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  1. Mini bites

    February 24, 2014 by quirkyowl

     

    APPETIZER : a small, usually tasty sampling of food taken to whet the appetite

     

    Italian: antipasto from anti- (from Latin ante- ‘before’) + pasto ‘food’, from Latin pastus

    Chinese: dim sum – literally ‘touch the heart’

    French: hors d’oeuvre literally ‘outside of the work’; appetizers were usually served apart (or ‘outside’) from the main course of a dinner

    Turkish: meze –  literally ‘appetizer’, from Persian maza ‘to relish’

    Spanish: tapas  tapa, literally ‘cover, lid’