November 23, 2020
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Who doesn’t love bringing back travel souvenirs? Do you often find yourself tossing away old “I Heart Italy” keychains or “Greetings from Mexico” T-shirts? Well, just say “no” to more cheap souvenirs. Here are a few mementos sure to spark conversation during your Spanish-themed dinner parties.
1) Ceramicas de la Talavera
Ceramicas de la Talavera are a traditional pottery style found in Toledo. I suggest that you do some research on shops that carry the best ceramics in Toledo, but don’t worry if you can’t make it to Toledo itself. Madrid is home to Antigua Casa Talavera, a family-owned ceramic shop since 1904. (Note: you must ring the doorbell to enter the shop!) You might spend a little more than your average souvenir but it’s totally worth it, trust me! My flowers look amazing in my Talavera vase. The compliments never stop.
2) Extra virgin olive oil
Good olive oil is the perfect touch to your Spanish feast back home! Experience olive oil tastings on our various Spanish culinary trips, such as Taste of Seville in Andalusia or A Capital Culinary Adventure in Madrid, perfect chances to snag a bottle or two of genuine extra virgin DO (designation of origin) Spanish olive oil!
Saffron, or azafrán in Spanish, can be found throughout Spain but La Mancha is known for having the finest in the world. Saffron is a key ingredient in Spanish cuisine and perfect for Paella dinner parties back home! You can find it any market in Spain, including the famed Boqueria in Barcelona. And it’s much cheaper than you’ll find in the U.S.!
Experience the boqueria market during a cooking class in Barcelona!
Wine is a must! You will come across some of the best DO Spanish wine in Basque Country, northern Spain, and Castilla-La Mancha, central Spain, to name a couple. In Andalusia, Spain’s south, one of the most important is the Jerez DO, where the famous Andalusian sherry (Vino de Jerez) is produced. Experience sherry tastings in Andalusia during our Insider’s Gourmet Tour of Spain & Cooking in Andalusian Olive Country.
Follow these tips and you’ll be ready to host your authentic Spanish dinner party back home!
By Darlene Pereda
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