got the mojo…………………

I’ve expressed before my obsession with spicy food and the lack there of it in Spain.  I am eternally searching for the exceptions.  After 20 years of searching  I get extra excited when I find a good spicy dish in a typical place.  Because finding spicy food in an Indian or Mexican joint is prettyContinue reading “got the mojo…………………”

The Madroño, it’s not just a legend…..

Everyone who has visited Madrid has seen, photographed or met up with friends at the famous Bear and Madroño Statue.  A cute little bear trying with his paw to grab a bit of this unusual and fairly unknown fruit.  This symbol, along with the seven stars that have been known to represent either the UrsaContinue reading “The Madroño, it’s not just a legend…..”

wine, history, and nature……….

Is there anything better than the smell of a wine cellar? For me, there are few smells that are equal to that complexity.  A sweet yet profound passion that slowly intoxicates your soul. Usually the first thing I do when I step into a wine cellar is close my eyes and slowly inhale.  It isContinue reading “wine, history, and nature……….”

My Favorite Places in Spain #2……………..Salamanca Part 1.

 For me, Salamanca is a city of great extremes.  Intense heat and bone chilling cold.  Polished intellectuals and laid back Bohemians.  Extreme joy and happiness mixed with rigidity and formality. Passionate love and melancholy.  Salamanca is  also home to the oldest University in Spain which was founded in 1218.  The  stone facades and walls of the cityContinue reading “My Favorite Places in Spain #2……………..Salamanca Part 1.”