Food, wine and eating times 0

Posted on 26, May 2013

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Land of great products

The Spanish people like to enjoy the good things in life like food, wine and eating times, and their local dishes and wines are on top of the list. Many of the dishes are rice based (like the famous paella) and in Madrid, meat, vegetables, fruits and dairy products are varied and of high quality. Fish and seafood are excellent and you often hear that “Madrid is Spain’s best seaport” because all the seafood gets here every morning fresh from the sea. Spanish people use olive oil in their daily diet, which has proven to be the best way to cook to really care for your health.

There are over 3,000 restaurants in Madrid. Spanish people enjoy eating out (restaurant and bar expenses are often the first item on their monthly budgets). They are fond of traditional Spanish food, especially seafood, but in recent years they have also learned to appreciate new tastes. As a result, you will find restaurants in every style and from many cultures.

Spaniards have their own habits and eat much later than the rest of their European neighbours! At lunchtime, most of the restaurants open around 1.30 pm. However, you hardly see people coming in before 2 or 2.30 pm. In the evening, restaurants do not open their doors before 9 or 9.30, and most people start arriving at 10. Not to worry, though, if these times do not fit in well with you or seem a bit late…. there are many “tapas bars”, cafés and snack bars which serve food all day long.


One of the greatest things about being an expat in Spain is the discovery of wine. But the language and terminology used in labelling can be a problem if you do not speak the language. Here is a quick reference to get you started with Spanish wine:

“Crianza” is wine aged at least 6 months in oak casks and then bottled, and is therefore not marketed before the third year after harvest.

“Reserva” is wine aged for at least 12 months in oak casks and cannot be marketed before the fourth year after harvest.

“Gran Reserva” wines must age for over 2 years in oak, plus 5 years in coops or bottles.

Castille is famous for its winegrowing areas and its white, rosé and red wines are famous throughout Spain and Europe. More specifically, the northeastern part of Castile provides outstanding “Rioja” wine, and from the northwestern part of Castile comes the wonderful “Ribera del Duero” red wine. Both of these areas can be visited on a day trip outside Madrid, or you can spend a weekend there visiting vineyards and tasting different wines. Think about it, It’s worth it.

Lydia Martínez
CEO at Stepsrelocation


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