Posted in April 2014

Mother’s Day Chocolates!

Mother’s Day Chocolates!

Mother’s Day is coming up this Sunday in Spain and the following Sunday in the USA, Australia, Austria, Germany, Canada and Italy, among other places; while in the UK and Ireland, this day was celebrated at the end of March. Whatever the date, this holiday is the perfect excuse to show all the mothers in … Continue reading

The Lowdown on Spanish Loquats

The Lowdown on Spanish Loquats

Nísperos, or Spanish loquats are ripe for the picking, delighting fans of early summer fruits who are ready for a taste of the season. With an outward appearance that is similar to that of a large apricot mixed with a dash of persimmon or plum, and a sweet but slightly acidic flavor, nísperos are typically … Continue reading

Níspero Callosa d’en Sarriá PDO

Níspero Callosa d’en Sarriá PDO

Though Spanish nísperos, or loquats, are grown in Extremadura, as well as Granada, Málaga and Almería in Andalusia, perhaps the most well-known of these summer fruits are those cultivated in the area known as La Marina Baixa in the province of Alicante (Valencian Community). Here, these fruits are protected by the Protected Designation of Origin … Continue reading

First Dutch King’s Day!

First Dutch King’s Day!

After 33 years on the throne, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands announced her abdication last year in favor of her son, the now-King Willem-Alexander – taking with her the traditional celebration of Queen’s Day. In honor of the new King, the first King’s Day will be held tomorrow, April 26th, in the Netherlands. This massive … Continue reading

Post-holiday pick-me-ups

Post-holiday pick-me-ups

Post-holiday blues? Just because it’s time to get back to work, it’s not too late to do something nice for yourself! If you happen to be in Madrid, one idea might be to take yourself and friends or family out to dinner at one of the Spanish capital’s fantastic restaurants. However, if you’ve overindulged over … Continue reading

Time for torrijas!

Time for torrijas!

One of the highlights of Semana Santa, or Spanish Easter Week is undoubtedly the delicious torrijas that start appearing in restaurants, bakeries and pastry shops around this time of year. These traditional sweets are somewhat reminiscent of the American and English favorite french toast and the French pain pardu. In their most classic form, torrijas … Continue reading

Food Museums Across Spain

Food Museums Across Spain

No plans for Semana Santa, but not interested in straying far from home? There’s plenty to do in Spain over the Easter holiday and especially if you’re interested in discovering more about this country’s excellent gastronomic history and traditions. One great way to do this is by visiting some of the country’s wonderful gastronomy-oriented museums, … Continue reading

The History of Olive Oil

The History of Olive Oil

There has been big news as of late in the Spanish olive oil industry. For one, Spanish olive oil production is up 158% this season (2013/2014), with record production levels of over 1.5 million tons of olive oil. And if that weren’t enough, this season has also racked up record olive oil sales of more … Continue reading

Doing Business

Doing Business

With a crazy season of back to back trade shows underway in Spain, from the World Olive Oil Exposition to the Salón de Gourmets, Alimentaria 2014 and the National Cheese Fair – to name just a few – Spanish companies need all the support they can get in terms of getting their products out into … Continue reading

MoVida’s Guide to Barcelona

MoVida’s Guide to Barcelona

If you made it to Barcelona last week for Alimentaria 2014 than you surely had the chance to enjoy some of the wonderful sights, sounds and flavors that this Spanish city is so famous for. But whether or not you made it, another great way to get to know this fascinating and diverse city is … Continue reading

A World of Cherry Blossoms!

A World of Cherry Blossoms!

The peak of the cherry blossom season is currently underway in the Japanese cities of Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka, with visitors flocking to the areas that are known for their cherry trees to observe the wondrous beauty of this event. Here in Spain, the Valley of Jerte in Extremadura is also covered with a layer … Continue reading

Bullipedia Lab Unveiled

Bullipedia Lab Unveiled

Alimentaria is in full swing in Barcelona, as are numerous other parallel events hosted and attended by retailers, producers, chefs and restaurants, journalists and many others, all designed to take advantage of the thousands of professional visitors that have flocked to this trade fair from all over the world. One such event took place yesterday … Continue reading