Articles by: Eric Bloodsworth

I’m a food and wine obsessed writer and co-founder of Lens Gourmand, and hold a WSET Level 3 award in Wine and Spirits.

Daniel Exposito, winemaker at Domino de la Vega

Daniel Expósito – Winemaking in the Age of Climate Change

Winemaking has never been easy.  For while it is true that wine is really just fermented grape juice, there is a lot that can go wrong in the vineyard and in the cellar.  Threats like draught, frost, hail, oxidation, and unfriendly bacteria are just a few of the challenges that […]

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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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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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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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Paella over fire at Casa Carmela

‘Real’ Paella Valenciana – with Casa Carmela’s Toni Novo

Paella.  Valencia’s most sacred gastronomic tradition is also its most famous contribution to global cuisine.  The shallow pans of saffron scented rice show up all over Spain, from Las Ramblas to the streets of Cadiz.  Even outside of Spain, it has gained recognition and can be found in trendy Spanish […]

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King of the Beach, Manuel Alonso of Casa Manolo

King of the Beach – An Interview with Manuel Alonso of Casa Manolo

To imagine Casa Manolo, is to imagine the quintessential European culinary experience.  Poised right on the beach, diners feast on course after course of artfully plated haute cuisine, while staring out at the Mediterranean horizon, a line sometimes hard to detect, as azure skies seemingly meld into one with brilliant blue […]

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Vicente Flors – Passion Meets Persistence

Vicente Flors – Passion Meets Persistence

In the fall of 2000, Vicente Flors was 50 years old and in the midst of a successful banking career when he took a week long wine tasting course.   On the final day of class, feeling inspired and sipping wine with his classmates, he proclaimed, “I’m going to make […]

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A coffee maker in the dining room in Spain

Survival Guide for Dining Out in Spain

For the Spanish, dining out is a birth right.  They do it at all times of day, in various different forms, sometimes for just a drink and some olives, and sometimes for a several course feast.  For those of you who are new to our beautiful city, or to Spain […]

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Trip Advisor, The Empty Promise

Trip Advisor, The Empty Promise

Whether you are traveling to a new city, or just looking for something “different” in your hometown, we’ve all been there.  You go to a restaurant which is highly rated on Trip Advisor or Yelp, order with great anticipation and then feel a grave sense of disappointment when the food […]

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