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If you want to really speak Spanish you have to be able to understand native speakers and possess a wide range of Spanish phrases and vocabulary. These free Spanish to English parallel texts with Spanish audio will give you the perfect opportunity to check your listening comprehension and translation skills. It’s impossible to speak Spanish, write Spanish, understand Spanish and read Spanish perfectly in a matter of months. It takes time and patience and hard work stimulated by interesting real-life material. I hope my courses provide you with just this! This lesson is part of the Spanish English Parallel Texts Course and all of the lessons in this course are available completely FREE.

Parallel Texts Oviedo Parte 3 Gastronomía

In Spanish:

Asturias es famosa por su maravillosa sidra natural que está disponible en casi todas partes. El mejor lugar para disfrutar de la experiencia de beber sidra es en una de las sidrerías, que son bares dedicados al arte asturiano de hacer sidra, echarla y beberla por supuesto. Se pueden encontrar excelentes sidrerías alrededor de la zona de la catedral de Oviedo.

Una buena sidrería tendrá un suelo de madera y atentos camareros o camareras te echarán la sidra en el vaso desde una gran altura, con el vaso inclinado hacia abajo. Gran parte de la sidra es derramada en el proceso, pero todo esto es parte de la experiencia y ayuda a llenar la sala con un maravilloso olor a manzanas. La forma correcta de beber esta bebida es de un solo trago inmediatamente después de que se ha dispensado a fin de apreciar el sabor de la sidra completamente. La sidra suele ser bastante barata y la mayoría de la gente compra su sidra por litro para compartir entre el grupo. Los camareros y camareras están también a mano para volver a echar la sidra en tu vaso, pero también es muy divertido intentar hacerlo tú mismo.

Algunos alimentos locales populares incluyen los quesos de Cabrales, Vidiago o Gamonedo, las fabes asturianas (alubias), el pixín (rape) y la carne gobernada (carne guisada). También vale la pena probar un desayuno típico de Oviedo en una de las “Churrerías” de la ciudad. Estos cafés se especializan en servir donuts calientes con forma de tiras sacados directamente de la sartén que ocasionalmente se espolvorean con azúcar y luego se mojan en un chocolate caliente espeso. Y esto no es cualquier bebida de chocolate caliente antigua, realmente es espeso y delicioso!

In English:

Asturias is famous for its wonderful, still “Sidra” (cider) that is available almost everywhere. The best place to enjoy the “Sidra” experience is in one of the “Sidrerias” which are bars devoted to the Asturian art of cider making, pouring and, of course, drinking. Some excellent “Sidrerias” can be found around the cathedral area of Oviedo.

A proper “Sidreria” will have a wooden floor and attentive waiters or waitresses will pour your “Sidra” into your glass from a great height, with the glass tilted downwards. Much of the “Sidra” is spilt in the process, but this is all part of the experience and helps fill the room with a wonderful smell of apples. The correct way to drink this beverage is in one gulp immediately after is has been dispensed in order to appreciate the full cider flavour. The cider is usually quite cheap and most people buy their cider by the litre to share between the group. The waiters and waitresses are also at hand to re-pour your glass, but it is also great fun to give it a go yourself.

Popular local foods include “Cabrales”, “Vidiago” or “Gamonedo” cheeses, “Asturian fabes” (haricot beans), “Pixin” (monk fish) and “Carne Gobernada” (stewed meat). It is also worthwhile sampling a typical Oviedo breakfast in one of the city’s “Churrerias”. These cafés specialise in serving hot doughnut like strips straight from the pan which are occasionally sprinkled with sugar and then dipped in a thick hot chocolate drink. And this is not just any old hot chocolate drink, it truly is thick and extremely delicious!

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