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Four places around Spain you can enjoy better in Autumn

September 12, 2018

Spain is famous for its long hot summers and amazing beach holidays, but that doesn’t mean the country shuts down for the rest of the year. Indeed, the best travelling in the country happens after the crowds head home.
If you are one of the lucky people who can spend even a simple holiday weekend in Autumn just keep an eye on the destinations we are going to show ahead.
The Spanish Autumn is not the same as in northern Europe. In the south and southeastern parts of Spain, from Murcia to Andalusia, the summer weather continues on until the end of October, reaching up to 30 degrees the hottest days.
From incredible hiking in the Pyrenees to visiting the subtropical forest in the Canary Islands. Autumns getaways!

Murcia

You can swim in the Mediterranean sea well into October. In the southeast, the water temperatures stay warm for the longest. Those who want anything else than lay down on their towels and swim in the sea into autumn should check out the Murcia region at least once. Olives snack on the beach are still a reality there!
Average temperature: 18-30 degrees
Water temperature: 19-24 degrees

Almería

Almería is located at the far east of Andalusia and is less touristic, which makes it more charming. Those who travel to Almería during the Autumn time will find great hiking areas, interesting old villages whose architecture date back to the Moorish time. And guess what? Olives all around!

Ibiza
Ibiza is not purely party island, but like all the Balearic Islands is a true natural beauty. You can swim at the gorgeous beaches in Ibiza until mid-October or go on a tour to discover the island. In September, the thermometer often gets up to the 30-degrees. The ocean remains surprisingly warm around Ibiza and with a bit of luck, you still be able to swim into early November. On the other hand the late Autumn is much more ideal for hiking or cycling.

 

North Spain, Basque Country

Every year, the surfers of Spain and other parts of the world make their way to the Cantabric’s sandy beaches. In the Basque Country, you will find some of the best surf spots and beaches in Europe, which happens to be natural beaches with a few nearby buildings and mountains at the back.

Don’t be sad because the summer ends, be happy for the numerous possibilities Autumn offers you and in case of doubt, go for an
olive snack!

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Ten things you didn’t know about olives

September 17, 2018

Olives are an amazing gift of nature, a good food for athletes and a basic Mediterranean appetizer. But do you know everything you have to know about them? Keep reading and surprise yourself!

1. Olives contain oleic acid, which has beneficial properties, lowering LDL (“bad” cholesterol) while maintaining HDL (“good” cholesterol”).


2. 100 g of olives contain just 150 kcal and they enclose the ideal mix of essential vitamins, amino acids and antioxidants.

3. They can help you absorb other nutrients better. Antioxidants found in many veggies and fruits are better absorbed when eaten with dietary fat such as olives.

4. They can help you stay satisfied. Snacking on the fruit also provides dietary fibre; a cup has about 15% of what you need in a day!

5. They are affordable and really easy to preserve. You can store them for a long time and use them as a quick-to-prepare snack at any time.

6. Did you know that olives have grown in Spain for more than 3,000 years? This means generations and generations of producers!

7. Olives from Spain are limited in size but great in taste. Olive give you the chance to experiment with a small ingredient that has a wide variety of applications and are full of flavour.

8. The table olives meet the four basic tastes that the palate detects: acid, bitter, sweet and salty, which allows its use in any culinary recipe without any other limitation than your imagination and your cooking skills.

9. Many people do not know that olives change colour during ripening. Green olives are picked at the optimal ripening stage, and its colours range from rich green to fair yellow, meanwhile, black olives are picked just as they reach their full ripening stage. Surprising, right?


10. Loved for its fleshy pulp and large size, it’s no wonder that Gordal means “the fat one.” Also called “the beauty of Spain,” or “Queen Olive” this green olive, characterized by its oval and slightly asymmetric shape being one of the world’s best-known olives.

