Posted in October 2015

Happy Birthday Los Galayos!

Happy Birthday Los Galayos!

If you’ve ever taken a stroll through Madrid‘s gorgeous Plaza Mayor, than surely will have seen Los Galayos, an iconic restaurant that has been pleasing diners’ palates for the past 121 years with a selection of classic dishes infused with and inspired by the history and traditions of this city. During the month of November, … Continue reading

Quique Dacosta’s “Transformed Landscapes”

Quique Dacosta’s “Transformed Landscapes”

If you find yourself in or around Valencia over the coming month, there is still plenty of time to head to the Museo Valenciano de la Ilustración y la Modernidad (MuVIM) to catch the not-to-be-missed  “Transformed Landscapes” exhibition by famed three Michelin star Spanish chef Quique Dacosta. The exhibition, which lasts until November 29th, is … Continue reading

Chefs bring flavors of Spain to the USA

Chefs bring flavors of Spain to the USA

Whenever I let my mind wander to thoughts of moving back to the United States some day, I inevitably return to my old fantasy of opening a Spanish tapas bar in my home town with my wonderful chef-gastronome brother. Perhaps I am overconfident, but I have no doubt that this venture would be a success, … Continue reading

Cocido is coming!

Cocido is coming!

I just enjoyed my first cocido madrileño of the season, the beginning of what I hope will be a hearty and wonderful fall and winter in the company of many a delicious Spanish stew. Savory broth, flavorful garbanzos, tender beef and vegetables, smokey meat and other traditional ingredients found in cocido… all wonderful harbingers of … Continue reading

Bernabeleva, from Madrid to the World

Bernabeleva, from Madrid to the World

Madrid is famous all over the world for its museums, culture, food, history, people, weather and much more… including, it turns out, its wines! Wineries in the region of Madrid have been on the up and up, making a name for themselves both in Spain and abroad, creating an enduring buzz about their excellent wines … Continue reading

Tapas, A Bite of Spain!

Tapas, A Bite of Spain!

So, here is how my brain works: the autumn rains have finally arrived in usually sunny Madrid, and as I look out my window at the gray October sky, I can’t help thinking about how it usually rains at least a little bit every time I go to San Sebastian for annual international culinary conference … Continue reading

Fall Colors and Flavors in Logroño

Fall Colors and Flavors in Logroño

I first visited La Rioja in the fall many years ago and I will never forget the gorgeous colors of the turning leaves, the crisp blue skies and the tantalizing smell of roasting red peppers and other delights that filled the air. These things alone would be reason enough to justify a jaunty getaway to … Continue reading

Celebrating chocolate!

Celebrating chocolate!

Yesterday was a, or maybe I should say, THE national holiday in Spain, known as the Fiesta Nacional de España (or Día de la Hispanidad). This holiday is celebrated every year on October 12th in commemoration of the anniversary of Cristóbal Colón’s (Christopher Columbus’s) first arrival in the Americas, and it is celebrated in Spain … Continue reading

The Perfect Beans for Fall

The Perfect Beans for Fall

It is finally fall, and while the weather is getting slightly chillier in the evenings and mornings, there is still plenty of warm sun to be had and enjoyed during the day. Therefore, while my palate is anxiously awaiting the hearty soups and stews of winter, the rest of me isn’t quite ready to take … Continue reading

Lemons, Lemons, Lemons!

Lemons, Lemons, Lemons!

With this season’s Spanish lemon harvest well underway, there is no time like the present to celebrate this wonderful Spanish citrus fruit. Spain is the number one producer of lemons in Europe and second in the world. Approximately 90% of this country’s lemon production is centered in Murcia (55%) and the Valencian Community (35%), followed by Andalusia … Continue reading

Make it with Spanish Lemons!

Make it with Spanish Lemons!

As versatile as citrus fruits are, perhaps none is as versatile as the lemon. This sunny fruit is used in countless recipes in innumerable ways. Cut it into quarters and squeeze a bit on a plate of seafood, fish or rice. Add its juice and zests to cakes and pies, savory dishes and sauces, salad … Continue reading