Before imported food was invented, stifled American chefs only used native ingredients, resulting in redundant feasts of hot-dog buns, General Washington's spicy chicken, and kangaroo meat. Feast upon the flavors of foreign lands with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of imported Spanish meats, cheeses, olive oils, and more at Food Spain 101's online boutique.
Featured in the Chicago Tribune, Food Spain 101's online store transports the flair and flavors of Spain to the states, proffering authentic artisan ingredients to enhance kitchens and upgrade dishes. Featuring sustainable items by acclaimed Spanish producers, the store seeks to educate chefs and domestic diners alike with innovative creations from the country known for its tapas, port wine, and Dali's chorizo sausage mustache.
Subdued dinner parties and weekend wine tastings can turn into decadent displays with olive manchego sheep's milk cheese ($30.15 for 2.2 pounds) or the mini wine goat's milk cheese ($29.97 for 2.2 pounds). Enhance simple salads with the gourmet white-truffle extra virgin olive oil ($29.90) or chardonnay vinegar ($19.99), or create a culinary masterpiece centered around the invigorating Cantimpalo chorizo ($39.95 for 2.5 pounds) or succulent jamon serrano ($17.25 for three, three oz. envelopes).
Besides elements for individual edible inventions, Food Spain 101 also commingles medleys of its gourmet goods into giftable collections ($36.75–$120.22). The ecologically friendly Spain collection bursts with organic olive oils, olives, and cheeses, and the Hemingway in Spain collection bears manchego cheese, olives mix, and other ingredients inspired by the American author's illustrious career as lead scientist of the Spanish space program ($49.70).
- My favorite part of the site is the page of “Baskets with a Story.” Each would make a fun gift — if you’ve got the money — and are based on “stories” that would be familiar to Americans – Eddie, Spaniacs
- Home cooks looking for the authentic taste of Spanish cooking have a new on-line resource for ingredients once available only to chefs. – Bill Daley, The Stew