Here are some of my favorite sites about food, wine and Spain.  For my favorite wine and food blogs, please see my blogroll on the sidebar.

Spain in the US

Luckily getting Spanish food in the US is getting easier and easier.  Whole foods now has a great selection of Spanish cheeses and olive oils as well as pimentón and other staples.  But sometimes you need a specialist and I list a couple below.  I’m also adding my favorite Spanish restaurants as I discover them!

  • La Tienda: A great online store to find all the ingredients and supplies you need for Spanish cooking.  Jamón ibérico, fresh padron peppers, as well as critical pantry supplies such as pimenton, bonito, and sherry vinegar are all available.
  • Marky’s:  A good selection of Spanish products at very good prices and an amazing selection of ibérico jamón products.  This international food emporium also has a bewildering selection of food from all over the world….it’s impressive!
  • La Boqueria: This restaurant group has two locations in NYC and one in DC.  I’ve only been to the one in DC but I can highly recommend it for great Spanish food and wine, both for tapas at the bar and for a more extensive meal.  Named after the famous Barcelona market.
  • Barceloneta:  Catalan Bistro is how this restaurant in South Beach describes itself. A partnership between a Spanish team and the Pubbelly group has created a gorgeous space with great Spanish/Catalan small plates and dishes.  The cocktails and wines are also not to be missed.

Madrid Places

Some of my most favorite places in Madrid, mostly food and wine of course….but sometimes a few other nice places

  • Casa Lucas:  My favorite tapas bar in Madrid, on one of the best tapas streets, Cava Baja.  Every single thing here is good.  Great selection of wines by the glass, great staff.  Tiny and often crowded, but worth it to wait for a table.
  • Mercado de San Miguel:  Often overcrowded but still a wonderful place to have a drink and a bite near Plaza de España.  The selection is huge and if you pick and chose a bit,  the quality is top notch.  Great people watching…you can also go at off-peak times and have a quiet moment too.
  • Harina:  Beautiful bakery/cafe right outside the Retiro Park in Puerta de Alcala.  A very scenic place to have a nice sandwich, salad, pastry, or just buy some great bread.  The English version of the website is not very impressive but the place is wonderful.
  • Dry Cosmopolitan Bar:  A really elegant place to have a great cocktail.  Centrally located in the Gran Melia Fenix hotel next to Hard Rock Cafe in Plaza de Colon. Impeccable service, delicious drinks, great terrace in good weather. Not cheap, but worth every penny!
  • Poncelet Cheese Bar:  Cheese heaven!  Madrid’s best cheese shop now has a restaurant where they serve a cheese base menu and offer set and custom cheese platters from hundreds of cheeses from around the world.  Ideal place to sample Spain’s best and rarest cheeses.  A great wine selection to match.

Spain Places

Some of my favorites from my travels around Spain.

  • Asador Etxebarri:  This restaurant is on various top lists for Chef Bittor’s innovative grilling techniques, but to me it is just the lovely place I got married with amazing Basque food and unmatchable views of the Basque countryside.  It’s all still the same you just have to reserve a little in advance!
  • Bar Txepetxa:  So many great tapas places in San Sebastian, but this one stands out for its perfect vinegar cured anchovies or boquerones.  They are totally specialized on one simple ingredient, serving them in a variety of delicious styles.  They will convert you I promise!  Have sidra or Txakoli, the spritzy Basque white wine.
  • La Cuchara de Telmo:  The opposite of Txepetxa, this bar serves gourmet Basque cuisine in miniature.  Amazing, complex flavors tempt you in every dish!  Crazy packed with people so it’s an experience.  Reasonable wines.  Hard to find, but so worth it!  The web site is ridiculous but it has a good map
  • Todo Pintxos:  A great website if you are going to San Sebastian.  It’s a very complete guide to the tapas/pintxos places, with pictures of the tapas,  ratings, routes, maps etc.  There is a decent English version as well.
  • La Moraga:  Chef Dani Garcia opened this chain of casual restaurants in southern Spain to showcase upscale, fresh delicious tapas.  Delicious, innovative food…the short but well selected wine list is well priced. The house wine is a nice local wine and very inexpensive and they always have a great cava by the glass too.  A must when I’m in the south!
  • El Timonel:  A real Marbella gem…where the locals go for fresh seafood and fish.  The staff are wonderful and authentic. Everything is really fresh, simply prepared and delicious. No wine list to speak of….I only drink Rueda…a crisp white.  I often go here every day while visiting!  No website of course so the link takes you to Google where you can at least get the map/info.  No reservations.
  • Chiringuito Pepe’s Bar:  A beach chiringuito is a must for fire grilled sardines and great paella.  A lot of these places in Marbella are total tourist traps and rip offs.  This one is my favorite:  award winning sardines and good value paella.  Limited wine selection:  I stick to Rueda white wine or Sangria.

Wine Sites

A few web sites I use regularly to get info on wines.

  • Vinissimus:  My go to site on Spanish wines, though more relevant in Europe.  Though it is a retail site, it is very complete and offers pictures, descriptions, prices, info on the producers etc.  There is a UK version in English.