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Food Arts Silver Spoon Award to Gerry Dawes


 Premio Nacional de Gastronomía - - James Beard Foundation Nomination (Best Wine Writing) - - Premio Cava

Gerry Dawes's Article Medieval Riches of El Cid's City (About Burgos, Spain)
Front Page, The New York Times Sunday Travel Section



7/15/2013

Madrid Classic: La Casa del Abuelo for Gambas al Ajillo (fired in stove-top clay ceramics cazuelas or caceroles).



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Gamba (shrimp) painted on a window at La Casa del Abuelo, Madrid, specialist in gambas al ajillo fired in stove-top clay ceramics cazuelas or caceroles.  Photo: Gerry Dawes©2012 / gerrydawes@aol.com

 Gambas al ajillo being cooked in a stove-top cazuela at La Casa del Abuelo (grandfather's place), Madrid. 
Photo: Gerry Dawes©2012 / gerrydawes@aol.com

 
 Firing gambas al ajillo in a stove-top cazuela at La Casa del Abuelo (Grandfather's place), Madrid.  
Photo: Gerry Dawes©2012 / gerrydawes@aol.com

___________________________________________________ About Gerry Dawes

Gerry Dawes was awarded Spain's prestigious Premio Nacional de Gastronomía (National Gastronomy Award) in 2003. He writes and speaks frequently on Spanish wine and gastronomy and leads gastronomy, wine and cultural tours to Spain. He was a finalist for the 2001 James Beard Foundation's Journalism Award for Best Magazine Writing on Wine, won The Cava Institute's First Prize for Journalism for his article on cava in 2004, was awarded the CineGourLand “Cinéfilos y Gourmets” (Cinephiles & Gourmets) prize in 2009 in Getxo (Vizcaya) and received the 2009 Association of Food Journalists Second Prize for Best Food Feature in a Magazine for his Food Arts article, a retrospective piece about Catalan star chef, Ferran Adrià. 

In 2009, Dawes was awarded the Food Arts Silver Spoon Award in a profile written by José Andrés

". . .That we were the first to introduce American readers to Ferran Adrià in 1997 and have ever since continued to bring you a blow-by-blow narrative of Spain's riveting ferment is chiefly due to our Spanish correspondent, Gerry "Mr. Spain" Dawes, the messianic wine and food journalist raised in Southern Illinois and possessor of a self-accumulated doctorate in the Spanish table. Gerry once again brings us up to the very minute. . ." - - Michael & Ariane Batterberry, Editor-in-Chief/Publisher and Founding Editor/Publisher, Food Arts, October 2009. 
 
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Mr. Dawes is currently working on a reality television series  
on wine, gastronomy, culture and travel in Spain.
 

Madrid Classic: Painting at the original Las Bravas (Callejón del Gato, 3 Madrid), the place where patatas bravas, a Madrid-origen specialty, originated.



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Painting at the original Las Bravas (Callejón del Gato, 3 Madrid), the place where patatas bravas, a Madrid-origen specialty, originated (the owners have a registered patent on the sauce).  Patatas bravas subsequently became a tapas famous around the world. This incredible painting is one of my all-time favorites of a culinary subject (second only to the original that used to hang over the bar at La Bravas and for years hung there with a big tear in it).  
Photo by Gerry Dawes©2009 / gerrydawes@aol.com

Madrid Classics. Taurine aficionados' hangout Viña ‘P’ bar-restaurant, Plaza Santa Ana



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Madrid Classics. Taurine aficionados' hangout Viña ‘P’ bar-restaurant, Plaza Santa Ana, Madrid.  
Photos by Gerry Dawes©2009. Contact: gerrydawes@aol.com / Facebook / Twitter.

Al Andalus Train, New Camino de Santiago Itinerary to Open July 21



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 Al Andalus from the Luxury Train Club
Al Andalus Train, New Camino de Santiago Itinerary  - new and innovative route, 6 days and 5 nights, Zaragoza to A Coruña. 
The itinerary will include visits to La Rioja, Burgos, Astorga, Santiago de Compostela, Pontevedra and Vigo. 

La Rioja – wine tasting in a classic bodega of world-renowned Rioja wine; 

Burgos – Castilian history, El Cid and superb Gothic architecture.

Astorga - founded by the Romans, famous for pastries and chocolate; 

Santiago de Compostela – the final destination of pilgrims who have for over 1,000 years walked the St. James Way, ‘El Camino de Santiago’, to the Cathedral where the remains of the apostle Saint James are buried; 

Pontevedra – (derived from Old Bridge in Latin), sitting between mountains and the sea, with typical Galician mansions (pazos) and its shellfish cuisine accompanied by the local Albariño wine. 

