“Mark and I got up early, very early, to check out Mercamadrid. It is a pretty unbelievable market. It is huge and industrial and there are different buildings for each food group. We have come mainly to see the fish, but first we need a little pick-us-up, so we stop at the workers cafeteria. It looks like a church basement, littered with napkins and sugar packets. It is smoky and the only light is fluorescent. Since it is about 6 a.m., most of the men, and everyone, it seems, is a man, are having a shot or two of orujo (Spanish version of grappa) or brandy to end their day. We have café cortados in glass tumblers and a couple of cold, greasy churros.” – MARIO
Posted Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Launch Party in New York
Photo: Hal Horowitz
On September 21st, the cast and friends of “Spain… on the road Again” celebrated the launch of the series at the Queen Sofia Institute in New York.
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Posted Tuesday, July 21, 2015
How the Foodie Foursome Came Together!
Posted Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Series Premiere Preview
Posted Tuesday, July 7, 2015
TVGuide.com shows you how you can catch episodes of Spain… on the road Again
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Posted Tuesday, June 30, 2015
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Posted Tuesday, June 23, 2015
This is the first of many blog entries that will be posted daily on SpainontheroadAgain.com, where my fellow travelers (Gwyneth Paltrow, Mark Bittman, and Claudia Bassols) and I will post special notes from the road.
We’ll show you behind-the-scenes, info about the crew, insider travel tips, and share fun memories like what music we listened to in the car and what we packed in our suitcases. We’ll also keep you updated on special events and news.
Be sure to stop by again…and again.
Posted Tuesday, June 16, 2015
STAY ON THE ROAD…AGAIN…AND AGAIN!
Pre-order Spain: A Culinary Road Trip,the companion book to Spain…on the road Again. Gwyneth Paltrow, Mario Batali, Mark Bittman and Claudia Bassols take the ultimate road trip adventure, showcasing the pleasures of Spain, the country’s regional cuisine, art, history, and culture, as it’s never been seen before. Hundreds of gorgeous and candid photos, anecdotes, and more than seventy recipes from Mario appear in this scrapbook of the dream vacation through Spain. (SHIPPING IN OCTOBER)
Starting September 26th, Download episodes on iTunes and watch Spain…on the road Again anywhere, anytime!
Posted Tuesday, June 9, 2015
RECIPE OF THE WEEK: MIGAS
This week, Mark and Claudia made migas, essentially Thanksgiving stuffing Spanish style, with Javier Muñoz. Note that it’ s very good served with eggs fried in olive oil.
Serves 6 as a side dish or tapa
6 cups coarse dried bread crumbs ½ cup olive oil www.latienda.com 6 garlic cloves, not peeled ½ pound Spanish chorizo, casings removed and cut into ½ inch dice www.latienda.com ½ pound pancetta in one piece, cut into ½ inch dice A large bunch of grapes 6 Roasted Red Peppers, peeled, seeded, and cut into wide strips
Put the bread crumbs in a bowl, sprinkle with just enough water to moisten, and cover with damp paper towels. Set aside for 2 hours, or until the bread is evenly moistened. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium–high heat. Add the garlic and stir until lightly browned and fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the chorizo and pancetta and cook, stirring, until the meat is lightly browned and starting to render its fat, about 8 minutes. Add the bread crumbs, mix thoroughly, and cook, stirring, until the crumbs are lightly browned. Serve with the grapes and roasted peppers (peel the garlic cloves if you like, or let your guests do it).
Posted Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Gourmand World Cookbook Awards
We are pleased to announce that Spain…A Culinary Road Trip has been nominated for the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards!
The Gourmand World Cookbook Awards was founded in 1995 by Edouard Cointreu. The Ceremony will be held in France in February and hundreds of publishers, authors, chefs and journalists take part in these events. Stay tuned to www.spainontheroadagain.com for the results!
Spain…A Culinary Road Trip is available through this site for $24.95.
Also available is the Book and DVD Combo for $49.95.
Posted Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Golfing…on the road Again…and Again
Spain has some of the most beautiful golf courses in Europe. I was sure to bring my clubs with me and was lucky to swing them in Galicia, Castilla y León and Valencia. Unfortunately I never got to play in Mallorca on this trip – but it’s got some of my favorite courses. Next time on the road…again.
Posted Tuesday, May 19, 2015
How the Foodie Foursome Came Together
Posted Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Frank Gehry and Mark Bittman on Matzah Brei
Frank Gehry and Mark Bittman chat about Matzah Brei at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain
Posted Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Spanish Wine 101
Spanish wine is labeled according to the amount of aging the wine has received. A bottle labeled vino joven (“young wine”) or sin crianza (“without aging”) will have had little–to–no wood aging. These wines are often intended for consumption within a year of release. The three most common aging designations on Spanish wine labels are Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva.
* Crianza red wines are aged for two years, with at least six months of aging in oak casks.
* Crianza whites and rosé must be aged for at least one year with at least six months spent in oak.
* Reserva red wines are aged for at least three years with at least one year of aging in oak casks.
* Reserva whites and rosé must be aged for at least 2 years with at least six months in oak.
* Gran Reserva designation is typically reserved for the highest-quality vintages. Reds require at least five years of aging, 18 months of which must be in oak. Whites and rosé must be aged for at least four years with at least six months in oak casks.
The vintage year or cosecha on any bottle of Spanish wine indicates that at least of 85% of the grapes used in the wine come from that specific year’s harvest.
Posted Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Episode 104: Landmarks, Legends, and the Lap of Luxury
Gwyneth and Mario meet up with architectural legend Frank Gehry for a tour of the Bilbao Guggenheim. Meanwhile, Mark and Claudia head into the woods where they discover the ultimate grilling restaurant. The foursome reunite at the Gehry-designed Marqués de Riscal Hotel and Vineyard in Rioja wine country. Gwyneth and Claudia opt for oppulent spa treatments while Mario and Mark sneak back into Bilbao to spend a boys’ night out eating and drinking.