We said “Ten things you didn’t know about olives” but here you have an extra bonus: You can not eat olives directly from the tree. The olives are very bitter and hard; it would be practically impossible to eat them directly from the tree. In fact, it is the only fruit that can not be eaten directly from the tree, needs to lose its bitterness and become soft before it is edible. To remove that flavour they are left in brine for a while.

With Olives from Spain you have the opportunity to enjoy them straight from the jar, so just do it!

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Harvest Day, all you need to know

October 2, 2018

Harvest in old English means ‘autumn’ and in ancient tradition, it was a time for reaping and gathering grain and other grown produce. Since pagan times in Britain, thanks have been given for abundant harvests.

Why was such an important festivity?
This was a vital time of the year, when success was a genuine matter of life or death. A prosperous harvest ensured that a community would be fed throughout the potentially barren winter months. It’s therefore no surprise that it was also a time steeped in superstition and, if it succeed, much celebration.

When does it happen?
Normally falling towards the end of September, or early October, the harvest festival is the closest thing to a thanksgiving’s day.
Although today it can be planned a fixed day for this celebration, in the past the harvest festival differed, based on when all the crops had been brought in.

Traditions and symbols
Harvest celebrations pre-date Christianity, but it has always been seen as a very spiritual time to give thanks for the year’s crop.
Symbolic corn dolls, made out of the last sheaf of the harvest, were placed on banquet tables when parishes had their huge feasts.
The doll was then kept until the spring to ensure the good crop continuation for next year.

In Spain does not exist this festivity but also the harvest is considered important and takes place at different times of the year, as the grape harvest during the months of September and October, same as the olives.

Harvesting Olives
Have you ever thought of what happens before getting your perfect olive snack on your table? Before olives have taken quite a journey, its adventure likely begins in the warm Spanish sun, swaying on a branch in the Mediterranean breeze.

Olives from Spain require a lot of warmth and sunlight, difficult to grow in colder climates. The rich, fertile soils of Andalusia in Spain are the perfect environment for olives to flourish, which is why they have been a staple of Spanin’s culture and cuisine for more than 2000 years.

Olives from Spain grow and ripen throughout the summer, usually becoming ready to pick between September and November. Then they are carefully harvested, hand-picked by workers carrying baskets around their necks to protect against bruising. It’s a traditional method of harvesting that exists alongside modern farming, and can be quite time-consuming given that Spain has 2,650,801 hectares of olive groves, of which 154,978 (5.85%) are dedicated to table olives. The country is the largest producer of table olives in the world, as well as the largest exporter, according to the International Olive Council.

We have prepared this delicious recipe
specially for the Harvest Day, so now is time to enjoy it with friends and family!

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How to fall in love with Spain in 2 minutes

October 9, 2018

A study says that it’s possible to fall in love just by staring at someone for a few seconds. Something very similar to what you feel each time you visit Spain. Charming places, good weather, amazing gastronomy, welcoming people and olives! The perfect ingredients for a mind-blowing experience. No matter in which country or latitude of the Iberian ‘s Peninsula you are in, you will find some interesting places to visit and a good olive snack to enjoy with friends, family or even a good book, keep reading for an amazing list:

La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

La Sagrada Familia is one of the most famous Gaudi’s artworks and the most known and characteristic monument of Barcelona. As the greatest exponent of the modernist architecture, thousands of tourists come every day to contemplate the curious but unfinished temple. It is a giant neogothic Basilica that has been under construction since 1882. And is not expected to be completed between 30 and 80 years.

Gaudi’s Tour, Barcelona

Apart from the already named basilic, Gaudi was an inventive architect spreading his job all around the Catalan capital. We cannot miss “La Pedrera”, Gaudi’s emblem and one of the most popular buildings in Barcelona. Following the street down a little further you will find another work of art from Barcelona’s genius and another legendary facade of the city, “Casa Batllo ”. Finally, why not finish our day having a relaxing olive snack at the “Parc Gu ell”? The use of tiles as a decorative ornament fills the park with colour and the architecture merges with the nature that surrounds it. It has served as a stage for movies, TV series, music videos, photo shoots …and it is located at the top of the city, above the popular Gracia neighbourhood. Not a bad day, right?