Vigo – Galicia’s largest city and seaport, with a long and often turbulent history reflected in its architecture and culture; 

A Coruña – an important sea port for centuries, it played a key role in the Napoleonic Wars in the early 18th century. 

Departure dates from Zaragoza: 21 and 28 July 2013 

Prices per person for this special 6-days / 5-nights journey 

Superior Suite, double € 3,650 Superior Suite, single € 4,850 Standard Suite, double € 2,950 Standard Suite, single € 3,950 Triple supplement (children under 12) : € 1,000 

Contact us for more information and availability. - See more at: http://www.luxurytrainclub.com/press/al-andalus-st-james-itinerary



Al Andalus Camino de Santiago Itinerary

Zaragoza – Santiago de Compostela- A Coruña

Sunday July 21, AVE Madrid Atocha to Zaragoza Delicias, Visit to Zaragoza, Night in Miranda de Ebro

After the arrival of the group at 12:00h in the Delicias de Zaragoza station and comfortably boarding on the train, we will go eat in the city centre where we will visit in the beginning early afternoon. Zaragoza was founded by Cesar Augusta in the year 24 a. C. Under the name Medina Albaida Sarakosta, the Arabs turned the ancient Roman city into one of the major centres of the cultural world during its time. An exceptional relic from this time period is the palace-fortress of the Aljafería, which has been magnificently preserved. We will also visit La Plaza de Las Catedrales which is the meeting place of the very significant buildings la Basílica del Pilar and la Catedral of San Salvador. 

  Monument to Goya in the center of Zaragoza. 
Photo: Gerry Dawes©2010 / gerrydawes@aol.com.


Nuestra Sra. del Pilar, Artisan Chocolate Shop near the Cathedral.  Souvenir of Zaragoza: "It is a sin. . .not to try it."  Photo: Gerry Dawes©2010 / gerrydawes@aol.com.


La Catedral-Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar de Zaragoza, image of La Virgen del Pilar.
Photo: Gerry Dawes©2010 / gerrydawes@aol.com.



Nuestra Señora del Pilar de Zaragoza, image of La Virgen del Pilar. Image in a shop near the Cathedral. 
 Photo: Gerry Dawes©2010 / gerrydawes@aol.com.  

After the visit to Zaragoza, the train will to take us on the journey to Miranda de Ebro and during the trip we will have our first dinner on board.

We will spend the night with the train stationed in Miranda de Ebro (Burgos province).
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About Gerry Dawes   

Gerry Dawes was awarded Spain's prestigious Premio Nacional de Gastronomía (National Gastronomy Award) in 2003. He writes and speaks frequently on Spanish wine and gastronomy and leads gastronomy, wine and cultural tours to Spain. He was a finalist for the 2001 James Beard Foundation's Journalism Award for Best Magazine Writing on Wine, won The Cava Institute's First Prize for Journalism for his article on cava in 2004, was awarded the CineGourLand “Cinéfilos y Gourmets” (Cinephiles & Gourmets) prize in 2009 in Getxo (Vizcaya) and received the 2009 Association of Food Journalists Second Prize for Best Food Feature in a Magazine for his Food Arts article, a retrospective piece about Catalan star chef, Ferran Adrià. 


 ". . .That we were the first to introduce American readers to Ferran Adrià in 1997 and have ever since continued to bring you a blow-by-blow narrative of Spain's riveting ferment is chiefly due to our Spanish correspondent, Gerry "Mr. Spain" Dawes, the messianic wine and food journalist raised in Southern Illinois and possessor of a self-accumulated doctorate in the Spanish table. Gerry once again brings us up to the very minute. . ." - - Michael & Ariane Batterberry, Editor-in-Chief/Publisher and Founding Editor/Publisher, Food Arts.
 
video
Mr. Dawes is currently working on a reality television series
on wine, gastronomy, culture and travel in Spain.
 

Madrid Classics: Lhardy, one of Madrid's greatest delicatessens.


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Gerry Dawes at Lhardy, one of Madrid's greatest delicatessens.  This historic place dates to the 19th Century and has a full service restaurant upstairs.  Stopping between noon and 2 pm for a cup of bouillon, spiked with a Sherry of your own choosing (and pour) and accompanied by a self-service canape and a glass of cool water from a samovar, is a venerated Madrid custom. 
Photo by Docsconz, John Sconzo.

7/12/2013

Authentic Sevilla Gazpacho Doña María


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Bowl of gazpacho or what's left of a bowl of gazpacho. 
Photo: Gerry Dawes©2011 / gerrydawes@aol.com.

