola Plata Brut or the Marta Pasió Rosado Reserva 2011 rosé. Mmmm so sparkly, so good. 

Sangria (sahng-gree-ah)
Last but not least, it’s not really a tapas night without a pitcher of our famed Sangria. Our favourite is the Sangría de la casa (the house Sangria, you know).

THE ART OF TAPAS: SHARING ETIQUETTE 101

THE ART OF TAPAS: SHARING ETIQUETTE 101

SHARING

We know. It goes against our natural instincts of keeping all things delicious and wonderful to ourselves. Except, at Tapas Rev, we’re kind of revolutionary (and humble), so we’re here to teach you The Art of Tapas: Sharing Etiquette 101.

Unlike your university days, we encourage you to settle in for your new education with cool glass of Sangria and a pitcher by your side.

Rule No. 1
Get ballsy. Now isn’t the time to be intimidated by the menu. Order boldly and mispronounce names with your friends. We love when our revellers embrace their Spanish side.

Rule No. 2
Try something new! The whole point of tapas sharing plates is the fact that everyone gets to taste a little bit of something new. Make sure to get a plate of your favourite dish, Croquetas de jamon obviously, but also snap up a bite of your pals Arroz negro. Black rice with prawns and squid anyone? It might just become your new go-to tapas order. Thank your mates.

Rule No. 3
Order more than you think you need. Are your eyes bigger than your stomach? Not when it comes to tapas my friend. We recommend getting at least five to six dishes to start and share with your table. Remember, at Tapas Revolution the meal certainly doesn’t end when you finish your first plate. 

Rule No. 4
Tapas is best appreciated when you split a pitcher of our famous Sangria, don’t you think? If Sangria doesn’t tickle your fancy, we say go for the Cava. Cheers to that!

Rule No. 5
HAVE FUN. Enjoying tapas isn’t about following the rules; it’s about getting stuck in, eating delicious food and having an incredible experience with friends, partners and family. What more could you want?

We’re not just a restaurant after all, we’re a Tapas Revolution.