Tagged with Andalusia

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

Treasured Jabugo!

Treasured Jabugo!

I can barely mention Spanish Jabugo ham without my mouth starting to water. This jewel of a product is treasured both in Spain and abroad for its complex and intense flavor with nutty and sweet nuances, in addition to its melt-in-your-mouth texture and characteristic aromas. Now, this Ibérico ham from Protected Denomination of Origin Jamón … Continue reading

Southern Charm in Cádiz

Southern Charm in Cádiz

Every summer I try to make it down to the gorgeous Andalusian city of Cadíz at least once for a long weekend of beautiful beaches, lovely people, stunning sights and delicious tapas. Of course by now I have my regular bars and restaurants that I visit every year – excited to order the long list of my … Continue reading

DO Montilla-Moriles

DO Montilla-Moriles

Deep in the heart of Córdoba (Andalusia), the wine making region of DO Montilla-Moriles is launching its traditional and much-lauded Pedro Ximénez wines into the future, adapting new elaboration methods (think organic), wine styles and making the most of its already strong exports to countries like the Netherlands, England, Germany, France and the Czech Republic (within … Continue reading

Crisp Spanish Cucumbers

Crisp Spanish Cucumbers

Unsung heroes in a wide variety of dishes, Spanish cucumbers (pepinos) are wonderfully flavorful, crisp and refreshing. Also, thanks to the mild climate in Andalusia (where the vast majority of Spanish cucumbers are cultivated) and innovative growing techniques, cucumbers are available nearly year-round in Spain, resulting in an annual cucumber harvest of around 740 thousand tons, or more than 25% of all European … Continue reading

Olive Oil in Castile-León

Olive Oil in Castile-León

Spanish olive oil is famous all over the world – there’s no surprise there – but many consumers (both in Spain and abroad) associate this top product with regions like Andalusia, Extremadura, Castile-La Mancha, and even parts of Catalonia, and with good reason. But northwestern Spanish region Castile-León is also starting to make a name … Continue reading

Yes to Spanish Persimmons!

Yes to Spanish Persimmons!

I don’t think that I had ever eaten a persimmon until I came to Spain nearly two decades ago, but I can guarantee that I’ve been eating them ever since. What’s more, I can’t seem to decide which version I like better, the soft persimmons that you can eat with a spoon directly out of … Continue reading

Bodegas Robles’ Organic Inspiration

Bodegas Robles’ Organic Inspiration

Pedro Ximénez. Two proper nouns that have soothed, warmed, comforted and brought joy to bodies, minds and souls for centuries. This white Spanish grape is one of the main varieties in Andalusian DOs Jerez-Xérès-Sherry y Manzanilla-Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Malaga, Sierra de Málaga and Montilla Moriles. The grapes are dried in the sun and turned into … Continue reading

Copa de Jerez 2015

Copa de Jerez 2015

The Andalusia town of Jerez de la Frontera is gearing up to host the sixth edition of the Copa de Jerez which will take place tomorrow in this picturesque town that is, among other things, famous around the world for being at the heart of Spanish Sherry country. This Copa de Jerez attracts hundreds of … Continue reading

Spanish Pilgrimage in the USA

Spanish Pilgrimage in the USA

The Virgen del Rocío is the object of much devotion in the Spanish province of Huelva (Andalusia), particularly when it comes time for the annual springtime romería or pilgrimage to her home, the Sanctuary of the Virgen del Rocío in the village of El Rocío, in which masses of pilgrims participate every year. Surprisingly, this … Continue reading

Driving through Olive Groves

Driving through Olive Groves

The recent celebration of prestigious world olive oil event EXPOLIVA last week in Jaén, has once again turned the spotlight onto this olive producing region in Andalusia, which is responsible for around half of all Spanish olive oil production. But though more than 80% of Jaén’s agriculture is dedicated to the olive industry, a fact … Continue reading

EXPOLIVA Returns to Jaen!

EXPOLIVA Returns to Jaen!

It’s called EXPOLIVA, but it could just as well be called the LIOOCW, or the Largest International Olive Oil Congress in the World! Either way, this hugely important international conference is going on right now in the city of Jaén, Andalusia, bringing together more than 340 companies from the world olive oil industry – an … Continue reading

Get the Latest in Gastronomy Events

Get the Latest in Gastronomy Events

‘Tis the season of gastronomy fairs, conferences, forums, competitions and the like, and there is perhaps no better way to keep abreast of what’s going on in terms of culinary and gastronomic events both in Spain, and abroad than through the handy Food Calendar  on Foods and Wines from Spain. With up-to-date information on food … Continue reading

Treasures of the Sea

Treasures of the Sea

I’m a huge fan of seaweed – the edible kind – not just for its incredible health benefits (think vitamins A, C and the B’s, as well as minerals, calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorous and potassium), but also because I like its varying textures and clean marine flavors.  However, when one thinks of eating seaweed, their … Continue reading

Heading South to Sherryville

Heading South to Sherryville

With the cold and bleak days of January finally upon us, it’s not surprising that people’s thoughts often turn to traveling south this time of year, if only to enjoy a few days of sunshine. And when you combine this temptation with the idea of eating delicious tapas and imbibing nutty and warming glasses of … Continue reading