Posted in October 2013

Happy Halloween / All Saint’s Day!

Happy Halloween / All Saint’s Day!

It’s Halloween today, a traditional celebration in my homeland that has been slowly gaining celebrants in Spain throughout the years that I’ve lived here Of course it’s clear what the attraction is: dressing up in spooky costumes, eating scarily-configured food items (a friend showed me a photo of a cake that she made with green … Continue reading

Spanish Restaurant Week in Shanghai

Spanish Restaurant Week in Shanghai

Living in China and hankering for a night of tapas out on the town? Well, for the next two weeks you can do just that with the great excuse that it’s Spanish Restaurant Week in Shanghai! From October 28th to November 10th, Shanghai restaurants such as El Willy, El Patio, Bocado, Azul El Enfante and … Continue reading

European Wine Blogging Conference in Spain!

European Wine Blogging Conference in Spain!

This is a slightly off-the-beaten-track blog entry for Foods from Spain, but it’s Friday and it’s a good time to do something different and support our fellow food and wine bloggers. This weekend, the sixth edition of the European Wine Bloggers Conference will be held in Logroño, La Rioja at the La Rioja Forum, bringing … Continue reading

Navarrico Vegetable Goodness

Navarrico Vegetable Goodness

One of the companies that the participants in the ICEX Training Program in Spanish Gastronomy will be visiting on their two-week trip around Spain is Conservas Artesanas El Navarrico. This family owned and operated company is located in San Adrián, Navarre, almost right on the border with La Rioja – two regions known for their … Continue reading

ICEX Chefs, Looking Back

ICEX Chefs, Looking Back

In honor of the fact that the young participants in the ICEX Training Program in Spanish Gastronomy have just set out on their two-week trip around Spain (see last Friday’s post), I thought it might be nice to take a look back at some of the travel experiences shared by past participants in this prestigious … Continue reading

Bon Voyage, Chefs!

Bon Voyage, Chefs!

Today marks another transition point for the young international chefs participating in the ICEX Training Program in Spanish Gastronomy. Having finished the thirteen-week internship portion of this prestigious scholarship program (carried out in the kitchens of some of this country’s very best restaurants), these chefs are setting out on a two-week journey around Spain to … Continue reading

Best Vegetable Dish of the Year 2013

Best Vegetable Dish of the Year 2013

With past winners including David Muñoz (DiverXO) and Miguel Ángel de la Cruz (Restaurante La Botíca de Matapozuelos), it’s not surprising that we’ve been on the edge of our seats over here to learn who the winner of this year’s “Best Vegetable Dish of the Year” is. Well, the wait is over. The winner was … Continue reading

Happy Thanksgiving, Canada!

Happy Thanksgiving, Canada!

It’s Canadian Thanksgiving today, a time to celebrate with family and friends and traditionally give thanks for the harvest. So in honor of this occasion, I thought it would be nice to share a couple of Spanish recipes made using one of the fall’s most classic harvest products: pumpkin. I particularly love cooking with pumpkin … Continue reading

Fruit and Vegetables Galore!

Fruit and Vegetables Galore!

  Fruit Attraction kicks off next week in Madrid, shining the spotlight on the Spanish and fruit and vegetable market. From October 16th – 18th, the Spanish capital will be hosting yet another edition of this international fair, which is held annually in the city’s IFEMA convention center and organized through a joint effort between … Continue reading

O Grove Seafood Festival

O Grove Seafood Festival

This coming weekend marks the last opportunity to get up to the coastal hamlet of O Grove in Pontevedra (Galicia) for this area’s annual seafood festival. This year is a particularly important one for this classic “Festa do Marisco” (Seafood Festival), which is being held from October 4th – 13th. The reason for this is … Continue reading

San Sebastian Gastronomika Begins!

San Sebastian Gastronomika Begins!

San Sebastian Gastronomika kicks off today and I confess that I’m particularly excited for this occasion as this will be my first time attending this annual culinary conference. Started fifteen years ago in this Basque city, San Sebastian Gastronomika has grown steadily every since, bringing together a list of some of the most famous names … Continue reading

Biocultura Bilbao!

Biocultura Bilbao!

One of my favorite food fairs of the year is the annual Biocultura fair that takes place every fall in Madrid. This year’s edition will be from November 14th – 17th. Now in its 29th year, this fair brings together the best of organic food products from Spain and abroad, with items like organic meats, … Continue reading

Delicious Spanish Grapes

Delicious Spanish Grapes

It’s that time of year again when grapes are on everybody’s mind and in everybody’s shopping cart. Of particular interest is the (wine) grape harvest, which is starting all over Spain, bringing with it the promise of a new vintage of delicious Spanish wines. However, wine grapes aren’t the only ones to catch our fancy. … Continue reading

Grape Flavors

Grape Flavors

Despite the fact that grapes are often thought of as sweet dessert fruits, they are in fact extremely versatile when it comes to preparing a range of different recipes. Fresh, they make excellent garnishes, adding a touch of sweetness to traditional Spanish soups like this traditional Ajoblanco (Cold almond and garlic soup). Dried into raisins, … Continue reading