Eddie

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Date registered: August 25, 2010

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  1. Michener’s Spain: Words that define Spain’s ‘essence’ — February 11, 2011
  2. Spain’s ‘China phenomenon’ — February 4, 2011
  3. Michener’s Spain: Badajoz — January 25, 2011
  4. New Spanish food site targets U.S. consumers — January 21, 2011
  5. Michener’s Spain: An Introduction — January 18, 2011

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Feb
11

Michener’s Spain: Words that define Spain’s ‘essence’

This is the third in a series of posts on James Michener’s Iberia. You can read the first two posts here and here. This week, I stick with the first chapter and specifically the Spanish words and phrases Michener feels the reader needs to know to understand Spain. There are some key Spanish words and …

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Feb
04

Spain’s ‘China phenomenon’

A Chinese restaurant in Madrid

Spain of late has become a land where immigrants’ dreams go to die, at least since the financial crisis began to unfold. Many migrants from Latin America and North Africa, who had left their homes in search of a better life in Spain, have had to return home in anguish. But one immigrant group is …

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Jan
25

Michener’s Spain: Badajoz

Skyline of Badajoz; in the background stretches the empty rockiness of Extremadura.

Last week, I began what will be a series of posts on James Michener’s Iberia. You can read the first post here. This week I take a look at the first chapter of the book, which focuses on the city of Badajoz and the surrounding region of Extremadura. Of all the colorful, historical, alluring places …

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Jan
21

New Spanish food site targets U.S. consumers

La Tienda, the online Spanish food store that I’ve often fawned over, is getting some competition from a new website called Food Spain 101. It’s so named because it “present[s] the rich and varied foods of Spain in a simple and straightforward way, much like an entry level class on the Spanish cuisine,” according to …

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Jan
18

Michener’s Spain: An Introduction

Chief Spainiac in Charge, James Michener, seen here in 1991 at the age of 84 attending an observance in Hawaii commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

“I have long believed that any man interested in either the mystic or the romantic aspects of life must sooner or later define his attitude concerning Spain.” Thus did James Michener write the unforgettable opening line to Iberia, his classic non-fictional portrait of Spain. It’s quite a statement. Read it a couple of times carefully. …

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Jan
06

My gift to you for el Día de los Reyes Magos

Last year's Three Kings' celebration in Bigastro (photo by Keith Williamson)

My posts have been few and far between of late. That has a lot to do with the bustle of the holiday season and even more to do with my wife giving birth to our fourth little Spaniac, a girl named Isabel. I’ve also been trying to figure out ways to bring you more useful …

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Dec
28

Doing business with Spaniards

My wife recently came across this website, which has detailed cultural profiles of several countries, including Spain. The profiles are geared toward those doing business in these countries, but much of what the website provides could easily apply to any visitor. The website is run by a U.K. company called Kwintenssential, which, according to its …

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Dec
21

My Spanish Taste of Christmas

What you lose in teeth, you gain in taste

Two of my fondest Christmas memories growing up as a (half) Spanish American were 1) that Christmas came again on Jan. 6 (more presents!) and 2) the taste of turrón. Typically made from egg white, honey, sugar and almonds, turrón is an authentic taste of Spain for the holidays. Almonds comprise upwards of  almost two …

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Dec
13

Wikileaks and the Spain-U.S. Alliance

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Blast you Wikileaks. Just when it appeared Spain and the United States had found a way to maintain a steady and relatively strong alliance, the release by Wikileaks of sensitive U.S. diplomatic cables has revealed an apparent imbalance in the relationship that could cause future problems. In various cables released on Wikileaks.org the U.S. appears …

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Dec
10

La Tienda’s 12 Days of Christmas

Dear Santa, I'll take one of these $1100 gift boxes with Iberico ham. Hey, on Dec. 20 you can get it for me 20%!

La Tienda, also known in certain circles as the best on-line store ever (despite being a tad pricey), is counting down to Christmas day with a series of rather aggressive sales offers. It’s a 12-day sales event (never mind that the 12 days of Christmas actually start on Christmas day, just roll with it), with …

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