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Permalink to The Best Cheese Shop in Madrid

Few people would hesitate to include Spain among Europe’s top cheese producing nations.  The country is blessed with extreme geographical diversity – many don’t know that it’s Europe’s second highest country after Switzerland – which in turn makes for an …

Last update: March 2, 2016

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Permalink to Homemade Spanish Croquettes

It’s a bold statement when a nation feels so strongly about a food, that they establish an international day to celebrate it.  You think I’m joking, but Spain has established January 16th as International Croquette Day. However, an internet search …

Last update: February 22, 2016

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Permalink to Faustino I Rioja Gran Reserva

Rioja is undoubtedly Spain’s most famous wine region, often presented as the “typical Spanish wine” to first time visitors.  Native to and synonymous with the region is the star grape of Spanish wine, Tempranillo (tem-pra-KNEE-yo). Perhaps no other Spanish wine …

Last update: February 15, 2016

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Permalink to Motteau Artisan Pastries

On a quiet back street in central Madrid, just a five-minute walk from the famous Prado Museum, lies Motteau, one of the city’s newest and most heavenly artisan pastry shops. Motteau is not just another pretty face in Madrid’s hip …

Last update: February 7, 2016

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Permalink to Casa Gonzalez Wine Bar

Being that Spain is the world’s #1 wine producer, it’s surprising that Madrid doesn’t have more wine bars like Casa Gonzalez, quite simply my favorite in the city.  Not only does Casa Gonzalez offer over 40 wines by the glass …

Last update: January 18, 2015

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Permalink to Pazo Baión Albariño

As Spain’s most well-known native white grape, Albariño (AL-BA-REEN-YO) rings a bell to most white wine drinkers, even if its appellation D.O. Rías Baixas, does not. The fragrant, crisp, dry white wine produced by this classic variety has become increasingly …

Last update: August 2, 2014

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Permalink to The Empanada Gallega

My mother-in-law Fresita – of Escalivada fame – once told me an old Galician proverb from her childhood, “para enomorarse y amasar, tiempo hay que tomar.” I hesitate to translate it, as the original essence is much more romantic than …

Last update: February 24, 2016

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Permalink to The Spanish Craft Beer Movement

To claim that Spain is Europe’s next craft beer hotspot is perhaps too bold a statement, but the world’s largest producer of wine is finally giving craft beer connoisseurs good reason to get excited. For more on the history of …

Last update: June 17, 2014

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The Joy of Eating at Prada a Tope

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Permalink to The Joy of Eating at Prada a Tope

One of Madrid’s greatest charms is the warmth and energy that permeates its bars and restaurants, perceived as much by visitors as by locals. Another, is that visitors don’t have to leave the city center to be surrounded by those …

Last update: January 17, 2015

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Permalink to History of the Menú del Día

It’s one of the most unmistakable symbols of the Spanish lunch. Found in the humblest of bars, or the most elegant of restaurants. Enjoyed by those looking to fill up on a budget, by those seeking a relatively quick bite, but in …

Last update: March 7, 2014

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