Posted in April 2015

Celebrating Mother’s Day around the world

Celebrating Mother’s Day around the world

May is the month when many countries celebrate and pay homage to that indispensable and much beloved figure: moms! Mother’s Day in Spain is this Sunday, May 3rd, which is the same day that it’s celebrated in countries like Portugal, Hungary and Lithuania. In other countries, including Canada, Belgium, Italy, Denmark and the United States, … Continue reading

2014 ICEX Training Program In Review

2014 ICEX Training Program In Review

We still have a little over a month to go before the twelve international chefs who will be participating in the 2015 edition of the ICEX Training Program in Spanish Gastronomy arrive for the program’s June 8th kick-off date. This year’s participants hail from nine different countries: Canada, China, Ireland, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, … Continue reading

Gastronomy, gardens and history in Cáceres!

Gastronomy, gardens and history in Cáceres!

May 1st is a holiday in Spain and many other countries (International Worker’s Day), and since it conveniently falls on a Friday this year, there is no better time than now to start planning a springtime long weekend in the wonderful Spanish city of Cáceres. Not only was this incredible and historic city in Extremadura … Continue reading

Getting good mojo!

Getting good mojo!

Ah potatoes, who doesn’t love them? Baked, fried, mashed, boiled… these versatile tubers are beloved by (virtually) all in their many forms. And if you still haven’t tried the famous papas arrugadas (wrinkled potatoes) prepared in Spain’s Canary Islands, then you have something to look forward to on your next visit. And if you’ve never … Continue reading

The Tapas Revolution Cookbook

The Tapas Revolution Cookbook

Ever since he brought his Tapas Revolution to London, Spanish chef Omar Allibhoy has been turning heads and winning palates with his award-winning cuisine. In fact, just last week he was in the news once again, thanks to being named Young Entrepreneur of the Year for 2015 by the British Travel and Hospitality Hall of … Continue reading

Spanish grapefruit goes avant-garde!

Spanish grapefruit goes avant-garde!

I’m still enjoying my ongoing obsession with Spanish grapefruit, which I like to eat halved for breakfast every morning with a drizzle of honey. Others in my family prefer it peeled and divided into sections over cereal, or squeezed into a healthy and delicious glass of juice. Of course Spanish grapefruit isn’t just a breakfast … Continue reading

The Wonderful World of Spanish Wines

The Wonderful World of Spanish Wines

I spent yesterday at the 29th edition of the Salón de Gourmets, the massive annual gourmet food trade fair that is held annually in Madrid. To get an idea of what this four-day professional event is like, just picture rows and rows of producers of olive oils, cheeses, canned seafood, beer, chocolate, preserved vegetables and … Continue reading

29 Years of the Salón de Gourmets

29 Years of the Salón de Gourmets

Today is the first day of this year’s edition of the much-anticipated Salón de Gourmets trade show in Madrid. This annual event is now in its 29th year, an impressive anniversary that translates into nearly three decades of bringing professionals from the international gourmet food, drinks and restaurant industries in contact with some of Spain’s … Continue reading

ICEX Chef Nominated for Top Award!

ICEX Chef Nominated for Top Award!

This is just a shout out for one of our own. Former ICEX Training Program in Spanish Gastronomy chef Jeffrey Weiss, whose book Charcutería, The Soul of Spain, has been nominated for a 2015 James Beard Foundation Book Award. Weiss, who participated in the 2009 edition of the ICEX program, returned to Spain in 2013 … Continue reading

Edible Blossoms!

Edible Blossoms!

Spring has sprung! It’s official! And if you don’t want to take my word for it, just ask the marvelously blooming gardens outside my window. Or how about the newly shaded walkways that just days ago were lined by leafless trees. It is a wonderful season defined by new life, wonderful fresh smells and sensations … Continue reading

Delectable Spring!

Delectable Spring!

Edible flowers add beauty, delicacy, elegance, innocence and yes, even flavor, to any number of dishes. Just ask some of Spain’s top chefs, who turn to these wonderful and eye-popping ingredients for many of their avant-garde creations. Beginning with Ferran Adrià and making the rounds through a roster of incredible Spanish chefs that includes Joan … Continue reading

5 Great Cheeses from Asturias!

5 Great Cheeses from Asturias!

Do the names La Peral, Afuega’l pitu, Cabrales, Gamonedo and Los Beyos sound familiar? Well they should, especially for any professed cheese lover like myself. These are just a few of the most acclaimed and well-known cheeses from the northern Spanish region of Asturias, an area characterized by the peaks and valleys of the Picos … Continue reading

Never Enough Torrijas…

Never Enough Torrijas…

At the risk of sounding repetitive after last year’s post Time for Torrijas, I’m just going to do it anyway. The thing is that there is just no way to celebrate the Semana Santa or Holy Week holidays in Spain without talking about these wonderful sweet breads (notice I did not say sweetbreads). Made from … Continue reading