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Spanish Pinchos, everything you need to know

Posted by on Dec 30, 2013 in Basque Country, Pinchos | 0 comments

What are Pinchos

Pinchos translation to English would be “Sticks”. And that’s because “Pinchos” are a unique kind of Tapas made in the Basque Country, which are basically a slice of bread (like a Baguette), with something in the top of it and all crossed by a toothpick. That’s why they are called “Sticks”. Easy, isn’t it?

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Casa Pepita, The best Paella of “La costa daurada”

Posted by on Dec 12, 2013 in Reviews | 1 comment

If you ever visit  “La Costa Daurada”, mostly known by British for Salou, you can’t miss one of the best Paellas you’ll ever have. We are talking about Restaurante Casa Pepita Parque Montroig.

 

The famous "Paella de la Pepita" serving 2 people

The famous “Paella de la Pepita” serving 2 people

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Bar Tomas review: Legendary Bravas in Barcelona

Posted by on Dec 4, 2013 in Reviews | 0 comments

Few things in the world would make two catalans agree. They will argue or politics, cinema and, mainly, about Barça players. But there’s one thing where all catalans and Barcelona locals will agree: The best Bravas in Barcelona, are in Bar Tomás!

Maria and Me have been visiting Bar Tomás for ages, but last week was very special. This is our 100% biased review of the charismatic bar.

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The authentic Paella recipe unveiled

Posted by on Nov 3, 2013 in By Regions, Featured, Paella, Recipes, Tapas, Valencia | 4 comments

The authentic Paella recipe unveiled

When it comes to Tapas and Spanish food, the King is “la Paella”. And the Paella is not touristic bulls**t. Paella is the real thing!

The famous "Paella de la Pepita" serving 2 people

The famous “Paella de la Pepita” serving 2 people

The most popular version of Paella is the Fish and Seafood Paella (as the one you can see in the picture above from Casa Pepita, but todayw e are going to learn about the Authentic paella: The Valencian (as for Valencia) paella, made with meat and vegetables.

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The “chorizo bread from” Asturias: Bollu Preñau

Posted by on Nov 3, 2013 in Asturias, Featured, Recipes, Tapas | 0 comments

The “chorizo bread from” Asturias: Bollu Preñau

Where I come from, Asturias, the “BOLLU PREÑAU” is a traditional snack / tapa that we have in all the festivities and outdoor parties at the country side, always with a glass of Asturian Cider (which is different to the British version of the cider).

In the cities, like Oviedo or Gijon you will find them as tapa at any bar or “Cider house” you enter.

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Don’t call them “Cocoa dusted Almonds”. Call them “Catanies”

Posted by on Nov 3, 2013 in Cataluña, Desserts | 1 comment

Today we inaugurated the christmas shopping season going to Harrods. Besides thousands of tourists we found something really surprising and unexpected for us: Catanies! But they were called… “Cocoa Dusted Almonds”. So, what are Catanies in first place?

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The Real Origin of Tapas

Posted by on Oct 20, 2013 in Featured, Tapas | 0 comments

The Real Origin of Tapas

We all love enjoying tapas, but… what does “tapas” mean and where does the name come from? Let’s find out where this tradition comes from.

The first thing to know is that, surprisingly for many English people, “Tapas” means “lids, as in”removable covers”.

The explanation is simple: Tapas come from slices of bread or cold meat (like “Jamon” or chorizo) that where put on the top of the wine jars and cups in the taverns during the Spanish Golden Age.

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