Perhaps some people wiser and worldlier than us knew that tapas, the tiny Spanish plates of delicious snack food, were never intended to be sold for profit (much less $8 for three sad, shriveled figs wrapped in carbonized bacon). But Anthony Bourdain didn’t know this either, until last night’s episode of Parts Unknown set in Granada, where he learned that tapas culture dictates that food is sent out gratis with one’s wine.
“We will never have tapas culture in America,” he bemoaned to his cameraman after a lot of wine (and a lot of free food, langoustines and caviar not included). Of course not, Tony; we’re capitalists. And we’re kind of regretting that fact right now.
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