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Friday, 28 February 2014

Experience what’s cooking in Spain! Join The Ultimate Foodie Tour of Spain

There’s no question Spain is one of the most fascinating destinations in the world, with vast regions of countryside to explore, amazing history, rich culture and gastronomy.

A Taste of Spain, have put together “The Ultimate Foodie Tour of Spain”, an 8 days’ group culinary tour through Madrid, La Rioja, the Basque Country and Catalonia. 2014 departures are scheduled for May 18 and October 5.

Some of the tour highlights are:
  • Savor the great food which Spain is famous for: from Tapas and Paella to Basque Gastronomic Societies and avant-garde cuisine
  • Immerse yourself in the vibrant culinary and cultural scene of Madrid, San Sebastian and Barcelona – with accommodation at 4 centrally located hotels
  • Visit the colorful Boqueria food market with our local expert chef and join him in a hands-on Mediterranean cooking class
  • Enjoy a second - truly unique - cooking class, this time at the famous members-only Gastronomic Society in San Sebastian
  • Taste and learn about extraordinary Rioja and Cava wines through private visits to family-run wineries
  • Discover the fascinating world of Ibérico ham and Sherry wines on a special meal themed around these extraordinary products
  • Experience the diverse cultures, landscapes and foods of Spain by the hand of our local culinary guide

A detailed itinerary is on this link

Created in 1999 by a group of Spanish professionals sharing a passion for the cuisine and culture of their country, A Taste of Spain is the local boutique agency specialized in the organization of innovative and exclusively designed culinary tours and services in Spain.


See the photos from my trips to Spain on these links:

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Somewhere Random On The Path Of Food...

Somewhere random on the path of food I found myself Adventuring, Exploring & Discovering...

The journey is way beyond just food, it is about people, places and the things that are all too common and those that are all too unique! All very beautiful in the end...

This is a preview of what's cooking, stay tuned as #onthepathoffood is just about Coming up on this blog ;)

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

I Am Back! ... and still talking Adventure, Exploration, Inspiration & Discovery On The Path Of Food

Different are the outcomes despite the oneness of the journey


I am finally back home, and had finally got a minute to sit at my computer!! Catching up with lingering business that's been on hold for a handful over a month is no easy task. But in between all the madness I find a break looking at the 3000+ photos I have taken throughout these trips! Trying to fit some time to categorise them, do a bit of editing and all the while listening to the fabulous music I bought from the destinations, kind of recreating the mood in prep for blog posts :)) Yes I know, my blog had been overly quiet for a while! I love blogging, but I also love to do a bit of living... Once on the road, I find that it defeats the purpose to waste the chance of exploration in order to fit in a post! Add to that, it is really a blessing to be disconnected for a while, as I do find that we are tad over connected, and do need to disconnect once in a while (more on that later). I like to let my experiences sit with me for a while, simmer for all the flavours to be absorbed, then I share. And I share with you merely because when I find things that are so outstanding (and somehow always manage to find such experiences), I really really want to tell you about them, and really really hope to excite you enough to try them yourselves because some experiences can really be life-changing!

During the past month, I have had the pleasure of rubbing shoulders with a very rare learning experience. Yes I have explored (my way, whenever possible) but I had also, for the first time, travelled for a project and for the first time was not in control of my time nor activities, as is the case when traveling for work. The whole exercise was great because while normally I find inspirations I hardly ever go through true learning during my journeys; and this was kind of an intensive curve on all fronts.

I have come to learn that having lived in Dubai for the past 10 years and having worked with really like-minded people throughout, as well as kind of having lived a dream, doing what I love the most and meeting the most truly fabulous people ever... all that had softened me up, without me realising! Somehow the past month, I had gone back out to the real world, dealt with diversity, with minimality, and with the uncomfortable facts of life in different parts of the world among many other things.
Don't get me wrong, this is not a complaint! It is in fact an appreciation for this trip that highlighted and reminded me of my choice for difference and why I so adamantly insist to tie food to deeper stuff than just the spread on the table and the "yummy in my tummy" connotations!
I love creativity and creative people, and I always look for new angles and new perspectives. What is the point of being just another copy of the same old thought? And what is wrong with connecting with our humanity through food? I had always believed that food is the tell all medium, and this trip more than any other repeatedly showed me that. Therefore do expect a continuation of my old narrative self where food is the star but one that shares that space with deeper connections. This is after all why I love food, and in my world, things just have to be of an essence!

Having said all this, do give me sometime to work out the photos, the posts and the stories and I will be making your wait worthwhile. I have so much to share with you guys and I can only hope that you like and enjoy the ride. But as always I mostly hope that you will be inspired, somehow!


We took this picture with Chef Juan Mari Arzak, the amazing 3Star Michelin Chef, who won the title "World's Best Chef" 3 years in a row. That year his daughter Helena beat her father winning the title "World's Best Chef".
Between them the restaurant "Arzak" has 4 Michelin Stars!!
Amazing, inspiring and absolutely delicious:))

Since I am talking adventure, exploration and discovery and before I jump into my latest culinary adventure, I want to share with you some of my previous and most exciting culinary adventures... and what best to start with than with the Holy Grail of all culinary destinations!!! The Basque Country in the North of Spain

I am uploading the pictures and posting them on my facebook page "Dima Sharif" along with links to the articles I wrote about this fabulous foodie heaven, in case you are excited enough and want to go on that adventure yourself :)) So feast your eyes on those, until the new posts are ready!