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DON'S TRAVELS

LA TIENDA'S FOUNDER, DON HARRIS, REFLECTS ON THE FASCINATING CULTURE & CUISINE OF SPAIN

Cooking Tips We Learned in Spain

DON'S BLOG

Cooking Tips We Learned in Spain

One of my favorite childhood memories growing up in El Puerto de Santa María in southern Spain is of wandering the town market, walking past piles of colorful ripe vegetables, aromatic cheeses and seafood fresh from the ocean. I remember one older woman sat next to a basket of brine shrimp. Every few minutes she would tap the basket, triggering the tiny crustaceans to jump in the air, proving...

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Artisan Saffron

PRODUCT STORIES

Artisan Saffron

Beautiful, fragrant saffron is the essential ingredient to paella, and many other classic Spanish dishes. These valuable threads impart a golden hue and deep, aromatic taste to any dish it flavors. Saffron is the stigma of the crocus flower, laboriously plucked by hand and toasted to perfection.

Our saffron comes from a small family supplier from the town of Minaya. It was rated as the...

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REGIONS OF SPAIN

Castilla - La Mancha

What an amazing variety of cities and products, castles and crocuses in this fascinating part of Spain! We have traveled here and there over the region, but from the moment we first began exploring Spain, we were attracted to Toledo, just about an hour south of Madrid. There you can see a fascinating mosaic of all that has occurred in Spain over the past 2000 years.

We particularly like...

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Essential Spain: Off the Beaten Track

ITINERARIES

Essential Spain: Off the Beaten Track

This is an itinerary I designed for a couple who wanted to get immersed in the heart of Spain while avoiding the usual tourist destinations. This was a little over two weeks, which I think is the minimum to do Spain justice. Even with that, we only concentrated on perhaps one third of the country, always bear in mind that there are 17 autonomous regions with their own distinct styles and sometimes...

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