How to Order Food in Spain Like a Local

How to Order Food in Spain Like a Local

100 thoughts on “How to Order Food in Spain Like a Local

  1. Would you like us to do more language videos? Or more videos together? If so, what about? Let us know! 🙌

  2. Saludos…you don't need to ask for a table at a Tapas bar if you do not want, standing by the bar is perfectly ok. I also believe there is an additional charge if you sit at a table…

  3. It would be great to talk about getting a train – sorting out tickets etc. Because the cities are fantastic to base yourself but maybe there’s a great village or a smaller city close by that’s worth a look at. Some tips around that would be useful from a local’s perspective.

  4. – ¿Cuál es el 'vino de la casa'?
    – un Rioja fantástico. Mire, aquí tengo la botella.
    – De acuerdo, una copa de 'vino de la casa' entonces.
    No siempre es bueno, pero en muchos bares suelen tener muy buen 'vino de la casa'.

  5. Yollie and James, you two rock!! Thanks so much for your videos. We are now well prepared for our trip to Spain, starting this Tuesday.

  6. You guys rock. I love you both. James is ace and Yolanda is super sexy. Content is excellent and your vids are really good. Keep it up guys 😁

  7. Another possibility for beer is a recent(ish) borrowing from Italian: birra. It won't work in other Spanish-speaking countries, but in Spain it's understood to mean "whatever beer is popular locally".

  8. "La carta, por favor" is fine, but you can also ask for "el menú, por favor". In fact, the "carta" title ussually is "Menú". If you want "medú del día", you should ask like that: "menú del día". For wines is just "carta de vinos", not "menú de vinos".

  9. Asking for a bigger beer as "una doble", I think its a local idiom.. I would ask for "una jarra". In North Spain (Basc country) you can also ask for a smaller one as "zurito".

  10. We use to call fried anchovilles "anchoas (fritas)". And "boquerones", the anchovies prepared as in the South Spain, with vinegar (white anchovies).

  11. Love this video! I'm learning Spanish phrases for when my hubby and I visit Spain in July. He appreciates alcoholic drinks, but I prefer non-alcoholic ones. Do bars serve non-alcoholic drinks or cocktails? If so, how does one order non-alcoholic drinks in a bar? Thank you!

  12. 4:09 First time in my life I've ever heard that expression… and my father loved wine (and my mother). What you usually hear is: "¿Cuál es el vino de la casa?"
    11:22 You forgot to ask for the "carta de postres"…
    11:58 You don't even need to speak for this. Just wave your hand in the air as if you were signing an invoice.
    12:33 You forgot another real scenario: "Menuda mierda de comida. Antes muerto que volver aquí".

  13. My spanish teacher about 12 years ago was a madrileña and she taught me a large beer is called una jarra, is this word out of style nowadays?

  14. Thank you very much! Great video! Can you please make the video about driving habits of Spanish people and also how to talk to police and ask for directions. Thx in advance! Regards from Moscow.

  15. I’m going to Spain in a month. I just found your channel and I am really enjoying the videos. I have not gone through all of them yet. I’d love to see one with every day phases in Spanish like; where do I get the bus/taxi, train. Bathroom facilities, grocery store, police, hospital, pharmacy.

  16. One thing i dislike in Spain are the bars… why do they all have to be so right and full of 100's people trap in a tiny bar. It makes it feel uncomfortable. Why would i want to have a stranger be near and touching me at a bar if the place is so tight. I prefer a open space where it is not as if your going to unable to breath properly.

  17. I have also notice that many people in Spain bars are all littered with rubbish on the floor. paper to tooth-stick and so on. It rather feel un healthy. Imaged having that rubish all over the place in a restaurant kitchen (Discusting and un-healthy wise). Try figure that out. I come from a Country where you show (manners) show respect for the involvement and show respect for others by throwing your rubish in a rubbish bin. It is why Rubbish bins are design for. Not to littered around and careless for your own country environment. I think this needs to change in Spain. I just feel that people are not caring for the environment other then throw rusbish on the floor. In some countries if you do that you get into trouble.. Obviously you want to keep your country clean and not careless. By the way its good that Spain has soo much variety foods.. In Australia we dont have as much food variety as Spain does. So i will give Spain a good point because they have so many variety food plates around. But talking about the rusbish is pretty poor when i see someone in spain who careless to throw rubbish on the floor. i wonder if they also do that in the streets.. Throw your food or newspaper on the floor? Then expect someone to clean it up or end up burning the mountains on a hot day because of littering around… You get what i mean by that. 🙂 I believe it is very important to care for your country and for your own good and for others.. I dont like one that claims to say (i dont care) because it shows that one who does not care to keep the environment clean is a useless person who doesnt even care if something worse happens. One who cares for the environment.. would not end up throwing rubbish on the floor. Its all comes to show some (commonsense) it is after all your country you cant to keep it look good and clean not a country made to look like the world 3rd countries. Just saying. Its important you do the right things and you will do good for the world entirely not only just that but you will feel healthier living as well. So why would you want to liter a place that is not yours.. Its like saying would you care if i can come throw my rubbish bin all over your house ? 🙂 I bet you wouldnt like the idea at all. Well i wonder how busienss would think the very same thing for what your actually doing when you go to a bar in spain… But if people don't care then no one is doing good for this planet of us in which we live in. Try figure that vs a factory fuming bad air above the sky. Well that is the same as that.

