Giveaway: Win a Paella Pack+Sangria from Retaste Spain!
Jul09

Giveaway: Win a Paella Pack+Sangria from Retaste Spain!

  Update: Giveaway has been extended until Friday, July 19th!    Paella. Arguably, Spain’s most famous dish, is worth the hype–if it’s done well, that is. And no paella is better than that made by Spanish amigos at a paellada: a gathering of friends over a big, home-cooked paella.  Unfortunately, if you’re visiting Spain, bringing back the tastes of this wonderful country home are...

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Madrid Food Tour: A Must-Do in Spain’s Capital
Jun17

Madrid Food Tour: A Must-Do in Spain’s Capital

When I first met my friend Lauren last year in Madrid, she told me how she was considering starting a food tour business in Madrid. For her, it was the perfect way to combine her passion for food with her budding entrepreneurship skills. A year later, the Madrid Food Tour is nearing its 1-Year Anniversary–and also happens to be ranked #1 on TripAdvisor for Things to Do in Madrid! I’m so proud of...

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Txikifest: Celebrating Txakolí and Basque Pride in the Heart of New York City
Jun11

Txikifest: Celebrating Txakolí and Basque Pride in the Heart of New York City

  I’m so pleased to welcome Julia Golden to the blog today! Julia was so gracious to cover the Txikifest event in New York City that happened a couple of weekends ago and indulge in a little bit of Basque culture (and wine!) for me. She writes over at Nowhere to Go But Everywhere about her travels and I love her passion for all things Spain.  The heat in New York is oppressive and unforgiving. Men wipe their foreheads...

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Primo al Pigneto, Rome
May07

Primo al Pigneto, Rome

It’s such a blessing to travel somewhere new in the first place, but to have the chance to go back? Even more so. My first trip to Rome was during my first-ever trip to Europe, right before I did undergraduate research in Athens, Greece. And while the amount of countries I’ve visited isn’t too high, I can say that I’ve been able to go back to certain destinations and peel back another layer of the place each...

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Spanish Cuisine Best in the World?
Apr30

Spanish Cuisine Best in the World?

Is Spanish Cuisine best in the world? Last night, San Pellegrino/Acqua Panna announced the The World’s 50 Best Restaurants. Five restaurants from Spain made the list: the top spot went to the Roca brothers for their worshipped El Celler de Can Roca of Girona (Catalunya), three out of the five were awarded to Basque restaurants; Arzak (#8) and Mugaritz (#4) in San Sebastián and Asador Etxebarri (#44) in Atxondo, and another...

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Everything You Need to Know About El Txikiteo
Apr29

Everything You Need to Know About El Txikiteo

It doesn’t take long after one’s arrival to Basque Country to discover that Basque culture is distinct from Spanish culture. This shouldn’t come as a shock, since historically, Basques and Spanish are different people–but you’ll still find the odd tourist wondering where they could see a flamenco show in Bilbao (not to say it’s not possible, it’s just not at all common like in...

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