I promised this post in my previous entry about the Spanish siesta, so here is an overview of the meals of Spain:
El Desayuno (7:30-8:30): The smallest meal of the day, breakfast typically consists of coffee, cereals, rolls, toast, or muffins. One of the most popular preparations of coffee is cafe con leche, which is a 1:1 mixture of a strong coffee and scalded milk. An exception to the typical Spanish breakfast is seen in Madrid, where it is typical to consume churros dipped in hot chocolate for breakfast (good thing I didn’t study abroad in Madrid cause I would’ve come back looking like this).
Tapas (10:30-11:30): Little dishes that Spaniards eat in between breakfast and La Comida, the large mid-day meal. Tapas are often consumed with wines or beers.
La Comida (2-4): The largest meal of the day, which has multiple courses. Traditionally stores across the country close for 2-3 hours for the mid-day meal and siesta. La comida serves not only as the largest meal of the day, but also a social gathering for family members.
La Merienda (5-6): A late-afternoon snack that can consist of anything such as fruit, toast with jamón, or pastries.
La Cena (9-11): A small meal eaten late at night.
In conclusion, if you are a food lover, Spain is an AWESOME place to study abroad.