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!
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
12 factors that impact the quality of extra virgin olive oil
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?
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
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
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