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Multi-hued, many-flavoured, dangerously moreish (and sometimes Moorish), and magnificent with a glass of Rioja or a chilled caña de cerveza (beer), tapas are the humblest and finest expression of Spanish gastronomy, writes Chris Moss. Every country has finger food, but few take it quite as seriously as Spain does. Tapas are the way talented chefs explore the extraordinary variety of the Spanish kitchen – and as a diner you can do the same, without ever having to leave the bar. “Tapas” means “tops”. In many bars and hole-in-the-wall restaurants, they were usually served on plates placed on top of drinks. They also used to be free of charge, and still are in some bars. To “tapear” – to go on a bar-crawl sampling different bites – is as vital a Spanish ritual as attending mass or watching a bullfight. The following is a quick-fix guide to the essentials, with tips on where to try them. Tapas are lovely to share. The code is: if you want to, ask for a media-ración (half portion) or a larger ración; a plato is a meal-sized portion. But the smallest portion is a tapa and that’s just for you… 1. Jamón iberico Spanish dry-cured jamón ibérico is the ultimate cold tapa. Where your ordinary jamón serrano – meaning simply “ham from the hills” – is typically delivered on a chewy baguette with a slice of cheese, the finer, redder jamón ibérico de bellota, produced using acorn-fed free-range pigs, needs no adornment whatsoever. Like wine, jamón ibérico is strictly regulated through four Denomination of Origin (DO) regions: Extremadura, Salamanca, the Valle de Los Pedroches and Huelva. In the latter province, the town of Jabugo makes the most famous ham of all – try it at the legendary Bodega Cinco Jotas (Carretera Huelva-Badajoz s/n; +34 603 599 061). Another fine pork butchers or charcuterías is Mostazo (Calle San Antón; 6, + 34 927 242 881) in Cáceres, Extremadura, where the local aficionados get their superlative ham slices. If you’re on the Costa del Sol, then find a table outside the Taberna Pasaje Chinitas (Pasaje Chinitas, 5; +34 952 222 064) in Old Málaga and tuck in. 2. Patatas bravas Fried potato chunks with lashings of tomato sauce enlivened by sherry vinegar, saffron, tomatoes, hot, sweet pimentón, garlic, sugar and perhaps...Read More
A little-known capital, nestled at the heart of one of Europe’s most underrated countries, Ljubljana is easy to miss if you’re not looking for it. However, after earning the title of European Green Capital 2016 for its meticulous environmental standards and forward thinking approach to sustainability, Slovenia’s biggest city is starting to turn heads; and not just for its approach to recycling. Tourists are now discovering Ljubljana as a destination in its own right, finding an affordable city, full of local charm and a thriving culinary scene. Perfect as a weekend city break or a jumping-off point into the rest of Slovenia, here’s why Ljubljana should be high up on your city break wish list this summer. The city is easy to get around – you can walk, ride or paddle Linked by a constellation of pretty squares, Ljubljana’s charming old town curves gently around the castle, which stands as the perfect reference point over the city. Starting off in Gornji Square, one of the oldest in the city, walking north along the banks of the Ljubljanica, you can be in the city’s busiest square, Preseren Square (dedicated to poet France Preseren who wrote “A Toast”, which was later adapted to become Slovenia’s national anthem) in 15 minutes. In keeping with the city’s green credentials, walking is the best way to explore the centre of Ljubljana and you’ll find that most of its tourist areas have been completely closed off to traffic. For those who need some help getting around, the city’s Kavalirs are on hand to help. These small, electrical golf-cart like buggies are free and are used exclusively within the pedestrianised zone – and they are yet another nod to the city’s green credentials. For those who want to explore the areas outside of the city centre, Tourism Slovenia offers specialist bicycle tours which take in Tivoli Park, the city’s oldest suburbs of Trnovo and Krakovo, the botanical garden and Metelkova mesto – a former Yugoslav army barracks which is now the heart of the city’s alternative scene. The city is incredibly cycle friendly, with specialist paths and pedestrian areas throughout. If those two options just seem a little bit, well, pedestrian for you, then there’s another, slightly more unique way to see the city: by paddle board. The calm waters of the Ljubljanica and the city’s approach...Read More