Recipe: Aceitunas Marinadas – (marinated olives)

Here is a quick dish you can easily prepare days in advance for guests to enjoy with cocktails before dinner. This can accompany a "carne y queso" tray, or just have it stand alone. 1  mixed  Spanish olives 1    ea       lemon zest ½   ea       lemon juice 1    ea       orange zest 1    ea       orange juice 3 sprigs   thyme leaves 3 sprigs   rosemary 1/8 TSP   ground garlic 1/8 TSP   black pepper Drain olives from natural juices. Grate orange peel Read More...

Spanish Art Takes Residence in Chelsea

Art has a strong tradition in Spain and its great artists are celebrated with vigor. Pablo Picasso, widely considered one of the world’s greatest artistic treasures, hails from Malaga. The Museu Picaso, which opened in Barcelona in 1963, is an example of how Spain views it’s artists with a strong respect and reverence.  But Spain is not the only place to celebrate Spanish art. New Yorkers have the privilege of seeing three of Spain’s contemporary artists at the Agora Gallery: Garma Read More...

The Festival of The Three Kings

Do you remember the poem, “Twas the Night Before Christmas”? Well in Spain it should be, “Twas the night before King’s Day.” For more than 125 years people have gathered on the Sunday before the 6th of January for the festival of the Three Wise Men (Magi). During this feast, the most important dish is Roscon de Reyes, or Twelfth Night Cake. King’s Day would not be King’s Day without a Roscón de Reyes on the table. Peek through the window of any bakery (panadería) the night Read More...

Saint Thomas Day 1

If you’ve never had txistorra from the streets of San Sebastian then its possible you’ve never been to Santo Tomas Festival. This festival is held yearly in San Sebastian, Spain to celebrate Spanish food. It has been said that every December (21st to be exact) since the 1300’s the Hamlet people have come down to San Sebastian to collect or pay rent for their land and sell their produce. Selling produce was a good way for the Hamlet people to make the most of their trip to the city. Now Read More...

A Basque in Valencia

Spain has diverse traditions, languages, and climates. Going to Valencia for a Basque is like visiting New Orleans for a person who grew up in Maine. Instead of green trees, hilly mountains and a cold breeze coming from the Atlantic ocean, Valencia’s landscape is one of color: almond and orange trees, miles and miles of land, comforting rays of long-lasting twilight, sun-drenched beaches with infinite skyline and the warm salt water of the Mediterranean. Valencia forces you to relax. Before Read More...

Modern Spanish Cuisine in Chelsea, New York