Love all types of soups and stews, especially on a brisk day in the Windy City. If you are searching for an easy and hearty stew, look no further. This is a Catalan staple, and rightfully so. Traditionally made with spinach, although I think you can play around with other types of greens (kale, … Continue Reading

Chicagoans are lucky to be living in a city with such a diverse food scene. Not only does Chicago have some of the best restaurants and chefs in the country, but there is no shortage of specialty and ethnic food shops from which to procure most every ingredient imaginable. As well, Chicago is fortunate that chefs … Continue Reading

A Primer on Paella Paella is a Catalan word that derives from the Old French word paelle for pan, which in turn comes from the Latin word patella for pan.  Paella is a Valencian rice dish that originated in its modern form in the mid-19th century near Lake Albufera, a lagoon in Valencia, on the … Continue Reading

  We started our three-week adventure in Barcelona and subsequently hopped a train to Basque Country (San Sebastian, Lekeitio, Elantxobe) where, after several days of exceptional eating (and a bit of drinking), we rented a car and undertook a leisurely drive along Spain’s verdant northern and western coasts. Along the way, we stopped in Cantabria … Continue Reading

  Kaisho (“Hello” in Basque) San Sebastian Welcome to Basque country, a region encompassing northeastern Spain and southwestern France. Euskara is the language of the Basque people and pintxos (similar to tapas, some might even say better) are their best known culinary tradition. It was a day of celebration…  And eating… For those of you … Continue Reading