Year: 2016

Pablo Chirivella of Tavella Restaurant in Valencia

Tavella’s Pablo Chirivella – Alchemist of Tradition

Meet Valencian rising star Pablo Chirivella.  The classically trained chef has worked in Hong Kong, the UK and Mexico.  He has interned under the likes of Martín Berasategui, who holds the most Michelin stars in Spain (eight in total), and later honed his skills as chef de partie at Martín’s Abama […]

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Bottles of Tyris, a craft beer from Valencia, Spain

Best Craft Beer Bars in Valencia

When I think of beer culture in Europe, I definitely don’t think of España. My mind conjures images of rowdy Oktoberfest in Germany, dusty taverns in the UK, and Belgian ales that must be served in giant, obnoxious glasses. What I didn’t know is that Spain has actually been one […]

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Sasha Dayal of Barceilan in Valencia

Barceilan’s Sasha Dayal – On Life, Sri Lankan Food and Flying with Curry Powder

If you haven’t heard, Spain has been recently blessed with its first Sri Lankan restaurant.  Sri Lankan born, ex-Londoner Sasha Dayal Fernando opened Barceilan in Valencia just a few months ago, and news is spreading fast as curry lovers rejoice, finally having a place to call home.  We sat down […]

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Jumping a beach bonfire during the Night of San Juan

The Night of San Juan – Parties, Feasts and Loads of Magic

Some think that it’s rooted in Christianity (celebrated six months before the birth of Jesus) and others believe it’s the product of the pagan celebration of the arrival of the summer solstice. We’re talking about the celebration of San Juan, the evening of the 23rd to 24th of June, a […]

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The view from La Mas Bonita Chiringuito, Valencia, Spain

¡Que Vistas! – Valencia’s Best Summer Terraces

Ahhhhh (collective sigh)…it´s summer. Time to relax, sit back and enjoy the fantastic Spanish weather with a cold drink in hand. Living in Valencia, we’re spoiled with endless options for al fresco dining and drinks, but why sit just anywhere when you can pursue the ultimate remedy for your urban […]

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Line up of most recognizable wines from the DOP of Valencia

Valencia Wine 101 – Valencia DOP

Lens Gourmand continues our series on the Wines of Valencia, this time taking a closer look at the little known DOP (aka DO) of Valencia. Sommelier Johan de Smedt, of Valencia Wine Consulting, breaks down the region, discusses grape varieties, and gives examples of the bottles to look for.  Salud! […]

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Victor Vicente of Casa Granero with Ximo Puig, President of the Communidad de Valencia

Casa Granero takes prize for best Paella ‘Cullera’

Victor Vicente’s Casa Granero took first place yesterday in Cullera’s first annual Paella “Cullera” competition.  The event was held to promote a new dish created by award winning chef Salvador Gascón to help develop gastronomic tourism in the city.  The dish is made from rockfish broth, local prawns, cuttlefish sepionet […]

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Chef Nuria Miguel

Kyoto Calling – Nuria Morell of Nozomi Sushi Bar

Some of my favorite stories involve people making big life decisions while drinking.  For most, it’s just a matter of big statements that lead to no real action; the only tangible outcome being the hours of subsequent, entertaining ridicule by those who were present.  But for some, a bold decision […]

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60 year old Monastrell vines

The Wines of Valencia – 101

It’s no secret that wine is not just a commodity in Spain, but a way of life. It’s as critical to the Spanish diet as tomatoes and olive oil. And while Spanish wine’s international appeal has grown dramatically over the years, the world still appears to be mainly interested in […]

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Glasses of Horchata

La Vida Dulce – Valencia’s best spots for Horchata

If you’ve lingered on a terrace in Valencia on a hot, summer day you may have seen people drinking what looks like a murky, glass of milk. They call it Horchata. (Don´t forget the Spanish “H” is silent.) Five years ago, as a newly arrived extranjera, I looked at it […]

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