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Variety of Spanish small food items or snacks originally served with sherry.
Small food items generally.
Izakaya food is basically Japanese tapas.
Origin: From tapas, plural of tapa, with original sense of “top”.
Tapas are a wide variety of appetizers, or snacks, in Spanish cuisine. They may be cold or warm. In select bars in Spain, tapas have evolved into an entire, and sometimes sophisticated, cuisine. In Spain, patrons of tapas can order many different tapas and combine them to make a full meal. In some Central American countries, such snacks are known as bocas. The serving of tapas is designed to encourage conversation because people are not so focused upon eating an entire meal that is set before them. Also, in some countries it is customary for diners to stand and move about while eating tapas.
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