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Living for Fiestas and Family

DON HARRIS: REFLECTIONS ON SPAIN

Living for Fiestas and Family

Perhaps one of the most refreshing times for me is when my family and I join Spanish friends during their various festivals or ferias. It is a great chance to mix with friends and strangers during a time when the greater community is gathered to spend time together.

Recently I was watching HGTV, and it is clear to me that for us Americans, our home truly is our castle. The ideal house is designed for entertaining: with open spaces, glistening granite kitchens and places to entertain - indoors or outside on the patio with its commanding grilling area. When you are alone, you have your family room with its home entertainment center...

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Spanish Olive Oil

PRODUCT STORY

Spanish Olive Oil

Olive cultivation began in the Middle East over 5,000 years ago and gradually spread westward throughout the Mediterranean basin. The Romans first planted olive trees in Spain, and since then olive oil has become central to their cuisine and history.

Spain, not Italy, provided the bulk of the olive oil to the Roman Empire. Archeologists in Rome found a mountain composed of 40,000,000 earthenware vessels that bore the labels of to the Spanish producers in Andalucía. To this day much of what is called Italian olive oil is actually produced in Spain and packaged in Italy.

Spain continues to be the world's leading producer of olive...

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REGIONAL FOCUS

Andalucía

Andalucía is an amazing place rich in its monuments, warm and engaging people, abundant citrus fruits and fresh produce, and incredible variety of seafood. It is a virtual cornucopia of shrimp, langostinos and any fish one can imagine.

Where to start writing about Andalucía? With the fabled castles and wine bodegas, the city streets lined with orange-laden trees, the rugged snow capped mountains and endless beaches, or the olive groves which stretch beyond the horizon? Andalucía is a simply fabulous and romantic destination; it is a place of fervor and fiesta. After more than forty years of traveling there, our family still has places...

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