Saturday, March 17, 2007

A short note on Tapas

As I´m offering regularly alternating free MP3 downloads on my website under the name "Tones as Tapas", I thought it a good idea to explain the meaning of Tapas to those of you, who don´t know what they are.

Tapas are little appetizers served at bars or restaurants. Here in Spain, Tapas are very popular either as something to accompany a drink at a bar (for example olives, nuts, cheese etc.) or for a complete meal with a great variety of combinations of meat (sausages, meat balls, ham, different skewers etc.), seafood (fish, squid (a speciality is "Pulpo Gallego" – squid from a special area at the Galician Atlantic coast, served warm in olive oil with garlic and red pepper – mmh... yummy!), clams (one of my favourites is "Mejillones Rellenos" – filled clams...delicious!) etc.), vegetables, salads, potatoes (patatas bravas – "hot" potatoes) and so on.

If you are really interested in Tapas there is more information
here in english and here in german.

So, there you are. Music as an appetizer for (hopefully) coming back for more ;-) !

An interesting second meaning has the word tapas in Sanskrit. In the yogic tradition, tapas may be translated as "essential energy", referring to a focused effort leading towards bodily purification and spiritual enlightenment.