Posted in September 2013

Harvest Time!

Harvest Time!

The weather in Madrid today is pure Fall, and it’s lovely. A chill in the air and a cloudy sky reminding us that summer is over and it’s time to commence with wonderful autumnal events like the grape harvest! In La Rioja, the grape harvest got off to a slow start this year, commencing about … Continue reading

World Tapa’s Day!

World Tapa’s Day!

Don’t forget that this Sunday, September 29th is World Tapa’s Day, an international event that is all about celebrating this incredible Spanish gastronomic tradition. Organized by Tasting Spain, this is the second edition of this event and the first time that it’s been launched directly onto the international stage with the particularly special participation of … Continue reading

ICEX Chef Jeff Weiss on the go again!

ICEX Chef Jeff Weiss on the go again!

American chef Jeffrey Weiss has been busy! We’ve kept tabs on him since 2009 when he participated in the third edition of the ICEX Training Program in Spanish Gastronomy. More recently, Jeff was back in Spain researching his upcoming book, Charcutería: The Soul of Spain, which will be published in March 2014, all about regional … Continue reading

Ham slicing in the USA

Ham slicing in the USA

If you’ve ever tried to slice an Ibérico ham on your own, you’ll know that it’s much harder than it looks to extract razor thin, perfect slices of this incredible Spanish product. However all is not lost, and with the help of experts – trained in this skill – it is possible to learn the … Continue reading

Say Cheese!

Say Cheese!

Cheese! Tasty food fair Cheese 2013 kicks off today in Bra Italy, turning this city into a living tribute to this wonderful product for four whole days, (until September 23rd). This annual event, which is organized by the city of Bra in conjunction with Slow Food and the Italian Ministry of Agriculture, is the perfect … Continue reading

Mid-Autumn Festival in China and… Spanish turrón?

Mid-Autumn Festival in China and… Spanish turrón?

This week marks the beginning of the traditional Mid-Autumn Festival in China, a celebration that coincides with the Eighth Full Moon festival and not only celebrates the moon, but also (hopefully) foreshadows an abundant rice harvest, among other things. Held every September in China and Hong Kong, this festival is a time when people traditionally … Continue reading

Andalucía Sabor 2013

Andalucía Sabor 2013

Andalucía Sabor International Fine Food Exhibition kicks off today in the Seville. This gastronomic fair and conference will take place from September 16 – 18th in the city’s FIBES Palacio de Exposiciones y Congresos (convention center). On the one hand, this event (the fourth of its kind) will feature a range of different companies from … Continue reading

Deconstructing deconstruction

Deconstructing deconstruction

Modern cuisine can be full of daunting words and expressions like gelification, spherification and many others; but one of the most difficult terms to understand is often the most ordinary word of them all: deconstruction. In its many shapes and interpretations, deconstruction can be the window to a world of new gastronomic possibilities. Employed in … Continue reading

Menu of the Day!

Menu of the Day!

Anyone who has every lived in Spain knows the value of having a list of restaurants on-hand that serve up delicious and good value menús del día (menus of the day). A Spanish lunch tradition, a menú del día is typically made up of a variety of different dishes from which diners choose an appetizer, … Continue reading

Avocado goodness

Avocado goodness

I could devour a whole Spanish avocado in one sitting, as often as three times a day. I absolutely love them, especially simply sliced on a piece of toast in the morning with a rub of garlic and a pinch of salt. Creamy, flavorful and delicious, avocados are good on their own, or turned into … Continue reading

Video: Our chefs explain the Training Program

Video: Our chefs explain the Training Program

We talk a lot here about the ICEX Training Program in Spanish Gastronomy, an annual initiative that brings together ten international chefs in a culinary ambassadorship program. These young, international chefs first spend six weeks in and around Valladolid (Castile-Leon), learning about Spanish language, culture and gastronomy at the hand of program collaborator the International … Continue reading

Tuna tour!

Tuna tour!

Ever wonder what it would be like to swim with a giant school of 250 kilogram bluefin tuna? If not, it’s only probably because you never dreamed that such a thing would be possible. Well, now it is. Spanish tuna giant Grup Balfegó has recently announced a new initiative for adventurous tourists called the “Tuna … Continue reading

Pomegranate fever!

Pomegranate fever!

Lush, red, juicy and delicious, Spain is the most significant producer of granadas, or pomegranates, in Europe. These delicious subtropical fruits are celebrated not only for their sweet flavor and versatility in any number of different recipes, but also for their excellent antioxidant properties. Not only do pomegranates play a significant role in Spanish fruit … Continue reading

Pomegranate flavor!

Pomegranate flavor!

Pomegranates are as versatile as they are gorgeous to look at and delicious. Add a few pomegranate seeds to any salad and you instantly have a dish that is not only more beautiful, but also that much tastier – thanks to that juicy burst of sweetness found in each and every seed. Cook them down … Continue reading