What was I thinking? Open a Ceramics Store in Seattle? What was I smoking?!

What was I thinking?  Open a Ceramics Store in Seattle?  What was I smoking?!
Six years ago in 2012, I was frantically preparing to open a “Holiday Store” in the largest mall in the Northwest US – in Tukwila, Washington (a suburb of Seattle, sort of near the airport).  I had run some numbers and was convinced that the margins allowed for factory direct purchase, importation into the US, … Continue reading What was I thinking? Open a Ceramics Store in Seattle? What was I smoking?!

When the work days don’t end in Spain

When the work days don’t end in Spain
This is a tribute to the men and women of Macetas Gonzalez. Let me start by asking, “How many of us have worked long days?”  We all have probably?  Many workers face long days during seasons such as a harvest.  When the crop is ripe and the conditions are correct, days don’t quit until the … Continue reading When the work days don’t end 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?

“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?

Remembering our loved ones

Remembering our loved ones
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

Extra Virgin Olive Oil Taste Test – Pullman, WA

Extra Virgin Olive Oil Taste Test – Pullman, WA
Head to head comparison of olive oils just like the old Coke vs Pepsi challenge.  Here at GringoCool, we are encouraging head to head taste tests between our Spanish, organic extra virgin olive oil and any takers.  We want people to discover the difference themselves because we believe our organic EVOO is unbeatable for flavoring salads … Continue reading Extra Virgin Olive Oil Taste Test – Pullman, WA

Introducing “Cold Pressed Elixir” from GringoCool

Introducing “Cold Pressed Elixir” from GringoCool
We are happy to introduce our new, Spanish, organic extra virgin olive oil called Cold Pressed Elixir by GringoCool.  Our goal is to serve our customers by staying true to three pillars. Provide the Real Thing Many US consumers have not had the chance to experience or taste real extra virgin olive oil.  In the … Continue reading Introducing “Cold Pressed Elixir” from GringoCool

Classic Recipe for Tortilla Espanola

Classic Recipe for Tortilla Espanola
There are several tapas that are the bread and butter of Spain.  The Spanish Tortilla is one of them.  Really, who can argue with potatoes, eggs and onions?  The Tortilla Espanola is a fabulous appetizer.  Rebecca Brand was kind enough to feature our Tierra Collection of terracotta pottery in a recent recipe video she made.  Please … Continue reading Classic Recipe for Tortilla Espanola