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The Sardana

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The Sardana is a traditional Catalan dance. Danced in a circle, the origins remains unclear. Some report it began in the 16th Century, others say it rose to popularity by tne end of the 19th Century.

In 2010, the Generalitat de Catalunya added the sardana to the Catàleg del Patrimoni Festiu de Catalunya.


Written by Paulo Loreto

August 26, 2012 at 6:35 PM

Boquerones Salad

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Served in New York City food shop Despaña, as their websit edescribes the Boquerones Salad. “Romaine lettuce, tomatoes, bonito tuna and peppers spread. Topped with marinated white anchovies.” An impressively savory lunch.

Located at 408 Broome Street, Despaña serves a variety of tapas and salads in their café and have a full deli of hams, chorizos, and cheeses.

Despaña also has a location in Queens.

Written by Paulo Loreto

August 14, 2012 at 8:32 AM

Posted in Food, New York City, Salad, Spain

Barcelona Marathon

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The annual marathon around the Catalan capital started in 1978. The marathon route starts at the foot of Montjuïc, at the Plaça d’Espanya, it snakes around the city and comes back for the finish.

Both current winners are from Kenya; the women’s winner Emily Samoei is the current course record holder for women runners, finishing in 2:26:53.

Over 10,000 participants took part in the event that year.

Written by Paulo Loreto

June 28, 2012 at 6:34 AM


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A sparkling, very dry white wine from the Basque Country; the wine has a low-alcohol content and is typically served as an aperitif.

The wine is popular with pintxos and other similar bar snacks because it helps cleanse the palette between dishes.

In the Basque Country, just outside of Bilbao, there is a museum devoted to txakoli, the Museo del Txakoli.

Written by Paulo Loreto

June 5, 2012 at 8:23 AM

Posted in Basque, Food, Spain, Wine

Protest in Barcelona

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Following news out of neighboring València of police brutality against student protests, individuals gathered in solidarity with the people of València. Students were protesting the federal government’s planned education cuts as part of the all-encompassing austerity plan in an effort to rescue Spain from economic calamity.

Crowds gathered before the Generalitat de Catalunya and soon began to march.

In València, 25 were arrested; but the real meat of the issue came out with several videos getting posted to the internet showing police beating and dragging protesters.

Protesters performed a short sit in on the Via Laietana.

Written by Paulo Loreto

March 11, 2012 at 5:22 PM

Café Bombón

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Popularized in València, Spain, a coffee treat with such rich texture and sweet taste, the Café Bombón has grown to international popularity. Found in different varieties across Europe and Asia, this style of coffee holds particular acclaim in Malaysia and Thailand.

The drink is traditionally prepared with espresso and condensed milk, in Asia, regular ground coffee is used instead of espresso.

Written by Paulo Loreto

March 9, 2012 at 9:03 AM

Polbo á Feira

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Known throughout Spain as Pulpo a la Gallega (Polbo á Feira in Galician), this octopus dish is traditional fare of the Northwest region of Spain.

The octopus is boiled and seasoned with salt, pepper, and olive oil. The dish is typically served with potatoes and bread.

The wooden plate that the dish is presented on is the traditional serving style.

Written by Paulo Loreto

March 7, 2012 at 5:16 AM

Posted in Food, Galicia, Octopus, Spain