Posted in February 2014

Spanish Cooking Tecniques

Spanish Cooking Tecniques

On Monday I posted a video tour of the Foods from Spain website, just to remind people about all of the wonderful resources that this site has to offer. Some of the most obvious things are of course the recipes, product profiles, feature articles, chef interviews and news items, but I also really love the … Continue reading

Forty Years of Taberna del Alabardero

Forty Years of Taberna del Alabardero

Now a multimillion dollar restaurant group that employs more than 600 people, it’s hard to believe that the original Taberna del Alabardero in Madrid was opened in 1974 by priest Luis de Lezama as a place for troubled youngsters to find a productive social outlet. Now, forty years later, this classic Madrid restaurant, located on … Continue reading

A Tour of Foods From Spain

A Tour of Foods From Spain

Sometimes it’s good to take a moment to get back to basics. Even as someone who uses ICEX Spain, Trade and Investment’s excellent gastronomy site Foods from Spain on a daily basis, I sometimes forget just how many great resources this site has to offer on top Spanish food and culture, including information about Spanish … Continue reading

Looking back at Spain Gourmetour

Looking back at Spain Gourmetour

Long before Foods from Spain, we had Spain Gourmetour, an incredible, informative and beautifully produced magazine that brought the best of Spanish cuisine, wines and gastronomic products to professionals all over the world in four different languages (German, French, Spanish and English). Published by ICEX from 1986 until just recently, there are currently 35 back … Continue reading

Artichoke Fiesta!

Artichoke Fiesta!

The artichoke is one of my absolute favorite things in the world. Really. I love this vegetable? plant? flower? and find that it makes almost any savory recipe, soup or salad, that much better. Apparently I’ve come to the right place to celebrate my love for artichokes, as Spain is the world’s second largest producer … Continue reading

Valentine’s Sweets for your Sweetheart

Valentine’s Sweets for your Sweetheart

Happy Valentine’s Day! I always think of Valentine’s Day as a holiday for children; cutting hearts out of red and pink construction paper and transferring your very first inklings of romantic love into notes that you give your classmates – or maybe just one classmate in particular. However, a friend of mine once told me, … Continue reading

A Taste of Spain in Russia

A Taste of Spain in Russia

In keeping with the Winter Olympics theme… if you’re traveling around Russia, on your way or way back from Sochi for example, and have a sudden hankering for some delicious Spanish olives, olive oil, cheeses, chocolates or  ham, don’t despair! Top-quality, delicious Spanish food products are exported all across the globe, and with the help … Continue reading

From Russia with Love?

From Russia with Love?

In honor of the ongoing Winter Olympics, I thought it might be a good opportunity to pay tribute to one of Spain’s more popular and prevalent tapas, ensaladilla rusa, or Russian salad. This dish is commonly served as a tapa in Spanish bars and restaurants and typically consists of the following ingredients: potatoes, carrots, peas, … Continue reading

Spanish Soups, Stews and Spoons

Spanish Soups, Stews and Spoons

With the cold weather in Spain, the USA and who knows where else in the world, nothing sounds more inviting than a cozy weekend spent indoors with a hearty bowl (or two) of a delicious Spanish soup or stew. These largely traditional Spanish recipes often invoke regional flavors and an array of different ingredients that … Continue reading

In Love with Spanish Strawberries!

In Love with Spanish Strawberries!

Well, it’s February and with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, many people would agree that the strawberry is probably the fruit that most screams romance. Whether served in a dessert, a savory dish, or eaten on their own, Spanish strawberries are here for the duration. In fact, I started noticing this delicious fruit at … Continue reading

Savoring strawberries

Savoring strawberries

Spanish strawberries are extremely versatile and can be enjoyed on their own or in any number of tasty recipes – both savory and sweet. Also, did you know that Spanish strawberries have very few calories and very little fat, no cholesterol and are an excellent source of vitamin C, Folic acid and fiber? Here are … Continue reading