We already knew he was super-talented, but Quique Dacosta has just been awarded a third Michelin star in the Michelin Red Guide for Spain and Portugal 2013. That brings the number of Spanish chefs with this, the highest of distinctions, to no fewer than seven, confirming the country’s position at the very top of the world of gastronomy. As for the Valencia region, well it’s own prowess in this field is once again confirmed by Dacosta himself. Though born in Cáceres, on the western side of the country, he has become a Valenciano by adoption, with the renowned fine dining restaurant Quique Dacosta in the coastal resort town of Denia, near Jávea on the Costa Blanca, as his flagship.
This week we continue with the series of articles that we started a few weeks ago, where we spoke about the history of tapas and the delicious patatas bravas. But, of course, potatoes are used to create many dishes, among them another that is typically Spanish: Spanish omelette (tortilla de patatas)! Spanish omelette, also commonly called Spanish tortilla, is a delicious and nutritious dish, which is ideally served as an appetiser, in the form of a
If Pop Art was one of the 20th century’s most important artistic movements, then its leader must surely be Andy Warhol. Even those who have little knowledge of or interest in art are all too familiar with this groundbreaking American artist’s Campbell’s soup cans and characteristic portraits, which have since been much imitated. Andy Warhol Superstar is a lively tribute to this most recognisable of American artists, and visitors to Valencia’s Bancaja Cultural Centre can enjoy some of his most popular works until early next year.
If you’re looking for a healthy natural alternative to Coca Cola and other soda drinks, Valencia has long since had the answer. Free of added sugars, preservatives, colorants and artificial flavours, horchata is a refreshing thirst quencher made from nutrient-rich tiger nuts. This traditional summer drink is available in cafés and outdoor stalls throughout the city and region, and also found in supermarkets, but can now also be made easily and quickly at home thanks to the innovative Chufamix.
Spain is very famous for many things: its endless beaches, its beautiful monuments, its long history (the Phoenicians, the Romans, the Arabs…). its people and, of course, its fantastic cuisine. Nearly all regions in Spain have their own typical dishes, such as the very well-known Valencian paella or the Fabada asturiana (Asturian bean stew), but one thing they do all have in common when it comes to food, is their passion for tapas.
Never let it be said that the Spanish fail to embrace their festivals, and none is more extravagantly celebrated than Halloween, typically a three-day event starting on October 31st with Dia de las Brujas, or Day of the Witches. Dia de Todos los Santos (All Saints’ Day) to give it it’s correct name, marks the day of the year in which the dead are honoured and, all across Spain, people make their way to family graves in order to tidy up the plots and leave flowers. Finally, Dia de los Muertos (All Souls’ Day) neatly rounds off the whole occasion.
It can be frustrating to read about great new tech products that are only available in the United States. Amazon are particularly culpable, often testing their new Kindles for what can seem like years on the American market before releasing them in Europe. Are we really that difficult to please? Thankfully Autumn 2012 seems to be our time with a number of new releases scheduled by Amazon just in time for Christmas.
Power Electronics Aspar, Valencia’s own Moto GP team, is looking confidently towards the 2013 season with the announcement of its new line-up for the coming year. The team will be very pleased to hold on to leading men Randy de Puniet and Aleix Espargaró, whose healthy rivalry sees them just two points apart in the battle for 12th place and the title for the leading Privateer rider. Randy started the season well and sped ahead of his teammate, but in recent races Aleix Espargaró has been catching up, setting us up for an exciting showdown to another successful season.
If you like style, bikes and looking very cool then Cafe Racer Dreams is a name to take note of.
Sure, the likes of Ducati, Triumph and Harley Davidson still produce fantastic motorbikes, but there is also a trend towards stylishly bespoke two-wheelers with more than a passing hint of nostalgia. Just as well-designed retro cars are proving popular, so many a bike connoisseur is demanding something a little more refined than the wave of unloved screamers that have been hitting the roads since the 1980s.
We tennis fans all love a good story of a new young talent arriving on the scene and shaking off beginner’s nerves to dominate the game. This was certainly the case when young Rafa Nadal arrived on the scene some years ago with all guns blazing, but sometimes it is equally rewarding when a player who has been around for some years undergoes a renaissance that reminds us of his extraordinary talent. This has certainly been the case with David Ferrer, who turned 30 this year, but has nonetheless experienced the kind of charmed year that would make much younger players green with envy.
Comic Con, the international organisation of comic strip lovers, which has just awarded Akira Comics in Madrid with the Eisner Award for best comic shop in the world. The shop, which has been in business for 19 years and covers 360 square metres of space on two floors, is the first Spanish comic specialist to receive the honour. According to the organisers, Akira Comics is more than just a large shop dedicated to comics, with a mind-blowing choice of books and accessories to boot. The main reason given for selecting it for this year’s award was that the shop takes pride in its presentation, is helpful to customers and is clearly run by enthusiasts.
You could be forgiven for thinking that Oktoberfest would take place in October, but not in Valencia! The fifth Oktoberfest Olé opened on 6th September and will run for eleven days until 16th September. Valencia’s bullring has been transformed into a 2,000m2 marquee-topped Bavarian style beer festival, crammed full with all the delights and specialties for which Oktoberfest is known. Open every day from 12.30pm to 01.30am, Oktoberfest Olé introduces a little bit of Munich to Spain. Drink too much beer and you may even forget which country you are in!
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