Father’s Day and Portugal’s Alentejo

Spanish Table Seattle Newsletter
June 18, 2010

Iberian Picnic

We’re back home under gray skies after spending two weeks in Portugal and Spain. One of the highlights is always a stop in Portugal’s south-central Alentejo region, a land of wide open plains, vineyards, small farms, and the ancient walled city of Evora.

Evora

Only 80 miles east of Lisbon, Evora offers up a rich history including Roman ruins and, just as importantly, superb food, fish tasty wines and sunshine!

Local Deliciousness

If you’ll be traveling to Evora, we highly recommend staying at Albergaria do Calvario, just inside the city walls.

Albergaria do Calvario

The owners are passionate about the Alentejo and will recommend restaurants or arrange wine tastings. And the breakfast selection is incredible – fresh squeezed juices, local fresh cheeses, hearty breads and organic products sourced from local farms.

No more construction!!

The landscaped staircase from Western Avenue up to the Market is finally open! And the new elevator is open as well. Yeehoo!!

It’s Father’s Day weekend and if you are looking for something a little different than another neck tie, let us show you a few unique ideas that will surely get Dad excited and even cooking something delicious for the family.

Our Paella Kit comes complete with a traditional pan, Valencian Rice, Smoked Paprika, Saffron and Spanish Chorizo ($65.00). If he’s been making great Paella for a while now, a Butano (portable propane burner) makes a great gift and we’ve just received a new shipment of all sizes ($49.99 – $229.99). A pallet load of chorizo, jamon, iberico and other meats is arriving Saturday morning, just in time for Sunday dinner. Also on Saturday, we’ll have the last round of Padron Pepper plants. If Dad is a music lover, why not give him the Miles Davis CD Sketches of Spain? And for a special Father’s Day dinner wine, we recommend a bottle of 2001 Luis Cañas Rioja Reserva de Familia ($33.00) – this was the best glass of wine we had in Spain. Other favorite wines are 2000 Viña Ardanza Rioja ($35.00); 2005 Vall Llach Embruix from Priorat ($26.99); and the 2003 Museum Real Reserva Tempranillo from Cigales ($32.00).

VISIT US ON LINE! Shop our wine website at Spanish Table Wines. For food, cookbooks, paella pans and all non-wine items, go to The Spanish Table website. For the latest product news from Paris Grocery, visit the PG Facebook page.

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