Tapas pet peeve

I have written about about Tapas which are small plates from Spain. But it seems as if every bar that offers small plates, no matter what the food may be, will call them “tapas”. Today I read a review of a Tapas bar in Berkeley offering such “tapas” as coconut shrimp ( pseudo Asian),fish tacos ( Mexico),smoked salmon, and, aargh!  buffalo wings with blue cheese.  Nuff said.  I have to say that this drives me crazy. These are NOT TAPAS.

Call them small plates, bar food, but please, do not call these dishes Tapas. It is offensive to those who repect this age old Spanish tradition.

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