Posted in June 2015

Chef Alberto Herráiz on Paella

Chef Alberto Herráiz on Paella

Summer invariably leads to thoughts of the beach, which inevitably remind me of a vegetable paella that I ate on a beach in Denia, Alicante, several years ago. There have been many paellas in my life, and I am fortunate to say that many of them have been both memorable and excellent, but nothing has … Continue reading

Simple and delicious Spanish shrimp

Simple and delicious Spanish shrimp

Summer invariably brings with it thoughts of the beach… the ocean… fresh seafood… shrimp! See how that works. Shrimp come in many shapes, sizes, and even colors and flavors in Spain, with delicate flavor and textural nuances often the result of the season and the ocean from whence they were caught. They are also served … Continue reading

A Taste of DOCa Priorat

A Taste of DOCa Priorat

DOCa Priorat, a Spanish wine region as famous as it is elusive, as nearby as it is hard-to-reach, as elegant as it is bold, as mineral as it is herbaceous, as legendary as it is modern… This wine region, the second in Spain after Rioja to bear the DOCa guarantee (Qualified Denomination of Origin), a … Continue reading

Cherries, picotas, Ascot and fried cheese…

Cherries, picotas, Ascot and fried cheese…

If you live in Spain and have yet to taste this season’s cherries, then I suggest you get yourself to the market right away. From year to year I somehow forget how wonderful Spanish cerezas (cherries) and the recently arrived picotas (a local cherry variety that is dark, juicy and incredibly sweet), really are. Of … Continue reading

ICEX Training Program Begins in Valladolid

ICEX Training Program Begins in Valladolid

The twelve international chefs participating in this year’s edition of the ICEX Training Program in Spanish Gastronomy arrived in Spain this week, ready and eager to start this prestigious six-month  culinary program. The chef’s first home in Spain is Valladolid (Castile-Leon), where they will spend a total of six weeks taking classes and attending seminars … Continue reading

Spanish Wines Go Organic on Snooth.com

Spanish Wines Go Organic on Snooth.com

Here at Foods and Wines from Spain we are always thrilled to see our articles picked up by other international publications, especially if it means bringing more attention to a product, producer or Spanish culinary news item that we are particularly passionate about. This is why we are so delighted with the coverage that the … Continue reading

Copa de Jerez 2015

Copa de Jerez 2015

The Andalusia town of Jerez de la Frontera is gearing up to host the sixth edition of the Copa de Jerez which will take place tomorrow in this picturesque town that is, among other things, famous around the world for being at the heart of Spanish Sherry country. This Copa de Jerez attracts hundreds of … Continue reading

Summer Fruit Joy

Summer Fruit Joy

At the risk of being repetitive, I though I’d take a moment today to celebrate the fact that summer fruit season is finally upon us! I love this time of year, particularly for the delicious bounty of Spanish stone fruits (or drupes) like cherries, nectarines, peaches, paraguayos, apricots, plums and more. Not only are these … Continue reading

El Celler de Can Roca Best in the World!

El Celler de Can Roca Best in the World!

This was a big week for Spanish restaurants, with El Celler de Can Roca (Girona) returning to the number one, most coveted spot in the annual “World’s Best Restaurants” ranking published by the UK’s Restaurant magazine. Brothers Joan, Jordi and Josep Roca, the chef, pastry chef and sommelier (respectively) of this acclaimed restaurant, were out … Continue reading