Tagged with Spain

Ferran Adrià Receiving Japan’s Highest Honor

Ferran Adrià Receiving Japan’s Highest Honor

I admit that I find this news so very cool, that I just can’t resist sharing it here. Spanish chef Ferran Adrià has been selected to receive the Order of the Rising Sun, Japan’s most prestigious recognition, in acknowledgement of the strong ties that he has created between Japanese and Spanish gastronomy and for improving … Continue reading

Frank Camorra’s MoVida Rustica

Frank Camorra’s MoVida Rustica

Although chef and restaurateur Frank Camorra left his native Spain for Australia when he was just a child, he has spent much of his adult life bringing the flavors of his birthplace to the people of Australia (in large part through his ever-growing MoVida restaurant chain, which has outposts in Melbourne and Sydney). However, this … Continue reading

Tapas in Vitoria

Tapas in Vitoria

One of the things that I never get tired of in Spain is this country’s huge diversity. Whether you’re talking about scenery, landscape, culture, traditions, climate or – of course – gastronomy, Spain seems to have it all. This means that even after nearly two decades in this country, I am still in a constant … Continue reading

Tapa ideas for the World Cup

Tapa ideas for the World Cup

Despite getting off to a disappointing start, fans of “La Roja” are hoping that it will be ‘onwards and upwards’ from this point forward for the Spanish national team at the World Cup. With the Spanish team’s next game coming up this Wednesday – against Chile – it’s not too late to start making plans … Continue reading

Spain, Recipes and Traditions

Spain, Recipes and Traditions

I have always been a huge fan of Chronicle Books. In fact, I used to dream about either working for or writing for this San Francisco based independent book publisher. But for now, I can only live vicariously through the words and recipes of veteran cookbook writer Jeff Koehler, author of Chronicle’s 2013 tome Spain. … Continue reading

A World of Cherry Blossoms!

A World of Cherry Blossoms!

The peak of the cherry blossom season is currently underway in the Japanese cities of Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka, with visitors flocking to the areas that are known for their cherry trees to observe the wondrous beauty of this event. Here in Spain, the Valley of Jerte in Extremadura is also covered with a layer … Continue reading

In Love with Spanish Strawberries!

In Love with Spanish Strawberries!

Well, it’s February and with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, many people would agree that the strawberry is probably the fruit that most screams romance. Whether served in a dessert, a savory dish, or eaten on their own, Spanish strawberries are here for the duration. In fact, I started noticing this delicious fruit at … Continue reading

Savoring strawberries

Savoring strawberries

Spanish strawberries are extremely versatile and can be enjoyed on their own or in any number of tasty recipes – both savory and sweet. Also, did you know that Spanish strawberries have very few calories and very little fat, no cholesterol and are an excellent source of vitamin C, Folic acid and fiber? Here are … Continue reading

Sweet Sweet Holidays in Madrid

Sweet Sweet Holidays in Madrid

With the holidays just around the corner and the holiday cheer literally on our doorstep in Madrid, the streets of the Spanish capital are getting more and more crowded with shoppers, tourists and locals every day, all of them out for stroll to take in the holiday decorations and lights, enjoy some tapas or a … Continue reading

New Repsol Suns!

New Repsol Suns!

The newest edition of the Guía Repsol, or Repsol Guide, was presented in Madrid this week. The most prestigious travel and gastronomy guide in Spain, the presentation of the 2014 Guía Repsol was a gala affair and cause to celebrate on many levels. Firstly, eight Spanish restaurants and their respective chefs received the coveted three … Continue reading

Hungry for History!

Hungry for History!

For those of you who haven’t seen the Foods from Spain home page in a couple of days, you’ll be surprised by the new Food History section that was unveiled last week. With hundreds of years of culinary tradition, this new section is a must-read encyclopedia of Spanish culinary history and product information. It features … Continue reading

Spain Goes Kosher!

Spain Goes Kosher!

Thanksgiving and the first full day of Hanukkah converged for the first time in over 100 years last week, for a dual celebration that the American media didn’t hesitate to nickname: Thanksgivukkah – much to the chagrin of some and the delight of others. In any case, as it won’t happen again for some 70,000 … Continue reading

Turrón Temptations!

Turrón Temptations!

Happy December! The holiday season is upon us, and whether you’re celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, (my) birthday, New Year’s or any number of other festive occasions, it’s definitely a time for getting together with friends and family for meals, snacks, coffees or general holiday cheer. In Spain, there are few things that mark the onset of … Continue reading

Happy (almost) Thanksgiving!

Happy (almost) Thanksgiving!

It’s Thanksgiving tomorrow in the USA, which is hands down my favorite holiday. One of the things that I love the most about this day is the fact that everyone takes the typical Thanksgiving menu of turkey, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and some other vegetable, and adapts it to their own regional or … Continue reading