Wednesday, 08 July 2015 11:05

Spanish omelette paysanne

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Wednesday, 08 July 2015 08:43

Beans and pork stew

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Spanish chef José Pizarro, owner of critically acclaimed "Tapas Brindisa" in London and the writer of three successful cooking books, will soon launch the UK's first Cava bar just a few blocks away. 
The new restaurant ”Pizarro”, located just a few blocks away from Brindisa will open in late October 2011. The menu will feature traditional Spanish dishes. ‘It’s going to be a true Spanish restaurant with soups and stews. We don’t just eat tapas and paella in Spain!’ said Pizarro in a recent interview.
However, "Pizarro" won’t be just another Spanish restaurant in central London. It will specialize in Cava. ‘I’m sick of people saying Cava is no good. We are used to drinking very good Cavas in Spain but they are not well known in export markets” added Pizarro. It certainly sounds like a promising, innovative idea. 

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Olive Oil from Spain, a promotional campaign carried out by several Spanish olive oil Associations, has partnered with prestigious Kendall College in Chicago to host “Explore Spain, Rich in Flavor and Heritage”. The event, which is open to the general public, is aimed at educating attendees about the multiple uses of olive oil and will give participants the opportunity to learn how to distinguished flavors of olive oil through an exciting tasting. This will include four different Spanish olive varieties: arbequina, hojiblanca, cornicabra and picual and will be hosted by renowned olive oil expert from Spain, Alfonso J. Fernandez. The promising event, followed by a tapas and wine reception, will take place on Friday, October 7th 2011, 6-8 p.m. at the Kendall College of Culinary Arts, 900 N. Branch St., Chicago. Don’t miss out! It is open to the public but has limited seating availability. To RSVP for the event by Sept. 26, please visit The funds from ticket sales will benefit the non-profit organization Common Threads. For more information on “Olive oil from Spain”, visit

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The Michelin Guide Spain & Portugal 2012 has been launched. Every year, the popular guide awards one to three stars to a small percentage of restaurants and hotels of outstanding quality. One star indicates "a very good restaurant in its category," two stars "excellent cooking, worth a detour", and three stars “exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey."

MICHELIN inspectors visit all establishments anonymously, pay their own bills and make their decisions independently. Stars are awarded on a consensus basis according to five criteria that are the same everywhere around the world: product quality, preparation and flavors, the chef's personality as revealed through his or her cuisine, value for money, and consistency over time and across the entire menu.

This year, five Spanish restaurants were awarded three stars: Akelare and Arzak in San Sebastián, Martín Berasategui in Lasarte-Oria (Guipúzcoa), Sant Pau in Sant Pol de Mar (Barcelona) and El Celler de Can Roca in Gerona. Despite the severe economic crisis Spain is facing, the 2012 edition includes a total of 14 additions (3 new two stars and 11 new one star). “Quality has improved and the true values of Iberian cuisine are reflected more fully than ever on restaurant menus” a Michelin representative has stated on a press release.

The MICHELIN guide Spain & Portugal application for iPhone or iPod Touch will go on sale in March 2012 for €7.99. It offers a complete presentation of each restaurant (including contact details, awards and amenities, opening periods, prices and comments). All you´ll need to do is locate it on a map, and you´ll be able to book a table directly via your iPhone. Then, share your experience with other gourmet dinners.

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Monday, 23 January 2012 09:42

Gastrofestival arrives in Madrid

For 15 days in a row gastronomy will become the main course of the cultural agenda in the capital city. 

Starting January 23, the festival will pay tribute to the culinary art from multiple perspectives. Over 300 establishments will be involved to cover the vast program, distributed in five areas: Experiencias Sensoriales, Gastrocultura, Madrid Gastronómico, Gastrofashion, Gastrosalud y Enocultura. From menus prepared by international chefs at renowned hotels and restaurants throughout the city to culinary routes and wine tastings, the event will turn Madrid into a great feast for the senses.

