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

The Spanish Pantry: Turrón

The Spanish Pantry: Turrón

As we inch our way into the holiday season, thoughts start turning to typical Spanish sweets like turrón, the harbinger of the holidays. This much-beloved holiday fare is rapidly filling grocery store shelves, people’s pantries and gift baskets of all kinds in preparation for the December holidays. But what are the secrets to this divine sweet … Continue reading

Gildas, two ways

Gildas, two ways

If you’ve been in San Sebastián for the International Cheese Festival these past couple of days, then you most certainly will have spent some of your time in this incredible city sampling its excellent selection of pintxos.  And, if this is the case, then you will definitely have tried your fair share of Gildas, a classic Basque pintxo that is … Continue reading

International Cheese Festival Begins!

International Cheese Festival Begins!

If you are in or around the gorgeous Spanish city of San Sebastián this week – the current European Capital of Culture – make sure to stop by the iconic Kursaal convention center for a taste of some of the best artisanal cheeses the world has to offer. From November 16th-18th, this will be the … 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

The hidden treasure of Arribes wines!

The hidden treasure of Arribes wines!

It would be hard to find a Spanish wine lover (or Portuguese wine lover, for that matter) who has never heard of the mighty Duero River and the wines she helps produce. After all, Denomination of Origin Ribera del Duero is synonymous with excellent wine among wine drinkers all over the world, as is Portuguese … 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

Happy (Sweet) Halloween!

Happy (Sweet) Halloween!

    Happy Halloween! It’s time once again for that annual holiday that makes dentist’s cringe and kids run around like excited, sugar-crazed animals. But while Halloween might fill children with joy at the thought of consuming piles of candy, parents and others might just spend Halloween night dreaming of the fantastic, often artisanally-made sweets that … Continue reading

Wines from the Mediterranean

Wines from the Mediterranean

Though we may be well into fall on the Spanish peninsula, there is always the chance to grasp a last little bit of summer with a visit to Spain’s Balearic Islands. Whether it’s Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza or Formentera, the balmy winds and gorgeous skies of these Mediterranean islands have just what you need for a little … Continue reading

The Purple Garlic Capital

The Purple Garlic Capital

You would be hard-pressed to consume an entire meal in Spain without finding at least one dish on the menu that has been prepared with that oh-so-indispensable Spanish ingredient: garlic. Yes, Spanish garlic is a fundamental building block of Spanish gastronomy, and it also plays a key role in this country’s agri-food industry, which exports … Continue reading

New York Eats Spain Up!

New York Eats Spain Up!

If you happen to find yourself in New York City this week  you should be sure to stop by for any of the fantastic events organized as part of the 2016 Eat Spain Up! program. Spanish gastronomy, as we all know by now, is enjoying a heyday, and Spanish chefs, ingredients, regions, and even design, all play … Continue reading