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Gazpacho

Gazpacho can be enjoyed year-round, but an abundance of fresh, ripe tomatoes and warm summer evenings make August the perfect time to enjoy one of our favorite dishes from Andalucía.  VBT Associate, Leila, provided us with her family’s take on the classic raw soup.

 

Ingredients

  • 4 large tomatoes, peeled
  • 1 cucumber peeled and seeded
  • 1 small onion
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 pepper
  • 1 slice of bread, crust removed
  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Water
  • Tabasco
  • Salt and Pepper

Preparation

  • Puree first 5 ingredients until well blended
  • Add bread and continue to blend
  • Add vinegar, slowly drizzle olive oil and blend until smooth
  • Add water to adjust consistency if too thick
  • Season withTabasco, salt and pepper to taste

Leila suggests serving grilled or roasted prawns alongside the Gazpacho and pairing the meal with a Rose or a Sherry for a full palette of flavors.  ¡Buen provecho!

The Art of Flamenco

The Running of the Bulls may have wrapped up on July 14th, but there remains another iconic pastime that can be experienced at any time of year in Spain: Flamenco.

While the thought of Southern Spainmay conjure images of white villages, gentle hills, and refreshing sangria, at the heart of Andalusían culture, complementing its rustic landscape, is the art of Flamenco.  A culmination of Roman, Moorish, Christian, and Jewish influence, the folk dance has served as one the most prominent features of Spanish culture since the 18th century.  Initially evolving out of Gypsy culture, its origins are enveloped in mystery.  Yet, Flamenco has survived centuries to develop into a cultural emblem known throughout the world.

More than simply a genre of music or dance, Flamenco combines cante (singing), toque (guitar), and danza (dance) to create a captivating, all encompassing sensory experience.  The cultural tradition can be taken in at a Peña Flamenca, a traditional Flamenco club, a Tabloa, a modern establishment designed specifically for Flamenco performance, or even occasionally in an impromptu juerga (jam session).  Regardless of the venue, after experiencing Flamenco, most agree that the art is truly a “Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity,”  as UNESCO declared it just last year.

Experience the eloquence and mystique of Flamenco for yourself and join us on one of our favorite warm winter getaways,Spain: Under the Andalusian Sky, where we enjoy a visit to a Peña Flamenca on Day 4.

Click here to view a video of our Spain Trip, featuring a Flamenco dance.

 

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