Gifts For Gourmands

  
  
Even in my dead-broke college days, I always managed to scrape together a tasty meal. I discovered early on that having a larder full of staples guaranteed a home cooked meal that didn’t bust my budget. And in today’s great recession, a return to frugal eating just makes sense. But dining cheaply can be delicious as well! Here at The Spanish Table our stock of extraordinary and inexpensive grocery items includes dried beans and lentils, polenta, tuna and tomate frito (Spanish fried tomato sauce), cured sausages, pepper sauces, olives, North African spices and Valencian rice. These products also make great gifts for gourmands. Here are three loose recipes that can be thrown together with inexpensive ingredients: 
Polenta: Prepare polenta with grated cheese, top with grilled sausages, tomate frito and serve. 
Curried lentils: Boil lentils in chicken stock or water. Add cooked spinach, salt, pepper, tumeric, ground cumin and coriander to taste. Add a dollop of Harissa hot pepper sauce to make it spicy! 
White bean salad: Toss together cooked white beans and tuna, oil (use the oil that the tuna is packed in), vinegar, salt and pepper. Season with fresh chopped parsley and a small amount of fresh rosemary to taste. 
Spanish Table launches two new and improved websites! 
The Spanish Table wine website is now launched! We’ve got amazing wine values such as 2000 Valduero Reserva, originally $39.99, is now $23.99. 94 points Wine Advocate. Arranged by staff pick, by score, by price, by country, this virtual wine store has everything you’re looking for from Spain, Portugal, Madeira, or South America. Click The Spanish Table wine to visit the site. 
  
For all food and cookware products, click on The Spanish Table to check out our original and now revamped, website. It’s much easier to navigate and has a plethora of additional items. Now you can shop at home for Spanish food and wine! 

  
 
 

Whether you’re taking tapas to a party, giving food gifts or stocking your own larder, these are our favorite staples and a must for the serious cook.
Blanched Marcona Almonds:  Use in cakes and sweet breads.  Or fry in olive oil, salt and eat!
Organic Polenta from Argentina:  Intensely flavored; cooks in one minute.
Olive oil:   We have an extensive selection of Extra Virgin Olive Oils (EVOOs) in all prices, including Mas Portell White Truffle EVOO, Miguel & Valentino Smoked EVOO, Mustapha’s Moroccan EVOO, and Clos Mogador EVOO.   Clos Mogador’s olive oil is one of the most buttery, intensely flavored oils we’ve ever tasted.
Vinegars:   Sherry vinegar is essential for making gazpacho and is just plain delicious in salads.  Not limited to just Spanish recipes, many cuisines call for sherry vinegar, especially modern French dishes.
Flavored honeys:  We’ve got Portuguese, Greek and Spanish honeys including plain honey in an earthenware crock, lavender and rosemary flavored honeys. Delicious served over yogurt with walnuts!
Handmade Fig Paste:  This is fantastic with a soft goat cheese such as Caña de Cabra.
Turròn:  In addition to traditional almond and honey flavor, try chocolate turròn with peach & rose.
Los Chileros brand Specialty Popcorn from New Mexico!  Comes in red, white or blue corn. 
Whole, mini wheels of cheese.  These make excellent gifts for lovers of queso, and for serving at a party!    Mini drunken goat wheels, about one pound, approximately $15.00; mini El Trigal Manchego cheese, around 2 pounds, approximately $30.00.    Actual weight and cost varies depending on the size of the wheel.
Assortment of cured meats:  For the pork obsessed, what could be better than a selection of Jamon Serrano, Chorizo, Catalan Butifarra sausage, Linguica, or Morcilla?
 
SPANISH TABLE GIFT WINES   2007 Bodega Colome Malbec ($24.99) “This Argentine red is quite ripe, with nearly exotic plum sauce, braised fig and crushed blueberry notes rolled together, while spice, mocha and incense hints help stretch out the juicy, dense finish…” No 32 on Wine Spectator’s Top 100 list, 92 points 
2006 Concha y Toro Carmenere Peumo Terrunyo, Chile ($26.99)  “Dark in profile, with plum and currant fruit, but very pure, with silky tannins and a long, stylish finish that lets incense, spice and mineral notes play out.”  No. 63 on Wine Spectator’s Top 100, 92 points   
2005 Montecastro, Ribera del Duero ($47.00) “.. it has an alluring bouquet of wood smoke, toast, crushed stone, violets, black raspberry, and blackberry. This is followed by an opulent, full-flavored wine with gobs of spicy fruit, excellent integration of oak, tannin, and acidity, and 4-6 years of aging potential. It will be at its best between 2013 and 2025.”   93 points Wine Advocate, Wine Spectator
2006 Mas D’En Compte, Priorat ($40.00)” Vibrant raspberry and cherry aromas are energized by blood orange and baking spices. Fresh red fruit flavors are complicated by an exotic lavender pastille quality and given lift by juicy acidity. An elegant, precise wine that finishes with excellent tangy cut and persistence.”  91 points Stephen Tanzer
2005 El Castro de Valtuille, Bierzo ($34.00) ” Peppery, mineral-dominated bouquet of fresh strawberry, raspberry and blood orange, with cracked pepper and graphite notes gaining strength with aeration. Racy, sharply focused red fruit flavors offer intensity without weight, picking up chewy tannins on the back end…”  90 points Stephen Tanzer, 92 points Wine Advocate
Kopke Rosé Porto ($21.99)  Arrived today, just in time for the holidays!  Not as extracted as a red port, it is fresh and round with notes of  forest fruits and roasted nuts.  Serve alone as a dessert wine, or make a festive Portuguese kir by adding some bubbly.  
2001 was an excellent vintage all over Spain, and one of the best in Rioja since 1994.   The 2001 vintage Gran Reservas started arriving this fall, and they are phenomenal.   Showing more ripe fruit than other vintages, and with characteristic silky tannins, they are the ultimate special occasion food wine.    Subsequent vintages have not matched up to the 2001, so this is a great time to stow some away in the cellar before they sell out!
2001 Muga Prado Enea Gran Reserva Rioja ($57.00) From a top-notch Rioja producer with impeccable standards, the ’01 Prado Enea, is fantastic.  ” A complex, heady bouquet of dried red berries, sandalwood, rose oil, black tea and licorice pastille. Smooth, focused and gently sweet cherry and raspberry flavors coat the palate, with gentle but integrated tannins providing shape. This silky, seamless wine finishes with a strong echo of candied flowers, spices and minerals.”   93 points Stephen Tanzer  
2001 Marques de Murrieta Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Rioja ($60.00) The ’01 Ygay is so incredible that we stashed a case of this away in our own cellar.  ” Impressively complex bouquet of dried red fruits, tobacco, cedar and potpourri. A spicy, subtly sweet midweight, offering lively redcurrant and bitter cherry flavors and very soft tannins. The smoky finish features a strong echo of cedary spice.”  92 points Stephen Tanzer  
 
