Posted in July 2015

Fruity Desserts

Fruity Desserts

Summer desserts are never better than when they’re made with delicious Spanish fruit. Baked, broiled, sauteed, turned into ice cream, pie or cake… here are a few ideas to add a little sweetness to your life in the form of these delicious and very distinct fruit-based desserts: Baked Canary Islands Bananas – rum, oranges and … Continue reading

New Tapas in Old Madrid!

New Tapas in Old Madrid!

Though summer is obviously the perfect time to go on holiday, it is also a great moment to bring the feel of a summer vacation to your own city by exploring new sights, places and flavors, right in your own backyard, so to speak. Those who have either visited Madrid, or are lucky enough to … Continue reading

Cooking from the Heart of Spain

Cooking from the Heart of Spain

Twenty years have gone by since I read Spanish classic Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes (ack!), and while I may not remember what this hapless knight ate on his travels, I do remember thinking that most of it sounded good. The cuisine of Castile-La Mancha, the native land of Don Quixote, is still as … Continue reading

On the road with Spanish wines

On the road with Spanish wines

In the days leading up to my holidays in the United States, I invariably find myself accumulating piles of  things that I want to take back with me as gifts for my Spanish food loving family: anchovy stuffed olives, saffron, extra virgin olive oil, pimentón and my favorite Spanish wines, among other things. It’s not … Continue reading

World Rankings Extol Spanish Wines

World Rankings Extol Spanish Wines

The World Association of Writers and Journalists of Wines and Spirits (WAWWJ) made quite a stir among Spanish wine producers and drinkers when it published its latest ranking of the top one-hundred wines in the world. The reason for the ruckus? Three Spanish wines were among the list’s top-twelve most coveted spots. Though this should … Continue reading

Pulpo a la Gallega!

Pulpo a la Gallega!

I had almost forgotten how much I love Spanish octopus, until I had the chance to dive into a plate of Pulpo a la Gallega (Galician-style octopus) this weekend… Almost, I said, almost. It would be impossible to completely forget the wonderful flavors and textures of this classic dish from the coastal Spanish region of … Continue reading

Chefs Hosting Chefs

Chefs Hosting Chefs

The twelve international chefs participating in the current edition of the ICEX Training Program in Spanish Gastronomy are by no means the only foreign food professionals to have taken an interest in Spanish cuisine, and in particular the mouthwatering and innovative avant garde dishes created by some of this country’s top chefs. San Francisco chef … Continue reading

ICEX Chefs Matched with Spanish Restaurants

ICEX Chefs Matched with Spanish Restaurants

The excitement is surely building for the twelve young  chefs participating in this year’s edition of the ICEX Training Program in Spanish Gastronomy who have received their restaurant assignments for the work experience portion of the program, which will last for approximately three months. July 20th is the big day that that these international chefs … Continue reading

Yes, we have some bananas!

Yes, we have some bananas!

People in Spain make a big deal about buying bananas from the Canary Islands, and it’s easy to see why. These Spanish island bananas are so good that they have an Indication of Geographic Protection guarantee, Plátano de Canarias PGI, which helps consumers feel secure in the fact that they are buying a quality Spanish … Continue reading

BCC Offers Gastronomy Degree

BCC Offers Gastronomy Degree

Preeminent Spanish chefs like Joan Roca and Ferran Adrià gathered in San Sebastián this week to congratulate the first graduating class of the degree program offered by Spain’s prestigious culinary school the Basque Culinary Center. This is the first four-year University degree in Gastronomy and Culinary Arts offered in Spain, a degree that 54 students … Continue reading

Tomato Tomato Tomato!

Tomato Tomato Tomato!

You need only wander into a Spanish shop or market in the summer to know with absolute certainty that Spain is truly the land of tomatoes. The tomato lover will be in seventh heaven, while the tomato skeptic will be challenged to find one (or a few) of the many many varieties that he or … Continue reading

Gazpacho Gone Wild!

Gazpacho Gone Wild!

I’m just going to come out and say what everyone’s thinking. No matter how many times you have it, or how many different ways it’s prepared, Spanish gazpacho never gets old. This beloved cold soup is enough to rejuvenate in the summer heat and bring back recollections of warm, lazy days in the wintertime (despite … Continue reading

A Journey Outside Pamplona

A Journey Outside Pamplona

The San Fermín Festival kicks off today in Pamplona, the capital city of Navarre. This festival is much more than the world-famous running of the bulls, it is also a celebration of tradition, history, culture and gastronomy. However, it is also a time when the city of Pamplona is packed to the gills with locals … Continue reading

Happy (almost) 4th!

Happy (almost) 4th!

It’s the 4th of July tomorrow, an American holiday that provides celebrants with the perfect excuse to load up the car with a picnic basket and blanket and head for (hopefully) cooler temperatures in the great outdoors. Mountains? A lake? The ocean? A swimming pool? A nearby park? Wherever you spend your July 4th, it’s … Continue reading