Posted in January 2015

Gastrofestival 2015 Kicks Off!

Gastrofestival 2015 Kicks Off!

Be sure to make a note on your agendas for tomorrow that Gastrofestival 2015 is getting underway in the Spanish capital of Madrid. This now annual gastronomic celebration will be going on from January 31st through February 15th, with a huge variety of events and activities taking place all over the city. A saxophone quartet … Continue reading

Spanish Seafood to Warm the Winter Months

Spanish Seafood to Warm the Winter Months

Even though plates heaped with a wide variety of fish and seafood often conjure thoughts of sitting on a  beach basking in the summer sun, the winter months are when one can truly find a dizzying array of incredible shellfish and other creatures from the sea available at the market. Of course, don’t get me … Continue reading

2015 ICEX Training Program in Spanish Gastronomy

2015 ICEX Training Program in Spanish Gastronomy

The dates have been set for the 2015 ICEX Training Program in Spanish Gastronomy, a highly prestigious scholarship program that has trained more than 200 young international chefs in the ins and outs of Spanish gastronomy, products, Avant-garde cooking techniques, cuisine and culture since it was started in 2007. Mugaritz, Miramar, Átrio, and Cenador de … Continue reading

Eating and Talking at Madrid Fusión 2015

Eating and Talking at Madrid Fusión 2015

With annual international gastronomy conference Madrid Fusión right around the corner on February 2nd, 3rd and 4th, 2015, professionals from the culinary sphere are gearing up for what promises to be yet another fascinating year of conferences, demonstrations, round-table discussions, tastings, meetings and more. With only two weeks to go, the folks at Madrid Fusión … Continue reading

José Andrés Comes for Dinner

José Andrés Comes for Dinner

Academy Award winning actress, singer, life-style guru, cookbook author and gastronome Gwyneth Paltrow really seems to have it all. And when you add the fact that world-class chefs like famed Spanish chef José Andrés, have been known to ‘call round’ to her house in London with bags full of groceries and invite themselves in for … Continue reading

Heading South to Sherryville

Heading South to Sherryville

With the cold and bleak days of January finally upon us, it’s not surprising that people’s thoughts often turn to traveling south this time of year, if only to enjoy a few days of sunshine. And when you combine this temptation with the idea of eating delicious tapas and imbibing nutty and warming glasses of … Continue reading

Tubers Galore!

Tubers Galore!

One thing I love about Spanish food is that no product, no matter how humble or everyday, is considered unworthy of greatness. Garlic, different types of onions, potatoes and other culinary staples all become points of pride in Spanish gastronomy when specific varieties are planted in certain areas and cultivated with care. In addition to … Continue reading

HamLovers Home for the Holidays!

HamLovers Home for the Holidays!

I spent the holidays with my family in the United States and, as ever, was sad that U.S. customs regulations prohibit me from sticking an entire leg of Spanish ham in my suitcase. Even so, this fact did not stop me from sharing a a taste of Spain’s wonderful Ibérico pork products with my family … Continue reading

The (Regional Spanish) Table By…

The (Regional Spanish) Table By…

Not that one would ever need an excuse to travel around beautiful and historically stunning Spain, but should you want one anyway, there is perhaps no better reason than to visit some of the incredible and lauded restaurants that are located all across the country, in towns big and small. However, should you live in … Continue reading

Spanish Cooking at Home

Spanish Cooking at Home

Another holiday season has come and gone and it’s time to kick off the new year with a fresh bunch of resolutions for living well and enjoying life. Many people use this time of year to resolve to eat more healthily which, after a month of holiday parties, dinners out and other events, often involves … Continue reading

Celebrating Reyes with Roscón!

Celebrating Reyes with Roscón!

The holiday season comes to a close tomorrow with the celebration of Reyes (Three King’s Day, or the Epiphany), an important Spanish holiday that heralds the arrival of toys and gifts for children and loved ones, as well as the mass consumption of yet another Spanish gastronomic delicacy: Roscón de Reyes (King’s Cake). This ring-shaped … Continue reading

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

If you’ve ever spent New Year’s Eve in Spain or in the company of Spaniards, you will be familiar with the Spanish tradition of seeing in the new year with Spanish grapes, eating one for each of the twelve chimes of Madrid’s Puerta del Sol clock as it counts down to midnight. This tradition is … Continue reading

Toasting 2015!

Toasting 2015!

Spanish grapes are a New Year’s tradition in Spain in more ways than one. In addition to the millions of table grapes that are consumed every year at midnight, the clinking of glasses as the clock strikes twelve represents the ringing in of the new year with Spanish wine. All across the world, people turn … Continue reading