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EL ROSCÓN DE REYES: The King´s Ring Cake

One of the most popular Christmastime sweet treats in Spain is the roscón, the King´s Ring Cake. Strictly speaking, it should be eaten on the 6th of January. In practice the delightful sweet-tooth pleasure is served from the "First Day of Christmas" (December 25) through the "Twelfth Day" (January 6) or the Epiphany when the Star of Bethlehem reveals the Infant Jesus to the Three Kings, putting an end to the Christmas celebrations.

ENTERTAINING: HOLIDAYS 2020-2021, PART 2

We're toasting 2021 with two of our favorite recipes which we're sharing with you here and as promised in "Entertaining: Holidays 2020-2021 Part 1":  Nutella Mousse Chocolate Cups & Bailey´s Moka Frappuccino. HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYONE!

FORGET THE VIRUS, “DON GIOVANNI” AT THE TEATRO REAL IS YOUR BETTER OPTION BY FAR!

Despite the devastating effects of the pandemic in Spain and throughout the world, Madrid’s Teatro Real has been struggling to maintain its calendar of events. Its next endeavor are the 15 performances of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's “Don Giovanni”, between December 18 and January 10. The original libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte is based on Tirso de Molina’s classic 1616 play "El burladero de Sevilla" about the legendary Don Juan. "Don Giovanni" is one of the greatest works of the extraordinary Austrian composer.

ENTERTAINING: Holidays 2020-2021, Part 1*

We have created Festive Apple Cake and Puff Pastries especially for you, to wish you and yours all that´s best and beautiful during these holidays. My wish for us is that we meet again next year celebrating an old-fashioned Christmas just like “the ones we used to know”.  

SOUTH KOREAN FILMS, YOUR OPTION THESE DAYS OF THE PANDEMIC

A South Korean Film Festival online!

WHEN THE PHILOMENAL WHITEOUT DOVETAILS INTO THE OLD NORMAL

Not one to pass up a fortuitous holiday after the unforgivably lackluster Christmas season, the Spaniards geared up for frolic in the snow when Filomena stormed in. But when the pristine snow iced over and the fun was over, they're back to the old normal of the unrelenting COVID-19 and the elusive vaccines -- the much-touted light at the end of the tunnel -- that another Filomena could well snuff out if only because they're awfully scarce. The busted hospitality industry. . .

SPAIN AND THE STORMING OF THE US CAPITOL BY TRUMP SUPPORTERS

The President of Spain followed the news "with concern."

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “The Spanish Scene” 57 Years Ago This Month

What was going on more than half a century ago in then-quaint Spain? Folks on tenterhooks over smoking-or-not-to-smoke. A bright and beautiful Dutch princess falling for “young Spanish marqués of excellent lineage and large fortune”. Jeers and brawls in the bullring. Boni, the overly-amorous elephant sending his 16-ton dancing partner, Barbati, tripping and falling over spectators at the circus.

THE EUROPEAN MEDICINES AGENCY: WHY RESIDENTS AND CITIZENS OF THE EUROPEAN UNION CAN TRUST THE COVID-19 VACCINE

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has recommended the granting of a conditional marketing of the vaccine Comirnaty, developed by BioNTech and Pfizer, to prevent COVID-19 in people from 16 years of age. EMA’s scientific opinion has paved the way for the first marketing authorisation of a COVID-19 vaccine in the EU by the European Commission. In fact, on 21 December 2020, the European Commission authorised that marketing.

EVERYTHING YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE COMIRNATY VACCINE!

Here's an authoritative Q&A about the current rage -- the COVID-19 vaccines -- from no less than the European Union's European Medicines Agency. You can't give it a miss, can you now?

THE LATEST FROM CDC: Key Information for Tavelers to Spain

Travelers should avoid all travel to Spain. However, if you must travel, talk to your doctor ahead of travel, especially if you are at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Get tested with a viral test 1–3 days before your trip, keep a copy of your results with you during travel. . .

THE KING WHO’S STUCK IN THE ORIENT

King Juan Carlos, the father of the reigning King of Spain, Felipe VI, isn’t coming – can´t come – home for Christmas much as he wants to. Hard on the heels of headline-grabbing scandals, he has self-exiled in the United Arab Emirates since last summer. And now neither King Felipe nor Pedro Sanchez, President of Spain, feels comfortable having the octogenarian "King Emeritus" back. He used to be hero-worshipped, having engineered the way to a parliamentary monarchy after nearly four decades of the stultifying Franco dictatorship.

BELENES, GUARANTEED TO DRIVE YOUR DEPRESSION AWAY!

Think about it, the Savior has come down from his perch in Heaven, in his annual date with "Sinners" on Earth. A gesture of Love and Generosity. Just what the Christians and the non-Christians need in these times of affliction, of the unrelenting spread of The Curse of biblical proportions, a.k.a. the coronavirus.

THE GUIDEPOST GUIDE TO SPANISH CHEESES

There are approximately 100 Spanish cheeses with a Denomination of Origin and over 200 types of rural-produced small-farm cheeses throughout the country, including Girona´s 100% goat, and 100% sheep, cheese Ricotta with their symbolically renowned dessert called  “Mei I mató”, one of Salvador Dalí and the Adrìa Brothers' favorite desserts. 

TWO PART SERIES: (1) SPAIN AND THE COVID-19 VACCINES!

The main objective of the COVID-19 vaccination strategy in Spain is to reduce the morbidity and mortality caused by this disease through vaccination against COVID19, in a context of progressive availability. The vaccines will be administered free of charge through the National Health System.

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.