Posted in November 2013

Bread and Oil

Bread and Oil

After the haze of Thanksgiving and the turkey coma wears off, there’s nothing better than curling up and relaxing with a nice book. A good one to try is Tomás Graves’ Bread and Oil, A Celebration of Majorcan Culture. Part cookbook, part travel guide, part history book and part restaurant guide, this book brings the … Continue reading

Happy (almost) Thanksgiving!

Happy (almost) Thanksgiving!

It’s Thanksgiving tomorrow in the USA, which is hands down my favorite holiday. One of the things that I love the most about this day is the fact that everyone takes the typical Thanksgiving menu of turkey, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and some other vegetable, and adapts it to their own regional or … Continue reading

Spanish escabeches

Spanish escabeches

The culinary technique of preserving foods in escabeche has likely employed on the Iberian Peninsula since Roman times. This term basically refers to storing or soaking cooked meat or fish in a liquid mixture made up of vinegar, herbs (bay leaf, pepper, thyme and rosemary) and olive oil. Today, there are innumerable different interpretations and … Continue reading

Barcelona’s Boquería

Speaking of great places to find wild mushrooms this time of year… Barcelona’s historic La Boquería (St. Josep) market is famous all over the world for its huge variety of products and the magnificent way that they’re displayed in this historic building located right off the city’s famous Las Ramblas promenade. With more than 700 … Continue reading

23 New Michelin Stars!

23 New Michelin Stars!

The 2014 Michelin Guide for Spain and Portugal was officially presented last night at Bilbao’s Guggenheim Museum. 23 new Michelin stars were awarded this year, including 20 new one-stars, 2 new two-star designations and 1 third star, which fell on David Muñoz‘s Restaurante DiverXO in Madrid, making this the Spanish capital’s only three-star restaurant. This … Continue reading

Autumn Flavors

Autumn Flavors

It’s finally gotten cold in Madrid: crisp air and pale blue winter skies and the first glimpses of holiday decorations going up around the city. The onset of this weather and season always brings to mind hearty dishes and deep earthy flavors, perhaps none so autumnal as the flavors and aromas of Spain’s huge variety … Continue reading

Spanish Broccoli Goodness!

Spanish Broccoli Goodness!

Spanish broccoli is delicious, nutritious and all over the markets, both in Spain and abroad. Spain is the world’s third producer and first exporter of this crop, which is really getting into its season starting now, in November. Personally, broccoli is just about one of my absolute favorite vegetables, and I like to eat it … Continue reading

2013 Worlds of Flavor!

It’s time once again for the USA World’s of Flavor International Conference and Festival, which will be held from November 14th – 16th. Sponsored by the Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley, California, this conference was launched in 1998. This, its sixteenth edition, will focus on four thematic areas: Millennial Appetites, Information Technology, Creativity, … Continue reading

Happy (late) Diwali!

Happy (late) Diwali!

The beginning of November marked the celebration of Diwali Festival in India, the five-day Hindu festival also known as the Festival of Lights! This festive event starts on the 13th lunar day of Krishna paksha (dark fortnight) of the Hindu calendar month, Ashwin. This year, it began on November 1st, with the biggest part of … Continue reading

Sherry Route Seville!

Sherry Route Seville!

It’s not too late to head down to Seville to enjoy the last week of the “Indispensable Tapas and Sherry Wine” bar route organized by the Regulatory Council of the Designation of Origin Jerez-Xérès-Sherry and Manzanilla – Sanlúcar de Barrameda. This tapas route visits 62 bars out of which 20 will be chosen for a … Continue reading

Tapas Competition Winner!

Tapas Competition Winner!

The winners of Monday’s International Tapas Competition was announced on Wednesday during the award’s ceremony for the National Pinchos and Tapas Competition in Valladolid. The first, second and third place winners were selected from the nine participants in the ICEX Training Program in Spanish Gastronomy, for whom this competition marked the end of their time … Continue reading

Spanish Orange Sensation!

Spanish Orange Sensation!

It’s citrus season! It sometimes seems like there’s nothing better than the arrival of Spain’s delicious citrus fruit to market shelves. Though Spain’s incredible climate and long growing season means that we have access to these products almost year-round, I can’t help associating these great citrus fruit with the onset of winter. In fact, I … Continue reading

Grapefruit! Pulp Non-Fiction!

Grapefruit! Pulp Non-Fiction!

Spanish grapefruit is known all over the world for its quality: outstanding appearance, tangy, sweet and juicy pulp and intense and evocative aromas. Particularly enjoyed in France, Germany and other countries all over Europe, around 70-80% of this delicious Spanish citrus fruit is exported. I got a first-hand look at this excellent Spanish crop on … Continue reading

International Tapas Competition Yesterday!

International Tapas Competition Yesterday!

The nine participants in this year’s ICEX Training Program in Spanish Gastronomy competed yesterday in the International Tapas Competition in Valladolid. During this exciting event, which took place yesterday afternoon in this city’s Plaza del Milenio, each of these young, international chefs presented his or her own unique tapa or pincho. These tapas were judged … Continue reading