There's just no getting around it. If you want to talk about language, you have to talk about culture. If you want to talk about culture, you have to talk about food. That's just how it is. Thankfully, the Spanish-speaking world has an amazing palate. The spices, the combinations, the gathering around the table... it's all fascinating and all part of learning Spanish.
We live in Southern California, where Mexican food is part of our own culture. Tacos, burritos, enchiladas, quesadillas... these are dishes we've been eating since before we could even speak English. But what about milanesas? gazpacho? empanadas? alfajores? causa? Have you tried these before? Many foods, especially those from South America and Spain, are not quite so familiar, but they are worth experiencing!
In Temprano classes, students make dishes from around Latin America and Spain. They discover that cuisine they have never dreamed of can often be made from ingredients they have right there in their own kitchens. Amazing!