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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

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

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 soup secrets

Spanish soup secrets

There’s nothing that takes the edge off chilly fall weather quite like delicious soup. Make it with vegetables, meat, fish, cheese, bread, cream, or just about any other ingredients, and a bowl of piping hot soup will be your best friend this season. But sometimes having so many possibilities can also make it hard to … Continue reading

2017 Michelin Stars Announced

2017 Michelin Stars Announced

It’s official! Spain now has its ninth three-Michelin star restaurant, which is none other than Martín Berasategui’s Lasarte. Located in Barcelona and run by chef de cuisine Paolo Casagrande, Lasarte brings both the taste of the Basque Country and three Michelin stars to this cosmopolitan Spanish city. This achievement was announced at Wednesday’s celebration of … Continue reading

Ramón Freixa Takes on the World

Ramón Freixa Takes on the World

  The presentation of last week’s 2016 Premios Memoriales de Gastronomía Awards saw these prestigious annual recognitions by the Real Academia de Gastronomía (Spanish Royal Academy of Gastronomy) and the Cofradía de la Buena Mesa (Brotherhood of the ‘Good Table’) go to seven people and one restaurant chain for their contributions to the world of gastronomy. … Continue reading

Devouring Santiago

Devouring Santiago

I have several international friends from different countries who chose to come to Spain this year to walk some or all of the Camino de Santiago (also known as St. James Way). The most recent one – who came here expressly for that purpose from the United States – went home not too long ago, happy with the … Continue reading

Nayab Siddiqui Wins Tapas Competition

Nayab Siddiqui Wins Tapas Competition

Congratulations are in order for Nayab Siddiqui of Singapore, who was named the winner of the eighth edition of the Valladolid International Tapas Competition this week for her tapa “Torta miniatura”, which brought together ideas from Asturias and Castile-León, and flavors from her Indian origins. Baby lamb ribs, extra virgin olive oil, red peppers from Lodosa and sweet … Continue reading

Orange you glad!

Orange you glad!

Fall is finally here and the growing pile of perfect fallen leaves on my table (I just can’t resist) are not the only bright orange objects that are accumulating in my kitchen. No, it’s finally orange season in Spain, and my fruit bowl runneth over with these wonderful Spanish citrus fruits, which are thankfully here … Continue reading

Citrus fruit in The Spanish Pantry

Citrus fruit in The Spanish Pantry

Celebrating the fact that we are at the beginning of Spanish citrus season (I have just started bringing home bags of oranges, mandarin oranges and even a few grapefruits), here’s another fantastic video from the not-to-miss The Spanish Pantry series. As you might have guessed by now, the topic this time is Spanish Citrus Fruit, … Continue reading

Fruity fall desserts

Fruity fall desserts

If by some miracle you didn’t eat your fill of delicious sweets between Halloween and All Saint’s Day, never fear! Fall is the perfect time to devour fall-inspired desserts that walk the line between the often light and fruity desserts of summer and the heartier sweets of winter. One good way to achieve this is by … Continue reading

White beans for the weekend

White beans for the weekend

In celebration of the United Nations International Year of Pulses (commonly known as beans or legumes), and the arrival of the first gray day of fall, I thought we would start the weekend off right with a simple and flavorful white bean stew. This Cantabria Stew layers creamy white beans with cabbage and potatoes and … 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