On its third edition Gastrofestival introduces some new features. Activities aimed at highlighting the importance to develop healthy eating habits such as nutrition workshops, healthy cooking classes, organic menus in featured restaurants, and sophisticated beauty treatments with fruits, chocolate or spices are some of the most anticipated this  year.

And to probe gastronomy is an art such as painting, design and literature, Gastrofestival Madrid crosses the borders of professional kitchens to offer guided visits to museums, special promos in fashion, as well as a cycle of cinema dedicated to food at the National Film Archive.

Gastrofestival programme:

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For a second year in a row the salmantine company Fermin, has been awarded gold in the United States Sofi Awards, by its Iberian smoked pancetta in the category of meats, pâtés and fish, beating the other two finalists, both based in the United States.

This edition of the Sofi Award, awarded annually to drinks and foods from around the world who stand out for their exceptional quality, was hosted by the Spanish chef José Andres, counting with nearly 2,000 aspirants.

"It has been an honor for us to receive such an important international award for the second time” says Santiago Martín, President of Fermín. “It recognizes our constant efforts to always ensure the highest quality in our products as well as to provide our consumers from around the world with the best service” 

Established in 1956, the family owned company who specializes in pork products was the first slaughterhouse in Spain certified to export of Iberian ham to the United States. A few years ago Fermín opened up its own subsidiary company in New York, FERMÍN USA, having chef José Andrés as a partner.

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Is there anything more satisfying for a cook than coming across a pan able to excel at browning and searing while making cleaning a breeze?

This stroke of luck is what Corby, a talented and devoted cook from El Dorado, California, has experienced while developing a crust on some delicious Latin Spiced Pork Tenderloins he was cooking for a weekend meal. Not to mention that the pan in question is part of a frittata set, so versatile that before you know it, cooking a Spanish potato omelet for that upcoming friends gathering, or flipping your Sunday’s pancakes in it will be part of a new routine in the house. 

At Magefesa we encourage you to meet Corby and his lovely wife and professional photographer Karen through the inspirational and beautiful blog they have created together. You’ll get instantly hooked!

Read the full article on: WE CALL HIM YES CHEF BLOG

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A recent culinary survey carried out by the prominent NYC based publication Newsweek has given as a result the “World’s 101 best places to eat” list. To help them with the task they gathered 53 internationally renowned chefs who voted for their favorite dining spots around the globe.
From the 40 European restaurants that made it into the list, 10 were restaurants in Spain, ranging from relatively unknown Basque eateries to Michelin-starred restaurants like El Celler de Can Roca in Barcelona, which San Francisco culinary icon Thomas McNaughton described as “The most amazing meal of my life. Everything about it, from the ingredients, preparation, execution, and the taste, remains unmatched.”
For readers the list represents a great opportunity to locate some fabulous yet-undiscovered-by -many restaurants alongside popular culinary destinations.

Check out the complete list at

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A  UK poll carried out by consumer champions Which? has given San Sebastian, in northern Spain, top marks for its food culture, range of restaurants and its overall qualities as a holiday destination, placing it ahead of  traditionally foodie favorites NY and Paris.

The panel of judges, a collection of food critics and travel writers, gave each destination points in 30 different categories which included the quality and range of food, the gastronomic culture, local markets and the general appeal of the place as a holiday resort.
After looking into the choice at every price range, from Michelin starred restaurants to budget eateries serving local produce, San Sebastian came top with 81 out of 100 followed by Tokyo, Japan with 78 per cent and Sydney, Australia with 77.
As spokesman said: "On holiday, the quality of the food you eat can make all the difference. There’s no quicker route to the heart of a destination than through your stomach. The food you eat and the people you share it with are part of what makes the experience so deliciously memorable."
And it seems the old saying has proved right for San Sebastian this time, being its food scene described as 'fiercely distinct, passionately produced and on the gastronomic cutting edge”.

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