Authentic Sevilla Gazpacho Doña María, named after my Spanish mother, María Franco, who showed my former wife, Diana Valenti, and I how to do it. Many Sevillanas use green pepper, I use red pepper. The six guarniciones are: diced tomatoes, cucumbers, onions (I use chopped scallions), green bell pepper (I use red), cubed bread and chopped hard cooked eggs. 

In latter day Spain, in the days before the crisis anyway, in some places, as a sign of their prosperity I guess, they began the fashion of added chopped jamón Ibérico as a garnish. I do not. That takes this wonderful all-veggie dish out of the vegetarian category, is superfluous and dimishes the greatness of the dish, IMHO.


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Gazpacho Slide Show

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About Gerry Dawes  

Gerry Dawes was awarded Spain's prestigious Premio Nacional de Gastronomía (National Gastronomy Award) in 2003. He writes and speaks frequently on Spanish wine and gastronomy and leads gastronomy, wine and cultural tours to Spain. He was a finalist for the 2001 James Beard Foundation's Journalism Award for Best Magazine Writing on Wine, won The Cava Institute's First Prize for Journalism for his article on cava in 2004, was awarded the CineGourLand “Cinéfilos y Gourmets” (Cinephiles & Gourmets) prize in 2009 in Getxo (Vizcaya) and received the 2009 Association of Food Journalists Second Prize for Best Food Feature in a Magazine for his Food Arts article, a retrospective piece about Catalan star chef, Ferran Adrià. 


". . .That we were the first to introduce American readers to Ferran Adrià in 1997 and have ever since continued to bring you a blow-by-blow narrative of Spain's riveting ferment is chiefly due to our Spanish correspondent, Gerry "Mr. Spain" Dawes, the messianic wine and food journalist raised in Southern Illinois and possessor of a self-accumulated doctorate in the Spanish table. Gerry once again brings us up to the very minute. . ." - - Michael & Ariane Batterberry, Editor-in-Chief/Publisher and Founding Editor/Publisher, Food Arts, October 2009. 

 
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Trailer for a proposed reality television series on wine, gastronomy, culture and travel in Spain.
 
The Spanish Artisan Wine Group - Gerry Dawes Selections

Experience Spain With Gerry Dawes: Customized Culinary, Wine & Cultural Trips to Spain & Travel Consulting on Spain

 Gerry Dawes can be reached at gerrydawes@aol.com

7/07/2013

Iconic Food and Wine Photographs From Spain



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This painting at Madrid's Las Bravas, where patatas bravas originated,  used to hang over the bar in its original form (complete with a prominent tear in the canvas).  Now it appears to be a faithful reproduction--without the hole in the canvas--and it hangs in its own special place at the far end of the restaurant, which has now been remodeled to resemble something like a Spanish McDonald's. This piece is so incredibly camp that it is one of my favorite culinary works of art in Spain, or anywhere else for that matter.  Ole, Las Bravas!

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(Double click on image, go to Picasa web albums, click on slideshow and the F11 for full screen view.)
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About Gerry Dawes  

Gerry Dawes's Spain: An Insider's Guide to Spanish Food, Wine, Culture and Travel  

Gerry Dawes was awarded Spain's prestigious Premio Nacional de Gastronomía (National Gastronomy Award) in 2003. He writes and speaks frequently on Spanish wine and gastronomy and leads gastronomy, wine and cultural tours to Spain. He was a finalist for the 2001 James Beard Foundation's Journalism Award for Best Magazine Writing on Wine, won The Cava Institute's First Prize for Journalism for his article on cava in 2004, was awarded the CineGourLand “Cinéfilos y Gourmets” (Cinephiles & Gourmets) prize in 2009 in Getxo (Vizcaya) and received the 2009 Association of Food Journalists Second Prize for Best Food Feature in a Magazine for his Food Arts article, a retrospective piece about Catalan star chef, Ferran Adrià. 

In December, 2009, Dawes was the subject of the Food Arts Silver Spoon Award in a profile written by José Andrés

". . .That we were the first to introduce American readers to Ferran Adrià in 1997 and have ever since continued to bring you a blow-by-blow narrative of Spain's riveting ferment is chiefly due to our Spanish correspondent, Gerry "Mr. Spain" Dawes, the messianic wine and food journalist raised in Southern Illinois and possessor of a self-accumulated doctorate in the Spanish table. Gerry once again brings us up to the very minute. . ." - - Michael & Ariane Batterberry, Editor-in-Chief/Publisher and Founding Editor/Publisher, Food Arts, October 2009. 
 
video
Mr. Dawes is currently working on a reality television series 
on wine, gastronomy, culture and travel in Spain.

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