Spain On the Road Again, Part 10 – Gawking at Gaudí and Asturian Adventures 1

On Road AgainClaudia arranges a one-of-a-kind tour of architect Antoni Gaudí’s most famous architectural oeuvres, including the fantasy filled Casa Batlló (fantastic on the outside, according to Gaudí expert Daniel Giralt Miracle, but nicely utilitarian on the inside), La Pedrera and the Parc Güell, which was actually designed as a residencial “garden city,” not a park. The lunch of baby squid in hot pepper sauce, tripe and langostines is at Can Pineda, unassuming on the outside, “smokin’ hot inside,” according to Mario. More…


Olive Oil of Andalucia, Much More Than a Condiment Reply

hoyo de aceitePhoto: Francis J. Cano–Andalucia, the region comprised of Spain’s eight southernmost provinces, is the largest producer of olive oil in the world. The province of Jaén alone is home to some 150 million olive trees. It is only natural that Andalusian cuisine should be defined, like no other in the entire Mediterranean, by the rich and varied use of olive oil. In other parts of the world olive oil is a condiment; here it’s a staple food that has sustained the people of Iberia for millennia. Poured into a h0llowed-out chunk of bread it’s “un hoyo de aceite,” “an oil hole,” which has often been the only thing standing between the Spanish peasantry and famine. More…

Join Us on a Voyage to Spanish Spain 2

Seafood Motril

A local seafood bar near the fish auction (lonja) in the Port of Motril.

Everybody Has Been to Spain, Or Have They?

Everybody has been to Spain. They’ve done the bullfights, the paella on the beach and the flamenco show. They’ve visited the caves and the cathedrals, sung “Viva España” and taken a coach excursion to a safari park. But have they been to Spain? Not really. More…

“Salobreña Inspired Me”–An Interview with Helen McCormack 6

“What Can I Do?” Plenty. Be Creative.

Helen McCormack

This is the view that Helen wakes up to each morning.

“Salobreña inspired me,” says Helen McCormack, who came here to retire and promptly made herself an essential player in the cultural life of the pueblo. Recognition came quickly to this gently dynamic Irish woman from County Kildare.


Here Come the “Foods from Spain” Gastronomy Videos 2

Foods from Spain Authorizes ¡Alegría! to Publish Their Spanish Gastronomy Videos

Foods from Spain

Foods from Spain is the gastronomic website run by the ICEX Spain Trade and Investment Agency. It’s slick and authoritative and includes news and feature stories, videos and blogs, and a food-talk forum both for food professionals and students of the good life. It’s must reading for anybody interested in Spanish cuisine in any of its many flavors. More…