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  1. Turron is usually translated as "nougat," and some is very much like what I've come to know as nougat, or at least the hard nougat, but I've seen "turron" that appears to be more like nut brittle and "turron" that's more of a soft paste, although moister than halva to my thinking. I have also seen a whole range of other candies sold as turron that are variations of the ones I've described and some that seem unrelated. Butterfly mentions experimentation in his reply to the Christmas bounty thread, but it seems "turron" has long been a loosely used term. Are there any strict definitions and what
  2. Hi, I am writing an article about hi-tech interactive wine lists for a Chilean magazine. Recently, I read an article in the Periodico de Catalunya,in Spanish, kindly posted by Lenski on the Celler Can Roca forum, that said that the new wine list at El Celler de Can Roca is incredibly modern, a full sensorial experience. Josep, the sommelier, is quoted as saying "ours is a sensorial cellar. There is nothing like it in the world. When the client enters, 2 plasma screens show images and words about the wine he's thinking of ordering." Apparently, they go even further, getting clients to dip hands
  3. The title says more or less all: being a true nerd, also when it comes to grilling, bakingand roasting, particularly Spanish style, I've come across this range of traditional/innovative ovens that I might fit in my new house. www.josper.es Apparently they weigh in at a hefty price and also weightwise, so I'd love to hear from anyone that har had a first hand experience, either privately or professionally.
  4. The Program for Madrid Fusión 2009 is out and looks spectacular. This year a focus is on Mexico, including presenters such as Ricardo Muñoz, Patricia Quintana and Enrique Olvera amongst others. There will be a strong presence of US based chefs and culinarians including Grant Achatz, David Chang, Harold McGee, Sotohiro Kosugi and Jose Andres amongst others as well as the usual assortment of European heavy hitters. The dates are January 19-22nd.
  5. L’Angle/ October 19, 2008 Last year, I discovered Chef Jordi Cruz’s incredible culinary talent. My review of L’estany clar can be found here. After some delays, his new place L’Angle finally opened. The restaurant is part of HERE, a beautiful complex that includes the romànic monastery, the moderniste house, Alícia (Ferran Adrià’s food and science institute), a very sleek hotel, several restaurants and Chef Cruz’s L’Angle. I highly recommend spending a whole morning/afternoon to visit the installations, mainly the impeccably restored monastery. A cab ride from the Manresa train station wil
  6. My boyfriend is heading off to Barcelona, and asked the inevitable question: 'Anything I should bring back?' My reply of 'Anything that looks delicious or interesting' didn't help much. I've never been to Spain, and have no idea of what sorts of edible/drinkable things are worth finding and bringing back. Various sites promoting Spain/Barcelona aren't that helpful, since they push what they want to sell/figure will appeal to tourists, and those aren't likely to be the most interesting or noteworthy things. We're interested in everything from low-end, mass-market items, to high-end specialties,
  7. I know you do not need to refrigerate the full bone but I have a quarter pound of slices and it feels weird to leave it out. Is it ok to keep it in the fridge? Thanks.
  8. Welcome to the Spain & Portugal Cooking forum, where we discuss all cooking and sourcing related topics specific to Spain & Portugal for the benefit of both residents and visitors to the region. In this forum, you'll find topics about recipes, preparations, local markets, sourcing, farming and regional ingredients found in this region. Not a Society member? You’re welcome to read the eG Forums to your heart’s content, but you will have to join the Society in order to post. You can apply to join the eGullet Society here. If you are new or need some refreshers, here is a quick start lis
  9. So I've reached the conclusion that my life will be meaningless without playing around with some food chemicals over the next couple of months. Which means I'll need to buy some. I've seen the reverse spherification kit for sale at €116, but I already have lecithin and agar agar, so I'm wondering if anybody knows an outlet in Barcelona that is selling the products individually? Or, if not, maybe an outlet that can beat that price? Simple questions really...
  10. I just visited BCN and went to La Boqueria and Santa Caterina. I was most impressed with Boqueria but some people have told me others are better, cheaper, more respected by locals, etc. So what's the answer? What's the best, and how do we define best?
  11. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/arti...7SubG9m5XV/fomz My friend who follows tabloid news sent me this tidbit because she knows I'm a Mario fan. I highlighted the good parts. I wonder if they'll be cooking or just travelling and eating. Gwyneth Paltrow is putting Hollywood on hold to film her own TV cookery show, it was revealed. Although it's not too clear who will tune into a cookery show for Gwyneth's Paltrow's tips. But the cooking extravaganza, which is being made by American channel PBS, kicks off in October as Gwynnie and Mario take to the Spanish roads. The actress, 34, is a f
  12. As it happens, rose' has been on my mind a lot this week. Summer is coming . . . Last summer, Dan (my SO) was visiting Stefan Asseo at L'Aventure Winery here in Paso Robles, and he came home with 6 delicious bottles of Stefan's rose' as a gift for me. I blew through those bottles; the wine was incredibly good and went with all our light summer fare--antipasto plates, shrimp, pasta salads, etc. When I hoped to get more, I discovered that Stefan was sold out. Lesson learned: I am starting my rose' shopping in April! And in keeping with that theme, Gabriella Opaz at Catavino has declared Ap
  13. I've recently discovered Fideua at a local Spanish restaurant and have fell in love wth it! The noodle used in this dish has a vey nice texture. What type of noodle is usually used in this dish? Anyone tried making this at home with success? Please share!
