The Spanish Inquisition, Ham & The Catholic Church

During the later years of the Crusades the Christians started running out of money and went to the Jews to gets funds to pay for the holy war.  Once the crusaders pushed the Moores out of the Iberico Peninsula the Jewish lenders wanted their debts collected and this became problematic for the newly victorious Christians….

Jamon Iberico De Belotta – Pata Negra

Since the times of the Spanish Inquisition ham has become an important part of the Spanish culture and represents a lot more than food for Spaniards! After 400 years they got pretty competitive at growing and curing these big, black pigs mastering the art of creating Pate Negra.  Ham is so polular the Spanish dedicate…

Suckling Pig at Restaurant Botin – A Madrelenian Tradition

Central Madrid –  Just south of Mercado San Miguel Suckling pig roasted in a wood fired oven is an age old tradition in Madrid.  Nowhere is more famous for preparing them than the restaurant La Botin .  This restaurant has been in business since 1725 and is world famous for its suckling baby pigs.