Posted in February 2016

Strawberry goodness!

Strawberry goodness!

Oooooh, I can tell Spanish strawberry season is just about in full swing by the overflowing stacks of wooden flats piled high with large gleaming strawberries at my local market. Though I’ve been buying these fabulously delicious and healthy berries for weeks now (my family can’t get enough of them and I wanted to make … Continue reading

Choosing Halal!

Choosing Halal!

It’s no surprise that Spanish food is renowned for its quality and diversity around the world. In addition to its universal appeal, Spanish food is also a popular choice among more specific consumer groups with diverse dietary needs. These include Muslim consumers both in and out of Spain who turn to this country’s growing range … Continue reading

Almond Time!

Almond Time!

I caught a glimpse of the first sign of spring this morning as I rounded a corner in my neighborhood and ran right into a blooming almond tree. Recent sunny skies, rain and mild temperatures may have contributed to this magical springtime moment, but whatever the case it’s always a welcome surprise and reminder of … Continue reading

Dabiz Muñoz Takes Madrid

Dabiz Muñoz Takes Madrid

Spanish chef Dabiz Muñoz of Madrid‘s only three Michelin star restaurant, DiverXO, has been all over the news in recent weeks, thanks to his recent collaboration with American three-star chef Grant Achatz (of Chicago’s Alinea) during the first week of the latter’s four-week Madrid pop-up restaurant,which just wrapped up on February 6th. Muñoz also made … Continue reading

Rosés are Reds (well, not exactly)

Rosés are Reds (well, not exactly)

It’s always a treat when a much enjoyed wine region surprises you, and particularly so when the surprise comes in the form of tasty and eye-opening red wines that can hold their own against those of the area’s famed red wine producing neighbors (think DO Ribera del Duero). This seems to be the case with … Continue reading

Quince sweet quince

Quince sweet quince

Sunny and yellow, oblong and irregular, Spanish quince is a diamond in the rough, transformed from an astringent and tart fruit into a sweet fruit paste that makes an exquisite counterpoint when paired when any number of types of cheeses, or creatively formed into gastronomic delights by top-notch Spanish chefs like José Andrés and José … Continue reading

Vacuum Cooking

Vacuum Cooking

Vacuum cooking is by no means a new cooking technique, but it is one that has stood the test of time, and that is continually utilized – and at times even improved upon – by top Spanish avant garde chefs. One has to look no further than the presentations of chefs like Josean Alija at … Continue reading

Celebrating Pulses!

Celebrating Pulses!

For those of you who haven’t heard, the United Nations has declared 2016 the International Year of Pulses. Also known as grain legumes, pulses comprise a group of twelve crops including things like garbanzos, beans, peas, lentils and the like. These crops are no stranger to Spain, whose cuisine is rich in wonderful soups, stews … Continue reading

MoVida. Spanish Culinary Adventures

MoVida. Spanish Culinary Adventures

From the author who brought us Movida’s Guide to Barcelona and Movida Rústica comes Movida. Spanish Culinary Adventures, a nearly 400-page book about Spanish home-style cuisine. This Spanish-born, Australia-raised chef hasn’t forgotten the wonders of his grandmother and aunts’ kitchens in Spain and the classic flavors and recipes that they created. This book pays homage … Continue reading

Bodegas AALTO soars!

Bodegas AALTO soars!

Can you imagine what it might feel like to have you wine named the sixth best wine in the world? The sixth!!! I honestly can’t, and that’s not because I don’t actually have a wine of my own, but because it just seems like it would be such an incredible and validating achievement. In any … Continue reading

The Spanish Pantry

The Spanish Pantry

The richness of the Spanish pantry is legendary all over the world, both for its variety and quality. Fruits, vegetables, meats, fish, spices and legumes are just a few of the wonderful foods that make Spain’s gastronomy so great. This bounty is made even richer by the fact that each and every one of these … Continue reading

The Garlic Capital!

The Garlic Capital!

Where would Spanish cuisine, or almost any country’s cuisine for that matter, be without garlic? Garlic is the backbone of this nation’s gastronomy and the (bulbous) apple of its eye. Raw, pickled, roasted, boiled, fried or sauteed, Spanish garlic is just so… good! Of course Spaniards aren’t the only ones who are in on this … Continue reading