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Friday Feature Photo: The Secret Waterways of Galicia

Photographer: José Antonio Cartelle Capture Date: April 2, 2014 Location: Neda, Galicia, Spain About: Galicia is known as the land of the thousand rivers, many of which flow down from the mountain ranges of Os Ancares, O Courel and Pena Trevinca. As for the River Miño, it crosses Galicia from the northeast to the southwest […]

Flirting with Fire: Inside the Fire Festivals of Spain

There is a saying in the Catalan language: sense foc no hi ha festa (without fire, there is no festival), and they aren’t exaggerating. Indeed, the region’s pyromaniacal bent may be the most evolved and embraced in the nation, yet flames, explosions, devils, and beasts play a role in many […]

A Foodie’s Guide to Learning Spanish in Spain

Spanish may not be the language of love, but investing the time to pick it up is certainly a labor of love. It is a commitment to learning both the language and the culture where it’s spoken, and while it’s not always easy, it’s nevertheless one of the most rewarding […]

Friday Feature Photo: The Witches Brew of Spain

Photographer: Dani Vázquez Capture Date: July 5, 2013 Location: Galicia, Spain About: The Queimada is a traditional ritual, practiced by the people of Galicia, located in the upper northwest corner of Spain, propped comfortably over Portugal, to cast out demons and bad spirits through an incantation and a witches brew made of Orujo. The origins […]

Galician Grapes: Love at First Sip

I met my very first Galician grape 13 years ago in Mallorca. Having a reputation for all night parties filled with ample liquor, I’d gone with bad grace and low expectations. I should have known better… Mallorca is beautiful in early February with almond blossoms bursting forth – its blissful, heady perfume everywhere. […]

Friday Feature Photo: Percebes from Valencia, Spain

Photographer: Olga Barmina Capture Date: February 2008 Location: Valencia, Spain About: In Portugal and Spain, Goose Barnacles are a widely consumed delicacy called percebes. Percebes are harvested off the northern coast of Spain, typically in Galicia. Desktop Wallpaper: To download this image, simply right-click on the image and select “save link as” or “save target […]

Wild Fires Rapidly Spread through DO Alt Emporda

Yesterday afternoon, as gentle wispy clouds zipped through the summer skies, a wild fire sparked in the northeastern wine region of Alt Emporda, located just along the French border and along Mediterranean Sea, followed by a second not 6 hours later. According to the Minister of Catalunya, “Strong winds gusting […]

Conxuro da Queimada: A Galician Fortified Witches Brew

Very recently, I discussed the importance of “coziness” in my life, and how wine plays a key role in facilitating that warm and inviting atmosphere. However, wine isn’t the only substance that creates such an experience; there is also Aguardiente de Orujo. Orujo, also known as augardente or caña in […]