Posted in May 2012

Santa Bárbara Festival

Santa Bárbara Festival

Finding myself running around the village of Ezcaray‘s main square at three o’clock in the morning to the music of a large brass band, wasn’t exactly what I had expected from the Santa Bárbara Festival. This May festival in Ezcaray is the village’s most famous, bringing together numerous brightly dressed groups of people from all … Continue reading

My Experience (41)

My Experience (41)

The question on everyone’s mind has been, what’s next after elBulli? The answer will come from the Adrià brothers. But as the world waits eagerly for a reply, I got a hint and a little closer to finding out at Experience, 41 Degrees, which opened on the heels of their super hit Tickets, a classy, … Continue reading

Spring in Echaurren

Spring in Echaurren

Spring is a my favorite season. Mostly because, after the long winters in Canada, any sign of new life is warmly welcomed. The vibrant colors, fragrant smells and fresh flavors are that much more cherished. Nature’s dormant plants have been waiting to break open, to seek the warm touch of the day’s lengthening sunshine. Here … Continue reading

Pimientos – My New Found Love

Pimientos – My New Found Love

While preparing food at the restaurant for an upcoming wedding at Hotel Echaurren, I noticed an unusual amount of both variety and quantity in the pimientos (peppers) we were using. This realization sparked my curiosity. Why do the Spaniards love pimientos so much? There were elongated green ones roasting in the oven and a red … Continue reading

Touring the South

Touring the South

This video features a visit made by the ICEX Young Chef’s Culinary Scholarship participants to Andalusia. The following text by Miles captures some of his impressions from that trip. Traditional pig slaughter and out-of-the-barrel sherry tastings; the South lived up to its rugged reputation. A five-hour drive south and the landscape started to become noticeably … Continue reading