Old City by the Sea
Valencia. It’s not the first city we think of when someone mentions Spain. But it is quickly becoming a destination. The third largest city in Spain, Valencia is located in a region called the “Valencian Community” and is scenically located on the Eastern coast of Spain adjacent to the gulf of Valencia and the Balearic Islands. In the past, the Visigoths, Arabs and Romans have all left their mark on the city of Valencia, but today creative geniuses like architect Santiago Calatrava and Chef Raul Aleixandre (a disciple of culinary superstar Ferran Adria) are shaping the city and its culture. Today, Valencia offers more than oranges, paella and the Tomatina. With its innovative restaurants, hip enclaves and unique boutiques it is no longer just an old city by the sea.
During the month of November, Solex Partners is celebrating the culinary contributions of Valencia with “Valencia in Chicago“. The region is known primarily for paella and citrus, but it has so much more to offer. The delicious products that have made their way to us for this celebration of Valencia include Bomba rice, a rice that explodes with flavor; cheeses from organic producer Quesos de Cati; the Spanish classic Serrano ham; flavored oils from Oleum Vitae; savory Rosquilletas (bite sized bread sticks) that are the ideal cheese accessory ; rich chocolate from Valor and Piquillo pepper jam from Jalancina.
If you are lucky enough to live in Chicago, you can visit the many innovative restaurants that will feature foods from Valencia on their menus for “Valencia in Chicago”. Or you can visit the many gourmet food stores that offer artisanal Valencian foods. But even if you are miles away from both Chicago and Valencia, you can experience Valencia for yourself. During the month of November, this blog will feature stories about the foods of Valencia along with ideas for how to share a little of Valencia with your friends and loved ones.
Stay tuned for the next blog which will be on Paella, one of the most significant culinary gifts Valencia brings to Spain and the world. And be sure to register to receive or newsletter. The November issue will feature a Paella recipe that you will want to try for yourself.