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ISSUE IV

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TAPAS LITTLE DISHES OF SPAIN


Parmesan fried green olives, served with a glass of red wine, are among the tapas offering s at Louie’s 106.


Introducing:

Tapas

Delicacies(popularized(at(Barcelona(Olympics(tease(tongues(in(Austin

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(((((((BY((KITTY%CRIDER PUBLISHED((SEPTEMBER%23,%1998(

ave(you(tried(the(ParA mesan( fried( green( olives?(You(won’t(be( able( to( stop( munchA ing( them.( Of( course,( you( must( sample( the( traditional( Spanish( tortilla,( too.( And( then( there’s( the( artichoke( dip,(which(people(are(ordering(like(crazy. These(are(all(tapas,(and(they(are(the(talk(at( the(tapas(bars(in(town. Say(it(distinctly:(It’s(tapas,(not(topless.(And( this( Spanish( specialty,( which( gained( greater( international( exposure( with( the( 1992( OlymA pics( in( Barcelona,( more( recently( has( begun( popping( up( in( large( a( nd( midsize( U.S.( cities( where(diners(embrace(ethnic(foods(and(where(  ! Tapas(are(Spanish(happy(hour(foods(AA(the( munchies(that(accompany(a(drink(and(precede( a(dinner.(Or,(perhaps,(replace(it. At( Malaga,( a( new( tapas( bar( in( Austin’s( Warehouse( District,( many( people( who( come( to(sample(the(small(delicacies(end(up(eating(a( halfAdozen(tapas(and(skip(dinner.(Increasingly,(    !   into(tapas(buffets.

But( that’s( the( personality( of( tapas,( which( promote(a(party(atmosphere(and(sharing(with( friends,(says(Malaga(chef(Ricardo(Luna. Like(dim(sum,(tapas(are(good(group(grub.( The(more(people,(the(more(items(that(can(be( ordered(and(passed,(sampled(and(savored. In(Austin,( tapas( may( be( traditional( SpanA ish(style(like(those(at(Malaga(or(multiculturA al( like( the( menus( at( Louie’s( 106( or( Rhythm( House.(And(the(choices(are(many.(At(Louie’s( 106,(the(menu(offers(16(hot(tapas(and(10(cold( ones.( Beef,( shrimp,( tuna,( salmon,( asparagus,( ravioli( empanadas,( spiced( nuts( and( prosciutA toAwrapped(melon(AA((everything(but(chicken. However,( it’s( the( fried( calamari( that( gets( the(most(orders.(``We(go(through(300(pounds( of( that( a( week,’’( says( chef( Joe( Buley.( The( most(popular(cold(tapa(is(the(carpaccio,(thinly(     !  

   or(the(crostini(topped(with(goat(cheese. Stephanie( Ware,( coAowner( of( Rhythm( House,(notes(that(because(Spanish(food(is(not( as(spicy(as(many(locals(prefer,(they’ve(added( TexAMex( touches( AA( pico( de( gallo,( jalapenos( and(poblanos(AA(to(their(tapas.(An(openAfaced( chicken( sandwich( with( poblano( cream( sauce( is(among(their(hot(tapas.

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