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Spain Cafes - Sample Menu

Sue Eatock

These are the drink and food items you will find at a café in Spain. In the countryside you will find local restaurants (venta) with a café and a restaurant area. Usually you have drinks, breakfasts or tapas in the café, lunch or dinner in the restaurant area. The selections of tapas are described on a separate page.

Coffee Drinks

Coffee is always freshly ground and filtered. This will be served in a cup and saucer, or in a glass precariously balanced on a saucer. Take care as the glass holds its heat really well, so can be hot to the touch.

  • Café con leche - coffee with milk, is the most popular; this is half coffee, half hot milk (1.00 euro)
  • Café solo - small espresso, without milk and very strong
  • Café doble - double espresso, without milk and very strong
  • Café largo - an espresso with extra water passed through the filter, without milk
  • Café carajillo - espresso with anis or brandy
  • Café cortado - espresso coffee with a dash of milk
  • Café descafeinado de maquina - decaffeinated filter coffee
  • Café descafeinado de sobre - a glass of hot milk and a packet of instant decaf. If you want hot water and not milk then you can ask for "café descafeinado de sobre, con agua, no leche".
  • Café con hielo - a small espresso with a glass of ice. Or ask for your type of coffee (see above) "y un vaso de hielo" (and a glass of ice). Simply add your sugar and then pour over the ice. In the heat of summer an ice coffee can be more refreshing and is very popular.

Cafe

Typical breakfast - topped mollete with Café con Leche and Café Americano

Sweeteners

Each coffee is server with one packet of white sugar, unless you are in a truck stop then it is two.

  • Azucar - Bleached white sugar in a 10gr packet is the standard issue.
  • Edulcorante - Artificial sweetener may be available, in either a sachet or click pack container. If you do not see it, ask for it.
  • Azucar Moreno - Brown sugar. Occasionally brown sugar may be available, this is generally only if the café offers specialty coffees.

Tea Drinks

  • Te - tea
  • Te con limon - tea with a slice of lemon
  • Te con un poco de leche fria - tea with a little cold milk
  • Te Solo (or con nada) - tea with nothing added
  • Infusion de tila - lime flower herbal tea
  • Infusion de manzanilla - chamomile herbal tea
  • Infusion de poleo-menta - mint herbal tea

Milk Drinks

  • Chocolate caliente - hot chocolate
  • Batido de fresa - strawberry milkshake
  • Batido de chocolate - chocolate milkshake
  • Batido de vainilla - vanilla milkshake
  • Horchata - tiger nuts, sugar and water (tastes a little like soy milk) (Pauline's Note: I have no idea what Tiger Nuts are, but Google will tell you.)

Cold Drinks

  • Agua sin gas - natural spring water
  • Agua con gas - carbonated spring water
  • Zumo de piña - pineapple juice
  • Zumo de naranja - orange juice
  • Zumo de melocoton - peach juice
  • Zumo de manzana - apple juice
  • Fanta naranja - fizzy orange
  • Fanta limon - fizzy lemon
  • Sprite or 7up - lemon pop
  • Casera blanca - sugar free lemonade
  • Tonica - tonic water
  • Coca-cola - Coca-cola
  • Pepsi - Pepsi
  • Ice Tea - Iced Tea

Beer, Wine, Sangria

  • Una cerveza - a beer
  • Una cerveza sin - alcohol free beer
  • Una clara - shandy, half beer half lemonade
  • Un vino blanco - white wine
  • Un vino tinto - red wine
  • Un vino rosa - rose wine
  • Una botella de vino tinto - bottle of red wine
  • Un vaso de vino blanco - glass of white wine
  • Tinto de verano - summer red (half red wine, half lemonade, over ice)
  • Sangria - red wine punch, includes lemonade, brandy, fruit juice and fruit

Spirits

  • Coñac - Spanish brandy
  • Larios gin - Malaga gin
  • Ron - rum (produced in Spain on the coast east of Malaga)
  • Anis - clear aniseed, usually dry
  • Jerez - sherry
  • Jerez Fino - very dry sherry
  • Jerez Amontillado - medium dry sherry
  • Jerez Oloroso - sweet sherry
  • Malaga dulce - sweet dessert wine from Malaga province

