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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

Enjoying Spanish Wines from DO Ribeira Sacra

Enjoying Spanish Wines from DO Ribeira Sacra

I feasted on a delicious home-cooked meal last night, accompanied by a delicious bottle of Mencía wine from Spanish wine region DO Ribeira Sacra, in Galicia. This gorgeous, lush and historic Spanish wine region is nestled between the Miño and Sil River valleys. Here, native Spanish grape varieties like the noble red varieties Mencía, Brancellao, … Continue reading

Albariños Around the World

Albariños Around the World

The fourth edition of the Albariños Around the World competition is taking place in Stockholm, Sweden today, so there may truly be no time like the present to pour yourself a glass of Spanish white wine made from this wonderfully aromatic Spanish grape. Organized by the Spanish Wine Tasters Union, this event (which changes international … Continue reading

Can-do tapas!

Can-do tapas!

One of the things that we tend to mention a lot on this site is how foreigners traveling to Spain or visiting gourmet shops selling Spanish products abroad are often surprised by the presence of canned fish and seafood products (in addition to vegetables, meats and other items) on menus and shelves. What they find … Continue reading

Pulpo a la Gallega!

Pulpo a la Gallega!

I had almost forgotten how much I love Spanish octopus, until I had the chance to dive into a plate of Pulpo a la Gallega (Galician-style octopus) this weekend… Almost, I said, almost. It would be impossible to completely forget the wonderful flavors and textures of this classic dish from the coastal Spanish region of … Continue reading

ICEX Training Program Begins in Valladolid

ICEX Training Program Begins in Valladolid

The twelve international chefs participating in this year’s edition of the ICEX Training Program in Spanish Gastronomy arrived in Spain this week, ready and eager to start this prestigious six-month  culinary program. The chef’s first home in Spain is Valladolid (Castile-Leon), where they will spend a total of six weeks taking classes and attending seminars … 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

Seduced by Spanish leeks

Seduced by Spanish leeks

I was at my local market today where I was seduced by the incredible looking Spanish leeks that were gracing the stand of my vegetable vendor. Grown typically in Navarre, Basque Country and La Rioja, these delicious vegetables are as versatile as they are tasty. Leeks can be eaten both raw and cooked, or used … 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

Everything but the Squeal

Everything but the Squeal

I just got back from a long weekend in Galicia, which was far too brief an amount of time to spend in this enticing region. At the same time, however, it was just enough time to remember how much I love this northwestern corner of Spain, its food, its wines, its landscapes, and its beaches, … Continue reading

Autumn Flavors

Autumn Flavors

It’s finally gotten cold in Madrid: crisp air and pale blue winter skies and the first glimpses of holiday decorations going up around the city. The onset of this weather and season always brings to mind hearty dishes and deep earthy flavors, perhaps none so autumnal as the flavors and aromas of Spain’s huge variety … Continue reading

O Grove Seafood Festival

O Grove Seafood Festival

This coming weekend marks the last opportunity to get up to the coastal hamlet of O Grove in Pontevedra (Galicia) for this area’s annual seafood festival. This year is a particularly important one for this classic “Festa do Marisco” (Seafood Festival), which is being held from October 4th – 13th. The reason for this is … Continue reading

Galician Feasting for Saint James

Galician Feasting for Saint James

Parts of northern Spain, and particularly Galicia, will be marking the Feast of Saint James the Apostle, or Santiago Apóstol, tomorrow, July 25th. In honor of this holiday, which celebrates this Saint whom many believe to be buried in the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, there are a number of wonderful routes that one can … Continue reading

Video: Seaweed for Gastronomy

Video: Seaweed for Gastronomy

In 1998, husband and wife team Antonio Muiños and Rosa Mirás founded Spanish food company Porto Muiños, with the innovative goal of selling one of the natural bounties of their native Galicia: seaweed. After a slow start, during which the pair realized that the key to selling these quality, natural products was taking the time … Continue reading