  14. Time and time again I come across recipes which suggest pimientos choriceros especially from The Basque country and Cantabria. Can anyone tell me what is its likely name in English and where I can find them preferably an image, thanks
  15. Are there any Spanish/Small Plate type restaurants in Denver/Boulder?
  16. The2006 Independent News and Media Limited Published: 14 December 2006 http://news.independent.co.uk/europe/article2073028.ece
  17. I'm the mother of an almost-six-month-old, and I'm thinking a lot about how to raise a daughter with a good palette. Rice cereal (the traditional first food in America) doesn't seem like a good start-- I certainly wouldn't eat it very happily. So I'm wondering about other countries and other traditions-- What's the traditional first food for babies in Spain? (I'm also going to post this in the following forums: Italy, France, Japan, India, China, Middle East, and Mexico. Apologies to those who run across this question in other places!)
  18. Note from the host: This discussion started in the Fabada thread. I think the issues discussed deserve their own thread I really like José Andrés' restaurants in DC--and respect him as a chef--but I don't quite agree. I think the pork products (and fish and shellfish) available in the US are quite inferior to what is so easily available here. The best items from Spain are not imported. It is possible to source decent alternatives for some items, but you will have to look hard at small suppliers and pay quite a premium. All the more reason to come for a visit...
  19. I thought I'd share my version of The Hirshon Gambas al Ajillo (Garlic Shrimp). To my palate, this is the best version, let's see if others agree with me - and share their recipes as well for a cookoff by some enterprising eGulleteer. The gauntlet is thrown down! cheers, JH ______________________________ The Hirshon Gambas al Ajillo (Garlic Shrimp) 1/2 cup butter (one stick) 1/2 cup extra virgin Olive Oil 12 cloves Chopped Spanish Purple Garlic 2 lbs. medium shrimp, peeled, soaked in salty water for 20 minutes, washed and drained 1/4 cup beef broth 1/3 cup lemon juice 1 tsp. smoked Spanish P
  20. Note from the host: I splitted some posts from the thread Quality of regular restaurants compared to Italy to create this thread. The detail achieved in the debate regarding the specific figures of cod fish consumption in Portugal deserves its own thread. Miguel, Miguel, Miguel... I have always the impression you suffer from this nagging, resentful Spanish complex endured by old-time Portuguese nationalists: "De Espanha, nem bom vento, nem bom casamento"... Should I translate? Old-time Spanish nationalists have the same boogaboo vis-à-vis France, by the way. I'm happy to report that I don
  21. Language will be an issue here, since I guess most of the titles considered as must have won't be available in English. Nevertheless, I think it could be interesting to find which books covering Spanish and Portuguese food at large (any topic ranging from history to recipes) do you think should be present in every serious library on the topic. Suggestions, please?
  22. The Week of June 7th, 2004 Metrópoli, El Mundo’s supplement for Madrid includes a review of El Placer de Comer, a new and promising restaurant in the heart of Malasaña. Fernando Point’s review remarks the inspirative dishes with a touch of fussion and a very correct wine list. On the same magazine this week’s Top Metrópoli is dedicated to Roasted Sardines and liste their top ten places to eat them in Madrid. Unfortunately, the contents of Metropoli for other cities are not available on line. Also, in El Mundo Sunday's Magazine there’s an interesting Vinegar tasting made by Viridiana’s Chef A
  23. Dear Friends, Kindly take a second or two to become aware of my serious condition and its remedy. I have just finished a leg of Joselito's Gran Reserva. It was 7 1/2 kilos and lasted almost a year. At the same time, another blow hit my larder. With tears in my eyes I had to cook the last four remaining pieces of bacalao, the pil-pil cut. As my travel plans will not take me to Spain for a few months, is there any decent e-shop you know that I could buy joselito and bacalao from? I hope there is at least one noble and able soul, who will help me resolve the urgent condition I am confine
  24. HI! I've thought about a fun idea those from us who live in Barcelona could undertake... How about taking 30 € to La Boqueria market each and seeing what do we cook out of it? I don't know, I think this might stretch out culinary muscle. Then we can write the menu each one of us cooked so that everyone else at the forum can have a look. Would anyone be interested in this? How do we go about it --- are everyday, back of the pantry groceries like flour and oil included? What do you reckon? Just think aloud. Mar
  25. I will be in Barcelona and elBulli in the end of this month. Of course I would like to bring a few food items back with me. What should I bring back? Cheeses, chocolates, wine,...? What shops are a must-visit? Thanks Elie
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