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LA TIENDA'S FOUNDER, DON HARRIS, REFLECTS ON THE FASCINATING CULTURE & CUISINE OF SPAIN

A Pressing Issue - How to Select Great Olive Oil

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A Pressing Issue - How to Select Great Olive Oil

Extra virgin olive oil is miraculous. Not only is it delicious, but every day new evidence shows that it is the Superman of oils - fighting heart disease, cholesterol, cancer and even diabetes! But most extra virgin olive oils on the market are like Superman holding kryptonite, because they have been mistreated, diluted or adulterated.

After spending twenty years importing olive oil from...

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Spanish Olive Oil - Liquid Gold

PRODUCT STORIES

Spanish Olive Oil - Liquid Gold

Spain is the world's leading producer of olive oil, with approximately 975 thousand tons produced per year. Over 250 million olive trees grow in Spain - we are always astonished to see olive groves that stretch as far as the eye can see. Some trees are over one thousand years old!

In recent years, families and cooperatives in Spain have drastically improved the quality of their extra virgin...

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REGIONS OF SPAIN

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...

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Essential Spain: Off the Beaten Track

ITINERARIES

Essential Spain: Off the Beaten Track

This is an itinerary I designed for a couple who wanted to get immersed in the heart of Spain while avoiding the usual tourist destinations. This was a little over two weeks, which I think is the minimum to do Spain justice. Even with that, we only concentrated on perhaps one third of the country, always bear in mind that there are 17 autonomous regions with their own distinct styles and sometimes...

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