Posted in August 2015

The Key to Spanish Grape Varieties

The Key to Spanish Grape Varieties

Spanish grapes on the island of Tenerife / Efraín Pintos – ICEX Tempranillo, Garnacha, Albariño, Verdejo, Airén… While these might be a few of the grape varieties that immediately come to mind when someone mentions Spanish wines, they are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the grapes used to make wines … Continue reading

Understanding Spanish Wine Talk

Understanding Spanish Wine Talk

Attention Spanish wine lovers! This is just a friendly reminder if you still haven’t gotten the chance to check out the Wine Glossary on Foods and Wines from Spain. This glossary is a fantastic tool for fans of Spanish wines who are thinking about traveling to Spanish wine country, reading about Spanish wines, or just … Continue reading

Frank Camorra’s MoVida Rustica

Frank Camorra’s MoVida Rustica

Although chef and restaurateur Frank Camorra left his native Spain for Australia when he was just a child, he has spent much of his adult life bringing the flavors of his birthplace to the people of Australia (in large part through his ever-growing MoVida restaurant chain, which has outposts in Melbourne and Sydney). However, this … Continue reading

Bodegas Robles’ Organic Inspiration

Bodegas Robles’ Organic Inspiration

Pedro Ximénez. Two proper nouns that have soothed, warmed, comforted and brought joy to bodies, minds and souls for centuries. This white Spanish grape is one of the main varieties in Andalusian DOs Jerez-Xérès-Sherry y Manzanilla-Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Malaga, Sierra de Málaga and Montilla Moriles. The grapes are dried in the sun and turned into … Continue reading

Refreshing Spanish Juices!

Refreshing Spanish Juices!

What could be more refreshing in the summer than a cool and delicious glass of Spanish juice? Peach, orange, apple, tomato, grape, multi-fruit and many more; juice is excellent on its own, mixed into cocktails, made into popsicles, added to both savory and sweet recipes and especially great in a summer salad dressing to give … Continue reading

José Pizarro takes London Town

José Pizarro takes London Town

If you’ve ever lived in London or visited this venerable city then you have undoubtedly heard of Spanish chef José Pizarro, a force of Spanish gastronomic nature who has taken this city by storm ever since arriving from his native Cáceres (Extremadura) via Madrid in 1999. With a handful of successful restaurants and tapas bars … Continue reading

Denver Goes Spanish!

Denver Goes Spanish!

I’ve been on holiday near Denver the past few weeks, and while it’s nice to spend some time sampling all of my favorite foods that I miss while living in Spain (mainly my dad’s barbecue and dill pickles), by the end of each trip I almost always find myself yearning once again for the wonderful … Continue reading

Can-do tapas!

Can-do tapas!

One of the things that we tend to mention a lot on this site is how foreigners traveling to Spain or visiting gourmet shops selling Spanish products abroad are often surprised by the presence of canned fish and seafood products (in addition to vegetables, meats and other items) on menus and shelves. What they find … Continue reading

Foods Pairs Wines

Foods Pairs Wines

Foods and Wines from Spain is, as you know, an excellent resource for a huge range of information about…you guessed it… foods and wines from Spain. From chef profiles, to trade guidelines, restaurant and store listings (both in Spain and abroad), product information and features, videos, book reviews, information on food and wine regions, news … Continue reading

Liquid Nitrogen in the Kitchen

Liquid Nitrogen in the Kitchen

Ever heard of the term “molecular gastronomy”? Well, neither had we until over a decade ago chefs like Spain’s Ferran Adrià of world-famous restaurant elBulli put this term on the map. Molecular gastronomy has always been about pushing the boundaries of cuisine, stretching the imagination and using scientific principals involved in the physical and chemical … Continue reading

Travels to Cuenca

Travels to Cuenca

The summer may be drawing to a close, but there’s still time to make plans for a holiday excursion. Though Spanish beaches are famed all over the world and attract countless national and international visitors every year, they are by no means the only tourist attraction in this country. Cities exuding culture, monuments, architecture and … Continue reading

Ah, Vermouth…

Ah, Vermouth…

When you start thinking about the aperitivo (aperitif) hour in Spain (usually around midday on a Saturday or Sunday), there is just no avoiding the word “vermouth”… ah, but what a sweet word it is. Spanish vermouth is ubiquitous to the aperitivo hour, which is the perfect time to get together with friends or family … Continue reading

Greens, Greens and More Greens!

Greens, Greens and More Greens!

We are deep into the summer months now, and with the heat of summer still upon us, it sometimes feels like the only thing we can bring ourselves to eat are crisp, cool and delicious Spanish greens. Iceberg, romaine, Batavia, escarole, endive, watercress, corn salad, arugula and more… the wide variety of excellent Spanish greens … Continue reading

We “Heart” Summer Salads!

We “Heart” Summer Salads!

There is no end to the list of possibilities when it comes to cooking with delicious Spanish lettuce. But while some greens are delicious when served warm or even hot (just recently I was treated to a delicious tapa of braised endives at a Madrid restaurant), during the summer months the most appealing recipes are … Continue reading