Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Papas Tapas Driving the Art of Tradition to the Streetz of LA

When you think of Traditional Spanish Tapas you think small dishes. The term actually comes from the Spanish Verb "Tapar", which means to cover. The legend is that the tapas tradition began when the king of Castile, Spain recovered from an illness by drinking wine with small dishes between meals. After regaining his health, the king ordered that taverns would not be allowed to serve wine to customers unless it was accompanied by a small snack or "tapa."  Today the serving of tapas is designed to encourage conversation because people are not so focused upon eating an entire meal that is set before them.

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Daughter Sarah (L) Chef Mike (LC) Wife Julia (RC)  Shaun (Right)

I first tried this Tapas on wheels down on the famous truck gathering know as First Fridays on Abbot Kinney BLVD in Venice, CA. I was not sure of what to expect, but was impressed by the menu, enjoyed the friendly staff who came down from their truck to share a little about who Papa's Tapas Truck was, even though they were sold out of most items, Chef Mike Muccia and his charming wife Julia put a nice Tri-tip Taco dish together for me. I will have to say that it was one of the best Tri-tip Tacos I had in many years, soft and plastic fork tender well balanced flavors that made my lips say OLE!

I have tasted the entire delicious menu of this gourmet Spanish Tapas Truck several times from special events to normal service days. The food has been consistently great and their overall service has been quick and friendly. This food truck always has consistent lines of happy followers and is frequently sold out on many occasions, which is a testament to their quality of food. This family owned food truck has allowed me into their world to experience their passion and family values that makes the Papa's Tapas Truck so successful.

Enjoy the behind the scenes, personal interview video, and PICS of the food Chef Mike and the Muccia Family shared. Gracias! por todo lo que la familia Muccia!

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Chef Mike cooking up some amazing Garlic Shrimp. He looks proud!

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Slices of baguettes, lightly grilled with olive oil accompanied by various toppings:
  • Garlic Shrimp with parsley.
  • Spanish Chorizo with Manchego cheese.
  • Strawberries with Marscapone cheese, drizzled with honey.

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Tortilla Esponola:
Traditional Spanish omelet made with potatoes and onion and sprinkled with parsley and served with roasted red pepper aioli.Served with a salad, olives, and slices of French bread.

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Happy Papa's Tapas Customer at the Granada Hills Movie Night And Food Truck Fest! enjoying some great tasting Paella: Traditional Spanish rice dish with chicken, shrimp, peas, and roasted red peppers, flavored with an array of Spanish spices, accompanied by slices of French bread and a salad.

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