Happy 2017!

Happy 2017!

New Year’s Eve is just around the corner and if you’ve ever spent this holiday in Spain or surrounded by Spaniards, you would know that New Year’s Eve isn’t New Year’s Eve here without the tradition of eating twelve grapes at midnight – one for each of the twelve chimes of Madrid’s Puerta del Sol … Continue reading

Great Garnacha!

Great Garnacha!

The wonderful thing about holidays is that they are are all about blending old and new traditions. The same is true for Garnacha wines; wines that bring together the very best of heritage vines, age old wine making traditions and innovative wine making techniques. Grown in several different parts of Spain, they are most significantly found in … Continue reading

Six Christmas Sweets

Six Christmas Sweets

With Christmas coming up this weekend and stores closing all over Spain on Saturday afternoon (the main celebration here takes place on the night of December 24th), people are eagerly stocking up on any number of the wonderful Christmas sweets that make this holiday so special in Spain. Yes, from marzipan to turrón and everything in between, … Continue reading

Chirimoya season!

Chirimoya season!

Ever heard of a chirimoya? How about the custard apple? If not, run, don’t walk to your nearest market and demand to try one of these incredible sub-tropical fruits! With an evocative outer appearance reminiscent of the green scales of a prehistoric creature that might have once roamed the lush Río Verde Valley in Granada … Continue reading

The Basics of Deconstruction

The Basics of Deconstruction

It’s hard to believe that it’s been more than two decades since the concept of “molecular gastronomy” hit the culinary world by storm. Since then, four and five syllable words like spherification, gelification, deconstruction, and more, have become almost commonplace in our gastronomic lexicon. However, no matter how much time has passed, for many of us, … Continue reading

The culinary buzz about Paco Morales‘s Noor Restaurant hasn’t stopped since this singular establishment opened this past March. Most recently, Noor has racked up acclaim and mentions in numerous gourmet guides. One of the most significant of these is without a doubt its newly granted star in the 2017 Michelin Guide to Spain and Portugal.   Located … Continue reading

Spanish spice stars!

Spanish spice stars!

Regardless of how many incredible agri-food products fill a country’s pantry, no gastronomy would be complete without the special signature spices that make them unique – whether they’re used to create intensely flavorful bases or to add a finishing touch. Spanish cuisine is no exception to this rule and, not only are two of its most … Continue reading

Delicious Murcia!

Delicious Murcia!

While Madrid winters don’t typically get too brutal, it’s always nice to escape for a day or two to a city with a balmy Mediterranean climate and wonderfully delicious food. Of course, there are plenty of cities like this to choose from in Spain, but for this particular weekend getaway, I have a specific one … Continue reading

Tasting the history of Rioja wines

Tasting the history of Rioja wines

For the past 140 years, family winery R. López de Heredia has been making exceptional DOCa Rioja wines in the famed wine making town of Haro. And if by some miracle you’ve never heard of R. López de Heredia, you have certainly heard of Viña Tondonia, this award-winning winery’s flagship wine. This is true not only for … Continue reading

Martín Berasategui: On top of the world

Martín Berasategui: On top of the world

With the recent awarding of the 2017 Michelin Stars for Spain and Portugal, Spanish chef Martín Berasategui has once again solidified his position as the Spanish chef that has received the most stars from this venerated guide. The most recent of course was the third Michelin star recognition for his Barcelona venture, Lasarte, which relies on … Continue reading

Spanish soup secrets

Spanish soup secrets

There’s nothing that takes the edge off chilly fall weather quite like delicious soup. Make it with vegetables, meat, fish, cheese, bread, cream, or just about any other ingredients, and a bowl of piping hot soup will be your best friend this season. But sometimes having so many possibilities can also make it hard to … Continue reading

Though the wines of Madrid might not share the same international fame as those of DOCa Rioja, DO Ribera del Duero or other Spanish wine regions, they have been slowly claiming their space in the limelight in recent years, and have comfortably come into their own. One of the most familiar images that comes to mind when thinking … Continue reading

2017 Michelin Stars Announced

2017 Michelin Stars Announced

It’s official! Spain now has its ninth three-Michelin star restaurant, which is none other than Martín Berasategui’s Lasarte. Located in Barcelona and run by chef de cuisine Paolo Casagrande, Lasarte brings both the taste of the Basque Country and three Michelin stars to this cosmopolitan Spanish city. This achievement was announced at Wednesday’s celebration of … Continue reading