Pictured below is our Ceramic Spanish-Inspired Tapas Dishware. One of Spain’s most charming cities, Granada, is famous for its beautiful scenery and bustling nightlife. Nestled at the base of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, tourists flock here every year to visit the Alhambra palace, shop in the towns outdoor markets, and experience the local cuisine. On busy summer nights, tourists and locals alike infiltrate the town’s festive bar district in search of flamenco music, live entertainment, and tapas. Tapas literally translate into English as “small plates.” Several have theorized about the origin of tapas. Andalusian lore suggests that bartenders first created them in order to keep flies from lingering on patron’s glasses. Between drink sips a slice of crusty bread topped with a piece of cured ham was placed on top of the glass. The bread and ham became a light snack to enjoy with the drink. Tapas culture has since evolved and so has the type of tapas. Typically it starts out small, a handful of nuts or olives, and progresses into more substantial fare, encouraging patrons to keep ordering drinks. Tapas make great food for entertaining: their small bites allow for conversation. The portions are small and meant to be eaten by hand or with a toothpick. A trip to your local deli or the olive bar at your local gourmet store is all you need to set up a sumptuous spread. Pair the tapas with a bottle of Rioja or a refreshing pitcher of Sangria, perfect for impromptu summer get-togethers.