Posted in October 2014

Fields of Purple for ICEX Chefs

Fields of Purple for ICEX Chefs

The twelve participants in this year’s edition of the ICEX Training Program in Spanish Gastronomy are well into their two-week trip through Spain, during which they have the opportunity to enjoy once-in-a-lifetime experiences like the one they undertook last Friday morning in Castile-La Mancha. The chefs visited this region’s famed saffron farms: purple-hued fields dotted … Continue reading

Spanish Soccer Madness in Florida

Spanish Soccer Madness in Florida

Spanish fútbol, or soccer season is hitting its stride again, and world famous teams and legendary Spanish rivals Real Madrid and FC Barcelona are getting ready for a standoff tomorrow. In Spain, a match like this is capable of emptying the streets, which remain eerily calm during the game with the exception of the occasional … Continue reading

Salmorejo, Córdoba and ICEX Chefs

Salmorejo, Córdoba and ICEX Chefs

The twelve international chefs in the ICEX Training Program in Spanish Gastronomy spent an activity-packed day in Cordoba yesterday, serving as judges in the preliminary stage of the Tapas de Córdoba tapas competition (part of Cordoba’s celebration of its status as Iberoamerican Capital of Gastronomic Culture), and being inducted into the Cofradía del Salmorejo (guild), … Continue reading

Bodegas Robles Welcomes ICEX Chefs

Bodegas Robles Welcomes ICEX Chefs

As I mentioned in Friday’s post, the twelve participants in the current edition of the ICEX Training Program in Spanish Gastronomy have set off on a two-week trip to learn about some of Spain’s most wonderful gastronomic products, producers, regions and cuisines. So in honor of this trip, I thought I would spend the next … Continue reading

ICEX Tour Sets Off!

ICEX Tour Sets Off!

The twelve international participants in this year’s edition of the ICEX Training Program in Spanish Gastronomy “hit the road” today, embarking on a two week trip around Spain to get an intimate look at some of its most significant culinary players, including producers, chefs and other Spanish food industry professionals, all while visiting striking monuments, … Continue reading

Fruit Attraction Kicks Off!

Fruit Attraction Kicks Off!

It’s not hard to get excited about annual fruit and vegetable fair Fruit Attraction, which begins today in the Spanish capital and lasts until October 17th. After all, this fair not only brings together a range of both large and small-scale producers from all over Spain – responsible for cultivating part of the huge variety … Continue reading

Culinaria Spain

Culinaria Spain

I probably shouldn’t play favorites, but I have to admit that this is one of my VERY favorite cookbooks, ever! And actually one of my favorite books in general. While I don’t know that I’ve ever actually used Culinaria Spain (1999, Könemann Verlagsgesellschaft) for its recipes, I have consulted it time and time again as … Continue reading

Fall is for Food Events!

Fall is for Food Events!

Well, really, pick any month in Spain and you will find it is packed with tapas routes, culinary competitions, food fairs and celebrations of different products, cuisines and gastronomic traditions. But the fall is particularly busy with food-centric happenings, as things get into gear again after the summer holidays and people are inspired with a … Continue reading

Bring on the XOW!

Bring on the XOW!

With the culinary world aflutter about the move of three-Michelin star Spanish chef David Muñoz’s restaurant Diverxo to the capital’s Hotel NH Collection Eurobuilding, this dynamic young chef has managed to make our collective (and drooling) jaws drop once again with the release of his visually stunning short film XOW! which was screened for a … Continue reading

Spanish Researchers Touts Health Benefits of Wine

Spanish Researchers Touts Health Benefits of Wine

I have no doubt that drinking any of the many incredible Spanish wines on the market is a habit that brings with it innumerable benefits, ranging from cultural and social behaviors, to sensory pleasures and the enhancing or complementing of the characteristics found in certain foods. Now, a group of Spanish researchers from the Universidad … Continue reading

Tincan Restaurant for Spanish Top Products

Tincan Restaurant for Spanish Top Products

Those of us who live in Spain know that the best ingredients often come in the most unusual and brightly colored packages. Spanish canned fish and seafood products are fantastic, gourmet products that are valued all over the world for their top quality. In fact, it has become more and more common to see Spanish … Continue reading