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Jerez, the Heartbeat of Flamenco

Jerez, the Heartbeat of Flamenco

Jerez is fondly known as the home of flamenco – Jerez-based flamenco guitarist Sebastian Lapostol calls it “the true heartbeat of flamenco” – and while some aficionados say that flamenco here lacks the sophistication of flamenco in Seville or Madrid, it is exactly this, Jerez’s...
Huevos con Chorizo (Scrambled Eggs with Chorizo) recipe

Huevos con Chorizo (Scrambled Eggs with Chorizo) recipe

Choosing this fortnight’s edition of Weekend Eggs from Jerez was difficult. I wanted to make huevos a la Flamenca, a baked egg dish with tomatoes and ham served in a cazuela (the clay individual serving dish that’s like a flatter ramekin and very popular in...
Local Knowledge: Belen from Jerez

Local Knowledge: Belen from Jerez

The only woman among the 17 professional horse riders at La Real Escuela Andaluza del Arte Ecuestre (the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art) in Jerez, considered to be the world’s best riding school of its kind, Belen Bautista is “a gifted girl” according to...
Price Check: a Jerez shopping list

Price Check: a Jerez shopping list

In Jerez, like Marrakech, it’s much more fun to shop at local markets than at a supermarket, however, unlike Marrakech, you’re not going to get everything you need at the markets, and in Jerez you will find yourself having to head to the Carrefour Express...
A Rabo de Toro Oxtail Stew Recipe

A Rabo de Toro Oxtail Stew Recipe

Over the past couple of years I’ve developed an obsession with what different cultures do with cheap cuts of meat. The stewing, the braising and simple slow-cooking of often tough, sinewy or bony meats that people originally ate out of financial necessity is fascinating. This Rabo de...
Jerez Supermarket Souvenirs

Jerez Supermarket Souvenirs

Jerez gets few tourists wandering its wonderful pedestrian streets compared to its Andalucian neighbours of Seville, Granada and Cordoba. When they do come they’re either on a day trip to sip sherry at the bodegas and watch the pretty horses prance at the Real Escuela...
Why Jerez?

Why Jerez?

“Are you going to Seville?” That’s the most-asked question we’ve had since we announced that Jerez was one of our destinations for Grantourismo. The fact that people are asking that question is one of the reasons that we are here in Jerez — a town we’re...
Churros in Jerez

Churros in Jerez

Churros – also known as calentitos de patatas, papitas, porras, and ‘Spanish donuts’ by foreigners – are sold by vendors in the plaza outside the old Mercado Central de Abastos, the central market in Jerez. Locals line up to buy them – even in the...
Our Home Away From Home In Jerez

Our Home Away From Home In Jerez

Famous for its flamenco, horses and sherry, Jerez de la Frontera in Spain’s southern province of Cadiz and region of Andalucia, is our current ‘home’ on our contemporary grand tour. And what a proud and hospitable ‘home’ it is. What has struck us most this week...
One Night in Madrid: a Tapas Odyssey

One Night in Madrid: a Tapas Odyssey

Madrid wasn’t on the Grantourismo itinerary. We were meant to travel over land and sea from Essaouira via Tangier to Jerez, and had planned to drive from Essaouira back to Marrakech, take the overnight train from Marrakech to Tangier, a ferry to Algeciras, and a...