There are certain things or habits which are prejudicially associated with every country. For example Britain has the bad weather and the 5 o’clock tea. Which are as real characteristics of British lifestyle as sunshine and bullfights are for Spain.
There are however certain bastions that the society couldn’t exist without in its present form. In England there is Fish and Chips, in Scotland the Fried Mars bar and in Spain the Churros.
What is Churros?
According to Wikipedia:
A churro is a fried-dough pastry—predominantly choux—based snack. Churros are popular in Spain, France, the Philippines, Portugal, Ibero-America and the South-western United States. In Spain, churros can either be thin (and sometimes knotted) or long and thick. They are normally eaten for breakfast dipped in champurrado or café con leche.
To keep it clean in Spain, it is a fried-dough pastry dipped into THICK hot-chocolate or milky coffee in a glass. (Café Latte).
(Some dare to sprinkle sugar onto it which is a cardinal sin and it should be punished accordingly but this is just me.)
Pic of Churros
Pic of Hot chocolate
Pic of Café
Of course there are endless variation of this as in Spain there are at least 6 different types of coffee without uttering the word Starbucks.
Now we have been introduced to the basics and can go further. In Spain every region has its way of doing things with their own language or at least an accent. So it is with food.
Here in Lanzarote the Churros looks like this:
It is actually called Porras in Madrid and north of Spain but here that word associated mostly with cannabis cigarettes so the waiters give you an awkward look when you order that. It comes in portions and it’s a good idea to ask how many there are in one pile before ordering it.
Now, I would like to walk you through the rules of ordering which in fact will let you step on the threshold of Spanish cuisine and peep in.
In Spain you can’t just go into any random restaurant which looks great and order some delicious food. The great looking places with nice English speaking stuff are around tourist destinations selling everything ruthlessly.
For example I have been served once with readymade, microwaved Churros sprinkled thickly with sugar. I didn’t expect much because I asked for a Spanish speciality at an Italian place in the centre of a tourist resort but it was an inedible mistake.
In Spain the best food is in crappy looking places with unfriendly waiters and floor full of rubbish.
In fact if you are after Churros (which is non-existent by my standards because it’s Porras) there is only one place in Lanzarote where you can go to date.
Cafeteria San Francisco in Arrecife. <pic> <map>
It has everything a Spanish bar needs to have. Unfriendly waiters who are not talking to you if it isn’t an absolute emergency. (When you leave without paying.)
Actually it is a quite nice looking traditional bar but if you used to the fancy pubs of the Midlands you feel these places are just too, let’s say, plain.
Ordering is quite simple:
You sit at a table and wait for the waiter then say:
A ration of Churros and coffee with milk, please.
Un racion de churros con un café con leche, porfavor.
Uhn rathion deh chourros con uhn cufeh con letsheh.
If you say the bolded text only that will do just as good. But if you really get stuck I guess they speak English as well. If they speak at all
In case if you like the chocolate variant:
A ration of churros and hot chocolate.
Un racion de churros con chocolate.
Uhn rathion deh chourros con chohkohlateh.
You receive the 5 pieces of Churros which is a ration and your drink.
Ask the bill:
There is two way:
Tell the waiter when he is passing you:
La Cuenta, porfavor
Lu Quentah, porfavor
The Bill, please
Catch the waiter’s glance when he is far away. Raise your hand and write in the air cheers. If you’ve done right the waiter nods and brings you the bill.
Pay (preferably by cash as paying by card is a pain in Lanzarote in general)
Now you have been showed, practice on your own and you can leave as a fully trained churros expert when you board.