Tagged with Catalonia

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

Spanish Apple Season!

Spanish Apple Season!

The onset of fall can mean only one thing: it’s Spanish apple season! Sweet, crunchy and delicious, Spain produces over a half million tons of apples a year, with favorite, top-quality varieties including the geographically protected DOP Manzana Reineta de Bierzo apples from Castile-León and the IGP Manzanas de Girona from Catalonia.   And apples aren’t only delicious eaten … Continue reading

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

Tapas in Barcelona: Part I

Tapas in Barcelona: Part I

With Alimentaria right around the corner, people are getting their ducks in a row for spending a few days in the beautiful city of Barcelona (Catalonia). This massive Spanish and international gourmet trade fair takes place in this city every two years, with the next event scheduled for this coming April 25th through April 28th. … 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

A Taste of DOCa Priorat

A Taste of DOCa Priorat

DOCa Priorat, a Spanish wine region as famous as it is elusive, as nearby as it is hard-to-reach, as elegant as it is bold, as mineral as it is herbaceous, as legendary as it is modern… This wine region, the second in Spain after Rioja to bear the DOCa guarantee (Qualified Denomination of Origin), a … Continue reading

It’s calçotada time!

It’s calçotada time!

One of the things that food-loving Spaniards have to look forward to in the long winter stretch until spring finally decides it’s here to stay are calçots, tender green onions that are collected from November to April, with the peak harvest months being January, February and March. These onion shoots are known for their mild … Continue reading

Potato PotAHHHHH!to

Potato PotAHHHHH!to

With annual international gastronomy conference Madrid Fusión going on this month in the Spanish capital it’s easy to get caught up in spherifications, gelifications, liquid nitrogen baths, deconstructions and the like. However, when it comes down to it, these and other avant garde culinary techniques would be nothing if it weren’t for the wonderful basic … Continue reading

Spanish Cava Makers, Bubbling with Tradition

Spanish Cava Makers, Bubbling with Tradition

With the holidays approaching, it’s a good time to start thinking about stocking up on Spanish Cava. Of course there are many brands and types of Cava to choose from, ranging from those made by small winemakers to internationally operating large-scale wineries. Don’t know where to start? The following three Spanish wineries will most certainly … Continue reading

Say Happy Holidays with Cava!

Say Happy Holidays with Cava!

We talk a lot about Spanish Cava on this site and on Foods and Wines from Spain. And why not? This fine sparkling wine is unrivaled in many circles and enjoys acclaim both on a national and international scale. And with reason. Cava is as top quality as it is varied in terms of styles … Continue reading

Discovering Monastrell

Discovering Monastrell

Ahhh Monastrell. Known in other parts of the world by the names Mourvèdre and Mataró (after the coastal town in Catalonia from which it was shipped to other parts of the world), Monastrell is one of my favorite Spanish grapes – one of many. This red grape is synonymous with wine making traditions and gastronomic … Continue reading

Spanish Ice Cream Goes International

Spanish Ice Cream Goes International

The way this summer’s going, if you say ice cream, I say where? We’ve talked a lot here about the growing trend of avant-garde ice cream shops in Spain, such as Della Serra/Obrador Grate  in La Rioja and top chef Jordi Roca’s (of El Celler de Can Roca) Rocambolesc in Girona, in addition to the … Continue reading

We all scream for…Della Sera!

We all scream for…Della Sera!

I’m just going to start by stating the obvious. It’s summer. Finally. Whew. And there is perhaps nothing better in the summertime (other than perhaps a dip in the ocean) than sinking your teeth into a delicious ice cream cone, cup or dessert. World famous for its gastronomy, it’s no surprise that Spain’s avant-garde culinary … Continue reading

An apple a day!

An apple a day!

Green, red, yellow or pink… no matter the color or variety, apples are some of my very favorite things to eat in the winter. Starting in late summer and spanning through the first months of the New Year, apple season fills pantries with crunchy, sweet, tart and delicious options for both sweet and savory recipes … Continue reading

Happy (almost) Thanksgiving!

Happy (almost) Thanksgiving!

It’s Thanksgiving tomorrow in the USA, which is hands down my favorite holiday. One of the things that I love the most about this day is the fact that everyone takes the typical Thanksgiving menu of turkey, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and some other vegetable, and adapts it to their own regional or … Continue reading