I don’t understand how to eat like a local in Spain: please tell me

Do you know what the Internet doesn’t have? A guide on how to eat in Spain. Please, explain to me how to eat food in Spain – I though paella was supposed to go up my arse and I sincerely thought it was polite to shove olives up my nose.

This morning I woke up thinking, ‘I wish I had a guide to how the locals eat. I need a post to help to enlighten me on how to eat food in Spain.’ Luckily the travel bloggers are correct in their assumption that I’m a complete moron. I just can’t understand what the fuck Spanish people are doing with that paella. What? Hu? Is that a spoon?

Do you want to know what Spaniards really eat? Here, take a look:

Inside the pantry of a Spanish person: food includes bread, hazelnut spread and canned tuna.
Inside a real Spaniard’s pantry

Yep. That’s white bread with the crusts removed, the Spanish version of Nutella and somewhere in that cupboard I can assure you there is a tub of Cola Cao.

SPANISH PEOPLE EAT LIKE 12-YEAR OLDS.

There. guide done and done. To eat like a Spanish person, eat like a 12-year old.

For an excellent guide to the real coffee that exists in Spain (outside of international cafes) here’s a genuinely great blog post on Spanish coffee.

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12 comments

  1. I’m guessing you’re still in your 20’s, and so are your Spanish friends…? The trick is to get yourself invited to their parents’ house for lunch/dinner.

    They have no need to cook for themselves, coz Mummy will supply them with a week’s worth of “tuppers” every Sunday. But I guess you’ve figured that out 😉

  2. Well I don’t know how old are you, but definitely that cupboard is from a student or young person, or a family with kids, but you didn’t show their fridge, in which Spaniards often have fresh meat and fish, many vegetables and fruits, yoghurt, etc…

    • the cupboard is from 2 of my housemates who are 40-somethings. Their shelf on the fridge is full of cheap meats from Día and yogurt.

      But Noelia I understand what you’re staying and in this article I know I have generalised far too much. It’s just a pattern I’ve seen from the Spaniards that I know. But I also know that my housemates eat at their parents very frequently, and I am sure the food they eat there is more ‘homemade.’

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