In a world obsessed with big plate sizes there’s a trend that seems destined to stay. I’m sure you’ve heard of small plates or Tapas. In Europe, namely Spain, where Tapas comes from, the plates are even smaller than the American version….but at least it’s a start.
There the meal is an event itself. With friends, a sort of moveable meal where you enjoy the time visiting….nibbling a bit from one plate and then perhaps moving on to the next location and doing it again. By time you’re done for the evening you have the total of one normal meal over a long period of time.
A slice of cheese and salami, a variety of crudo vegetables, a hot panni shared, a few bites of a sumptuous pasta dish and finally a bite of decadent dessert. Each of the plates are about the size of a butter dish and all are shared with the group of friends.
The Spanish are by no means the only ones. We recall a first trip to an alpine country where we experienced fondue. Presented with one small plate of: a couple of veggies, a tiny piece of meat, a few cubes of bread and some fruit; all on one plate. The night progressed as we shared the fondue pot cooking our bites and enjoying the company. The first thought was this must be the appetizer. Actually, this was the entire meal. And surprisingly by the end of the night we were full!
In Britain we were invited to supper at some new friends home one evening. After visiting awhile we were taken in to the dining room while a plate of fruit and cheese was brought out. Thinking this was a European appetizer we shared the selection of wonderful cheeses and variety of fruit. Before we knew it the time had flown and we were leaving.
On the way home we commented that was an odd meal. Later we learned that the main meal of the day was at mid-day and was provided by the employer. The evening meal was simple plates of a variety of items like we had and always shared.
Hum… sounds a bit like what we do on our adventures…. With friends, a sort of moveable meal where you enjoy the time visiting….nibbling a bit from one plate and then perhaps moving on to the next location and doing it again. By time you’re done you have the total of one normal meal over a period of time. We even add the enjoyment of some great street art and ‘taste’ other things too while we weave it all together with historic stories of the neighborhood.
Sound like fun? Well, why not try it out this Saturday morning as we step out in the hip Tower neighborhood on our Taste the Tower adventure. We include multiple stops for small plates at local eateries. Just $49pp and if you book online you can save 50%
So, get a few friends together and make it a fun day!