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February
03
2012

What Are Tapas?

Posted by Laura Hunt Little  |  February 03, 2012

Tapas Thursday at Miramonte Resort & Spa has all the ingredients of a perfect evening. Start with a gorgeous mountainside view and a comfortable lounge, add Latin guitar music, Sangria and great drink prices and top it off with tapas to make it a night to remember.  

If you’ve guessed by now that tapas are some kind of food, you’re right. Tapas are a wide variety of appetizers that originated in Spanish cuisine. They can be served cold or hot.

According to one legend, the tradition of tapas began when King Alfonso X of Castile recovered from an illness by drinking wine with small dishes between meals. After regaining his health, the king ordered that taverns would not be allowed to serve wine to customers unless it was accompanied by a small snack or "tapa."

Tapas have evolved through Spanish history, incorporating ingredients and influences from many different cultures and countries. They have become their own sophisticated cuisine.

At the Miramonte, Chef Robert Nyerick has created a tapas menu featuring ingredients from local artisan growers prepared with time-honored techniques. The menu focuses on the intricate balance of flavors and incorporates organic produce, "home grown" fresh herbs, farm raised meats and poultry and fresh Pacific seafood into these innovative little dishes.

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. Tapas are made for mingling!

Guests at Tapas Thursday love the food, atmosphere and music. Latin guitarist, Rafael Soto, who is known as “Rafa,” performs genres of music from pop and rock to traditional Mexican regional music. Rafael has a passion for Flamenco Music and plays Brazilian, Samba, pop and swing to the delight of his audiences.

Eve and Jude are La Quinta residents who frequent Tapas Thursday. When asked about why they come, Eve told us, “The Miramonte is a favorite date night destination for my husband and me.  We first went because we are fans ofSpain’s centuries-old tradition of delicious little dishes.  The Miramonte tapas menu extends beyond Spanish fare to feature international dishes. We loved the fried calamari and lobster quesadilla appetizers the last time we were there.  We also enjoyed the drink specials and happy hour prices. Besides the food, drinks and comfortable resort setting, one of the best parts of Tapas Thursday is the live guitar music. Rafa plays a wide variety of songs from classical to Paul Simon hits.  If you haven’t tried it yet, do go to Tapas Thursday. It’s a great way to unwind.”

The Miramonte Resort is located in Indian Wells, CA. “Tapas Thursday” is a weekly event from 5:00 to 8:00 pm in the Vineyard Lounge.

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