ANDREW J. LINN
Tapas as we know them today have only been around for about 50 years... and the way of serving and charging for them varies considerably. The traditional version of how they got their name springs from the probable myth that King Ferdinand was ... tapa got its name. The rule is that tapas come free, and if you get one with the first drink you never know what happens with the second. Usually it comes without, and it is not polite to ask for a repeat. You will get it, but with a sour face, as ... even if you offer to pay for it, you will not be able to. 'Tapas' are different everywhere. In the Basque country they are known as pintxos, spiked through with a toothpick. The bill is arrived at by counting the number of 'palillos' on the plate.