Our five day trip to Mallorca was the first time I truly disconnected, while my wonderful business partner and team members made sure everything was working smoothly. Being able to take those five days reenergized me, and motivated me to keep working on what I love. Other travel highlights of 2015 were our trip to Asturias (one of the most incredible trips of my life and a place I still plan to write LOTS about) and discovering the off-the-beaten-path Terres de l’Ebre region of Spain (totally worth another visit!). Work-wise, we launched our Seville food tour and Seville tapas tour, and doubled our staff in Madrid and Barcelona. I also hired the smart, talented and similarly food-obsessed Amy Bingham to write here at Spanish Sabores– and you guys have been really complimentary of her in-depth Spanish food articles! And in between it all, I managed to complete the Squared Online digital marketing course, which made me feel more comfortable in my growing role in digital marketing for Devour Spain. Health-wise, I decided that it was now or never, and started taking tap class, barre class and Zumba. If I’m healthy, I know that the business will continue to grow, and that everything else will fall into place. While visiting Cordoba’s spectacular patio festival I finally ate at a restaurant people had long been raving about.
We ate a lot of rice in Terres de l’Ebre, a region of Spain I knew nothing about before visiting. In between sessions at the Women in Travel Summit, I escaped to Boston’s Chinatown for lunch.
One of my favorite and most relaxing travel experiences of the year was the time I spent with Laura and Esmeraldo of Esme Tours, truly local and authentic cooking experiences in Spain— specifically in the tiny town of Pozos, Leon.
We visited Trabanco, Asturias’ leading cider maker, for a tour and tasting and I fell even harder for one of my favorite Spanish drinks. I lived in Seville for three years without ever tasting one of the popular coquinas, a favorite of many of my Sevillano friends. Flapjacks Pancake House in Lincoln, New Hampshire makes the fluffiest blueberry pancakes I’ve ever had, served with whipped butter and real maple syrup. Visiting the Cabrales cheese caves with the owners of Francisco Badas Cabrales (the award winning Cabrales cheesemaker) was an incredible experience. One of my favorite Claudia Roden recipes, this flavorful fish stew is surprisingly simple to make.
I loved visiting Sidreria Carroceu, a typical Asturian cider house in Ribadesella, Asturias.
I’m going to end my best bites of 2015 with another homemade dish, in hopes that 2016 will mean even more home cooking! About Latest Posts Follow me!Lauren AloiseProfessional eater, writer, cook, food tour operator.


It was a great year, full of highs and lows, challenges and personal growth, travel and, of course, great food! We were finalizing our plans to launch our Devour Spain Food Tours in Seville and Malaga, which meant spending over a month in Andalusia.
Later I traveled to Boston to speak at the Women in Travel Summit about blog monetization, and in May visited the Costa Brava to speak at the Travel Bloggers Exchange about using social media for culinary content.
I spent the rest of the month of May giving our Seville food tour– something that I greatly enjoyed, as Seville is my home away from home! My parents also visited us in Madrid in December (one of the best months to visit Madrid, if you ask me) and we enjoyed Spain’s capital city during the holidays, took an incredible day trip to Toledo, and spent a few days at the gorgeous Corral del Rey Hotel in Seville.
While I don’t go every week, it felt so good to finally get back to dance and fitness (I danced for 16 years!). 2016 will be focused on health– because in the end, that’s the most important thing! I made a big realization this year– I enjoy traditional, home cooking (at times with an upscale twist) over modern dining. La Regadera was as good as everyone promised, and this grilled presa iberica is one of the reasons I would struggle as a vegetarian! But I will always remember the few visits I had with her, weaving in and out of her raspberry bushes and stuffing my face with the sweet berries, while careful not to prick myself on the thorns.
This rice producing region has some wonderful food, and this picture is from the Delta Hotel, a place I’d definitely recommend for rest and relaxation! I don’t know the secret at this 300 year old institution, but would certainly pay to find out!
A cold soup of blanched almonds, stale bread, extra virgin olive oil and a bit of garlic, it’s one of the most refreshing things you can eat. Spaniards love their bechamel sauce, and La Mechela restaurant in Seville doesn’t hold back. One of the most important fish in Spanish history (perhaps tied with bacalao, or Atlantic cod), Spanish tuna is unrivaled. Esmeraldo walked us through the steps of making a 9-course Spanish feast one afternoon, and while everything was absolutely delicious, I especially loved this salt cod dish, topped with hard boiled quail eggs.
This year while in New York City my curiosity got the best of me and I had to try their famous pastrami on rye! Natural hard cider from Asturias (around 6% alcohol) is my drink of choice when I want something lighter and more refreshing than wine or sherry.
That clearly had to change, and to make up for lost time I’ve been ordering them every trip back.
It was the type of place that makes you want to move out to the countryside and adopt a bunch of animals while taking up vegetable farming.


It was made with all sorts of veggies from the farm (carrots, peppers, beans) and pork ribs. It was one of those years that seems to have lasted far more than its 12 months… here’s what happened!
Even in the rural mountains of Poland I remember stressing while typing furiously, responding to emails on my smartphone! This year will mean scaling back on speaking engagements and conferences, and really focusing my time and energy on what makes me happy and gives results!
I’ve tried my fair share of highly reviewed restaurants, Michelin stars included, and almost always leave disappointed. My mother has long had her plants in her own garden, and this summer I enjoyed picking the berries they still provide. But the sauce is delicious, and this pasta-free, vegetable lasana is one of the best comfort foods I’ve ever had. Here they are at La Azotea, sauteed in buttery olive oil, garlic, and served with fried baby artichokes.
You can find Pepe’s cheese at select cheese shops in Madrid and Barcelona (or head up to Asturias and visit him yourself!). These tender squid, bathed in just a bit of their own ink before being thrown on the grill, were the perfect accompaniment to a fresh glass of cider. It’s a reminder that rice dishes in Spain originate as a countryside (not coastal) dish. If you have access to great quality tomatoes and sweet, crisp watermelon, you simply can’t go wrong! We realized that what we had planned was too similar to other tours already being offered, and Devour Spain aims to always add something new and creative to the scene. So instead of pretending to like these overhyped places, I’ll stick to the best of classic cuisine from now on (and my wallet will stay fuller too!).
But finally getting to the point where I saw that I didn’t have to be there 100% of the time was a game changer. This trip was a before and after!
So it was back to the drawing board and we hope to have an amazing Malaga food experience launched by spring. We are planning for lots of small trips this year (like Tenerife at the end of the month) and one big trip to Japan in May. These fried artichokes were better than any fried vegetable (even potato!) that I’ve ever had.



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