Tag Archives: Gastronomy

Barrafina: A Taste of Spain in London

I will never pass up an opportunity to a new Spanish restaurant, especially when overseas. A two-day layover in London on a recent trip to Greece provided me with just such an opportunity. Knowing London has probably the best Spanish food scene outside Spain (due in part to its proximity to Spain, the availability of…
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Wine Hotels in Spain: Charm and Luxury Along the Rutas de Vino

Finding the perfect hotel in the right location never ceases to be a challenge. Many of the villages along the Rutas de Vino in Spain have become home to some of the country’s (and world’s) most unique hotels. And what is the best thing about these hotels? They are part of a growing trend of wineries with…
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A Distinctly Spanish Summer

The summer solstice has occurred and the northern hemisphere is in the throes of summer.  Truth be told, I am not the biggest fan of this season. Having grown up in Florida where humidity and temperatures regularly reach the mid-to-high 90’s, I am forever scarred from truly enjoying the milder summers of San Diego. Summer…
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Top 10 Reasons to Visit Ribera del Duero

The past few years have been good to the Ribera del Duero wine region in North Central Spain; but much like Sonoma in California wine country, it has had to contend with a more popular older sibling, Rioja. That said, given the region’s much deserved recent international notoriety, things are changing. On a recent trip…
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Mallorca: Diversity at the Table (Part 2 of 3)

Approaching the traditional Spanish culinary table conjures images of manchego cheese, gazpacho, calamares fritos (fried calamari), jamón iberico, gambas ajillo (shrimp with garlic), and tortilla española. Taking a seat at the traditional Mallorcan table, rarely does one find any of these. The sordid and universal history of Mallorca has served to provide the island with…
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