Posted in March 2014

It’s Here!

It’s Here!

  Alimentaria begins today in Barcelona, meaning that nearly 150,000 visitors will soon be flocking to this Spanish city – if they’re not already there, of course! These professionals will be flying in from all corners of the globe to check out the nearly 4,000 exhibitors from the food, agriculture, restaurant and other related industries … Continue reading

Design addicts!

Design addicts!

Admit it! If you’re like me, you can’t help being drawn to gourmet products that come in cool, interesting or different packaging. I mean, I may be a sommelier, but I am not above choosing a wine bottle for its label – and I’m sure you know what I’m talking about. The fact is that … Continue reading

International Food Fairs

International Food Fairs

With Spain’s enormous Alimentaria trade fair right around the corner – kicking off in Barcelona on March 31st – it seems that ’tis the season for international food fairs. For starters, Eurogastro 2014 commences today in Poland, featuring wines, gourmet food items, cookware and other tools and products for the restaurant and hotel industries. One … Continue reading

ICEX Training Program Chefs Selected!

ICEX Training Program Chefs Selected!

The names of twelve of the (lucky) thirteen participants in this year’s edition of the ICEX Training Program in Spanish Gastronomy have been released. This year’s group of young chefs hails from twelve different countries, and they will make their way to Spain to begin this prestigious twenty-one-week program on June 9th. This year’s participants … Continue reading

Spring!

Spring!

It’s officially Spring! Skies are blue, flowers are blooming like mad and people’s palates are starting the warm weather shift away from hearty soups and stews towards lighter, fresher and crisper fare. My first thoughts when the weather grows fine – and not just with a nod to my waistline – are the endless possibilities … Continue reading

Salad, salad and more salad!

Salad, salad and more salad!

“Salad” is one of those words that can mean just about anything, given that the possibilities for salad ingredients are only as limited as one’s imagination. The truth is, salad greens go well with just about anything: both raw and cooked vegetables, fish, meats, fruit, hard-boiled and poached eggs, shellfish and vegetable preserves, cheese, croutons… … Continue reading

Mugaritz. A Natural Science of Cooking

Mugaritz. A Natural Science of Cooking

I confess that I’m somewhat addicted to cookbooks, and so every few months I need to get my fix. After the dark and rainy winter that we’ve had in Madrid, I prefer to find something that stirs my innermost kitchen fantasies, such as two-star Michelin chef Andoni Luis Aduriz’s 2012 tome, Mugaritz, A Natural Science … Continue reading

A Taste of Spain in Ireland

A Taste of Spain in Ireland

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! In the interest of avoiding cliches in honor of this day – like providing you with a list of recipes featuring green ingredients – I thought it would be best to give a few Spanish tapas bars and restaurants in the Irish capital city. Dublin has several Spanish restaurants actually, and … Continue reading

It’s on to Barcelona!

It’s on to Barcelona!

With this year’s edition of the Salón de Gourmets just barely behind us (it ended yesterday), it’s time to start thinking about 2014’s next big, important food industry trade fair: Alimentaria. Held every two years in the city of Barcelona, Alimentaria is a massive affair that this year will feature more than 3,800 exhibitors and … Continue reading

Gourmets update

Gourmets update

I spent the day yesterday at the Salon de Gourmets, among winemakers, food producers, chefs and stands piled high with every deletable Spanish gourmet product imaginable. Yes, I love my job. One of the things that struck me right off the bat about this year’s edition of this annual gastronomic trade fair was the diversity … Continue reading

It’s time for Gourmets!

It’s time for Gourmets!

Madrid food event the Salón de Gourmets is back for another year, starting today and lasting through March 13th, 2014. Now in its 28th year, this annual event is the best place to go in the Spanish capital for an up-close look at gourmet food products, new industry trends and much more, including cooking demonstrations … Continue reading

Toasting International Women’s Day!

Toasting International Women’s Day!

Tomorrow is International Women’s Day, and what better excuse is there to celebrate women all over the world? Originally called International Working Women’s Day, this annual March 8th celebration began in Russia and Eastern Europe as a tribute to women’s economic, political and social achievements. These early political connotations carried over to the recognition of … Continue reading

Foodex Japan 2014

Foodex Japan 2014

Foodex 2014 is going on this week at the Nippon Convention Center outside of Tokyo. Starting on March 4th and lasting until the 7th, professional visitors to this – the 39th edition this international food and drink industry trade fair – will be tempted by a huge range of food and drinks companies from all … Continue reading

To Rice!

To Rice!

The beginning of March truly marks the advent of Spring, a fact that I was convinced of this morning when I woke up to a gorgeous blue Madrid sky. In Japan, March 3rd also marks the celebration of Hinamatsuri, the country’s annual “Girl’s Day” or “Dolls Day”, in which – following ancient customs – straw … Continue reading