  18. I love your videos. This was a great subject to cover. I would love for you to cover how to dress to blend in and not look like a tourist and how to dress for the weather, particularly summer.

  19. Hi I'm Marion Monson and I'm studying culinary arts. Last year, I have graduated with my culinary diploma but I'm currently pursuing my degree as well. I love to find out different culinary cultures hands on because I want more knowledge of culinary cultures and their influences around the world and not just be a common local chef. I also passionate to share and teach people what i know and learned so one day either open a buisness or become an instructor.

  20. James and Yoli, agradezco tanto sus videos, especialmente porque me dieron "permiso" de usar todo lo que aprendi en la escuela del lenguaje espanol
    la gramatica es importante pero valre mucho mas el deseo de comunicarse. Nuestra primera experiencia en Madrid..
    Descuti muy agradabemente unos 30 mimutos con unos senores muy viejos…quiza de 80 anos …sobre la politoca, la comida, la corrida de toros… y en las dos semanas siguientes en Espana no perdi la oportuidad de de hablar , o de demostrar mi interes en la cultura, sea con personas de educacion o con la adolecente muy joven en una demostracion contra la monaquia. Por favor sigan con con sus vdeos y especialmente sigan inspirar s n coraje a las turistas estadounidenses que comuniquen con la gente amable y simpatica de Espana. Primer frase de mi esposo: Dos mas cuando puedas


  21. Terrific vid. Maybe another one about shopping 🛍 since my wife will probably drag me to the Salamanca area 👌

  22. Lo mejor en este video es una mujer "having fun" por detrás de Yolanda. Ella fue fantástica y estuvo muy interesada. Jajajajajajaaja

  23. thanks for the tips! we’re from miami, so we speak spanish, of course. but words like cana and raciones, etc. we don’t use. so, these tips should prove useful for or spanish trip in october.

  24. Os falta una frase imprescindible, la famosa paga tu que se me ha olvidado la cartera o paga tu que solo tengo billetes de 500€

  25. Hi I think you are both fantastic could you do one about driving and asking for directions as I'm coming to Spain in October and need to get to denia many thanks for your time hope to see more on here ☺

  26. Vosotros dos sois alucinantes. La mirada de amor que muestra Yoli por James me calienta el corazón. Además, James, it's hard to believe you're from New Zealand, because your intonations and how you use English sounds VERY American — California to be specific. You guys are the best — keep up the great work!

  27. This was amazing. The accents was prefect. What I would now like is a more complete phrase formation as opposed to a command. Like "May I …." "Where may I …., How may I …?" "Could you please ….direct me to?…. tell me how?…tell me where? Communication skills that can be used in & out of a restaurant. With repetition comes association & familiarity. Gracias!

  28. Love your videos. So energetic, engaging and above all, you convey information in very pleasant manner. Thank you both for your expertise and attention to detail! There's only one tiny suggestion I have to make as classically trained musician. In some of your videos you use three last notes of Habanera which are "coming down" which may suggest the ending instead of the beginning. To keep it "up", as the rest of your video is upbeat all the time, something like the last accords of Escamilio's aria from the same opera or Carmen's Lilas Pastia scene ending would give the intro extra kick. As long as any note in the accord goes up, your listener subconsciously knows the show is about to begin. It may just add some tiny pinch of pepper to your delicious dish.

  29. I am returning to Spain this year after spending a semester there in 1981, I cant wait to see my Sevilla again and all the changes. Thanks for all the great videos and information.

  30. Solo Ribera Del Duero. None above, no substitutions. Btw. tap water??? Not if you want stomach problems ^^. Always get water by the bottle. Environment be damned, beats a hospital visit anyday…


  32. To a non-Spanish speaker this is pretty much useless! Even if I could learn the how to ask the questions I wouldn't be able to understand the answer! Nice video though! LOL!!!

  33. It's very very rare that a waiter won't be able to seat English speaking customers in Spain and for them to be unable to order wine and food unless there's a serious lack of intelligence going on, bordering on absolute stupidity.

  34. This video really helped me not be a simple tourist when I traveled to Grenada earlier this year. A 'go to' video for anyone who wants to hit the tapas bars wherever they go. Thanks for making this video, James!

  35. That lady in the back 😂 she’s part of the video too! Biggest videobomb ever! She was very interested and amused with their presentation 😂 she was great 👍. Also great video guys 👍

  36. Being from Norway we’ve always been told to never ever touch tap water as our bacteria levels are different than here etc.
    Great video! And you made the lady’s day I believe in the back there 😁

  37. Hi. I am loving the videos. Thank you for your enthusiasm for Spain. I am from the UK and my partner is Spanish from Madrid. I would love a video about introductions to people in Spain and how to say perfectly in Spanish, “You look nice”. Basically, small talk at the beginning and end of a group friendly meeting with people. Thanks 😍

  38. Hi! My friend and I are coming to Spain in May 2020!
    We’ve never really spent a lot of time there either, mostly just passing through? We are super excited to spend a little mire time this time!
    I speak Latin American Spanish I feel very confused about the Spanish in Spain it makes me nervous because that’s the mother country of Spanish, however it’s extremely different!? for instance from Mexico like when ask “Do you have”. In Mexico they say” tienes”. In addition , in Spain, most words have a
    Lisp? Which we do not used in most Hispanic countries in Latin America. I’m nervous to use my Spanish in Spain now 😆🤪😁
    I will definitely give it a go!🥰

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