Tagged with Foods and Wines from Spain

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

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

Chirimoya season!

Chirimoya season!

Ever heard of a chirimoya? How about the custard apple? If not, run, don’t walk to your nearest market and demand to try one of these incredible sub-tropical fruits! With an evocative outer appearance reminiscent of the green scales of a prehistoric creature that might have once roamed the lush Río Verde Valley in Granada … Continue reading

The culinary buzz about Paco Morales‘s Noor Restaurant hasn’t stopped since this singular establishment opened this past March. Most recently, Noor has racked up acclaim and mentions in numerous gourmet guides. One of the most significant of these is without a doubt its newly granted star in the 2017 Michelin Guide to Spain and Portugal.   Located … Continue reading

Delicious Murcia!

Delicious Murcia!

While Madrid winters don’t typically get too brutal, it’s always nice to escape for a day or two to a city with a balmy Mediterranean climate and wonderfully delicious food. Of course, there are plenty of cities like this to choose from in Spain, but for this particular weekend getaway, I have a specific one … 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

Though the wines of Madrid might not share the same international fame as those of DOCa Rioja, DO Ribera del Duero or other Spanish wine regions, they have been slowly claiming their space in the limelight in recent years, and have comfortably come into their own. One of the most familiar images that comes to mind when thinking … 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

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