Posted in May 2015

Ibérico Ham Non-Stop

Ibérico Ham Non-Stop

We just keep coming back to Spanish Ibérico ham. Where does it come from? How is it made? How should one slice and store it? How should it be enjoyed? What are some recipes that call for it? Where can one buy it outside of Spain? Of course all of these questions and more are … Continue reading

Ibérico Ham and Summer Soups

Ibérico Ham and Summer Soups

I’ve never heard anyone say that they’re sick of Spanish Ibérico ham. Not only would this be tantamount to gastronomic blasphemy in Spain, but–given the adulation that this food enjoys in this country–it would also be a nearly impossible occurrence. Of course the suggestion that one might grow tired of such a treasured delicacy grows … Continue reading

Pine cones, forest plants and a Michelin star

Pine cones, forest plants and a Michelin star

Spanish gastronomy has a lot of factors working in its favor. These include the skill, dedication and passion of this country’s chefs and the huge range and quality of its raw materials. When you put them together, these factors, are not only unstoppable, but–when chefs turn to their surroundings for inspiration–they also serve to create … Continue reading

Spanish Pilgrimage in the USA

Spanish Pilgrimage in the USA

The Virgen del Rocío is the object of much devotion in the Spanish province of Huelva (Andalusia), particularly when it comes time for the annual springtime romería or pilgrimage to her home, the Sanctuary of the Virgen del Rocío in the village of El Rocío, in which masses of pilgrims participate every year. Surprisingly, this … Continue reading

Barbecue season!

Barbecue season!

It’s Memorial Day in the United States today, a day that has a lot of weighted meaning for many, but that for me as a child only symbolized three key moments: the beginning of the summer, the opening of the neighborhood swimming pools and the start of grilling season. Meat, fish, potatoes, whole cobs of … Continue reading

Video: Sofrito magic

Video: Sofrito magic

Where would any of us be without sofrito? This combination of onions, garlic, tomatoes (and usually peppers) sauteed in olive oil is the basis for countless Spanish dishes, infusing them with deep undercurrents of Mediterranean flavors. In addition to the first step in many recipes, it is also a sauce and, it would seem, somewhat … Continue reading

Sweet Dreams of Chocolate Orgániko

Sweet Dreams of Chocolate Orgániko

Packed full of antioxidants and other wonderful substances that are thought to help protect against cardiovascular disease, stress and even diabetes, chocolate has finally shaken its formerly bad reputation. This is great news, because there is a Spanish chocolate company that has been on the up and up since its founding around ten years ago, … Continue reading

A Taste of Spain in Shanghai

A Taste of Spain in Shanghai

As exports continue to rise for the Spanish agri-food industry, it’s no surprise that it has gotten easier and easier to find a wide variety of quality Spanish gastronomic products anywhere in the world. However, it’s not only Spanish gastronomy that’s making the international rounds, but also this country’s  architecture, art, jewelry, clothing, technology and … Continue reading

Feliz San Isidro!

Feliz San Isidro!

Happy San Isidro, the Patron Saint of Madrid! Today is the day that Madrid celebrates its Saint’s Day, with a wealth of activities going on in the Spanish capital! Concerts, theater, expositions, gastronomy and much more have been happening all week, and activities will last through the weekend in this lively city. A full list … Continue reading

FENAVIN 2015

FENAVIN 2015

This year’s edition of wine fair FENAVIN is on right now in Ciudad Real (Castile-La Mancha). It will last through tomorrow, May 15th. This objective of this trade fair is to provide a platform for wine buyers from all over the world to meet directly with wineries from all of the Spanish wine producing regions. … Continue reading

Driving through Olive Groves

Driving through Olive Groves

The recent celebration of prestigious world olive oil event EXPOLIVA last week in Jaén, has once again turned the spotlight onto this olive producing region in Andalusia, which is responsible for around half of all Spanish olive oil production. But though more than 80% of Jaén’s agriculture is dedicated to the olive industry, a fact … Continue reading

Azurmendi Ranked Best in Europe by OAD

Azurmendi Ranked Best in Europe by OAD

Congratulations are in order for Spanish chef Eneko Atxa, whose three-Michelin star restaurant, Azurmendi, has just been named the “Best Restaurant in Europe” for the fourth edition of the OAD (Opinionated About Dining) “Top 100 European Restaurants List”. Azurmendi, which is located in Larrabetzu in Basque Country, moved up from number 18 to number 1 … Continue reading

EXPOLIVA Returns to Jaen!

EXPOLIVA Returns to Jaen!

It’s called EXPOLIVA, but it could just as well be called the LIOOCW, or the Largest International Olive Oil Congress in the World! Either way, this hugely important international conference is going on right now in the city of Jaén, Andalusia, bringing together more than 340 companies from the world olive oil industry – an … Continue reading

Spanish eggplants big and small!

Spanish eggplants big and small!

Fried, roasted, stewed, battered and more. Spanish eggplant (called berenjena in Spanish) is an incredibly versatile vegetable, which can be prepared any number of ways. The small PGI Berenjena de Almagro eggplant is a genetically unique species cultivated in the environs of the town of Almagro (Ciudad Real, Castile-La Mancha) that has been prepared according … Continue reading

Spanish eggplant, from traditional to avant garde

Spanish eggplant, from traditional to avant garde

Yes, yes, we know, Spanish eggplant is incredibly versatile in the kitchen and can be prepared in any number of delicious ways…. But until you’ve seen the following recipes, you may not realized just HOW versatile this vegetable truly is. Four mouthwatering recipes; the first two providing you with tasty day-to-day uses for this vegetable … Continue reading