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If someone has ever told you that you estás de toma pan y moja (to take bread and dip), congratulations! That is actually a compliment. Another version of the same saying is estás para mojar pan.
This expression is used in Spain to positively value someone’s physical appearance. In other words, you are a beauty!
To better understand the origin of this expression, we must look at gastronomy. Bread is such a basic food for Spaniards that they even use it in their sayings.
Have you ever tasted a dish so delicious that you wish it was never over?
In these cases, it is almost a sin to miss a drop of it. To leave the dish completely clean, we have our eternal ally: bread.
All in all, dipping a piece of bread in the dish indicates that food has an amazing flavor.
This is not the only case in which we use expressions related to food to describe different kinds of people. For example, ser más bueno que el pan (being better than bread) means being a very good person.
If something is pan comido (or eaten bread), then it’s very easy. In order to earn your bread (ganarse el pan), however, you will have to work very hard. In Spanish, babies come with a bread under their arm (un pan debajo del brazo). That is to say, they are a blessing.
Another example of using food to comment on someone’s good looks is the expression estar como un queso (be like cheese). This culinary synergy between beauty and food runs deep in the Spanish culture.
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