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In 2019, again ranked in the Top 50 Gastronomy Blogs and Websites for Gastronomists & Gastronomes in 2019 by Feedspot. (Last Updated Oct 23, 2019)

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

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 customized gastronomy, wine and cultural tours to Spain. Frequency about 2 posts per week."






"My good friend Gerry Dawes, the unbridled Spanish food and wine enthusiast cum expert whose writing, photography, and countless crisscrossings of the peninsula have done the most to introduce Americans—and especially American food professionals—to my country's culinary life." -- Chef-restaurateur-humanitarian José Andrés of José Andrés ThinkFoodGroup, Nobel Peace Prize Nominee and Oscar Presenter 2019

"Trust me everyone, I have traveled with this man, if Gerry Dawes tells you to eat somewhere it's like Bourdain, believe it!!" - - Chef Mark Kiffin, The Compound Restaurant, Canyon Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

“Spain wouldn’t be as known to Americans without the stories Gerry tells and writes.” - - Superstar Catalan Chef Ferran Adrià, elBulli

"But, for Gerry, Spain is more than just the Adriàs and (Juan Mari and Elena) Arzaks. He has connected with all manner of people working at every level and in every corner of Spain. I’m always amazed at this reach. You can step into a restaurant in the smallest town in Spain, and it turns out they know Gerry somehow. I remember one rainy night in Madrid during the 2003 Madrid Fusión congress. I wanted to go to my favorite place for patatas bravas, the ultimate tapa. But Gerry had another place in mind, and I didn’t know about it. But Gerry is always right. The potatoes at his place were amazing.” - - Chef-restaurateur-humanitarian José Andrés, Nobel Peace Prize Nominee and Oscar Presenter 2019; Chef-partner of Mercado Little Spain at Hudson Yards, New York 2019

"Gerry Dawes loves Spain, and he loves Spanish wines. And the man knows whereof he speaks. The country bestowed upon him its prestigious Premio Nacional de Gastronomia (National Gastronomy Award) in 2003, and here’s what James A. Michener said about him in Iberia: SpanishTravels and Reflections: “In his nearly thirty years of wandering the back roads of Spain, Gerry Dawes has built up a much stronger bank of experiences than I had to rely on when I started writing Iberia … His adventures far exceeded mine in both width and depth … ” I first reached out to Dawes when I was planning a culinary journey to Barcelona, Rioja, and the Basque region of Spain, in 2011. I found his website and began reading, and have been learning from him ever since. Then, when I was preparing to stage at Arzak, in 2012, Dawes offered me some sound advice: learn Basque. He is opinionated – “You must decide whether you love wine or carpentry. If you want wood in your wine, suck on a toothpick as you drink your vino.” – he lives life with passion, and he respects wine and the men and woman who make it. Here’s to Gerry!" - - The Original Drinker: Spanish Wine Master Loves a $15.99 Rosado, Hates Wood and Always Avoids Wine Bars, James Brock, Paper City, papercitymag.com


Food Arts Silver Spoon Award to Gerry Dawes


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

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

 About Blog Author Gerry Dawes, Premio Nacional de Gastronomía (National Gastronomy Award)


Gerry Dawes at Marisquería Rafa in Madrid.
Photo by John Sconzo, Docsconz: Musings on Food & Life 


Custom-designed Wine, Food, Cultural and Photographic Tours of Spain Organized and Led by Gerry Dawes and Spanish Itinerary Planning

7 Days, 7 Nights: Beyond Paella, A Video Culinary, Wine & Travel Adventure in Valencia & Alicante with Gerry Dawes & Special Guests

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4/19/2019

Lorca (Murcia): The Bordados Paso Blanco Museum of Spectacular Embroidered Cloaks Used in the Holy Week Processions


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MuBBla (Museo de Bordados Blanco; Museum of Embroidery, Paso Blanco), King Solomon's Cloak (Original from 1934). 


Banner of Prayer in the Garden and Nazarenos cloaks.  Tunic and elaborate head-dress of the Estandarte De La Oración En El Huerto, the Banner of the Prayer by Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, which is carried and escorted by the Tercio de Nazarenos del Rosario (Tercio is a military term for a division, of Nazarenes, penitents, who escort this banner during processons).  The outfit of these Nazarenos is Gothic inspired.  of the Virgen de la Amargura, of Gothic inspiration. The tunic is embroidered in gold and in the place of the tympanum (triangle space on the front of the skirt of the tunic) there are depictions of the fifteen Misterios del Rosario (Mysteries of the Rosary). The hoods are meant to resemble church spires, with three-dimensional pinnacles embroidered in gold. Capilla del Rosario, Museo de Bordados Paso Blanco, Lorca (Murcia).  


 
The Banner of Jesus Praying in the Garden of Gethsemane.


Detail of Banner of Prayer in the Garden and Nazarenos headresss.  This tunic and elaborate head-dress is of the Estandarte De La Oración En El Huerto, the Banner of the Prayer by Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, which is carried and escorted by the Tercio de Nazarenos del Rosario (Tercio is a military term for a division, of Nazarenes, penitents, who escort this banner during processons).  The outfit of these Nazarenos is Gothic inspired.  The tunic is embroidered in gold and in the place of the tympanum (triangle space on the front of the skirt of the tunic) there are depictions of the fifteen Misterios del Rosario (Mysteries of the Rosary). The hoods are meant to resemble church spires, with three-dimensional pinnacles embroidered in gold.



