When Pig + Fig Café owner Laura Hamilton tried tapas for the first time, she was 7 years old and visiting her mother’s hometown, Cebreros, Spain.
She ordered gambas al ajillo ... and didn’t want to share the food. She loved it so much that she used all of her allowance to order more for herself.
Now that she is older and more mature, she is willing to share her first love (tapas) with her friends, family and the community.
Her restaurant, Pig + Fig Café, recently expanded its hours and menu. Every week, the eatery will be open Monday through Saturday. The restaurant will still to be closed on Sunday. Breakfast is served from 7-11 a.m. Lunch is served from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Now, from 4-8 p.m., Pig + Fig Café will serve a tapas menu with beer, wine and sangría.
What are tapas, anyway?
Hamilton explained. “In Spain, workers would come in from the fields, go to the bar and order drinks. In the hot summer, bartenders would serve a small plate with a little snack and they would use the plates to cover their drinks,” Hamilton said. “Tapas means ‘cover.’
“It’s become a tradition, and in the past 20 to 30 years, it has become very trendy. But growing up, it was bar food.”
The new menu includes tortilla de patata, esparragos and gambas azafrán. Salmon, beef tenderloin, lobster and pickles of all kinds are featured. Bring a friend and enjoy the foods that remind Hamilton of the days when her grandmother hung a jamón serrano from the kitchen ceiling and she would stand on a chair to help herself.
The Pig + Fig Café is located at 35 Rover Blvd., Suite G, in White Rock. The business is open from 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For additional information, call (505) 672-2472 or visit pigandfigcafe.com to sign up for a newsletter.