When we originally had planned on visiting a wine store in Lisbon, it was our intention to go to Garreifara Nacional, a suggestion offered on Roy Hersch’s Forum, For the Love of Port, but events didn’t turn out as we had planned. With our trip completely booked with tastings, tours […]
Esentia Tours is a small travel agency specializing in authentic culinary experiences for the discerning traveler. We believe that one of the best ways to learn about a culture is through its gastronomy. Each month we offer a different 5-day program based on a “flavor of the month,” as well as programs in Barcelona and 1-day workshops. We have some incredible Michelin-starred chefs working with us, and all of our programs are hands-onÃ¢€â€perfect for food lovers and aspiring chefs alike. Come with us on a journey through Catalonia that will indulge your palate, sate your hungers, and stimulate your senses!
Ryan and I occasionally receive either a book in the mail or a bottle of wine for us to sample at our leisure. And as much as I adore tasting wine, I am even a bigger fan of receiving an books on Spanish or Portuguese wine, because even if it […]
Being that my trip to the States is coming to a rapid close, I decided that there was no better way to spend a beautiful fall evening than visiting one of a handful of Spanish Tapas Restaurants in the Northern suburb of Evanston, Illinois. Squeezed amongst the plethora of high quality international restaurants sits Tapas Barcelona. And although I was unfamiliar with both its menu and atmosphere, I was incredibly excited to not only get a small taste of home, but also experience how Americans choose to express Spanish cuisine.
A few days ago, I hopped on the train here in Terrassa and headed down to Barcelona to have a peek at the wine shops available to me. I visited several, but I want to share my experience about one store in particular, a wine store that stood out from […]
A few weeks ago, while I was in Minnesota, I made a quick dash into a wine store that I feel is a “must see” for those of you in the Twin Cities. Solo Vino, located in Saint Paul, Minnesota, has been rated one of the best wine stores in the Midwest by both the Minneapolis/Saint Paul Magazine and the City Pages. Founded in 2001 by Sam Haislet, the former sommelier at Zander Café, and Chuck Kanski, another sommelier at places like the Vintage and Pazzaluna, feels as if their intention was to create a liquor store that resembles an incredible restaurant’s wine list.
I originally met Steve through a series of links and referrals online, but it wasn’t until a week ago that I was first introduced to his enthusiasm for Spanish wine by phone. Based in Malaga, Steve runs an online wine store that specializes in hard to find wines not represented in local Malaga wine shops. What follows are his responses to a series of questions that I presented to him in written form.
Restaurante SomoRÃÂ¯ostro sits on its own block in the Barceloneta, a Barcelona neighborhood that stretches like a finger between the port and the sea, long inhabited by fishermen and their bars. Named for a colony of Southerners who migrated here in the 1950′s to work in the gas factory, Restaurante SomoRÃÂ¯ostro is its own ethnic haven of both international and local flavors and gastronomic heterogeneity expressed through the skilled hands of three young chefs hailing from Finland, Mexico and Barcelona, and accented by the excellent service provided by our Ecuadorian waiter and the manager, Guillermo, who is from Murcia.
Vintage Spain specializes in organizing wine and food related activities, guided or independent gourmet wine tours, one day excursions to wine areas, gastronomy activities like cooking classes, tapas and wine tours, active wine vacations where wine tasting can be combined with hiking, walking, horse back riding or golf, wine tasting courses, and anything else you may want related to wine and food.
Memento restaurant, is the first solo venture of American chef, Karen Bell, a remarkable young woman, who after training in the United States and Paris, and dulling her knives at some of the finest kitchens in Chicago, San Francisco and Madrid is now proving herself to be a supremely gifted, though incredibly modest, chef in her own right.
Located in the center of Madrid very close to the Alonso Martínez district – an area known equally for its working suits, trendy boutiques, traditional tapas bars and fancy new restaurants -, one of the most immediately charming features of Memento are the massive floor-to-ceiling windows that look out onto the street, forming the outer wall of the restaurant.