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Friday Feature Photo: Gentle Spanish Hands

Photographer: Albertina Torres Capture Date: October 4, 2012 Location: Caudete de las Fuentes (Valencia-Spain) About: For her Spanish Notebooks project, Albertina went into the houses in Utiel-Requena, where she’s invited to share those special moments when food is being prepared. On that specific day, María was cutting some peppers, and the image reminded Albertina of an old painting. Desktop Wallpaper: To download this image, simply right-click on the image and select “save link as” or “save target as”, then select the preferred location on your computer to save the photo. Purchase: Please contact us directly if you’re keen to purchase any of Catavino Friday Photo images. Note that the images are not to be reposted on any web site or blog without the express permission […]

Vejer de la Frontera – The Dining Mecca of Costa de la Luz, Spain

One of the most unexpected thrills of Vejer de la Frontera for a first time visitor is the huge number of eateries hidden away in the beautiful Pueblo Blanco. A further surprise is the impossibility of eating badly in this gastronomic paradise. Vejer doesn’t rely just on summer tourists – there are the regular visitors as well; hence, if the food isn’t good, the restaurant will close. One would be forgiven for comparing Vejer in Cádiz, Spain to Ludlow in Shropshire, UK. Both are out of the way places, off the gourmet map. But interestingly, both have a plethora of spectacularly good eating places which makes Vejer a fab weekend getaway for the food minded. What’s made Vejer an enchanting foodie […]

Top 10 Things to do in Jerez – Other than Enjoy Sherry!

The history of Sherry is rich. For starters it is one of the oldest wines in the world, introduced to Britain when notorious pirate Drake, plundered Cadiz and filled his decks with over 2000 barrels as a gift for his adored Queen Elizabeth 1st. But prior to all that, the Moors tended the chalky vineyards around their occupied city of Sherish and made their wine of present day Jerez. For centuries, Britain was the main market for Sherry, sending their sons to oversee production- hence the many Anglicized names involved in the industry. A sometimes forgotten fact is that Sherry can only be called Sherry if it is produced within the DO of Jerez- likewise, Champagne can only be Champagne […]

Friday Feature Photo: Portuguese Amêijoas à Bulhão Pato

Photographer: Ricardo Bernardo Capture Date: March 5, 2011 Location: Seminário de Faro, Faro, Portugal About: The photo was taken during an ALFA, Associação Livre Fotógrafos do Algarve, workshop which demonstrated the preparation of two traditional Portuguese dishes: Amêijoas à Bulhão Pato and Bacalhau à Conde da Guarda, a recipe from Mestre João Ribeiro. This particular photo of Amêijoas à Bulhão Pato consists of: clams (Ruditapes decussatus), locally known as Amêijoa-boa, with coriander, garlic, a shot of white wine, olive oil and a dash of salt and pepper. Desktop Wallpaper: To download this image, simply right-click on the image and select “save link as” or “save target as”, then select the preferred location on your computer to save the photo. Purchase: Please contact us directly […]

Friday Featured Photo: Port Ganache and Chocolate

Photographer: Eddie Correia Capture Date: February 14, 2008 Location: Algarve, Portugal About: Dark chocolate and port is pairing of temptation. Each brings a unique profile of rich, sultry notes that pull you under a spell of warm mysterious deliciousness. These are flavours requiring time and patience. Time to warm and melt across the palate. Patience to breathe in and feel their textures and flavors expand and rise into the senses. They provide gateway to precious moments of sensory pleasure. Here the weather is warm, time passes slowly to allow moments and flavours to be enjoyed deeply and passionately, and when in good company, more so. Here enticement is woven into the fabric of our flavours, there is no plan to change, but […]

Feliz Natal: Traditional Portuguese Holiday Cuisine

Boas Festas!  Happy Holidays from Portugal!  The Christmas season is upon us, and here in Lisbon, we’re celebrating the only way we know how, with delicious homemade food. All major Portuguese holidays have their own unique dishes and sweets, but Christmas is by far the most plentiful among them. From mid November onward, you can peruse any bakery or supermarket to find a host of these one-of-kind desserts. The list of sweets is extensive, but each has their own texture and flavor that is worthy of your attention. To begin with, there are two kinds of Christmas cakes: Bolo Rei (King Cake) and Bola Raina (Queen Cake). King Cake, not to be confused with the Mardi-Gras version, dates back to the time of the […]

Truffle Hunting in Spain and Italy: Savoring cultural differences in gastronomy

Have you ever been truffle hunting? Chances are, you haven’t, since the hunt for the truffle is as secretive and elusive as the quest for the Holy Grail.  Professional truffle hunters go to extreme lengths to keep their preferred areas secret, and in recent years, have even been known to poison competitors’ dogs.  Truffles are nature’s most prized fungus. Why? Well, apart from it being a culinary delicacy, the fact that cultivation is extremely difficult, locating it is also hard work. All truffles grow underground, there are no leaves or shoots to give you a clue where you can find it, and some can even be buried up to one meter deep! If you think about it, it’s incredible to […]

Easy Breezy: Summer Salads Portuguese Style

As the hottest months quickly approach, I begin to feel the spellbinding sluggishness of a sultry summer day creep up on me. I want nothing more than to lounge around on the weekend, with very little fuss or muss about anything—including cooking. For as much as I enjoy hanging around the kitchen, this time of year, I turn to quick and easy salads. However, any old salad with your standard store-bought dressing won’t do! I can give up my robust Portuguese roasts and hearty stews when the days get warmer, but I still want lots of flavor in my easy salads to stand up to a good glass of wine. Bet you do too. So, thought I would share three […]

The Almadraba: Netting Blue-Fin Tuna, the Phoenician Way

Editor’s Note: The article below is based on an experience had by the author. As the Almadraba is a traditional practice by the Andalucians, we felt that it was very poignant article to place on Catavino. However, we want to be very clear that we understand the controversial nature of the catching Bluefin tuna considering its current status as an endangered species. Hence, at the end of the article, we have provided several links to websites and films for you to further your own research. Additionally, we welcome your knowledge and feedback. Please add them to the comments below. The author, Anne Manson, ran her own catering and corporate hospitality company in London for fifteen years before deciding to head for Vejer. Her […]

Barcelona Restaurant Review: Komomoto – Featuring Nikkei Cuisine

Although Catavino primarily focuses on traditional Spanish cuisine, there is something to be said for featuring new and “hip” restaurants that grace our gritty and romantic city streets of Barcelona. And what better cuisine to focus on than a fusion of my two favorites: Peruvian and Japanese. For those of you who aren’t familiar with my history with Sushi restaurants, allow me to give you a short primer: I’m absolutely addicted. The addiction runs so deep, that if I even pass a sushi restaurant on the street, my stomach churns in desire, my palms sweat in anticipation and I find myself jumping up and down like a 4 year old eager to open her first present on Christmas day – […]