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THE 8th  NATIONAL PASTRY CHEF CHAMPIONSHIP  2019  AT IFEMA

The Best Dessert,  Milhojas ( a thousand layers of pastry ) Award, was given to Pastry Chef Daniel Sarabia from Mérida, Extremadura

SPAIN’S FIVE BEST CARNIVALS IN 2019

Carnival time! Color, laughter, magic, music. Kick up your heels high and hard for tomorrow the inexorable Holy Week will catch up with you and there will then be no running away from penance. Make fun while the bands still play. We propose the following to be the best carnivals: Madrid, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Sitges, Cadiz, Santa Curz de Tenerife

GOURMET’S CHOICE: ORIENT GRAND BUFFET, A KALEIDOSCOPE OF ASIAN DELIGHTS

Not a Michelin starred restaurant by any means, however, the best of the neighborhood and definitely an enjoyable adventure and pleasant company is always the key !

MADRID FUSION 2019´s SPECIAL GUESTS: FERRAN ADRIÀ, RICHARD CAMARENA & RUBEN ABASCAL

FERRAN ADRIÀ: Spain's most universal and influential Food Designer & Executive Chef. RICHARD CAMARENA: Two-Michelin Canalla Bistro chef. RUBEN ABASCAL: Winner of the Cheese Recipe Competition

A SECOND OPINION: “The Wife” Wins Top Awards!

"The Wife"'s premise is quite relevant to our world today in which women are caught in traditional roles while reaching to shine with their own light. (Taking a back seat has been the way most women have dealt with the male hierarchy over the year.) It is not strictly a feminist film, but rather a tender study in the reality of women’s lives still today. Recommended viewing.

INTRODUCTION TO ADVENTURES IN SPAIN by CATHERINE PETIT, A THRILLING FIVE-PART SERIES

Life with my husband was an exciting time. We traveled by car, many times across the states and into Canada. We worked, and enjoyed life. Then one day, unexpectedly, my husband of almost 36 years died – and I was lost.Thank goodness for my brother John who guided me back to the land of the living. I booked a tour of a country I wanted to see: Spain, a place where I did not speak the language. I loved exploring all of the country and when I left that first time, I knew I would return, and I did.

ADVENTURES IN SPAIN BY CATHERINE PETITE, PART I OF A THRILLING 5-PART SERIES

The Purloined Suitcase: "Where, oh where was my dark blue suitcase with the large bright pink bow???" <> The Sneeze and the March: "There were many protesters marching on the street below. After they were gone, no trash at all to be found. All of those people and no trash left behind. Amazing!" <> . . .The Bank: "The machine ate my card!" <> Chocolatería: "Best hot chocolate ever!"

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “TAKING TERESA TO BUDAPEST,” 16 OCTOBER 1987

My daughter Teresa who is nearly nine has suffered from severe cerebral palsy since birth. In 1986 I saw three or four programmes on television about the Peto Institute in Budapest. And there we went at the end of June. Although Teresa is only supposed to be affected physically, the first assessment classed her as ‘severely mentally handicapped’. I have no guarantee that the Peto method is the best the world can offer but studying their theories it seems to be a fairly logical type of treatment for a child like mine. But perhaps Teresa’s saving grace is her great sense of humour and her large brown eyes that try to make up for her difficulty in communicating. Her brother and sister spend some time fighting together but they also look after Teresa wonderfully, in an extremely unselfish way, and they try to make sure I do the same – they certainly let me know if I don’t.

A CLIFF-EDGE BREXIT LOOMS. Mark the Date: 30 MARCH 2019

If the original Withdrawal Agreement, or an alternative one, is not ratified, the Treaties and the whole EU acquis will cease to apply to relations with the United Kingdom on 30 March 2019. This brings about the fearsome cliff-edge scenario wherein the UK's withdrawal will not be cushioned by special agreements. Insofar as Spain is concerned, the central government has announced that it is adopting the necessary measures, both at an internal level and in coordination with the EU institutions and other Member States so that should there still be no Withdrawal Agreement by 30 March, the impact of cliff edge on Spain will be minimal.

ARE TAPAS OVERRATED?

GRACE HREN: "I don't think tapas are overrated. Anything that's delicious cannot be overrated." <> EMILY HANDLER: "Yeah, tapas are kind of overrated. I like the idea of them; they are cheap. But usually they are really not very good." <> JAYCEE RODMAN: "From a tourist point of view, it's something that is a part of the Spanish culture that most people look forward to trying."

SPAIN IS HEALTHIEST COUNTRY ON THE PLANET, HURRAH!

Spain isn't just the planet's HEALTHIEST country, according to Bloomberg's Global Health Index. Spaniards are projected to live longest too! How about that! Balmy climate, tons of sunshine, great music, and delectable Mediterranean diet (gazpacho anyone?), not to mention the knack for living it up. They have it all, these fortunate people. Salud!

BARCELONA, THE CENTER OF THE MOBILE UNIVERSE

The world's largest mobile event is being held in Barcelona these days, 25 - 28 Febraury 2019! Mobile World Congress (MWC) is the world's largest exhibition for the mobile industry, and incorporates a thought-leadership conference featuring prominent executives representing global mobile operators, device manufacturers, technology providers, vendors, and content owners. MWC Barcelona 2019 expects attendance to surpass 100,000 people from more than 200 countries across the globe.

A Second Opinion: Remembering “La Movida Madrilena”!

I don't know who first coined the phrase "La Movida Madrilena" but I know from my own experience that it was a real phenomenon in the city of Madrid. If the young are allowed to have their own voice, they will create new cultural phenomenons continuously.

SPAIN IS HEADED FOR AN ACRIMONIOUS SNAP ELECTION. CLASHES!

Following the rejection by the Parliament of the national budget for 2019 proposed by the socialiat government of Pedro Sanchez, the President called snap election on 28 April. Hot on the campaign trail already, the leftist parties inisist on "dialogue" with separatist Catalonia as the only "commonsensical" solution to the escalating Catalan secessionism while the conservatives vow to "defend Spain from its enemies" by implementing indefinitely the harsh Article 155 of the Spanish Constitution. On another plane, the left vows to recover the debilitated welfare state system while the right seeks to implement a liberal economic model.

SPAIN & THE EU STAND BY A DEMOCRATIC VENEZUELA

President of the Spanish Government: "The common position of the EU in regard to the political crisis in Venezuela has been achieved on the initiative of the Government of Spain. The ties that unite Spain and Latin America are very deep. There is nothing that takes place there which does not affect us. That is why the Spanish government will work to ensure that full democracy returns to Venezuela"

THE REAL MADRID

Any and everything about the fascinating capital city of Spain — and the Autonomous Community of Madrid — from its rich history through its vibrant present to what the future holds, recounted from every angle imaginable.
This category, however, goes beyond Madrid; it embraces stories of what occurred, are occurring, and will probably occur in the Spanish nation whose capital is Madrid.