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Meloso with Pork and Artichokes

Everyone knows that Valencia is famous for its paella, but there are actually multiple styles of rice dishes that are typical of Valencia including dry rices like paella, rices in broth called arroz caldoso, and arroz meloso. We have recently developed a love for meloso, the creamy rice that sits on the line between the…

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Bacalao at Taberna El Balconcillo

Our first experience with salt cod was in a little French restaurant in Virginia. The cod was mixed into a creamy brandade, a rich dip that we recreated over and over for anyone willing to eat at our house. Finding good salt cod in grocery stores in the United States was a challenge. It was…

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Finally, the Three Kings arrive in Valencia

2017 started with a bang, and a light show, and a techno beat. Nochevieja (New Year’s Eve) found us in the Plaza del Ayuntamiento, our pockets loaded with grapes. A crowd of people surrounded the town hall, drinking cava from plastic cups and dancing to the techno music under the pyrotechnic light show. The town hall…

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Feliz Navidad!

Today was very peaceful in Valencia. Christmas Day is a national holiday in Spain, but it is celebrated at home with family and friends. I suspect that the local Valencians were sleeping in this morning to make up for a late night. On Christmas Eve, which is called Nochebuena, it is traditional for families to have…

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Zarzuela de Mariscos

Valencia may have 320 days of sunshine a year, but sometimes it has to rain. We’ve had a spell of dreary weather with cold temperatures and rainy days that has us craving comfort food. We searched for a dish loaded with seafood that would also be hearty enough to warm our bones. We found Zarzuela…

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It’s Christmas Time in Valencia

How do they celebrate Christmas in Spain? It’s all going to be new to us, so we thought we would share the experience along the way. December 8th was the Feast of the Immaculate Conception celebrating the conception of the Virgin Mary. It was also the official start to the season of la Navidad, as…

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Old Town Valencia Tapas Bars

Tapas bars are scattered throughout Valencia’s old town among the shops, restaurants and historic buildings. You could spend days (okay, months) exploring these narrow streets, always finding someplace new. Personally, we prefer to do our sightseeing with a snack and beverage close at hand. There are so many tapas bars and restaurants in this area…