Nuestra Señora, La Santísima Virgen de la Amargura, Our Lady, the Holiest Virgin of Bitterness, of the Royal and Very Illustrious Order-Archconfraternity of Our Lady of the Rosary, Paso Blanco, in La Capilla del Rosario, Lorca (Murcia).  The Virgin of the present Amargura is the 1949 work of Jose Sanchez Lozano, the former image of the Virgen de la Amargura was sculpted in 1756 by Francisco Salzillo, but that image was destroyed in the civil war in 1936.   The present image one represents the Virgin Mary looking with her arms raised looking with crystal tears to Heaven in the moment after the death of Jesus.  This image is much revered by the people of Lorca, since she the Virgen representing the Paso Blanco, one of the two main religious brotherhoods that participate in Semana Santa.  She is only brought out on Holy Friday.


Nuestra Señora, La Santísima Virgen de la Amargura, Our Lady, the Holiest Virgin of Bitterness, of the Royal and Very Illustrious Order-Archconfraternity of Our Lady of the Rosary, Paso Blanco, in La Capilla del Rosario, Lorca (Murcia). 




Nuestra Señora, La Santísima Virgen de la Amargura, Our Lady, the Holiest Virgin of Bitterness, of the Royal and Very Illustrious Order-Archconfraternity of Our Lady of the Rosary, Paso Blanco, in La Capilla del Rosario, Lorca (Murcia).



One of the ornately embroidered Paso Blanco religious confraternity robes worn by the Mayordomos, who lead the processions during Holy Week in Lorca.  The outfit of these Nazarenos is Gothic inspired.  The tunic is embroidered in gold and in the place of the tympanum (triangle space on the front of the skirt of the tunic) there are depictions of the fifteen Misterios del Rosario (Mysteries of the Rosary). The hoods are meant to resemble church spires, with three-dimensional pinnacles embroidered in gold.In the Capilla del Rosario, home church of La Virgen de la Amargura. 


Manto de Betsabé (Esposa del Rey David y Madre del Rey Solomón), Bathsheba´s Cape (King David´s Wife and King Solomon´s Mother), 2011.


Caballería de la Reina de Saba Capeta del Negro (Emilio Felices, 1935), Queen of Sheba´s Cavalry, Black Abyssinian Slave´s Cloak.



 Representation in bas-relief of the costaleros-penitentes, the penitents, now both men and women, who bear the heavy floats through the streets during Holy Week, Museo de Bordados Paso Blanco, Lorca (Murcia).


The costaleros-penitentes, the penitents, now both men and women (before usually only men in most Holy Week processions), who carry the heavy floats bearing religious images for several hours through the streets during Holy Week, Lorca (Murcia).    It takes eighty-eight of these penitents from the Paso Azul (Blue group, not the Paso Blanco, or white group) to carry the float of el Misterio de la Coronación de Espinas, showing Roman soldiers escorting Christ to his crucifixion and putting a crown of thorns on his head. 



 
The Paso Azul float of el Misterio de la Coronación de Espinas, showing Roman soldiers escorting Christ to his crucifixion and putting a crown of thorns on his head. 



 The Paso Azul float of el Misterio de la Coronación de Espinas, showing Roman soldiers escorting Christ to his crucifixion and putting a crown of thorns on his head. 


Capilla del Rosario, Lorca, home of Nuestra Señora de las Angustias, one of the major Virgin figures brought out by the Paso Blanco group.  The Museo de Bordados Paso Blanco, Lorca (Murcia) Embroidery Museum, which is housed in an extension of this chapel. 



Museo de Bordados Paso Blanco, Lorca (Murcia) Embroidery Museum. 


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  Shall deeds of Caesar or Napoleon ring
More true than Don Quixote's vapouring?
Hath winged Pegasus more nobly trod
Than Rocinante stumbling up to God?
 
Poem by Archer M. Huntington inscribed under the Don Quixote on his horse Rocinante bas-relief sculpture by his wife, Anna Vaughn Hyatt Huntington,
in the courtyard of the Hispanic Society of America’s incredible museum at 613 W. 155th Street, New York City.
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About Gerry Dawes

My good friend Gerry Dawes, the unbridled Spanish food and wine enthusiast cum expert whose writing, photography, and countless crisscrossings of the peninsula have done the most to introduce Americans—and especially American food professionals—to my country's culinary life." -- Chef-restaurateur-humanitarian José Andrés, Nobel Peace Prize Nominee and Oscar Presenter 2019


Gerry Dawes is the Producer and Program Host of Gerry Dawes & Friends, a weekly radio progam on Pawling Public Radio in Pawling, New York (streaming live and archived at www.pawlingpublicradio.org and at www.beatofthevalley.com.)

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. 
 
Pilot for a reality television series on wine, gastronomy, culture and travel in Spain.
 

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