Lucy Waverman writes for the Globe and Mail.com–Madrid Fusion is an intense, innovative symposium that takes place every year in the Spanish capital. Iconic Spanish and international chefs – South American chefs were part of the mix this year – take the stage to discuss new trends while performing mind-blowing cooking demos. And gastro indulgence was everywhere. I ate fat, rich anchovies and mountains of Iberian and serrano ham.
One of the major topics I found most intriguing was making vegetables the focal point of dishes. (A small amount of protein is often included.)
British author reveals all about Spanish spy who was WW2 hero in both Nazi Germany and Britain
Western Gazette.co.uk, Juan Pujol was possibly the greatest double agent in history. He was awarded the Iron Cross by Hitler and was made an MBE by Britain. To MI5 he was known as Garbo. To the Abwehr – German military intelligence – he was Alaric. Pujol also went by Rags the Indian poet, Mrs Gerbers, Stanley the Welsh Nationalist, and 24 other names. Now his story is being retold by a west Dorset-based crime novelist.
World’s Top Restaurant to Visit Houston
Greg Morago writes for the Houston Post, April 16, 2014–The Roca brothers – international culinary superstars and owners of El Celler de Can Roca in Girona, Spain, which holds the distinction of being the world’s best restaurant – are set to rock Houston. BBVA Compass will bring the Rocas (chef Joan Roca, sommelier Josep Roca and pastry chef Jordi Roca) to Houston in August as the first stop of the Roca & Roll World Tour 2014, a partnership between the restaurant and parent company Spanish bank BBVA. Details of the tour will be announced by BBVA Compass on May 19 in Houston with Joan Roca, the eldest of the brothers and co-founder of the restaurant, in attendance. More…