Posted in May 2014

The Perfect Pairing

The Perfect Pairing

What goes wonderfully with fabulous Spanish wine? Now don’t say, “more wine”, because, while that may be true, the perfect answer is obviously food! In fact, phrases like “wine and cheese” have become so ingrained into our lexicon that at times it seems virtually impossible to think of one without the other – but really, … Continue reading

Vinoble, a look at noble wines

Vinoble, a look at noble wines

  Vinoble 2014 wrapped up yesterday, after a successful three-day run of this world-renowned event, which is dedicated to fortified and sweet wines. Held for the first time in five years, this tremendous exposition/conference is the only one of its kind in the world dedicated to these products, with special emphasis on the excellent fortified … Continue reading

Spain in Mexico

Spain in Mexico

Next week marks the 13th year of Alimentaria Mexico, the large food and beverage industry fair that is held every year in Mexico City, giving producers and tradespeople from this sector the opportunity to show their wares to representatives and buyers from Mexico, Latin America, the United States (and beyond), and distributors, restaurateurs and retailers … Continue reading

ICEX chef to blog about experiences in Spain

ICEX chef to blog about experiences in Spain

The wait is winding down for the thirteen participants in this year’s edition of the ICEX Training Program in Spanish Gastronomy. Slated to begin their six month-long experience in the world of Spanish gastronomy this coming June 9th, preparations are more than underway! South African participant Liezl Vermeulen, of the Institute of Culinary Arts (South … Continue reading

José Andrés Gives GW Commencement Address

José Andrés Gives GW Commencement Address

Acclaimed Spanish chef José Andrés has proved once again that his “ambassadorship” of Spanish culture and flavors in the USA knows no limits. This past weekend, he gave the commencement address at The George Washington University Commencement Ceremony for the Graduating Class of 2014, held on the National Mall in Washington DC, at the foot … Continue reading

Celebrating Navarre’s Asparagus and Wine

Celebrating Navarre’s Asparagus and Wine

Asparagus can sometimes present a wine pairing challenge, though it’s nothing like the dilemma presented by its good friend the artichoke. Fortunately, if there’s one thing that I learned from my esteemed professors while attending the excellent sommelier program at Madrid’s Chamber of Commerce some years ago, it was that, when in doubt, look to … Continue reading

Tuna, Toros and Tuna Toro

Tuna, Toros and Tuna Toro

There are always plenty of gastronomically-oriented things to do in Spain on any given weekend, and with the warm weather, any weekend plan can easily become a great idea, or, as they say in Spain, a planazo! If you’re heading south, set your sights on the charming vacation town of Zahara de los Atunes, located … Continue reading

Comida’s Magazine Launches in English

Comida’s Magazine Launches in English

Launched at the end of last year, Comida’s Magazine is the latest online publication created to bring readers up close and personal with the world of Spanish gastronomy. However, in addition to its visually stunning design, what sets this magazine apart is undoubtedly the way that its stories delve into fascinating and often little-known aspects … Continue reading

Spanish Chefs Cook with Google Glass

Spanish Chefs Cook with Google Glass

As someone who just spent the entire weekend cooking from an iPad perched precariously in a fruit bowl located dangerously close to the sink, a “hands free” option in the kitchen would be more than welcome. Enter Kisko García (of Restaurante Choco in Cordoba) a Spanish chef who has been tasked with demonstrating the first … Continue reading

It’s Horchata Time!

It’s Horchata Time!

It’s a beautiful spring day in Madrid, and that alone makes me feel like celebrating. What better way to celebrate than with a refreshing and delicious glass of Spanish horchata? This sweet and cooling drink is made with milk from tiger nuts, or chufas, which is typically sweetened and added to crushed ice. Tiger nuts … Continue reading

Bullipedia gets rolling

Bullipedia gets rolling

You’ve undoubtedly heard of Spanish chef Ferran Adrià… and you’ve surely heard of his now-closed restaurant elBulli (winner of World’s Best Restaurant four years in a row)… but have you heard of Bullipedia? Well, if not, it’s high time you did! Bullipedia is, in a way, the continuance of Adrià’s work as a chef, researcher … Continue reading

Spanish Restaurants Among World’s Top 50!

Spanish Restaurants Among World’s Top 50!

In case you hadn’t heard the big news, six Spanish restaurants were ranked on the 2014 San Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurant list – announced last week in London! Of course this comes at no surprise, given that last year’s top honor of Best Restaurant in the World went to Spain’s very own El Celler … Continue reading