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This Friday, December 2nd, the Curtain Fig Tapas Bar becomes a reality. So exciting! For the last few months I have been researching Tapas menus and perfecting my presentation of them - and the guinea pigs who have been my brave tasters have given a universal thumbs up. We will start small - five or six items as well as Paella - and hopefully grow as custom grows. There is nothing else like us around, so we are not competing - but usefully also have no specific competition.
On the menu this week will be Glazed Spicy Chorizo, Patatas Bravas (Baked potato with onion and tomato), Paella, Nummus, Pan con Tomate (similar to Bruscetta) and Gambas al Ajillo (Garlic prawns). Possibly also some homemade tortillas to soak up the juices. Should be a good start and much can be prepared in advance through the week.
What is Tapas? Tapas is simply a small snack or appetizer taken with a drink or two at lunchtime or in the early evening before the main meal. It is said that the first Tapas was simply a hunk of bread which was placed over the glass to keep the flies out. Hence the word ‘tapas’ was born - meaning 'cover' or 'lid'. The Spanish generally won’t drink without eating something- in fact, Spanish people use the verb tapear which means to go and eat tapas! I got into the habit many years ago in Barcelona and then became a devotee of Tapas Bars wherever I could find them. We had a great one, the Moorish Café, in Darwin - I still dream about their baked egg and chorizo to this day!
If you are in Yungaburra, stop by on Friday. Lots of fun, plus music by Lucky Phil - come on down!!!!