Posted in April 2016

Pilpil, 3 ways!

Pilpil, 3 ways!

So, what is pilpil you might ask, unless of course you’ve ever been to Basque Country, the home of this traditional Spanish culinary technique. To quote the Foods and Wines from Spain FAQ section: Pilpil is a traditional Basque culinary technique used in some recipes for fish, usually salt cod or hake cheeks. After desalting the … Continue reading

Chef Ricard Camarena

Chef Ricard Camarena

Spanish chef Ricard Camarena seems to be on the tip of everyone’s tongue lately. One of the reasons for this might be due to his just-revealed nomination for “Best Chef” for the prestigious annual Spanish National Gastronomy Awards (along with Eneko Atxa  of Azurmendi, Ramón Freixa of Restaurante Ramón Freixa and Ricardo Sanz of Kabuki). Another might be … Continue reading

A Market Tour of Barcelona

A Market Tour of Barcelona

With Alimentaria 2016 kicking off tomorrow in the gorgeous Spanish city of Barcelona, there’s no better time than the present to keep talking about all of the wonderful gastronomy this city has to offer. One of the best ways to get a glimpse of a city’s most popular, traditional and prestigious gastronomic products is by … Continue reading

Spanish Tapas, Step by Step

Spanish Tapas, Step by Step

Can’t think what to cook for a relaxing weekend at home with your family? Or maybe you’re having a dinner party and need to add some new dishes to your gastronomic repertoire? Or you might even be looking forward to a quiet weekend curled up with a glass of Spanish wine and a book, treating your … Continue reading

The wide world of Spanish wines

The wide world of Spanish wines

Foods and Wines from Spain home page, including a look at two Spanish wineries that seem to be at near opposite ends of the wine industry spectrum – a fact that once again confirms how diverse the world of Spanish wines truly is. Founded in 1729, Bodegas Alvear is a stalwart symbol of traditional Andalusian wine producing region DO … Continue reading

Tapas in Barcelona: Part I

Tapas in Barcelona: Part I

With Alimentaria right around the corner, people are getting their ducks in a row for spending a few days in the beautiful city of Barcelona (Catalonia). This massive Spanish and international gourmet trade fair takes place in this city every two years, with the next event scheduled for this coming April 25th through April 28th. … Continue reading

Vegetables Galore!

Vegetables Galore!

Spring is officially here and vegetables are coming out of the woodwork! One of Spain’s many excellent, vegetable producing regions is Navarre, an area known for vegetable products as diverse as asparagus, artichokes, piquillo peppers and more. At the heart of this bountiful region is Tudela, a historic city that gets its lifeblood from the … Continue reading

Enjoying Spanish Wines from DO Ribeira Sacra

Enjoying Spanish Wines from DO Ribeira Sacra

I feasted on a delicious home-cooked meal last night, accompanied by a delicious bottle of Mencía wine from Spanish wine region DO Ribeira Sacra, in Galicia. This gorgeous, lush and historic Spanish wine region is nestled between the Miño and Sil River valleys. Here, native Spanish grape varieties like the noble red varieties Mencía, Brancellao, … Continue reading

Olive Oil in Castile-León

Olive Oil in Castile-León

Spanish olive oil is famous all over the world – there’s no surprise there – but many consumers (both in Spain and abroad) associate this top product with regions like Andalusia, Extremadura, Castile-La Mancha, and even parts of Catalonia, and with good reason. But northwestern Spanish region Castile-León is also starting to make a name … Continue reading

Gourmet Fair Flavors Madrid!

Gourmet Fair Flavors Madrid!

The Salón de Gourmets is well under way in Madrid this week, capping off its four-day run tomorrow. Organized annually by Grupo Gourmets, this has been a special year for this prestigious trade fair, which is celebrating its thirtieth anniversary. Year after year this massive event entices visitors from all over the globe in search … Continue reading

Sweet Spanish Pumpkin!

Sweet Spanish Pumpkin!

Healthy, delicious and extremely versatile, pumpkin is a secret weapon in Spanish cuisine, where not only does it play starring and supporting roles in any number of savory dishes (including the recently launched Calabizo vegetarian chorizo), but also in many of Spain’s most treasured traditional sweets. Take PGI Ensaimada de Mallorca, for example, a sweet … Continue reading

Avant Garde Pumpkin!

Avant Garde Pumpkin!

Spanish pumpkin is a go-to ingredient, beloved for its flavor, texture and endless range of gastronomic applications. It seems that there are no limits when it comes to the possibilities for delicious Spanish pumpkin – and Spanish avant garde cuisine is no exception. Montse Estruch, María José San Román and Koldo Miranda are just a … Continue reading