mountains, rivers, and hot peppers

I was up late last night after taking a wonderful client up to the caves for Flamenco.  So when the alarm went off this morning I was happy to see that the rest of my family was still asleep and I rolled over hoping for a nice lie in.  It didn’t last long of course. Continue reading “mountains, rivers, and hot peppers”

my favorite places in Spain…… #1 Toledo part one

It is inevitable that at one point during every tour someone will ask the question, “What is your favorite city in Spain?”.  This  is almost impossible for me to answer. Certain cities become a favorite because of their magic and beauty.  Others become a favorite because of memories and moments.  And some embrace both forContinue reading “my favorite places in Spain…… #1 Toledo part one”

anguish, fall fruit, and a cake made for a virgin……..

Autumn entered with grace here in Granada as a nice cool rain cleansed the city on Friday afternoon.  My daughter ran to put on the warmest clothes she could find along with her rain boots and we happily splashed and walked along the river.  Fall in Granada tends to be a short period of timeContinue reading “anguish, fall fruit, and a cake made for a virgin……..”

toes in the sand, shrimp in my hand……

Some of my favorite tapas are on the coast of Granada.  Since it is still around 90 degrees everyday here, I have the beach on my mind constantly.  In any of the beach restaurants or “chiringuitos”  you can sit down at a table with your feet in the sand, order a beer (or whatever itContinue reading “toes in the sand, shrimp in my hand……”

Tapa Time!!………

Tapas are a way of life in Spain.  Small, simple dishes of food that vary depending on the region and the restaurant.  The word tapa simply means “cover” or “lid” since originally a slice of cheese or ham was placed over a glass of wine.  Whether this was done either to keep the flies outContinue reading “Tapa Time!!………”

Vending machines with REAL MILK

My oldest sister Denise always says that my daughter should be a spokesperson for Asturias,  as it is her favorite province in Northern Spain.  We have been vacationing up north since she was a very small baby and it is something she looks forward to all year long.  She will ramble on about the greenContinue reading “Vending machines with REAL MILK”

Rabas and Bravas

Deep fried food.  Before moving to Spain this was something I ate occasionally in a bar or to cure a hangover.  In Spain however, fried food disguises itself in a way that almost makes it seem healthy.  And, according to many a Spaniard, if it is prepared correctly it is healthy indeed.  You may tryContinue reading “Rabas and Bravas”