8 finger-lickin’ tapas to try in Madrid

After a challenging day working at your internship abroad in Madrid, you’ll feel the urge to unwind the Spanish way with a glass of sangria and a couple orders of Spain’s legendary appetizers called tapas. The tradition of the tapeo is often experienced out at a bar or restaurant. The following are just a few of the many typical (and tasty) tapas Madrid has to offer.


What to eat in Madrid


What to eat in Madrid

1. Patatas bravas – Delicious fried potatoes, served hot and often with a spicy tomato sauce or aioli. Order these with caution – they’re addictive!


2. Tortilla Española – An tasty egg omelet made with potato and fried. Many times a tortilla will include onion, peppers and ham.


3. Croquetas de jamón – Lightly breaded and fried ham fritters. Just accept that once you start, you won’t be able to stop eating them.


What to eat in Madrid


4. Oreja a la plancha – Grilled pigs ear. You heard me. Served often with a spicy sauce, garlic and parsley.


5. Gambas al ajillo – You can’t go wrong with these peeled prawns cooked with garlic and olive oil. Served hot!


What to eat in Madrid


6. Caracoles a la madrileña – These snails cooked with a meat broth are tastier than they sound. Live up the multicultural experience and try something adventurous!


7. Albóndigas en salsa – Meatballs served in sauce, sometimes tomato-based, often made with olive oil, garlic and onions.


What to eat in Madrid


8. Callos a la madrileña – Cow guts cooked with a meat broth, sliced sausage and ham. Don’t knock it till you try it!


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Sources: Wikipedia, About.com, hogarutil.com, PBS.org, The Food Network

Photo 1. based on Patatas bravas by cyclonebill, CC-by-2.0

Photo 2. based on Croquetas Caseras by Jonathan Pincas, CC-by-2.0

Photo 3. based on Gambón al Ajillo by Javier Lastras, CC-by-2.0

Photo 4. based on Albóndigas de Bacalao en Salsa de Verde by Joselu Blanco, CC-by-2.0


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Elizabeth Trovall

After short stints in Argentina and Belize, Elizabeth is finishing up her fourth year in Santiago, Chile. Elizabeth writes about international internships, life abroad and professional development for The Intern Group. She also reports on politics, business and culture in Latin America for public radio and print media. An Austin, Texas native, Elizabeth first left home to earn her journalism degree from the Reynolds Institute of Journalism at the University of Missouri. Besides her friends and family, she misses live music and Mexican food the most.
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