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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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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Bachhus Falla Valencia

Las Fallas – Lively Streets and Good Eats

The lights, the noise, the impressive statues, the FIRE…Las Fallas proves that Valencians know how to throw one hell of a party. If you´re planning to be in Valencia to take part in this massive fiesta, then you’re already ahead of the game. But, where do you go? What are […]

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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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Raimon Moreno – Building a Future with El Almacen

Raimon Moreno – Building a Future with El Almacen

If there was ever a silver lining to, “La Crisis”,  it would have to have been the creation of El Almacen.  For if not for that unfortunate turn of events Raimon Moreno may have never left his once promising career as an Architect to attend culinary school, and one of […]

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