Posted in December 2016

Happy 2017!

Happy 2017!

New Year’s Eve is just around the corner and if you’ve ever spent this holiday in Spain or surrounded by Spaniards, you would know that New Year’s Eve isn’t New Year’s Eve here without the tradition of eating twelve grapes at midnight – one for each of the twelve chimes of Madrid’s Puerta del Sol … Continue reading

Great Garnacha!

Great Garnacha!

The wonderful thing about holidays is that they are are all about blending old and new traditions. The same is true for Garnacha wines; wines that bring together the very best of heritage vines, age old wine making traditions and innovative wine making techniques. Grown in several different parts of Spain, they are most significantly found in … Continue reading

Six Christmas Sweets

Six Christmas Sweets

With Christmas coming up this weekend and stores closing all over Spain on Saturday afternoon (the main celebration here takes place on the night of December 24th), people are eagerly stocking up on any number of the wonderful Christmas sweets that make this holiday so special in Spain. Yes, from marzipan to turrón and everything in between, … Continue reading

Chirimoya season!

Chirimoya season!

Ever heard of a chirimoya? How about the custard apple? If not, run, don’t walk to your nearest market and demand to try one of these incredible sub-tropical fruits! With an evocative outer appearance reminiscent of the green scales of a prehistoric creature that might have once roamed the lush Río Verde Valley in Granada … Continue reading

The Basics of Deconstruction

The Basics of Deconstruction

It’s hard to believe that it’s been more than two decades since the concept of “molecular gastronomy” hit the culinary world by storm. Since then, four and five syllable words like spherification, gelification, deconstruction, and more, have become almost commonplace in our gastronomic lexicon. However, no matter how much time has passed, for many of us, … Continue reading

The culinary buzz about Paco Morales‘s Noor Restaurant hasn’t stopped since this singular establishment opened this past March. Most recently, Noor has racked up acclaim and mentions in numerous gourmet guides. One of the most significant of these is without a doubt its newly granted star in the 2017 Michelin Guide to Spain and Portugal.   Located … Continue reading

Spanish spice stars!

Spanish spice stars!

Regardless of how many incredible agri-food products fill a country’s pantry, no gastronomy would be complete without the special signature spices that make them unique – whether they’re used to create intensely flavorful bases or to add a finishing touch. Spanish cuisine is no exception to this rule and, not only are two of its most … Continue reading

Delicious Murcia!

Delicious Murcia!

While Madrid winters don’t typically get too brutal, it’s always nice to escape for a day or two to a city with a balmy Mediterranean climate and wonderfully delicious food. Of course, there are plenty of cities like this to choose from in Spain, but for this particular weekend getaway, I have a specific one … Continue reading

Tasting the history of Rioja wines

Tasting the history of Rioja wines

For the past 140 years, family winery R. López de Heredia has been making exceptional DOCa Rioja wines in the famed wine making town of Haro. And if by some miracle you’ve never heard of R. López de Heredia, you have certainly heard of Viña Tondonia, this award-winning winery’s flagship wine. This is true not only for … Continue reading

Martín Berasategui: On top of the world

Martín Berasategui: On top of the world

With the recent awarding of the 2017 Michelin Stars for Spain and Portugal, Spanish chef Martín Berasategui has once again solidified his position as the Spanish chef that has received the most stars from this venerated guide. The most recent of course was the third Michelin star recognition for his Barcelona venture, Lasarte, which relies on … Continue reading

100% Spanish Seafood

100% Spanish Seafood

It’s December, and no Spanish holiday menu is complete without a healthy amount of wonderful Spanish seafood. Shrimp, clams, oysters, crab, lobster, barnacles, mussels and more… When it comes to the flavors of the sea and top-notch, truly excellent seafood, I’ll wager that it doesn’t get much better than the fruits of Spanish oceans and coastlines. … Continue reading

Spanish Tapas Recipes: Gambas al ajillo!

Spanish Tapas Recipes: Gambas al ajillo!

With December now underway, thoughts turn to holiday gatherings and merrymaking. And, of course, if you’re going to be entertaining over the holidays, what better way to tantalize the palates of family and friends than with Spanish tapas? Thanks to the Spanish Tapas Recipes video series on the Foods and Wines from Spain YouTube channel, … Continue reading