Tagged with extra virgin olive oil

Mapping Spanish Gastronomy

Mapping Spanish Gastronomy

As we all know, Spain is a wealth of top-quality gastronomic products, with many of these superb articles hailing from particular regions, proudly bearing the standards of these areas’ soils, ecosystems, climate, traditions, culture, history and more. Of these products, which cover a huge range of agri-food items and others, perhaps none are so well-known … 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

Sautéed green beans with Ibérico ham

Sautéed green beans with Ibérico ham

For me summer cooking is all about simplicity and letting your fresh and flavorful ingredients shine through. So when I need a break from salads, one of my favorite things to do with summer vegetables like green beans is to sauté them up with some Spanish extra virgin olive oil, garlic and Ibérico ham slivers. … Continue reading

The Spanish Pantry

The Spanish Pantry

The richness of the Spanish pantry is legendary all over the world, both for its variety and quality. Fruits, vegetables, meats, fish, spices and legumes are just a few of the wonderful foods that make Spain’s gastronomy so great. This bounty is made even richer by the fact that each and every one of these … Continue reading

Healthy Frying, Spanish Style

Healthy Frying, Spanish Style

Who doesn’t love digging into a delicious plate of fried food? Whether it’s a simple dish like french fries, or something more “exotic” like a wonderful and typical Andalusian fritura of small, fresh sardines; hot, crisp and expertly fried food is always a guilty pleasure… but does it have to be? The answer, according to … Continue reading

More Good News About Spanish Olive Oil!

More Good News About Spanish Olive Oil!

We know, we know, Spanish extra virgin olive oil is not only delicious, but also good for us! Nowadays it really doesn’t seem like people need any more convincing when it comes to the  benefits of consuming olive oil. Even so, it’s hard not to be impressed by the staggering results from the Spanish PREDIMED … Continue reading

Mapping Spanish Wine!

Mapping Spanish Wine!

Spanish wine. Two little words that are infused with countless layers of meaning. With so much variety in terms of wine styles, types of grapes, climates, wine regions, terroir, etc. it’s sometimes difficult to believe that Spanish wine is so consistently wonderful and high-quality across the board; and when I say across the board, I … Continue reading

On the road with Spanish wines

On the road with Spanish wines

In the days leading up to my holidays in the United States, I invariably find myself accumulating piles of  things that I want to take back with me as gifts for my Spanish food loving family: anchovy stuffed olives, saffron, extra virgin olive oil, pimentón and my favorite Spanish wines, among other things. It’s not … Continue reading

Celebrating Mother’s Day around the world

Celebrating Mother’s Day around the world

May is the month when many countries celebrate and pay homage to that indispensable and much beloved figure: moms! Mother’s Day in Spain is this Sunday, May 3rd, which is the same day that it’s celebrated in countries like Portugal, Hungary and Lithuania. In other countries, including Canada, Belgium, Italy, Denmark and the United States, … Continue reading

Spanish red cabbage

Spanish red cabbage

Cabbage may not be the most romantic thing in the world, but this cruciferous vegetable is delicious and extremely versatile. Of course, for a slightly more vibrant, crunchy and sweeter option, many people turn to red cabbage (also known as purple cabbage), or col lombarda. The red cabbage season is just about coming to a close … Continue reading

Preserving Spanish fish and seafood!

Preserving Spanish fish and seafood!

First time visitors to Spain can sometimes be caught off guard by the appearance of Spanish fish and seafood preserves on the shelves in specialty, gourmet food shops and on menus in quality restaurants. However, these products are a far, far cry from the run-of-the-mill canned, or tinned, fish products that one might find elsewhere. … Continue reading

The Origins of Olive Oil

The Origins of Olive Oil

Little by little we have all learned what to look for when it comes to buying and savoring Spain’s wonderful olive oils. We look for key words like “virgin”, or even better, “extra virgin“. We look for production indications like “cold-pressed” or “mechanical means only”, and at times even seek out certain varieties of olive … Continue reading