Box Store Olive Oil Not Up to Par – Even in Spain!

Box Store Olive Oil Not Up to Par – Even in Spain!
More than half of the extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) sold in Spanish supermarkets and superstores does not pass standardized taste tests.  Wow! This, according to an article recently published in El Pais (a leading newspaper of Spain).  See article here. Of course this is controversial.  Olive oil merchants are intent on making a profit, and one … Continue reading Box Store Olive Oil Not Up to Par – Even in Spain!

Plate size – What’s in your Cupboard?

Plate size – What’s in your Cupboard?
Straight up?  This is a post about the importance of plate size.  In the States, the average dinner plate size has increased by a third since 1960 – from 9 inches to 12 inches. Bigger plates encourage larger portions and the consumption of more calories.   In 1961, the average US citizen consumed 2,880 calories per … Continue reading Plate size – What’s in your Cupboard?

Seville Beauty Pageant – The April Fair Parade

Seville Beauty Pageant – The April Fair Parade
It is April and here in Andalusia, the annual Beauty Pageant has started in Seville.  For months now the beauties of Andalusia have been on a special diet and exercising daily.  Days are counted down as each contestant’s hair is brushed and they are told they are the most beautiful creation in the world. I … Continue reading Seville Beauty Pageant – The April Fair Parade

GringoCool Olive Oil, Taste Testing Parties – the Millenial Pepsi Challenge!

GringoCool Olive Oil, Taste Testing Parties – the Millenial Pepsi Challenge!
Since we launched our GringoCool brand of Spanish extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), we have encouraged our friends and family to hold test tastes in their neighborhoods.  We are very proud of the quality of EVOO that we sell, and we will gladly put ours in a test taste with any –mano a mano!  – bring … Continue reading GringoCool Olive Oil, Taste Testing Parties – the Millenial Pepsi Challenge!

“Spanish Ceramics” made in China

“Spanish Ceramics” made in China
This is a real problem.  There is a large population of artisans in Spain that produce beautiful, top quality ceramics.  There are no regulations in the Spain that require a product to carry a label on where it is made.  For example, in the U.S., you can pick up a piece of tableware, turn it … Continue reading “Spanish Ceramics” made in China

Why do I like GringoCool EVOO so much?

Why do I like GringoCool EVOO so much?
As you can imagine, in our house we always have extra virgin olive oil. From being a luxury item in my parent’s household when I was a kid, it’s THE oil we use for cooking in our home now. Every time Steve goes to the oil mill where GringoCool EVOO is bottled, he buys a … Continue reading Why do I like GringoCool EVOO so much?

Golfing Andalusia – Where up is down, and left bounces off ivy vines covering the old club house

Golfing Andalusia – Where up is down, and left bounces off ivy vines covering the old club house
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

Garlic Shrimp (Gambas al Ajillo) Recipe

Garlic Shrimp (Gambas al Ajillo) Recipe
There are three tricks to preparing garlic shrimp.  First, you must use enough garlic.  The dish is a garlic dish as much as a shrimp dish.  Second, you must use a high quality extra virgin olive oil, and don’t be shy with it.  The third tip is to cook at a low heat and be … Continue reading Garlic Shrimp (Gambas al Ajillo) Recipe