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

"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; Chef-partner of Mercado Little Spain at Hudson Yards, New York 2019

8/28/2022

7 Days, 7 Nights: Beyond Paella, A Video Culinary, Wine & Travel Adventure in Valencia & Alicante with Gerry Dawes & Special Guests Including New York Chef Terrance Brennan


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Las Fallas, Valencia, March 19 Día de San José, fireworks and the burning of the giant fallas statues in the streets. 
 
 
 Las Fallas, Valencia, March 19 Día de San José, fireworks and the burning of the giant fallas statues in the streets.


 
 Arroz con conejo y caracoles (paella with rabbit and snails, cooked over grape vine cuttings), Casa Elias, Xinorlet (Alicante). 
Photograph copyright by Gerry Dawes / gerrydawes@aol.com. 

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Pilot Trailer for a Proposed Television Reality Series
(Click on the arrow to play.)
All Rights Reserved, EO Agency, Copyright

Filmed in Valencia, Alicante, Denia, Monóver, Xinorlet, Parcent, L'Albufera, El Palmar, Alfafar

Special Thanks to:


- Iberia Airlines of Spain

- Turespaña, The National Tourist Office of Spain in New York (Javier Piñanes, Director; Pilar Vico, Public Relations Director) 

- Executive Director Bisila Bokoko of The Spain-U.S. Chamber of Commerce

- La Comunitat Valenciana and Press Liason Juan Llantada

- Ayuntamiento de Valencia

- Mercat Central de Valencia

- Chef Terrance Brennan (Picholine & Artisanal Restaurants, New York City)

- María José San Román (Monastrell & La Taberna del Gourmet, Alicante);
'Pitu' Perramón & Jorge Perramón (Bar Tribeca, Alicante); Geni Perramón (Taberna del Gourmet, Alicante)

- Felipe and Pilar Gútierrez de la Vega (Bodegas Gútierrez de la Vega, Parcent, Alicante)

- Salvador and Rafael Poveda (Bodegas Salvador Poveda, Monóver, Alicante)

- Quique Dacosta (El Poblet, Denia, Alicante)

- Familia Ferrer, La Posada del Mar (Denia, Alicante)

- Casa Elias (Xinorlet, Alicante)

- 'Sento' El Tio Pastilla Paseos en Barca (El Palmar, L'Albufera, Valencia)

- Raúl & Pilar Aleixandre (Ca Sento, Valencia)

- Emiliano García (Casa Montaña, Valencia)

- La Cuitat des Artes y Ciències, Valencia.

- Submarino Restaurante in L'Oceanografíc (La Cuitat des Artes y Ciències, Valencia).

- Very Special Thanks to guests Geraldine Paz; Eduardo Fontán and to Roberto Alcázar and Àdria Jover, EO Agency, New York.


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8/05/2022

Madrid: Restaurante Botín, the Oldest Continually Operated Restaurant in the World, an Ernest Hemingway Favorite Where He Placed Some of the Final Scenes in The Sun Also Rises and a Favorite of Mine for Decades


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Restaurante Botín, Madrid. 
Photograph by Gerry Dawes©2019. gerrydawes@aol.com
 
Casa Sobrino de Botín
 
 A window commemorating Ernest Hemingway at Casa Botín, an EH favorite which figured prominently in the final pages of The Sun Also Rises.

Casa Sobrino de Botín was an EH favorite from the mid-1920s until he died.  The restaurant figured prominently in the final pages of The Sun Also Rises. I have  long been a friend of the owners of Casa Botín, so they lend him the restaurant's copy of Fiesta (The Sun Also Rises) and I  read the passages in the book that are set in this famous restaurant, which is claimed in the Guiness Book of Records to be the oldest continually operating restaurant in the world.
 

Gerry reading scenes set in Casa Botín from Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises.

"We lunched upstairs at Botin’s. It is one of the best restaurants in the world. We had roast young suckling pig and drank rioja alta. Brett did not eat much. She never ate much. I ate a very big meal and drank three bottles of rioja alta."--Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises
 
 
Long-time friend Antonio González, owner of Restauraunte Botin joined me at my favorite table, the single mesa behind the bar that is reserved for friends of the family at Restaurante Sobrinos de Botín, at Restauraunte Botin, Madrid. Antonio posed with my book Sunset in a Glass.  #RestauranteBotin
 
 
My friend Javier Sánchez, Director Adjunto of Restaurante Sobrinos de Botín, at Restauraunte Botin, Madrid. #RestauranteBotin
 
 
Javier Sánchez, Director Adjunto of Restaurante Sobrinos de Botín, with me and Mike Reiss, long-time writer-producer-character creator for The Simpsons, May 2022. at my favorite table, the single mesa behind the bar that is reserved for friends of the family at Restaurante Sobrinos de Botín, at Restauraunte Botin, Madrid.
 

Jamón Ibérico, gazpacho and red sangría at Casa Botín at my preferred table, the private table behind the bar at the entrance to this great restaurante.
 

Javier Sánchez, Director Adjunto of Restaurante Sobrinos de Botín, serves guarnición (chopped fresh tomato, bell pepper, onions and cubes of bread) for gazpacho to Mike Reiss, long-time writer-producer-character creator for The Simpsons, May 2022. 
 
 
Gazpacho with guarnición (chopped fresh tomato, bell pepper, onions and cubes of bread) added at Restaurante Sobrinos de Botín.  I always have Botín's excellent gazpacho here in season.\
 
 
I always order morcilla (blood sausage) con pimientos rojos asados (roasted red peppers) at
Restaurante Sobrinos de Botín.
  
 
Javier Sánchez, Director Adjunto of Restaurante Sobrinos de Botín, serving gambas al ajillo, garlic shrimp, one of Spain´s most emblematic dishes and an excellent choice for an appetizer at Botín.  April 2022.
 
 
Roasting cochinillo, roast suckling pig at
Restaurante Sobrinos de Botín.
 
 
Cochinillo asado, roast suckling pig, con patatas asadas from the ancient stone oven 
at Casa Botín, the oldest continually operating restaurant in the world.  All photos by Gerry Dawes©2019.
 
 
Cochinillo, roast suckling pig at Restaurante Sobrinos de Botín.
 
 
A waiter with cochinillo
at Restaurante Sobrinos de Botín in Madrid.


 
Cochinillo asado, roast suckling pig, one of Don Ernesto's favorites, at Casa Botín. 
 

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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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Again ranked in the Top 50 Gastronomy Blogs and Websites for Gastronomists & Gastronomes by Feedspot. (Last Updated October, 2019)

"The Best Gastronomy blogs selected from thousands of Food blogs, Culture blogs and Food Science blogs in our index using search and social metrics. We’ve carefully selected these websites because they are actively working to educate, inspire, and empower their readers with frequent updates and high-quality information."  

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


 
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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