Tapas were invented by a 17th century Spanish Flamenco dancer called Poco Snacketa. Designed as little bites which could be eaten between dances, they were called tapas after the noise made by the dancers as they stamped their feet to the fiery rhythms of the music.
Alas, poor Snacketa didn’t live long enough to see her idea go on to conquer the culinary world but, if you want to honour the Snacketa legend, then you can eat some fine examples of tapas at the two Tapa restaurants in Edinburgh.
The restaurants, one in Leith and one on Hanover Street, both do good, authentic tapas dishes. We’re talking dishes like albondigas or meatballs; lamb casseroles; anchovy fillets, squid rings and mushrooms topped with grilled goats cheese.
Go now and buy your vouchers. Later, as you tuck into yummy tapas, remember the legend of Poco Snacketa, the little dancing girl.