Tapas - fun, interactive and exciting - you get to have how many dishes?! So how do you make sure you're choosing wisely?
Before you start, often bread and dip is ordered before your jacket is hanging up. I know you're hungry from all your epic adventures that week, but be make sure you don't devour the whole basket before you've ordered your actual meal. Take a piece or two, enjoy the dips and leave space for the rest.
Upon ordering, look for seared, pan fried or raw dishes - edemame, capparcio, sushimi, oysters are great - full of healthy fat, they are tasty and fresh. Often, an item in itself isn't that bad, however it's the added sauces or deep frying element which takes it to calorie hell. Buffalo wings soaked in a sticky sauce, zucchini flowers, sesame prawn toast - these were great options before they become annhilated with sugar, salt and fat. RIP.
Another avenue is to choose dishes which feature a salad / veggies / leaves on the side - this provides genuine micronutrients and fibre, which is what will keep you from directing your Uber to the nearest kebab store come 2am.And finally, any meal with a protein (eggs, chickpeas, tofu, beans, meat) and sauce on the side is great - because you can control the amount of sauce you add to the dish. The protein itself will provide you with sustenance to keep you satisfied until morning (preventing kebab scenario above), and you still get to enjoy a little indulgence and flavour too.
At the end of the day, enjoy the experience and indulge a little - taste the flavours, share the experiece and go outside of your comfort zone. Just make sure you bring your sensible hat to the table too.