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.
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!
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.
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”.
A South Korean Film Festival online!
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. . .
The President of Spain followed the news "with concern."
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 (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.
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?
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. . .
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.
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.
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.
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.
Free bus ride anywhere in Madrid this Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (18, 19, and 20 January 2021).
Way to go!
Take a break. Come and join a jazz festival with flamenco flavor! Jazz Madrid 2020 has been conceived as an act of solidarity with a sector that is being pummeled by the virus with extraordinary force.
I'm a freelance journalist who took off to Madrid for a look-see and enjoy what was on offer while I was there. I was hoping to write a story about Halloween in this once-bustling capital. Considering how fiesta-loving the Spaniards are, All Saints Day cum Halloween should be quite festive. On the other hand, I had to get real. These are unusual times, the Era of the Covid. And I should be prepared to join a terribly watered-down holiday. . . Guess what I found out!
An American Week in Madrid that features the only U.S. presidential election debate in Europe by representatives of the Republican and Democratic Parties in Europe for expats in Europe!
With Madrid sadly topping the list of Spain’s new positives these days (1535 COVID-19 cases in the 24 hours before 19 August 2020), the city and the region could be trending back to Phase 1 of the de-escalation of the old State of Alarm! Parks will be closed, but at least only for the night, just three months after their much-awaited unrestricted reopening.
Summer verbenas give Madrid its delightful charm. But this year, they have all been cancelled. Thanks, Corona, you’ve wrought a miracle such as very few Madrileños have ever had to witness in their long history.
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