1. Tapas is a kind of food.
“Is this tapas?” many confused foreigners ask whenever they eat something at a bar in Spain, eager to try the famous, almost mythical dish. Or, even more confusing (for us, Spanish hosts), they ask it about the dish you just have served on the table…at home. There’s a widely spread misconception about the famous tapas being a specific kind of food, when they can actually be anything. And by anything I mean they can be seafood, meat, vegetables, pasta…what are tapas, then? Is that how we say “food?”
Of course not: tapas are a way of eating food. Any small dish you eat along with your drink (not always for free) is a tapa. And you could eat that tapa all by yourself, but the most common thing is to share it with the people you’re with — several small dishes, each person with a toothpick or fork.