Why We Love the Spanish

Sangria, running of the bulls, Picasso, churros and Penelope Cruz are a few reason why we love the Spanish. We pay homage to Spain in this fun slideshow.

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Tapas
Tapas

Tapas

A spread of Spanish tapas, small plates of food meant to be enjoyed before dinner, which typically isn't served until 9 or 10 p.m. 960 1280

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Jamon

Jamon

If there is one thing the Spanish love, it's their jamón ' shown here, hanging on racks ready for purchase! 960 1280

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seafood

seafood

Much Spanish cuisine is heavily influenced by the locally available seafood. 960 1280

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Calamari

Calamari

Calamares fritos (you guessed it, fried calamari) is a common Spanish tapa. 960 1280

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Gazpacho

Gazpacho

Glasses of refreshing gazpacho soup, a chilled and blended mix of tomatoes and other raw vegetables. 960 1280

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Spanish olives

Spanish olives

An assortment of Spanish olives, some of the most flavorful in the world. 960 1280

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paella

paella

A chef prepares traditional Spanish seafood paella. 960 1280

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Tortilla

Tortilla

Tortilla española, or a 'Spanish omelet,' is a traditional dish made with potatoes, eggs and olive oil. 960 1280

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Jamon, chorizo and olives

Jamon, chorizo and olives

Jamón serrano, chorizo and olives are universal Spanish favorites, common in all regions of Spain. 960 1280

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Flan

Flan

Flan de huevo al caramelo, a caramel-topped Spanish dessert. 960 1280

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Chocolate con churros

Chocolate con churros

Chocolate con churros -- hot chocolate and strips of fried dough. But don't think this is like any other hot chocolate ' it's so thick you can rest your spoon (or churro) on it! 960 1280

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Arroz con leche

Arroz con leche

Arroz con leche, a Spanish rice pudding. 960 1280

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sangria

sangria

You can't forget Spanish sangria ' but watch out for that fruit! It's loaded with more wine than you think. 960 1280

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