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The Pilgrimage to Santiago

DON HARRIS: REFLECTIONS ON SPAIN

The Pilgrimage to Santiago

July 25th is one of the most important holidays in the Spanish calendar. It is the day set aside to honor Santiago: St. James, the patron saint of Spain. His remains are believed to rest in the ancient Romanesque cathedral located in Santiago de Compostela, a pilgrimage city of great significance in the history of Europe.

The saint’s tomb is located in the far northwestern region of Galicia, distant from the commercial hubs of Madrid and Barcelona, Valencia and Sevilla, yet that is no barrier for the pilgrims. They come from all corners of Spain to venerate the man whose mythical presence inspired the Christians in their almost...

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Free-Range Ibérico de Bellota Pork for the Grill or the Pan

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Free-Range Ibérico de Bellota Pork for the Grill or the Pan

We realized we hadn't tasted pork like this for a long, long time. Or maybe we had never had this experience before; perhaps it was a primordial memory from a time when pork meant something juicy, something complex and richly flavorful.

The occasion was a cookout at a house in Vista Hermosa, near Jerez. Our friends at Jamones y Embutidos Fermín had sent us samples of free-range Ibérico de Bellota pork, cuts we had rarely heard of before: presa, pluma, secreto. They came off the grill hot and crispy, shining with the famous acorn flavored fat of Ibérico de Bellota.

We had very high expectations, though we weren't exactly sure...

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REGIONAL FOCUS

Galicia

Our family loves to journey to Galicia, a place where we can relax, enjoying life among cordial Celtic fisher folk and those who work the fields and tend the flocks. There is nothing quite like wandering the rias, or fjords, formed by mountain streams as they wend their way to the sea.

We love to drive along the lapping tidelands and the wave-pounded cliffs of Galicia. It is there, by the cliffs, that young men risk their lives to harvest seafood treasures from the ocean. Seafood, shellfish, octopus – it is all there in amazing abundance, celebrated in more than 300 gastronomic fiestas each year.

Central to the culture...

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