Pintxo

Pintxos are small pieces of bread, topped with various traditional ingredients such as a local cheese with figs, ham with fried green peppers, cod croquettes or pieces of Spanish omelette. They are called pincxos because many of them have a spike (toothpick, skewer) through them. In the Basque region, Pintxos originated in San Sebastian, the food capital of Basque and possibly Spain. Similar to Tapas, you choose as many as you want and then staff will count the sticks/empty bowls for the total payment. While some pinchos are simple, others can be more elaborate. There are different types, some of … Continue reading Pintxo

Jamon

Jamón is integral to Spanish culture and cuisine. There exist two great traditions of artisanal cured hams in Spain. Jamón Serrano is a cured country ham made from conventional pork. Fresh packed hams in sea salt are hung from their rafters to cure for a year to eighteen months. Today, Jamón Serrano comprises about 90% of Spain’s annual ham production. The hams are made from Duroc, Pietrain, Landrace or other large white pigs. Jamón Serrano is firmer with a consistent texture, some marbling, a warm red color and a deep ham flavor. Jamón Ibérico de Bellota is considered the world’s … Continue reading Jamon

Paella

Learn More about Paella Paella is a dish from Valencia, Spain. Paella takes its name from the wide, shallow traditional pan used to cook the dish on an open fire. Paella means “frying pan” in the local language in Valencia. Paella Valenciana is the traditional paella of the Valencia region and consists of round grain rice, bajoqueta and tavella (varieties of green beans), rabbit, chicken, sometimes duck, garrofó (a variety of lima or butter bean) and optionally snails. Olive oil is used as a base, and saffron and (sometimes) whole rosemary branches are used as seasoning. Paella de marisco (seafood … Continue reading Paella

Buffalo Wings

The Story of Buffalo Wings The Buffalo wing was invented in 1964 at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York by Teressa Bellissimo. Each wing is an unbreaded chicken wing section that is generally deep-fried then coated or dipped in a sauce consisting of a vinegar-based cayenne pepper hot sauce and melted butter prior to serving. Several versions of the story of the invention of the Buffalo wing have been circulated including: Teresa invented the wings as a snack for her son and he friends Teresa invented the wings as a nice gesture for the Catholic patrons of her bar … Continue reading Buffalo Wings