Posted in June 2014

Foods from Spain at Summer Fancy Food

Foods from Spain at Summer Fancy Food

The summer edition of massive fine food trade show Fancy Food is going on right now in New York City. From June 29th thru July 1st, this huge North American trade show (the largest on the East Coast) is drawing together importers, distributors, retailers and other food and wine industry professionals, to check out the … Continue reading

We all scream for…Della Sera!

We all scream for…Della Sera!

I’m just going to start by stating the obvious. It’s summer. Finally. Whew. And there is perhaps nothing better in the summertime (other than perhaps a dip in the ocean) than sinking your teeth into a delicious ice cream cone, cup or dessert. World famous for its gastronomy, it’s no surprise that Spain’s avant-garde culinary … Continue reading

Traditional flavors of Spain

Traditional flavors of Spain

The food world in Spain moves at breakneck speed, with new innovations, techniques, restaurants, chefs and culinary revelations often stealing the show. Fortunately, a respect and love for traditional Spanish cuisine is never far from anyone’s mind, and sometimes – in a world of foams, spherifications and exquisitely presented dishes that look like one thing … Continue reading

Game, set, strawberries!

Game, set, strawberries!

There is so much going on in the world of sports right now that it’s hard to know where to look first. Between the World Cup, last week’s Royal Ascot and now the beginning of Wimbledon (from June 23rd until July 6th), it’s suffice to say that we have enough sporting entertainment to last us … Continue reading

World Music Day!

World Music Day!

Tomorrow is World Music Day or the annual Fête de la Musique, an all-day music festival (and national holiday in France) that takes place every year on June 21st – coinciding with the summer solstice. Started in Paris in 1982, this musical celebration has since spread to more than 460 cities in 110 countries, including … Continue reading

Let’s Ride!

Let’s Ride!

As immersed in World Cup fever as we are, it sometimes feels like there is nothing else going on in the world. But of course, this couldn’t be farther from the truth. The Royal Ascot races kicked off yesterday in England, and they will last through Saturday, June 21st. This world famous horse racing event … Continue reading

Tapa ideas for the World Cup

Tapa ideas for the World Cup

Despite getting off to a disappointing start, fans of “La Roja” are hoping that it will be ‘onwards and upwards’ from this point forward for the Spanish national team at the World Cup. With the Spanish team’s next game coming up this Wednesday – against Chile – it’s not too late to start making plans … Continue reading

Tasting the World Cup at Jaleo!

Tasting the World Cup at Jaleo!

After their stunning World Cup victory in South Africa four years ago, fans of “La Roja” (the popular nickname for the Spanish team) have swelled to include people from all over the world (I myself may have danced in a fountain or two when they won), who were seduced by the players incredible skill, style … Continue reading

Eating Spanish During the World Cup

Eating Spanish During the World Cup

The World Cup kicks off tomorrow, and no, I couldn’t be any more excited! Host country Brazil faces off against Croatia in the inaugural game, and though Spain doesn’t hit the field for the first time until Friday (against former rivals the Netherlands), there are still plenty of tastes of Spain to be had in … Continue reading

Chef Darío Barrio Left His Mark on the Capital

Chef Darío Barrio Left His Mark on the Capital

Spain is in mourning this week after the shocking and untimely death of Madrid chef Darío Barrio (Madrid, 1972), who died in a tragic accident this past Friday in Andalusia while base jumping at the El Yelmo International Air Festival. Although I never had the privilege of meeting him personally, Barrio was a fixture on … Continue reading

Spain, Recipes and Traditions

Spain, Recipes and Traditions

I have always been a huge fan of Chronicle Books. In fact, I used to dream about either working for or writing for this San Francisco based independent book publisher. But for now, I can only live vicariously through the words and recipes of veteran cookbook writer Jeff Koehler, author of Chronicle’s 2013 tome Spain. … Continue reading

Preserving Spanish fish and seafood!

Preserving Spanish fish and seafood!

First time visitors to Spain can sometimes be caught off guard by the appearance of Spanish fish and seafood preserves on the shelves in specialty, gourmet food shops and on menus in quality restaurants. However, these products are a far, far cry from the run-of-the-mill canned, or tinned, fish products that one might find elsewhere. … Continue reading

Tasty morsels straight from the tin!

Tasty morsels straight from the tin!

At this year’s edition of famed Madrid gastronomic conference Madrid Fusion, acclaimed Spanish chefs Pepe Solla and Rodrigo de la Calle demonstrated a huge variety of different culinary applications for Spain’s excellent fish and seafood preserves. You don’t need a Michelin star however to know how to turn these quality, popular products into delicious bites, … Continue reading