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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 ...

Eat well-priced tapas and win prizes in Seville, World Capital of the Tapa

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

[caption id="attachment_12511" align="aligncenter" width="254" caption="Tortilla al whisky with a glass of fino - the perfect match."] [/caption] [caption id="attachment_12492" align="aligncenter" width="128" caption="Look out for this badge in bars around Seville."] [/caption] If you're going to be in Seville over the next couple of months, you're in for a tapas treat. Until this Sunday ...

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, ...

Mr Portillo, Mr Henderson, a railway, and some first-class nosh

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

[caption id="attachment_12257" align="aligncenter" width="515" caption="One of the rural train stations which Mr Henderson's Railway from Algeciras to Bobadilla still serves, over 100 years later."] [/caption] This is a story about a railway. Not on the Island of Sodor, but in the valleys of Ronda. Just over a century ago, the Gibralteños ...

Pick olives and make your own oil!

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

[caption id="attachment_12082" align="aligncenter" width="218" caption="Cortijo Espiritu Santo is one of the olive estates where you see the olive oil being made, and stay on the farm"] [/caption] This new idea, from Oleotour Jaen, brings together seven almazaras (olive oil mills) in the province, one of which is Cortijo Spiritu Santo near ...

Blue Fin – the cava, to pair with the tuna

Friday, September 13th, 2013

[caption id="attachment_11899" align="aligncenter" width="431" caption="A new cava designed to accompany atun de almadraba, caught off the Cadiz coast."] [/caption] The other night, I was fortunate enough to eat a meal which was based entirely around atun de almadraba. This is atun rojo, or in English, blue-fin tuna, which is caught using ...

Andalucia Sabor: taste the region’s finest produce

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

[caption id="attachment_11789" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="Andalucia Sabor is on 16-18 September, in Seville. Its theme this year is tapas."] [/caption] As I mentioned in last week's post, a cause for celebration in Andalucia - especially in these troubled times - is its wonderful gastronomy, now de moda in London, New York and ...