Tagged with La Rioja

Wine tasting in Haro this weekend!

Wine tasting in Haro this weekend!

If you’re in the vicinity or can get yourself to the famed Rioja town of Haro this weekend, do so! (especially if you love wine!) This Saturday, September 17th, La Cata del Barrio de la Estación, or the Haro Station Wine Experience, is returning to this picturesque town, and bringing with it the chance to … 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

Fall Colors and Flavors in Logroño

Fall Colors and Flavors in Logroño

I first visited La Rioja in the fall many years ago and I will never forget the gorgeous colors of the turning leaves, the crisp blue skies and the tantalizing smell of roasting red peppers and other delights that filled the air. These things alone would be reason enough to justify a jaunty getaway to … Continue reading

Tasting Rioja in Barrio de la Estación

Tasting Rioja in Barrio de la Estación

Whether you just happen to find yourself in Haro, La Rioja this weekend, or are somewhere else but in the mood for a road trip, make your way to this town’s Barrio de la Estación, a legendary winemaking neighborhood inhabited by seven prestigious Rioja wineries that are hosting what will certainly become a soon-to-be-legendary event … Continue reading

Chefs Hosting Chefs

Chefs Hosting Chefs

The twelve international chefs participating in the current edition of the ICEX Training Program in Spanish Gastronomy are by no means the only foreign food professionals to have taken an interest in Spanish cuisine, and in particular the mouthwatering and innovative avant garde dishes created by some of this country’s top chefs. San Francisco chef … 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

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

ICEX Tour Sets Off!

ICEX Tour Sets Off!

The twelve international participants in this year’s edition of the ICEX Training Program in Spanish Gastronomy “hit the road” today, embarking on a two week trip around Spain to get an intimate look at some of its most significant culinary players, including producers, chefs and other Spanish food industry professionals, all while visiting striking monuments, … 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

European Wine Blogging Conference in Spain!

European Wine Blogging Conference in Spain!

This is a slightly off-the-beaten-track blog entry for Foods from Spain, but it’s Friday and it’s a good time to do something different and support our fellow food and wine bloggers. This weekend, the sixth edition of the European Wine Bloggers Conference will be held in Logroño, La Rioja at the La Rioja Forum, bringing … Continue reading

Navarrico Vegetable Goodness

Navarrico Vegetable Goodness

One of the companies that the participants in the ICEX Training Program in Spanish Gastronomy will be visiting on their two-week trip around Spain is Conservas Artesanas El Navarrico. This family owned and operated company is located in San Adrián, Navarre, almost right on the border with La Rioja – two regions known for their … Continue reading

Harvest Time!

Harvest Time!

The weather in Madrid today is pure Fall, and it’s lovely. A chill in the air and a cloudy sky reminding us that summer is over and it’s time to commence with wonderful autumnal events like the grape harvest! In La Rioja, the grape harvest got off to a slow start this year, commencing about … Continue reading

Spanish Asparagus: worth its wait!

Spanish Asparagus: worth its wait!

This weekend I waited in a sixty-person line at the Dias de Mercado farmer’s market that is held once a month in the city’s Casa de Campo park. The object of my patience: a kilo of fat and dramatically long, green asparagus. But this was not just any asparagus, rather this was the famed asparagus … Continue reading

Spanish Ice Cream and the local Avant-garde

Spanish Ice Cream and the local Avant-garde

A friend of mine sent me a photo yesterday, taken from the high-speed train that connects Barcelona and Madrid. It was snowing! With May just around the corner, the weather in Spain seems unseasonably cold, rainy and sluggish about turning into summer. While the weather here usually goes from cold to very hot in a … Continue reading