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La merienda is also a snack that can be eaten in the afternoon. Ir de tapas is when people eat small portions of food and it is usually eaten with wine or beer.
Spanish people also consume a lot of fish in their diets. The varieties of seafood are endless and very delicious.
Many spanish people go to work late in morning, work for while, take a nap for a couple of hours, and then return to work. Because of this, the people who work this schedule may eat very late at night, sometimes as late as 10pm.
It is also very customary for younger Spanish people to go with their friends for some "cups" after dinner. Spanish people like eating with friends and family so they can socialize.
The Spanish typically eat a light breakfast (desayuno) around 8:00 in the morning. A typical meal may consist of toast and coffee. Around 10:00 in the morning the Spainards have what is know as a coffee break (el cafe). It is at this time that they eat a snack to make up for the light breakfast. Of course they also have coffee. Coffee is an important part of their culture and it is much stronger than American coffee. Lunch (la comida) is eaten between 2:00-4:00 in the afternoon. This is the principle meal in their culture. They enjoy taking their time and socializing with friends and family during their lunch. Many people leave work and return to their homes to eat this meal. Afterwards a nap (siesta) may be taken. Around 6:00 in the evening a light snack (la merienda) may be eaten. This consists of coffee and maybe a roll or sandwich. Dinner (la cena) is eaten around 9:00 in the evening and can go until midnight. Dinner may be a light meal or tapas at a local bar or resturant.
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