Booze

Liqueur

  • Orujo - clear alcohol with a bite
  • Orujo de hierbas - sweet, green/yellow, version with a flowery taste
  • Ponche Caballero - sweet orange brandy liqueur
  • Pacharan - sloe fruit liqueur, excellent for settling the stomach
  • Manzana - apple liqueur
  • Amoretto - sweet almond liqueur
  • Muira - cherry liqueur

To have a smaller amount, order un chupito (shot glass), This is often the best way if you simply want to taste some of the above, as measures in Spain are at the discretion of the waiter and he is being kind if he fills a large glass to the brim!

Other Terms

  • Un vaso de agua - a glass of water
  • Una copa de vino - a glass of wine
  • Con hielo - with ice
  • Sin hielo - without ice
  • Fria - cold
  • Natural - room temperature
  • Una lata - a can
  • Una botella - a bottle
  • Una caña - a stemmed glass
  • Un tubo - a tall straight glass
  • Una jarra - a jug
  • Una botella mas grande - a larger bottle
  • Una botella mas pequeña - a smaller bottle
  • Un chupito - small serving in a shot glass

Sample Prices (Summer 2006)

Breakfast (Desayuno)

  • Café - coffee (1.00 euro)
  • Café y pan tostada - coffee and toast (2.00 euro)

Sandwiches

These breakfast options are served with pan tostada (toast) or un mollete (a thin bread roll). Two sizes are available (prices for each are shown below).

Mollete0

Mollete Tomate Aceite

  • Jamon Iberico - Iberian cured ham thinly sliced (3.00 euro, 2.00 euro). Cerdo Iberico is a black or brown pig of a breed that originates in Iberia. This is always the more expensive meat as it is cured for much longer. The word "bellota" means acorn and feeding the pigs on acorns gives the meat a stronger flavour and the fat a yellow colour. This variation is the most expensive.
  • Jamon Serrano - cured ham thinly sliced (2.25 euro, 1.50 euro). Jamon Serrano is a salt cured leg of pork that is cut and served in paper thin slices. This is a tradition that started in the cool winters in the mountains. Hence the name translates to mountain ham.
  • Salchichon casero - homemade cured sausage (Spanish salami) (2.25 euro, 1.50 euro)
  • Chorizo casero - homemade spicy, cured sausage (2.25 euro, 1.50 euro)
  • Lomo en manteca - chunks of pork in lard (2.25 euro, 1.50 euro)
  • Pavo cocido - cooked turkey slices (2.25 euro, 1.50 euro)
  • Lomito a la plancha - small piece of grilled pork loin (2.25 euro, 1.50 euro)
  • Bacon - streaky bacon (2.25 euro, 1.50 euro)
  • Salami - salami (2.25 euro, 1.50 euro)
  • Jamon cocido - boiled ham slices (aka-Jamon York) (2.25 euro, 1.50 euro)
  • Carne mechada - sliced cold beef (2.25 euro, 1.50 euro)
  • Chorizo en manteca - cured spicy sausage in lard (2.25 euro, 1.50 euro)
  • Atun - tuna (2.25 euro, 1.50 euro)
  • Choped - cooked ham (2.25 euro, 1.50 euro)
  • Asadura en manteca - chitterlings in lard (tripe) (2.25 euro, 1.50 euro)

Other Food Items

  • Tortilla Francesa - plain omelet (2.25 euro)

Resources

Slow Travel Photos - Spain - Restaurants, Cafes: Larger version of photos used on this page.

Slow Travel Google Map - Spain, Andalusia, Sierra de Grazalema: Clive, August 2006. Clive and Sue show the sites in their corner of Southern Spain.

Slow Travel Google Map - Andalusia, Spain: DavidX, October 2006: The Andalucia region in southern Spain.


Clive Muir and Sue Eatock run guided nature holidays in the Sierra de Grazalema in southern Spain (www.natural-images.co.uk). They also run www.wildsideholidays.com, a listing site for holiday businesses specialising in active environmentally friendly holidays in Spain.

© Sue Eatock, 2006

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