Posted in July 2014

Spanish Ice Cream Goes International

Spanish Ice Cream Goes International

The way this summer’s going, if you say ice cream, I say where? We’ve talked a lot here about the growing trend of avant-garde ice cream shops in Spain, such as Della Serra/Obrador Grate  in La Rioja and top chef Jordi Roca’s (of El Celler de Can Roca) Rocambolesc in Girona, in addition to the … Continue reading

Tapas in Vitoria

Tapas in Vitoria

One of the things that I never get tired of in Spain is this country’s huge diversity. Whether you’re talking about scenery, landscape, culture, traditions, climate or – of course – gastronomy, Spain seems to have it all. This means that even after nearly two decades in this country, I am still in a constant … Continue reading

Summer Recipes with Olives

Summer Recipes with Olives

Spanish table olives are undoubtedly one of this country’s most famous and treasured products, coming in a wealth of colors, shapes, varieties, textures, aromas and flavors, and even stuffings, and representing an endless list of possibilities that range from snacking on them right out of the can or jar, to using them as ingredients in … Continue reading

ICEX Chefs Take Spain With Them When They Go

ICEX Chefs Take Spain With Them When They Go

We dedicate a lot of time on Foods from Spain and this blog to talking about what the participants in the current edition ICEX Training Program in Spanish Gastronomy are up to. In fact, this blog originally started as an outlet for the scholarship recipients’ own thoughts and experiences here in Spain as participants in … Continue reading

ICEX Chefs Start Culinary Internships

ICEX Chefs Start Culinary Internships

Today is a big day for the thirteen international chefs participating in this year’s edition of the ICEX Training Program in Spanish Gastronomy, as they start their culinary internships in some of this country’s top restaurants. In fact, no less than a total of seventeen Michelin stars will be welcoming these young chefs into their … Continue reading

Cool Spanish summer beans!

Cool Spanish summer beans!

People frequently think of Spanish beans as the perfect food for winter. And while they do go wonderfully in any number of hearty soups and stews, Spanish beans are also the perfect accompaniment for any number of fresh and simple summer recipes. In fact, I usually keep a few jars of lentils, garbanzos, white beans … Continue reading

The World of Conservas

The World of Conservas

Foreigners who have spent any amount of time in Spain might initially be struck by the appearance of a wide selection of colorful cans containing different types of fish and shellfish preserves on the menus at quality Spanish restaurants. I know I was. After all, where I come from, a can of tuna in the … Continue reading

Tapa Hopping Abroad

Tapa Hopping Abroad

While there always seem to be a variety of events going on in the world relating to Spanish gastronomy, there are perhaps none so fun and easy to enjoy than those having to do with the Spanish tapas culture. Whether you’re Spanish or just a fan of the tapas tradition, it often seems like there … Continue reading

Navarre’s Ample Pantry

Navarre’s Ample Pantry

The San Fermín festival in Pamplona (Navarre) is still going strong, spilling onto this city’s historic streets at all hours of the day and night. And while there’s no doubt in anyone’s mind that this is probably the event that this northern Spanish region is most famous for on an international level, Navarre has much … Continue reading

Tasting San Fermín!

Tasting San Fermín!

People around the world associate annual San Fermín festival in Pamplona (Navarre) with the running of the bulls, but Sanfermines (as it’s known to locals) also involves a range of local traditions and folkloric customs that are carried out year after year in honor of this region’s patron saint. Going on right now (from July … Continue reading

Soft Spanish Cheeses!

Soft Spanish Cheeses!

Torta del Casar, Tetilla, Queso de la Serena… what do these three Spanish cheeses have in common? Well, aside from being delicious, they are all soft cheeses, and they form part of a group of distinguished Spanish cheeses that represent different regions, types of milk and production techniques. They are also so acclaimed for their … Continue reading

Cooking with Soft Spanish Cheeses

Cooking with Soft Spanish Cheeses

Sure Spain’s wide variety of delicious soft cheeses are delicious on their own, or accompanied by a cracker or a piece of crusty bread, but they also make wonderful and flavorful ingredients and centerpieces to any number of different dishes. From appetizers to the main course and on through desserts, soft Spanish cheeses are as … Continue reading

Tastes of Spain Online

Tastes of Spain Online

The Foods from Spain Homepage is bursting with interesting news and information this week, including an article about Spanish pickles and Murcia’s “Minor Sea”. One item that I not only enjoyed, but also bookmarked to go back to time and time again is the article Spain Online. This article contains a wealth of information on … Continue reading