Posted in July 2013

The Origins of Olive Oil

The Origins of Olive Oil

Little by little we have all learned what to look for when it comes to buying and savoring Spain’s wonderful olive oils. We look for key words like “virgin”, or even better, “extra virgin“. We look for production indications like “cold-pressed” or “mechanical means only”, and at times even seek out certain varieties of olive … Continue reading

Paella Festival begins at Jaleo!

Paella Festival begins at Jaleo!

Today is the first day of Jaleo’s annual Paella Festival! For the past eleven years, famed Spanish chef José Andrés and his team at Washington DC’s Jaleo Restaurants are celebrating their annual Paella Festival, which will take place from now until August 11th at any of the three DC-area locations. During this two-week event, diners … Continue reading

Peachy keen!

Peachy keen!

I have definitely always been more savory than sweet, more salty than sugary, more vegetable than fruit.. but when mid-summer rolls around and the Spanish peaches hit the shelves in full-on peach juiciness and sweetness, I just can’t get enough. Peaches, nectarines, paraguayos… I love all varieties of these delicious stone fruits, in their many … Continue reading

Galician Feasting for Saint James

Galician Feasting for Saint James

Parts of northern Spain, and particularly Galicia, will be marking the Feast of Saint James the Apostle, or Santiago Apóstol, tomorrow, July 25th. In honor of this holiday, which celebrates this Saint whom many believe to be buried in the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, there are a number of wonderful routes that one can … Continue reading

ICEX Chefs Begin Restaurant Phase

ICEX Chefs Begin Restaurant Phase

It’s Monday morning again and while the rest of us are sitting down in front of our computers or at our desks – first cup of coffee in hand – getting ready for the daily grind, the ten participants in this year’s edition of the ICEX Training Program in Spanish Gastronomy are starting their first … Continue reading

Video: Seaweed for Gastronomy

Video: Seaweed for Gastronomy

In 1998, husband and wife team Antonio Muiños and Rosa Mirás founded Spanish food company Porto Muiños, with the innovative goal of selling one of the natural bounties of their native Galicia: seaweed. After a slow start, during which the pair realized that the key to selling these quality, natural products was taking the time … Continue reading

Manuel Estrada Opens Expo in New York

Manuel Estrada Opens Expo in New York

Spanish designer Manuel Estrada is inaugurating his exhibition “Sailing through Design” today in New York City. This exhibition, which has traveled through Europe since 2010 (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Helsinki, Berlin and Lisbon), under the name, “Where Ideas are Born: The Juggler’s Notebooks”, has made it way to New York City now from the … Continue reading

Ferran Adrià’s “Art of Food” in London

Ferran Adrià’s “Art of Food” in London

If you happen to be in or around London over the next couple of months, don’t forget to stop by world-famous Spanish chef Ferran Adrià’s “Art of Food” Exhibition. This show is an absolute must-see for fans of Adrià, elBulli and the world of Avant-garde gastronomy. Its premise is to explore the art and science … Continue reading

Flavors of Navarre

Flavors of Navarre

With the festival of San Fermin still going strong in Navarre, it seems only fitting to round off the week with a couple of traditional recipes from this bountiful region. Among other things, this region is particularly famous for its wonderful vegetables. Asparagus, artichoke, peppers… the list of delicious vegetables from Navarre’s gardens goes on … Continue reading

Loving Navarre in San Fermin

Loving Navarre in San Fermin

Happy San Fermin! This internationally famed festival is going on in Pamplona right now (from July 6th – 14th), bringing to mind thoughts of bulls, bulls and more bulls. But San Fermin is more than just the running of the bulls. It is a religious celebration of the Patron Saint of Navarre and a citywide … Continue reading

Spanish Saffron

Spanish Saffron

There is no way to avoid it. Thoughts of summer lead to images of the beach, and what better way to enjoy a day on the coast than by tucking into a wonderful Spanish paella? Of course, in turn, thoughts of Spain’s wonderful varieties of paella automatically lead to thoughts of one of this country’s … Continue reading

Spanish Bars Around the World

Spanish Bars Around the World

Spanish haute cuisine is among the most famous in the world, but you don’t have to travel to Spain or sit down in a fancy dining room to try some of the best of what this country’s gastronomy has to offer. Respected Spanish food writer, critic and President of international haute cuisine culinary conference Madrid … Continue reading

Strawberries Hold Court

Strawberries Hold Court

With the Fourth of July sadly tucked away for another year, we must turn our attention to the plethora of other fun summer events that are going on right now in different corners of the world. One such event is, of course, Wimbledon, which finishes today with a bang in the UK. There are of … Continue reading

Spanish BBQ for the Fourth!

Spanish BBQ for the Fourth!

Happy 4th of July! Now I understand that unless you’re from the United States this day might mean nothing to you. But then again, even for those of us from the USA, Independence Day generally has one meaning and one meaning alone: barbecue!! Hamburgers, ribs, deviled eggs, potato salad, pulled pork… these all might be … Continue reading

Refreshing savory summer soups

Refreshing savory summer soups

The summer heat has finally arrived and fortunately so has the season for enjoying the many different kinds of delicious Spanish cold soups. However, despite their cool temperature, there is no reason that these soups need be any less flavorful than their hot winter counterparts. Most everyone has heard of Spanish traditional favorites Gazpacho and … Continue reading