Posted in August 2013

Asia Fruit Logistica

Asia Fruit Logistica

The Asia Fruit Logistica international trade exhibition is just around the corner. Described on its website as “the only annual international trade exhibition for fresh fruit and vegetable marketing in Asia which focuses exclusively on the fresh produce sector and related value chain for the whole Asian region”, this event will be held in Hong … Continue reading

Delicious Spanish salads

Delicious Spanish salads

Though summer might be coming to a close, there’s no reason why we should stop eating those delicious salads that are so tasty and refreshing this time of year. No, these salads have staying power, and whether the weather’s still hot where you are or it’s started to cool down, try a couple of these … Continue reading

A 4,300 Euro Cheese!

A 4,300 Euro Cheese!

Spain is known for its gastronomic tradition of producing a wonderfully varied selection of artisanal cheeses. One such cheese is D.O. Queso Idiazabal, which is produced on either sides of the Sierra de Aralar Mountains in Navarre and Basque Country (Guipuzcoa). Ever since I first tasted this sheep’s milk cheese, made with milk from the … Continue reading

Feasting on Ibiza

Feasting on Ibiza

Oh, Ibiza, we love you! I mean, how could anyone not? This gorgeous island, one of four main islands that make up Spain’s Balearic Islands, is ideally situated in the Mediterranean Sea and graced by incredible white sand beaches, lush forests, crystalline water and food… wonderful, wonderful food. Oh, yes! While many associate Ibiza with … Continue reading

Video: Grilling

Video: Grilling

Who doesn’t like barbecue? Especially in the summer. I think I can safely answer that question, no one! Throwing something delicious on the grill, be it fish, chicken, beef, lamb or a nice cut of wonderful Spanish Iberico pork, is as synonymous with summer as beaches, bathing suits and picnics. But what’s more, grilling is … Continue reading

Summer picnic sandwiches!

Summer picnic sandwiches!

There are few plans as enticing in the summer as a picnic, particularly if it takes place next to the sea, a lake, or in one of Spain’s gorgeous natural parks. And of course, when you’re talking about a picnic, nothing hits the spot like a delicious bocadillo, the word that Spaniards use for one … Continue reading

Bilbao’s Big Week!

Bilbao’s Big Week!

Tomorrow marks the start of the Semana Grande de Bilbao (Bilbao’s Big Week), a nine-day celebration that is held annually in this city starting on the first Saturday after August 15th. This festival, the city’s most important, will see the city streets taken over by locals and visitors, on-hand to enjoy the weath of cultural … Continue reading

Video: La Latina Tapas and Festivities

Video: La Latina Tapas and Festivities

The historic Madrid neighborhood of La Latina is gearing up to celebrate its annual holiday tomorrow, August 15th, on the day that marks the Virgen de la Paloma saint’s day. Although the actual holiday is August 15th, the neighborhood festivities are spread out over several days, filling this classic central barrio of Madrid with folklore, … Continue reading

Delicious Spanish Summer Fruit

Delicious Spanish Summer Fruit

Last week I shared a couple of recipes for delicious and Refreshing Summer Sweets made with wonderful Spanish fruit. Therefore, I thought it would be only fitting to share a little more in general about Spain’s wide variety of summer fruit – much of which are exported around the world. There’s a type of cherries … Continue reading

(Ham) Slicing Away in Hong Kong

(Ham) Slicing Away in Hong Kong

Spanish master ham slicer Manuel Anselmo Pérez is currently in Hong Kong, bringing his much-honed skill to this city’s Green Restaurant at the Hotel Icon from August 3rd – 11th. This master slicer, who won the 2011 Spanish National Ham Slicing Competition, is working together with the restaurant’s chef Philip Leung on a range of … Continue reading

La Tomatina and nature in Valencia

La Tomatina and nature in Valencia

In keeping with the tomato theme… it’s not too late to get a ticket to Valencia in time for the world famous La Tomatina tomato fight! Started in 1945 and held every year on the last Wednesday in August in the town of Buñol, Valencia, this festival is essentially a massive food fight, featuring thousands … Continue reading

Tomato Time!

Tomato Time!

Summer is all about tomatoes! Spain is a big deal in the tomato industry. Production, export, consumption, tomatoes play a significant role in this country – particularly when talking about its gastronomy. With dishes like gazpacho, salmorejo and pisto forming part of the repertoire of traditional Spanish cuisine, it’s no surprise that tomatoes are so … Continue reading

Make it with tomatoes!

Make it with tomatoes!

Sometimes it feels like everything tastes better when you add tomatoes… and it probably does! In sauces, soups, salads, stews, or just sliced on a plate with a little bit of salt and a drizzle of olive oil… nothing compares to the wonderful taste of tomatoes, especially in the summer! In Spain, sometimes the best … Continue reading

Refreshing Summer Sweets

Refreshing Summer Sweets

Summertime, and especially with this 105°F (40°C) weather we’ve been having in Madrid the past few days, is not always conducive to a big appetite, particularly when it comes to desserts. Rich chocolate, dense cakes, creamy sauces… they can at times feel a bit too heavy in the summer sun. Yes, when it’s hot outside … Continue reading