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STATESIDE STORIES: TOWARDS A NEW CHINESE NEW YEAR!

This year, Chinese New Year falls on Tuesday, February 5th, 2019. It is The Year of the Pig, celebrated by more than 20 percent of the world's population. To all the Chinese people worldwide, we wish you A HAPPY NEW CHINESE NEW YEAR!

YOUR 5 BEST BETS FOR A PERFECT SPANISH PAELLA

Don’t forget that paella is a rice dish whatever delightful ingredients you mix it with. Therefore, rice takes center stage. Having said that, think Bomba or Sollana rice, virgin olive oil, enamelled pan, firewood or gas stove, feeding straight from the pan. Now you're ready to get ready for the party!

STARTING OFF 2019 WITH THE BEST OF MADRID FOODWISE

Here's what & where !

FREE PRINCETON CONCERT. WHAT A SPECIAL TREAT!

Start off the New Year with a very special treat, the Princeton University Symphony Orchestra performing at San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Madrid, on the 2nd of February. And it's FREE too!

TEA TIME!

 A confirmed Italian Espresso and Caffé enthusiast takes a liking to tea. See her short list.

TITANIC ALLIANCE GANGS UP ON BILLIONAIRE BEZOS

The accord between El Corte Inglés, benchmark of Spanish commerce, and Alibaba, the digital giant from China, is welcomed by both partners with such a great enthusiasm one would think it was marriage made in heaven. El Corte Inglés press releases are rosy and replete with optimism. The partners present the accord as the answer to Jeff Bezos’ dominant position in global e-commerce.

THE PLIGHT OF WEED CLUBS WITHIN THE GREY AREA OF SPANISH LAW

Although it is illegal to possess or sell marijuana in a public area, club owners can obtain licenses to operate private associations to smoke and sell weed. But operating within this space creates a multitude of problems for club owners looking to advance their business. Be that as it may, private weed clubs in Madrid are on the rise. Per some estimates, Madrid will surpass Barcelona, where there are currently over 300 private clubs, as the weed capital of Spain by 2020.

THE RAINBOW OF U.N. SUSTAINABLE GOALS LENDS COLOR TO SPANISH SOCIAL MEDIA FOR “THE FUTURE WE WANT”

"A world without poverty, through the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals, is the future that we want"

A Second Opinion: Oh, those wonderful Rebajas de Enero!

I have been accused of being a miser, but I prefer to consider myself "thrifty"! I figure why pay more when you can pay less? With my attitude, I'd never make it in the fashion scene in New York or London or Paris. Maybe Madrid is more forgiving!

MOST POPULAR SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES WORLDWIDE: YOU’VE GOT TO KNOW!

Over 2 billion active Facebook users worldwide. Instagram, the fastest rising social media, has 1 billion. Odnoklassniki (ever heard of it?) has 71,000,000. It's the 15th top social networking site. Facebook is tops in Spain as in most countries throughout the world.

WHO WOULD KIDS RATHER HAVE, SANTA OR THE MAGI?

Chances are that Spanish children would have both The Magi and Santa!  Think about it, two bountiful bearers of gifts instead of just one, from the East and from the West, and the Royals coming right on the jovial heels of Ho Ho Ho!

SPANIARDS ARE SPENDING MORE ON TOURISM. GOOD NEWS, SAYS STATE SECRETARY OF TOURISM

"A sure sign of the economic recovery of our country and of the resilience of the tourism sector"

RINGING IN THE NEW YEAR WITH A BRIGHT SPOT IN THE SPANISH ECONOMY

All sectors in the Spanish economy enjoyed export growth from January to October 2018, latest period for which records are available. The main positive contributions to export growth came from the capital goods sector, energy products, chemical products and non-chemical semi-manufactures. The flip side: Imports grew in all sectors too.

THE CAPTURE OF A DANGEROUS TERRORIST

Spansih National Police arrests foreign terrorist fighter who was hiding in Barcelona after fighting for DAESH in Syria

THE MERCANTILE TRUTH BEHIND THE “LUCKY 12 GRAPES” OF THE NEW YEAR IN SPAIN

In 1909 the Spanish winegrowers had such a bountiful harvest there was an excess of supply over demand. They had to think of a way to dispose of the surplus. They told the people eating a grape with each stroke of the clock toward the magic hour will bring prosperity throughout the new year. If, on the other hand, you don't join the ritual, you're cursed.That sent people scrambling to buy the grapes!

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.