Monday, July 13, 2015

I LOVE Maresme (Barcelona coast)

Sometimes I just think how fortunate I am to live where I live. Barcelona its a great city. It can be a busy and vibrant place but at the same time it is a pretty relaxed city if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle.

Barcelona is famous for Gaudí and his Sagrada Familia, for Las Ramblas, for its food, wine and cava ... but one of the biggest attractions is its location too. Barcelona its sorrounded by Collserola Mountain and the Mediterranean Sea. Some other time I'll talk about some of the fun activities you can do in Collserola, but today I want to talk about Barcelona's coast.

Just north of Barcelona begins the Maresme county. That's where I live. To live in Maresme means to live almost touching the Mediterranean Sea. 16 towns are located along the 52 kilometers of its coast. The sea leaves an imprint on its people and their character. And the beaches offer different ways to enjoy them during the day as well as during the night, during summer or winter time.

  • Chiringuitos (beach bars) are always there. You can drink something refreshing next to the sea, or enjoy live music, or have lunch or dinner ... 
  • You can practice your favorite sport: volleyball, surfing, windsurfing, soccer, rugby ...  the list is so long! And of course, you can go fishing! It is also great (and my personal favorite activity) to just walk or run next to the sea. We have a long promenade that connects almost all of the different towns of the Maresme coast. 
  • Once a year, during the Fiesta Mayor (festivities of each town) each local town prepares different activities. Some of them right at the beach: fireworks, havaneres (fisherman's songs), popular meals, life shows and performances, etc. 
  • It is also nice to walk, drink or eat something at the port area. Or even have a fishing tour!
Coll i Regàs Modernista house in Mataró

The sea gives life to all the Maresme towns. We could finish here. A beach town is a beach town, right? But we would be very mistaken if we thought that's the end of the story. Every town has its own character, its own thing going on: modernista buildings and Gaudí's workshop in Mataró, famous Michellin star restaurants like Sant Pau in Sant Pol de Mar, majestic castles like Santa Florentina in Canet de Mar, Alella wine region (the smallest wine region in continental Spain) ... 

I hope that gave you a taste of my Maresme!

Friday, July 10, 2015

Manchego Cheese and Windmills Tour (some pictures)

In Spain we have a well known saying: 'Una imagen vale más que mil palabras' (a picture is worth a thousand words), so for those people who need them, here you have some pictures of different experiences you will have with us during your 'Manchego Cheese and Windmills Tour'.

If you want to see more pictures, check out our Facebook or Pinterest!

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Ambler, PA 19002
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Friday, July 03, 2015

Manchego Cheese and Windmills Tour

Manchego cheese is one of the most famous cheeses in Spain, and within Spain by a “denominación de origen protegida” (Protected designation of origin). The cheese is made from unpasteurized sheep’s milk from the Manchega sheep.

On this tour you will visit some of the most important cheese factories in Castilla La Mancha, including the one which won best cheese of the world in 2014. Sample dishes made using the cheese and enjoy the Manchega cuisine, where lamb and game are other central elements. Here we can visit castles, the famous windmills, follow the route of Don Quixote and enjoy the beautiful landscape and picturesque towns and majestic cities that seem to come straight out of a fairy tale.

We suggest combining this route with the Saffron route, as both Manchego cheese and saffron are produced in the same region (Castilla la Mancha).

Contact us for more information:
The Spanish Touch
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Ambler, PA 19002
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Thursday, July 02, 2015

Food tours in Spain

If what you’re really looking for is an authentic Spanish experience and a great way to get to know the culture, customs and lifestyle of the the people, one of the best ways to do it is through the cuisine. Spanish cuisine incorporates a wide range of dishes with a heavy reliance on local ingredients. We have spent a lot of time developing tours based around some of the most noteworthy examples. These tours have been designed so that you will not only discover a new world of flavors and aromas, but you will also discover the real Spain. 

Check out the different tours are waiting for you!

new! Olive Oil Tour
new! Saffron Tour

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Ambler, PA 19002
Toll free: 1-888-480-0013

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Spanish Codfish Salad (Empedrat)

The hot days of summer have arrived and all I want to eat is salad, fruit and refreshing things like ice cream! Since ice cream was not a valid option for lunch I made a decision: today is a perfect day for a Spanish codfish salad! It is very good, it has a lot of flavor (but not fishy flavor!), it's perfect served cold and you can prepare it in 10 minutes! 

So I took some pictures to share my Spanish summer meal with you! 

Ingredients (for 2 people):

1 pepper (I used just half but it was an enormous pepper!)
1 green tomato
1 onion
1 can of white kidney beans 
4-6 oz salted cod
olive oil
5 tablespoons red wine vinegar
Spanish black olives

  • Place the cod in a bowl and fill it with cold water. Let it sit in the refrigerator overnight. That way we get rid off most of the salt. I didn't have enough time and I let it soak for a couple hours, but didn't add any salt afterwards. 

  • Chop the green tomato, the pepper and the onion. 
  • Shred the cod with your fingers, making sure to take off the skin and remove any remaining bone. 
  • Rinse the beans. 

  • Mix all the ingredients together and add the black olives, the olive oil and the vinegar. Taste it before adding any salt (if necessary)!

Buen provecho!

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