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Sobremesa refers to the Spanish tradition of relaxing at the table after a heavy meal. It begins after dessert is served and tends to last anywhere from half an hour to an hour. During summertime and holiday periods these after-dinner activity periods tend to last longer. This is a time to relax and digest a midday meal before returning to work. The 'sobremesa hour' is one of Spain’s main TV primetimes.[1] It often surprises foreigners to see the main news programs airing at three o’clock in the afternoon. It is a period of time in which, due to the digestion process, physical activity is avoided, allowing diners to get involved in discussions that include many different subjects (after dinner chats). Depending on the habits of the area or country in question, coffee, tea or a small liqueur or fire-water spirit (in a shot glass) it is generally served, or a cigar may be smoked. In countries such as Spain, the after-dinner activity period tends to be made up by the coffee, liqueur and cigar trilogy.

■ Definition of after-dinner activities in the Popular Dictionary ( /sobremesa)


Pascul, Carlos Gastromy Guide of Spain (First edition), Madrid: Al-Bo1. Pascul, Carlos (1977), Gastrorak, 369 pp.n

  1. ^ "The culture of the sobremesa". Enforex. Retrieved 20 November 2018.