PARIS GROCERY NEWS
Our new shop features French cheeses and wine, and other foods with a French mood.   It’s located 1/4 of a block south of Spanish Table at 1418 Western Avenue.  
These products will make any Francophile very, very, happy.
Fleur Verte: This fresh, creamy goat cheese is festively adorned with thyme, tarragon, and pink peppercorns and has clean, lemony, and boldly herbaceous flavor.
Époisses: Brillat-Savarin dubbed this “The King of All Cheeses.” And the man knew his cheeses! This famously pungent, washed-rind cheese from Burgundy has a distinctly earthy flavor and an irresistibly gooey texture. It will convert you into a stinky cheese lover!
Monin Pumpkin Spice and Maple Spice syrups: Made with pure cane sugar, these versatile syrups add a splash of holiday flavor to coffee, hot cocoa,  or a warm-you-up cocktail.  Try them in whipped cream for topping seasonal desserts!
Le Pére Pelletier Sel du Boucher (Butcher’s Salt): Fleur de sel with rosemary, thyme, sage, and marjoram.  Packaged in a handsome wooden box, it makes a terrific gift!
Christmas Lima Beans: These gorgeous, red- and white-marbled beans from Cassoulets USA make a stunning and healthful, addition to your holiday spread. These beans hold their intricate coloring even after cooking. Make Christmas Lima Bean Soup with D’Artagnan duck bacon, wild mushrooms, and chopped chestnuts.
Charcuterie:  For the Francophile pork obsessed, these cured products are wonderful on a party table and also make great gifts: Rabbit sausage with prunes, Toulouse Sausage, Pork and Wild Boar, Chicken and Truffle.   We also have Duck Salami, Smoked Duck Breast and Cured Pork Bellies.

 

 

PARIS GROCERY WINES   
10% discount on six bottles or more at Paris Grocery!
2007 Domaine des Domaine des Ouleb Thaleb Syrocco, (Morocco )
$17.99  Alain Graillot, a highly regarded Crozes-Hermitage producer, met the owners of Thalvin while cycling through Morocco.  The family has made wine for decades on the black tirss soils near the high elevation town of Rommani. Graillot decided to team up with them to produce this rich syrah.  Lush, and with juicy ripe fruit, it has balance and verve.  This was terrific served  with braised rabbit in mustard sauce! A great gift for bicyclists who like full-bodied red wines.   
“Packed, in a brawny, muscular style atypical for this lush vintage, with a gravelly undertow to the currant paste, braised fig and dark licorice notes. Picks up even more steam on the finish, with grilled mesquite, mineral and garrigue notes and a long, hot stone-filled finish”  No 3 on Wine Spectator’s Top 100 wines of 2009, 95 points  
2005 Vieux Telegramme Chateauneuf-du-Pape ($31.99)  The second wine from Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe is awesome and drinking beautifully now! “Ripe, with nice kirsch and raspberry fruit backed by darker hints of applewood-smoked bacon, plum sauce and dark licorice. Juicy and long on the finish, this stretches out nicely.”   91 points Wine Spectator

 

 

2007 Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe “La Crau”, Chateauneuf-du-Pape ($85.00) 3 bottles available 

FLAMENCO PERFORMANCES
December 5th  8pm   One night only!!
Al Cante Vicente Griego
Al Toque Ricardo Diaz
Al Baile Savannah Fuentes
               Veronica Barrera
Rendezvous Jewelbox Theater
2322 2nd Ave.
$25 in advance,$30 at the door
Tickets are limited to 60 available at http://www.brownpapertickets.com
 
 
Have a great week and we’ll see you soon!
 
Sincerely,
 

Sharon Baden and Steve Winston, Owners
The Spanish Table, 1426 Western Avenue, Seattle WA  98101  phone# 206.682.2827 

 
 
 

Hours:  Monday- Saturday, 10 AM – 6 PM  Sunday 11 AM – 5 PM
 

Paris Grocery, 1418 Western Avenue, Seattle WA  98101 phone# 206.682.0679 

Hours:  Tuesday- Saturday, 10 AM – 6 PM  Sunday 11 AM – 5 PM, except
Paris Grocery is closed on Mondays

 

 

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