The Meninas, Madrid

The Meninas is considered the masterpiece of the Spanish Golden Age painter Diego Velázquez. It’s a painting made in oil on a canvas of large dimensions formed by three bands of cloth stitched vertically, where the figures located in the foreground are represented at life-size. It is one of the most analyzed and commented paintings in the world of art where the central theme is the portrait of the Infanta Margarita of Austria, placed in the foreground, surrounded by her servants, “the meninas”. Nowadays this work of art is located in the Prado National Museum, an inevitable stop during your visit to Madrid. Tapas and olive snack after visiting for a quick commenting of the tour?

The Alhambra, Granada

The Alhambra is an Andalusian palatine city located in Granada, Andalusia. It consists of a set of palaces, gardens and fortress that housed a real citadel within the city of Granada, which served as the accommodation to the monarch and the court of the Nasrid Kingdom of Granada. Its attraction, as in Muslim works from other times, not only lies in the interiors, whose decoration is among the peaks of Andalusian art, but also in its location and adaptation, generating a new landscape but fully integrated with the pre-existing nature. Perfect emplacement for a sunset and some olives snack, weather looks amazing!

The Mosque-Cathedral, Cordoba

The Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba is the most important monument of all the Islamic west construction and one of the most amazing in the world. Its history summarizes the complete evolution of the Umayyad style in Spain, as well as the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque styles of Christian construction. The place that today occupies the Mosque-Cathedral seems to have been, since ancient times, dedicated to the worship of different divinities. The interior space is arranged over a concert of columns and two-colour arcades with a great chromatic effect. You cannot miss it!

And now, still hesitating about coming to Spain?

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The best way to season your Autumn

October 16, 2018

Autumn means chilly weather, dry leaves and new proposals, same as New Year’s Eve but warmer. Why don’t we start eating better, tastier and healthier? Olives are the answer, check it out!

Black Olives from Spain with beetroot and black pudding
Flavour: Sweet           Style: Boost           Season: Autumn             Preparation time: 4 minutes

Ingredients:
– Black Olives from Spain                                      – Black pudding
– Paprika                                                                    – Beetroot
– Olive oil

Elaboration: We take the sausage from the gut and we stretch on a baking sheet and bake it at 180 degrees for 5 minutes. Then wait till it cold down. We chop the beetroot into cubes of 1.5 centimetres. We add everything to the olives, with oil and paprika, and we mix it all together. The end!
Tip: Serve very cold accompanied by a craft beer.
Best time: The time you need a boost of energy!


Cheeky Green Olives from Spain
Flavour: Hot Spicy         Style: Funny     Season: Autumn               Preparation time: 4 minutes

Ingredients:
– Green olives from Spain                                       – Cilantro
– Coconut Milk                                                          – Wasabi
– Lime                                                                          – Purple Onion
– Salt

Elaboration: Marinate the olives in lime juice next to the purple onion for 15 minutes. After, add cilantro, salt and coconut milk. We ended up putting at ease of spicy with wasabi. Caution, hot!
Tip: An ideal seasoning to join with our favourite gin-tonic.
Best time: Enjoying some cocktail before dinner.


Queen Olives from Spain with Gamoneu Cheese
Flavour: Sweet                  Style: Elegant     Season: Autumn             Preparation time: 4 minutes

Ingredients:
– Queen olives from Spain                                        – Natural cider
– Figs                                                                             – Gamoneu cheese (or Cabrales)
– Hazelnuts

Elaboration: Mix a piece of shredded Gamoneu with natural cider and crush it a bit with a fork. Crush the hazelnuts in pieces not very small, without need that they stay regular, and add to the previous mix. Add chutney or fig jam. Add the olives and mix well and surprise your guests!
Tip: It can also be mixed with fresh figs in pieces if there is no jam or chutney.
Best time: An excellent company for a cider before dinner.


