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Asian Festival and Seville Orange Days February 2015

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

[caption id="attachment_16151" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="The cultural festival of Asia in Seville."] [/caption] This month, after a chilly January, two events - one cultural and one gastronomic - are trying to tempt us out into the orange-scented streets of Seville. The first is the Cultural Festival of Asia, which is on until 22 February ...

Autumn – gathering season in Andalucia

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

[caption id="attachment_15431" align="aligncenter" width="515" caption="Ripe olives ready to pick."] [/caption] [caption id="attachment_15436" align="aligncenter" width="515" caption="Jars of seasoned olives at a food fair - they're a very versatile ingredient."] [/caption] There are many activities you can join in with around Andalucia at this time of year, as natural products are harvested in the ...

Michelin Guide to Spain 2015 will be launched in Marbella

Saturday, July 19th, 2014

[caption id="attachment_14370" align="aligncenter" width="383" caption="Michelin Guide to Span and Portugal 2014 - the 2105 edition will be launched in Marbella this November."] [/caption] A few days ago it was announced that the Spain and Portugal Michelin Guide 2015 will be launched at Hotel Los Monteros in Marbella on 19 November. Last ...

El ronqueo – from whole tuna to tasty tapas, in minutes

Saturday, July 12th, 2014

[caption id="attachment_14288" align="aligncenter" width="455" caption="Diagram of a blue-fin tuna, showing all the cuts. Picture: El Campero restaurant (Barbate, Cadiz)."] [/caption] As a self-confessed foodie, and with an avid interest in all things Andalucian, I was excited to be invited to a ronqueo. For anyone who doesn't know what this is, the concept ...

International Sherry Week: tapas menu at Vineria San Telmo in Seville

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

[caption id="attachment_13977" align="aligncenter" width="411" caption="Our sherry and tapas menu at Vineria San Telmo for International Sherry Week, which has over 1100 events in 22 countries until 8 June."] [/caption] International Sherry Week is the brainchild of Chelsea Anthon, an Australian marketer who lives in Vejer de la Frontera. Organised by Chelsea ...

Burladero and Hotel Colon – the rebirth of a classic from Expo 29

Friday, March 28th, 2014

[caption id="attachment_123" align="aligncenter" width="550" caption="The beautiful glass dome of the Hotel Colon, which opened in 1929."][/caption] This year, indeed this very week, an institution in Seville celebrates its 85th anniversary: the Hotel Colon. When this revered establishment opened on 29 March 1929, as the Hotel Majestic, it was the grandest and ...

No more unlabelled refillable olive oil bottles

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

[caption id="attachment_13276" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Unmarked, refillable olive oil bottles like these are no longer allowed in bars and restaurants. © Michelle Chaplow"] [/caption] As of 1 March 2014, restaurants are not allowed to have aceiteras - the typical bottles of olive oil we're all so used to seeing on the table, ...

Orange Days are here again!

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

[caption id="attachment_13218" align="aligncenter" width="351" caption="A feast of orangey tapas at over 30 bars and restaurants in Sevilla, until this Sunday."] [/caption] Every year around this time - January and February - the newspapers are full of recipes featuring Seville oranges, the small, bitter fruit so highly valued by the British for ...

New quality labelling system for Iberian pork products

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

[caption id="attachment_13061" align="aligncenter" width="486" caption="Jamon iberico - one of Spain's most famous gastronomic products. Photo: Michelle Chaplow"] [/caption] Last week, the Spanish government approved a new colour-coding system for Iberian pork products. Jamon iberico is probably the most popular and highly-prized food in Spain, and nowhere more so than here in ...

Experiencing the olive harvest in Jaen

Monday, November 4th, 2013

[caption id="attachment_12445" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="The cortijo and factory, nestled in rolling hills of olive fields, backed by the Sierra Magina."] [/caption] A few posts ago, I mentioned a new scheme organised by Jaen Tourism - pick your own olives. This puente weekend, I was lucky enough to experience it for myself, ...