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Blanxart Spanish Hot Drinking Chocolate a la taza bar

The Spanish Re-invention of Hot Chocolate

Few know that it was the Spaniards who brought chocolate to Europe from the New World, heaped in the bellies of their grand galleons alongside silver and other treasures. In the early 1500’s, the Spanish explorer Hernán Cortés sailed to what is now Mexico and encountered the Aztecs, quickly realizing the value of the strange […]

Zocalo Aji Chili Cooking Sauces

New! Zócalo Peruvian Aji Chili Cooking Sauces

Aji chili peppers are ubiquitous in Peruvian cuisine. Ranging from moderately hot to very hot, they are used on and in just about everything to add both heat and flavor. In Peru, sauces made with aji chilies add spice to most of their signature dishes, from roast chicken to steak to rice. We’ve been successfully […]

Blanxart Nicaragua 85% Organic Chocolate Bar

New Blanxart Nicaragua 85% Organic Chocolate Bar is Here!

From way up high in the mountains of the Waslala region of Nicaragua is where Blanxart discovered the unique criollo and trinitario cocoa beans that go into their organic 85% chocolate bar. With flavors of lemon, orange, pineapple, jasmine and nuts, these beans are rich and complex, but without the typical bitter edge that can come […]

Matiz boquerones white anchovies Spain

The Simple Magic of White Anchovies (boquerones) from Spain

There are anchovies, and then there are boquerones. Our Matiz marinated white anchovies from Spain or boquerones are unlike any other seafood you’ve had. Plump, briny, meaty and unctuous, they are a flavor experience on par with fresh oysters or a very delicately done ceviche. Every month, we fly these boquerones in fresh from the […]

Matiz Flor de Garum Premium Spanish Fish Sauce

New Matiz Flor de Garum Premium Fish Sauce

Delicate, savory and complex, Matiz Flor de Garum is a fish sauce unlike you’ve tasted before. Garum is the ancient Roman version of fish sauce, and was a ubiquitous condiment in that era. Its savory “umami” flavor added color and definition to ordinary foods (you could say it was their version of ketchup!). Garum was […]

Castillo de Canena Biodynamic Organic Picual Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Castillo de Canena Biodynamic Extra Virgin Olive Oil Wins Best in Class

Emerald green, pungent and a bit spicy, with notes of freshly picked garden tomatoes, mint and artichoke, Castillo de Canena Biodynamic Organic Picual Extra Virgin Olive Oil is one of our bold favorites. Happily, the experts are of the same opinion. This oil took home the prize of “Best in Class” (Northern Hemisphere, Monovarietal, Robust) […]

Zócalo Organic Kañiwa Grain Peruvian Ancient Grain

Zócalo Organic Kañiwa Grain from Peru Wins Silver sofi Award for 2017

We’re thrilled to announce that our Zócalo Organic Kañiwa ancient grain from Peru has won a sofi™ Silver Award in the pasta, rice, grains category in the Specialty Food Association’s 2017 sofi™ Awards competition! This is the second sofi win for Zócalo Kañiwa, with a silver awarded in 2011. A sofi is the top honor […]

Matiz Tortas de Aceite Olive Oil Flatbreads from Spain

Matiz Tortas de Aceite – Made by Hand in Sevilla

  Tortas Gaviño, the bakery that makes our Matiz Tortas de Aceite, is a family company that has been making traditional southern Spanish sweets in Sevilla for over a hundred years. It wasn’t easy to find an artisanal bakery to meet our exacting standards in creating the lightest, flakiest and most flavorful torta, but Tortas Gaviño […]