Posted in September 2016

San Sebastian Gastronomika Begins

San Sebastian Gastronomika Begins

The countdown is ON for the latest edition of San Sebastian Gastronomika, the prestigious international culinary conference that takes place in this gorgeous coastal city in Basque Country every year.   This year’s edition of the conference promises to be just as exciting as ever, with an added dose of international flare thanks to the participation … Continue reading

Pears in Spanish Red Wine

Pears in Spanish Red Wine

You may not know this, but Spain is the fourth largest producer of pears. What’s more, these products are known for their extreme quality, and several varieties have Protected Denomination of Origin Status (Peras de Rincón de Soto PDO, Peras de Jumilla PDO and Peras de Lleida PDO).   As we are still in the heart of pear … Continue reading

Mat Schuster Fuses Spain and California

Mat Schuster Fuses Spain and California

It’s not too late to sign up for this evening’s master class on Californian and Spanish Fusion Cuisine taught by chef Mat Schuster. Schuster, who you might remember from last year’s interview on Foods and Wines from Spain: A Chef from the USA Hooked on La Rioja, is the culinary force behind San Francisco restaurant Canela Bistro … Continue reading

The Spanish Pantry: Table Grapes

The Spanish Pantry: Table Grapes

It’s table grape season in Spain once again and if you haven’t already heard, it bears repeating: Spain is the fourth largest producer of grapes in the world. Among these, of course, are the grapes used to make famed Spanish wines, but Spain is also a huge producer of different and delicious varieties of table … Continue reading

Tasting anchovies in Cantabria

Tasting anchovies in Cantabria

If last week we tapa hopped our way through the Cantabrian captital of Santander, this week I thought we could take advantage of the lingering good weather on the northern Spanish coast to follow the call of the fantastically delicious anchovies that hail from the waters off the coast of Cantabria.   This article, The Coast of … Continue reading

Baked Canary Islands Bananas

Baked Canary Islands Bananas

I bought way too many Spanish bananas last week and so I ended up spending the weekend making banana smoothies, banana pancakes, banana bread and otherwise eating this fantastic produce from the Canary Islands. I also decided to branch out from my usual (and delicious, I might add) list of things to do with bananas and … Continue reading

Wine tasting in Haro this weekend!

Wine tasting in Haro this weekend!

If you’re in the vicinity or can get yourself to the famed Rioja town of Haro this weekend, do so! (especially if you love wine!) This Saturday, September 17th, La Cata del Barrio de la Estación, or the Haro Station Wine Experience, is returning to this picturesque town, and bringing with it the chance to … Continue reading

Nibbling in Santander

Nibbling in Santander

What do you know about Cantabria? UNESCO protected, world-famous cave paintings (at Altamira and others), gorgeous beaches, delicious sardines, excellent dairy products… the list goes on and on for this tiny and stunningly beautiful Autonomous Community on Spain’s northern coast, where it embraces the Bay of Biscay. I’ve had the good fortune of visiting Cantabria’s capital city … Continue reading

The Joys of Chacolí!

The Joys of Chacolí!

I just booked train tickets for San Sebastian, the 2016 European Capital of Culture and also one of my favorite places to visit when I’m in the mood for incredible pintxos in a beautiful city by the sea. Of course eating the incredible tapas that this Basque city is famous for is made all the more enjoyable when accompanied by a … Continue reading

Delving into gastronomic history

Delving into gastronomic history

With such a complete website bursting with information about Spanish gastronomy, it is easy to get lost in any number of the wonderfully informative sections on Foods and Wines from Spain. In any case, every once in a while I think it’s a good idea to highlight some of the great sections that are available … Continue reading

Ibérico pork cuts get interactive!

Ibérico pork cuts get interactive!

Where would Spanish gastronomy be without Ibérico pork? I shudder at the thought! Whether it’s Spanish Ibérico ham or other cured meats like Ibérico chorizo and Ibérico salchichón, or delicious fresh cuts of Ibérico pork meat (think secreto, presa and solomillo for a start), Spanish Ibérico pork is one of the absolute treasures of Spanish gastronomy and a … Continue reading

Flavors of Ceuta and Melilla

Flavors of Ceuta and Melilla

I met someone from the Spanish autonomous city of Ceuta this weekend – one of two Spanish autonomous cities (along with Melilla) that are located on the north coast of Africa – and I realized that in my nearly twenty years in Spain, she was the first person I had ever met from there. Of … Continue reading

Hurrah for Spanish wine grapes!

Hurrah for Spanish wine grapes!

With harvest time for Spanish wine grapes upon us, there is perhaps no better time to reflect on the incredible variety and diversity of Spanish wine grapes. With such varying soils, landscapes and climates, Spain has an amazing bounty of native, noble grape varieties, while many non-native varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot … Continue reading