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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

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

Chorizo recipes for the here and now

Chorizo recipes for the here and now

I’m the first person to start dreaming of soups and stews as soon as the weather gets slightly chilly. In fact, by this time of year, I’m already starting to stock up on a variety of ingredients that go great in just about any stew: Spanish beans, a chunk of smoky bacon, some leafy green kale, a couple … 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

Watermelon relief!

Watermelon relief!

There’s a fruit stand that sets up every summer at the end of my street in Madrid selling only Spanish watermelons. It’s truly a sight to see. Every morning when I walk past, the basketball-sized watermelons are piled high on either side of the fruit vendor — seeded on one side and seedless on the other … Continue reading

DO Vinos de Madrid

DO Vinos de Madrid

With the official festivities in honor of Madrid‘s patron saint San Isidro wrapping up this past  Monday (the actual Saint’s Day was on May 15th), I thought “What better way to bid adios to this annual celebration than with a glass or two of any of the number of fantastic wines from Denomination of Origin Madrid?”. … Continue reading

Hearty food for cool San Isidro

Hearty food for cool San Isidro

The San Isidro festivities are upon us once again, with the official date to celebrate Madrid‘s patron saint falling on this Sunday, May 15th. As this year’s San Isidro celebration gets underway, it seems that this patron saint might be smiling down on those who like to mark this very madrileño event by enjoying a taste of some of … Continue reading

Gourmet Fair Flavors Madrid!

Gourmet Fair Flavors Madrid!

The Salón de Gourmets is well under way in Madrid this week, capping off its four-day run tomorrow. Organized annually by Grupo Gourmets, this has been a special year for this prestigious trade fair, which is celebrating its thirtieth anniversary. Year after year this massive event entices visitors from all over the globe in search … Continue reading

Bacchus and “Gastro Bacchus”

Bacchus and “Gastro Bacchus”

The 2016 edition of the Concurso Internacional de Vinos Bacchus (Bacchus International Wine Competition) gets underway today in the Spanish capital. The competition, which will go all weekend until March 21st, is significant in that it brings together a star panel of more than 100 international wine experts – including ten Masters of Wine – … Continue reading

Dabiz Muñoz Takes Madrid

Dabiz Muñoz Takes Madrid

Spanish chef Dabiz Muñoz of Madrid‘s only three Michelin star restaurant, DiverXO, has been all over the news in recent weeks, thanks to his recent collaboration with American three-star chef Grant Achatz (of Chicago’s Alinea) during the first week of the latter’s four-week Madrid pop-up restaurant,which just wrapped up on February 6th. Muñoz also made … Continue reading

Gastrofestival 2016!

Gastrofestival 2016!

The latest edition of Gastrofestival Madrid kicks off this weekend, inundating the Spanish capital with a fantastic array of events that combine excellent gastronomy with other cultural genres like music, fashion, art, film, literature and more. This annual festival is in its seventh year, and will last from Saturday, January 23rd, through February 7th, 2016. … Continue reading

Shades of Modern Tapas in Madrid

Shades of Modern Tapas in Madrid

The weather is absolutely gorgeous in Madrid right now, including lots of sunshine, balmy afternoon temperatures and stunning autumn colors. It is the perfect moment to spend as much time in and around any of this city’s many beautiful parks, whether just enjoying the fresh air, exercising, going for a stroll or… eating tapas! Yes, … Continue reading

Traveling Persimmons!

Traveling Persimmons!

Last month Madrid once again hosted international produce fair, Fruit Attraction, an annual event that brings Spanish producers and vendors in touch with buyers from all over the world. This year, “Kaki Attraction, the International Persimmon Symposium” was held within the framework of this fair, as a coming together of representatives from the thriving Spanish … Continue reading

Happy Birthday Los Galayos!

Happy Birthday Los Galayos!

If you’ve ever taken a stroll through Madrid‘s gorgeous Plaza Mayor, than surely will have seen Los Galayos, an iconic restaurant that has been pleasing diners’ palates for the past 121 years with a selection of classic dishes infused with and inspired by the history and traditions of this city. During the month of November, … Continue reading

Cocido is coming!

Cocido is coming!

I just enjoyed my first cocido madrileño of the season, the beginning of what I hope will be a hearty and wonderful fall and winter in the company of many a delicious Spanish stew. Savory broth, flavorful garbanzos, tender beef and vegetables, smokey meat and other traditional ingredients found in cocido… all wonderful harbingers of … Continue reading