Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Spanish Recession? Just Don't Take Their Food Away!

Reading the news in Australia, you could be forgiven for thinking that Spain’s economy is about to implode - but try telling a hungry Spaniard that!

You only have to sink your teeth into a succulent ‘cochinillo’ (roast suckling piglet), slop up the pan juices with a chunk of fresh crusty bread and wash it all down with a hearty Rioja red to appreciate why restaurants in Spain are bursting at the seams despite record unemployment rates.

Let’s be honest - who would swap a night trawling through fun tapas bars in search of the ultimate patatas bravas, plates of crispy fried seafood, homemade tortillas and rounds of icy cold beers for a night on the couch?

And would you save your ‘centimos’ for a rainy day when instead you could spend this afternoon scooping out the gooey, creamy, sheep milk cheese insides of a Torta de Casar whilst sipping a crisp manzanilla sherry? Don’t even answer that.

Convinced that it’s your duty to support the Spanish economy too? Then join Frank Camorra of the famed MoVida restaurants as he shares these treasures and more on an 11 night gastronomy tour through Spain.

“Spanish food is the Spanish way of life and it must be lived to be truly understood” says Camorra. “On the trip, we’ll go behind-the-scenes in fresh produce markets, on farms and in restaurants; we’ll eat the foods that even Spaniards travel miles to eat; and we’ll meet the characters whose passion for maintaining age old traditions is what makes Spain’s cuisine so unique”

The trip has been organised in conjunction with Biznaga Travel Company, which specialises in tailor-made cultural and gastronomy holidays in Spain. Owner of Biznaga Travel Company and co-host on the trip, Casey Death, said this trip not only provides the opportunity to learn first-hand from an incredibly talented chef and restauranteur, but also offers a unique insight into the Spanish cuisine and culture.

“From the private visits to a paprika farm and a 250 year old sherry bodega that aren’t even open to the general public; to the full day with Spanish ‘foodie philosopher’, Fausto, or the private cooking class with the head chef of one of Spain’s most prestigious restaurants, this trip is quite simply, the experience of a lifetime” said Death.

There are only 4 spots left on the ‘MoVida RĂºstica’ tour which starts in Madrid on 17-28 October and costs $10,900 per person twin share. For all the details and to download the itinerary visit:

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