Posted in July 2016

Gastronomic Gold in Madrid

Gastronomic Gold in Madrid

It’s no secret that you can get excellent extra virgin olive oil in just about any corner of Spain. Although the plentifully flowing, quality olive oils of Andalusia are definitely some of the world’s most well-known, a number of other Spanish regions also produce excellent olive oils, including Castile-León, La Rioja and Catalonia, among others. Of … Continue reading

Watermelon relief!

Watermelon relief!

There’s a fruit stand that sets up every summer at the end of my street in Madrid selling only Spanish watermelons. It’s truly a sight to see. Every morning when I walk past, the basketball-sized watermelons are piled high on either side of the fruit vendor — seeded on one side and seedless on the other … Continue reading

Spanish vinegar variety

Spanish vinegar variety

With salad season firmly upon us, the question often comes down to: to dress, or not to dress? Do you dress your salads before serving them, or leave dressing options on the table for individuals to dress their own? Do you like creamy or complex dressings, or are you the oil and vinegar type? If … Continue reading

Flavors of Murcia!

Flavors of Murcia!

The best artichoke I’ve ever eaten in my life was at the restaurant La Taberna Pequeña in Murcia. I couldn’t tell you exactly what they did to make this whole, fresh artichoke so delicious, but I do know that when I tried to order another one, they told me that the limit was one per customer, per … Continue reading

Pimentón is interactive!

Pimentón is interactive!

Spanish pimentón is a key ingredient in a huge range of traditional dishes; from soups and stews to rice dishes, a huge range of cured sausages like morcilla and chorizo, and different recipes for olives and preserved vegetables, meat, fish and seafood, in addition to a wide variety of other products. Made from ground Capiscum annum red peppers that originally … Continue reading

Spanish rosado wines. Trust me.

Spanish rosado wines. Trust me.

All I seem to be able to think about these days are rosado wines. Well, I mean that isn’t entirely true, I do think about the occasional other thing, but when the sun stays hot and the day winds down, my first thought turns to putting my feet up and pouring myself a deliciously cool glass of Spanish rosado … Continue reading

The Spanish Pantry: Piquillo Peppers

The Spanish Pantry: Piquillo Peppers

Ever wonder where those delicious, slightly sweet and roasted Spanish Piquillo Peppers come from? These exquisite products are 100% Made in Spain and they are the result of careful agricultural practices and the delicate care that is taken in preparing these singular gastronomic treasures – much of which is done by hand. Is your mouth watering by now or … Continue reading

Strawberry recipes for every taste

Strawberry recipes for every taste

Wimbledon has officially come to a close, and on the off chance that there are any leftovers from the approximately 30,000 kilos of strawberries (66,000 pounds) that are consumed during this annual sporting event, here are a couple of our favorite, easy and fantastic recipes that bring out the best of sweet and savory flavors in … Continue reading

Happy San Fermín!

Happy San Fermín!

It’s San Fermín again, the annual festival that descends on the northern Spanish city of Pamplona (Navarre) every July, bringing with it local traditions, folkloric customs, fantastic regional gastronomy and a little event called the running of the bulls, all in honor of the region’s patron saint. In addition to attracting people to the city in … Continue reading

Sautéed green beans with Ibérico ham

Sautéed green beans with Ibérico ham

For me summer cooking is all about simplicity and letting your fresh and flavorful ingredients shine through. So when I need a break from salads, one of my favorite things to do with summer vegetables like green beans is to sauté them up with some Spanish extra virgin olive oil, garlic and Ibérico ham slivers. … Continue reading

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July!

It’s that time of year again, when estadounidenses from all over the globe break out their mini American flags and give thanks for one of the few things that everyone from a country as diverse as the United States seems to have in common: BARBECUE! Yes, it’s July 4th today, which can only mean one thing, … Continue reading

Hot summer, cold soup!

Hot summer, cold soup!

It’s no secret that Spaniards love their soup. It doesn’t matter which region you travel to, each has its own spoon-fed culinary traditions to nurture body and soul. Of course this fact doesn’t change when the weather turns hot either. In a country as hot and arid as Spain can get in the summertime, cold … Continue reading