Tagged with Navarre

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

The Spanish Pantry: Idiazabal Cheese

The Spanish Pantry: Idiazabal Cheese

Next up on our list of fantastic video’s from “The Spanish Pantry” series on the Foods and Wines from Spain YouTube channel is this wonderful video on PDO Idiazabal Cheese, a raw, sheep’s milk cheese made in certain areas of the Basque Country and Navarre, and a favorite with Spanish chefs and Spanish and international … Continue reading

Spanish rosado wines. Trust me.

Spanish rosado wines. Trust me.

All I seem to be able to think about these days are rosado wines. Well, I mean that isn’t entirely true, I do think about the occasional other thing, but when the sun stays hot and the day winds down, my first thought turns to putting my feet up and pouring myself a deliciously cool glass of Spanish rosado … Continue reading

Happy San Fermín!

Happy San Fermín!

It’s San Fermín again, the annual festival that descends on the northern Spanish city of Pamplona (Navarre) every July, bringing with it local traditions, folkloric customs, fantastic regional gastronomy and a little event called the running of the bulls, all in honor of the region’s patron saint. In addition to attracting people to the city in … Continue reading

Vegetables Galore!

Vegetables Galore!

Spring is officially here and vegetables are coming out of the woodwork! One of Spain’s many excellent, vegetable producing regions is Navarre, an area known for vegetable products as diverse as asparagus, artichokes, piquillo peppers and more. At the heart of this bountiful region is Tudela, a historic city that gets its lifeblood from the … Continue reading

Wonderful Pacharán!

Wonderful Pacharán!

I have never been much into sweets, nor into the flavor of anise, but living in Spain has sparked my love affair with Pacharán. This wonderful, maroon-hued Spanish liqueur is made with endrinas, or sloe berries, soaked in anisette. Characteristic of Navarre, it is usually served chilled, or on the rocks as a digestif liqueur, … Continue reading

We “Heart” Summer Salads!

We “Heart” Summer Salads!

There is no end to the list of possibilities when it comes to cooking with delicious Spanish lettuce. But while some greens are delicious when served warm or even hot (just recently I was treated to a delicious tapa of braised endives at a Madrid restaurant), during the summer months the most appealing recipes are … 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

Preserving Historic Madrid through Gastronomy

Preserving Historic Madrid through Gastronomy

Anyone who has ever taken a stroll through the central Madrid neighborhood of Malasaña has seen the beautiful Spanish tiles decorating the exterior of the nineteenth-century “Juanse” Pharmacy. Today, this historic pharmacy has a new set of wares, equally designed to bring people health and well-being, but this time through quality gastronomic goods instead of … 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

Navarre’s Ample Pantry

Navarre’s Ample Pantry

The San Fermín festival in Pamplona (Navarre) is still going strong, spilling onto this city’s historic streets at all hours of the day and night. And while there’s no doubt in anyone’s mind that this is probably the event that this northern Spanish region is most famous for on an international level, Navarre has much … Continue reading

Tasting San Fermín!

Tasting San Fermín!

People around the world associate annual San Fermín festival in Pamplona (Navarre) with the running of the bulls, but Sanfermines (as it’s known to locals) also involves a range of local traditions and folkloric customs that are carried out year after year in honor of this region’s patron saint. Going on right now (from July … Continue reading

Celebrating Navarre’s Asparagus and Wine

Celebrating Navarre’s Asparagus and Wine

Asparagus can sometimes present a wine pairing challenge, though it’s nothing like the dilemma presented by its good friend the artichoke. Fortunately, if there’s one thing that I learned from my esteemed professors while attending the excellent sommelier program at Madrid’s Chamber of Commerce some years ago, it was that, when in doubt, look to … 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

A 4,300 Euro Cheese!

A 4,300 Euro Cheese!

Spain is known for its gastronomic tradition of producing a wonderfully varied selection of artisanal cheeses. One such cheese is D.O. Queso Idiazabal, which is produced on either sides of the Sierra de Aralar Mountains in Navarre and Basque Country (Guipuzcoa). Ever since I first tasted this sheep’s milk cheese, made with milk from the … Continue reading