Posted in November 2015

More Good News About Spanish Olive Oil!

More Good News About Spanish Olive Oil!

We know, we know, Spanish extra virgin olive oil is not only delicious, but also good for us! Nowadays it really doesn’t seem like people need any more convincing when it comes to the  benefits of consuming olive oil. Even so, it’s hard not to be impressed by the staggering results from the Spanish PREDIMED … Continue reading

Two New Two-Stars!

Two New Two-Stars!

On Wednesday night the sixteen new Michelin stars bestowed on Spanish restaurants were announced in a gala event held at the Parador Hostal dos Reis Católicos in Santiago de Compostela (Galicia). In addition to the fourteen new one-stars, two Spanish restaurants were awarded a coveted second star: restaurants Coque and Zaranda. Restaurante Coque is, of … Continue reading

Wonderful Pacharán!

Wonderful Pacharán!

I have never been much into sweets, nor into the flavor of anise, but living in Spain has sparked my love affair with Pacharán. This wonderful, maroon-hued Spanish liqueur is made with endrinas, or sloe berries, soaked in anisette. Characteristic of Navarre, it is usually served chilled, or on the rocks as a digestif liqueur, … Continue reading

Ferran Adrià Receiving Japan’s Highest Honor

Ferran Adrià Receiving Japan’s Highest Honor

I admit that I find this news so very cool, that I just can’t resist sharing it here. Spanish chef Ferran Adrià has been selected to receive the Order of the Rising Sun, Japan’s most prestigious recognition, in acknowledgement of the strong ties that he has created between Japanese and Spanish gastronomy and for improving … Continue reading

Albariños Around the World

Albariños Around the World

The fourth edition of the Albariños Around the World competition is taking place in Stockholm, Sweden today, so there may truly be no time like the present to pour yourself a glass of Spanish white wine made from this wonderfully aromatic Spanish grape. Organized by the Spanish Wine Tasters Union, this event (which changes international … Continue reading

Bodegas Protos!

Bodegas Protos!

It would be hard to imagine a Spanish wine drinker anywhere in the world that isn’t familiar with iconic Ribera del Duero winemaker, Protos. Not only did Bodegas Protos lend its “surname” to Denomination of Origin Ribera del Duero, but its wines are also veritable household (or at least cellar-hold) names, known all over the … Continue reading

For the love of Spanish croquetas!

For the love of Spanish croquetas!

Croquetas. You can find them anywhere in Spain – from the most humble or traditional bars and restaurants to the highest ranked temples of modern cuisine. These classic Spanish tapas also often set the bar by which home chefs are measured, grandmother´s recipes are compared and restaurants rise and fall. Although the most classic croquetas … Continue reading

Shades of Modern Tapas in Madrid

Shades of Modern Tapas in Madrid

The weather is absolutely gorgeous in Madrid right now, including lots of sunshine, balmy afternoon temperatures and stunning autumn colors. It is the perfect moment to spend as much time in and around any of this city’s many beautiful parks, whether just enjoying the fresh air, exercising, going for a stroll or… eating tapas! Yes, … Continue reading

We Have a Winner!

We Have a Winner!

If you missed the live streaming of the International Tapas Competition in Valladolid on Monday night – in which the twelve international chefs participating in this year’s edition of the ICEX Training Program in Spanish Gastronomy competed to make the best tapa – then not to worry! You’ve come to the right place to find … Continue reading

ICEX Chefs’ Competition!

ICEX Chefs’ Competition!

It is finally here! The current edition of the ICEX Training Program in Spanish Gastronomy is coming to a close this afternoon, with the celebration of the International Tapas Competition in Valladolid. For this competition, the culmination of this five-month training program, each of the twelve international chefs will present his or her own original … Continue reading

Traveling Persimmons!

Traveling Persimmons!

Last month Madrid once again hosted international produce fair, Fruit Attraction, an annual event that brings Spanish producers and vendors in touch with buyers from all over the world. This year, “Kaki Attraction, the International Persimmon Symposium” was held within the framework of this fair, as a coming together of representatives from the thriving Spanish … Continue reading

Yes to Spanish Persimmons!

Yes to Spanish Persimmons!

I don’t think that I had ever eaten a persimmon until I came to Spain nearly two decades ago, but I can guarantee that I’ve been eating them ever since. What’s more, I can’t seem to decide which version I like better, the soft persimmons that you can eat with a spoon directly out of … Continue reading

Saintly Sweets!

Saintly Sweets!

Yesterday, November 1st, was El Día de Todos los Santos, or All Saint’s Day here in Spain, a historic  national holiday that, like so many others in this country, is marked by the appearance of traditional sweets that fill the cases in pastry shops and panaderías in the weeks before its celebration. Never fear though … Continue reading