Black olives from Spain with beef carpaccio, cheese and apple
Flavour: Salty                     Style: Cheeky      Season: Autumn              Preparation time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:
– Black olives from Spain                                            – Beef tenderloin (or carpaccio)
– Cured cheese                                                              – Apple
– Extra virgin olive oil                                                  – Rocket
– Salt in flakes

Elaboration: Cut the beef tenderloin into very thin fillets, almost transparent, and place them on a flat plate. Above, place the cheese and apple cut into little cubes. Finally the olives, and season with oil of olive and salt to taste. We finish with some rocket leaves, as the magic touch.
Tip: Carpaccio is easier to cut if we freeze the meat.
Best time: To start a gala dinner where we want to surprise

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Five Spanish Foodies accounts to follow on Instagram for cooking inspiration

November 6, 2018

Countless ideas for cooking just at a glance at Instagram.
Choosing only one dish of the Spanish cuisine variety, or just a restaurant in the country is not an easy task. However, if there are anyone who really knows the national gastronomic scene and knows how to make the best of each dish, they are the foodies.

Gastronomy is one of the most recurrent themes of this social network and in a country of good food lovers like ours, it is not surprising that there are many and very good Spanish cooking accounts on Instagram. A range of colours, combinations and endless gastronomic possibilities to explore the gourmet world, because, of course, gastronomy lives a great moment in our country.
Abroad, sandwiches in which the cheese stretches to infinity and dripping burgers. In Spain, tortillas, croquettes and Olives from Spain. The foodporn, in an Iberian version.

1.Laura Lopez (@lauraponts)

With more than 220 thousand followers is undoubtedly another gastronomic leader on this social network. The ‘food stylist’ Laura López dominates like few people do the art of food photographing, and each one of her snapshots confirms that it is possible to eat with the eyes.

When we wake up on a Sunday and see a photo of one of her breakfasts, we cannot avoid getting creative in the kitchen. Olives makes it even easier and Laura knows it, take a look on her instagram timeline and you will see.

2.Lauren Aloise (@spanishsabores)

“There’s only one thing that’s better than eating Spanish cuisine, and that’s cooking it”. That’s what Lauren Aloise, an American from Brooklyn living is Spain thinks about food. She was fascinated by food because as she says it transcends our simple need for nourishment, eating is so much more– it’s family, memories, and comfort.

Her Instagram shows typical Spanish dishes based on the Mediterranean diet, simple as they are, natural and healthy. Judge by yourself!

3.Laura Arias (@becausegb)

Laura Arias, an IT engineer born and raised in Bilbao, tell us about the Basque Country gastronomy. Her Instagram is the result of mixing Laura’s two grate passions gastronomy and photography. In her timeline we can find amazing carefully, cared to the last detail, recipes and amazing basque’s country landscapes.

4.The White Chestnut (@thewhitechestnut)

Belinda Dapena, also known as The White Chestnut in the bloggers world, is the creator of delicious and nutritious recipes, on a mission to inspire others to eat healthily and have some fun in the kitchen. Excited by fresh products, the texture, the colours, the variety and the flavour, make her an enthusiastic of the healthy food.

‘Let the food be the medicine and the medicine be the food.’ It reflects perfectly how she thinks. We need to treat food to take care of ourselves. Let’s do it with olives!

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5.Amber and Eric (@withhusbandintow)

Amber defines herself as a professional eater. She is a recovering tax attorney from one of the largest law firm in the world and at the same time, together with her husband are trying to eat their way around the globe in search of great eats, amazing wines, and unique experiences.

Doesn’t seem as a bad idea! A timeline full of mediterranean products, a lot of experiences and of course, olives !

And as a bonus track, an only-croquette-based account with more than 33k on Instagram @croquetagram. Can be there anything more Spanish than this typical dish? Well, of course, olives! Enjoy your meal!