This past weekend, I participated in a golf tournament at Arcos de la Frontera. Arcos de la Frontera is one of the fabled “white villages” of southern Spain. I have visited and poked around Arcos on several occasions with my family and friends that come to visit but I had no idea that there was … Continue reading Golfing Andalusia – Where up is down, and left bounces off ivy vines covering the old club house
Being from the States, I grew up with butter. Low calorie margarine made a big move in the mid-70s and I ate a lot of that also. My family did not use much olive oil. As an adult living in the States, we sometimes had a bottle of “olive oil” in the house, but again, … Continue reading Cooking with Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Spain
Wonder, Read, Taste, Be Cool Wonder Halloween, All Saints Day, and the Day of the Dead are all end of October or beginning of November celebrations in the Western Hemisphere. While the Anglo Halloween tradition is marked more by the spirits of terrifying or magical creatures, monsters, and bloody bodies, the Spanish tradition is more into remembering the loved ones … Continue reading Remembering our loved ones
The 2017 summer was hot and dry here in southern Spain. Not much precipitation at all…… which bodes well for fans of flavorful Spanish extra virgin olive oil. Just like any other fruit, when there is an abundance of moisture during the growing season, the fruit becomes fat and juicy and the olive oil extracted … Continue reading The 2018 Olive Harvest Has Begun in Spain
On a short afternoon run through the olive orchard behind the house, I ran by a crew picking olives. After the run, I went back with my camera. I found Lucas who is the supervisor of the crew and asked if I could take some pictures. He said sure, no problem. Lucas runs a … Continue reading Olive Harvest Crew Near Sevilla
Over the decades, Grandma’s remedies such as a spoonful of codfish oil each morning has been replaced with supplements and visits to the doctor for drugs to improve symptoms of illness. Now, I am beginning to think many people are finding their way back to Grandma’s remedies. Since GringoCool launched “Cold Pressed Elixir“, an organic … Continue reading Essential Oils – Grandma’s Remedies?
How do you survive a 1200 mile walk through the wilderness filled with Bears? Good question and I don’t have the answer. But Kent L. will be able to fill me in by Thanksgiving. Kent is my 19 year old nephew and he is solo hiking the Pacific Northwest Trail, which starts on the east side … Continue reading Kent’s Odyssey – The Pacific Northwest Trail
Several nights ago, I was preparing a pasta dish and I was bowled over when I added an “extra virgin olive oil” from Croatia to a pot of very hot water. It was late in the day, I had not turned the kitchen lights on so lighting was dim. Below is the picture that will … Continue reading How do you say “Olive Oil Fraud” in Croatian?
There are no road maps for small businesses. Small businesses cannot sit still. New business is critical for long-term success. And in this climate of continual movement and business development, success or failure results from variables many times not fully recognized or understood. Many times, small businesses have to “fly by the seat of … Continue reading How GringoCool Selects a Spanish Extra Virgin Olive Oil for Bottling