With gas at the brink of $4.00 a gallon and the summer driving season about to begin, you might be wondering how you can afford a vacation.
How about a two week trip to Spain? If you are thinking “that’s not in my budget,” think again. If you found out that you that you could go to Spain for less than the cost of one gallon of gas would you go? One might be considered crazy for not going. An option for you is to “travel to Spain” on a staycation.
Central Market HEB Grocery stores kicked off its culinary trip to Spain on May 11 with its Pasaporte Espana that runs through Tuesday, May 24. The best part of this staycation is that all comes to you. With nine internationally-known chefs and six winemakers, the trip to Spain features regional stops in Barcelona, Madrid, Rias Baixas, Penedés, Rioja and Penedes.
There are plenty of things to do and try and it is not all about food. But for those who love food, there is plenty of it.
Daily samplings of some of Spain’s finest delectables will be offered. On weekends, you can learn about the art of the Spanish Cheese Plate and the world of Spanish olive oils (El mundo de aceite Espanola). Learning about wines by tasting some of Spain’s beloved vinos is also on tap for the event.
Just like any vacation there is something new to experience every day. Listening to David Quintana play Spanish guitar, Flamenco performances from Seville, Sardana dance (where you get to learn the national dance of Catalunya) and trying your hand at castanets.
The Central Market cooking school is offering cooking classes with chefs Paco Roncero, Isma Prados, Quim Marques, Sergi Arola, Adrian Marin, Seamus Mullen, Ramon Freixa and Daniel Olivella that will expose you to one of the oldest wineries in Rioja and winemaking techniques along with traditional and modern cuisine that will have you saying “Ole.”
Also, there are hands-on parent and child cooking classes where you can learn how to make traditional Spanish dishes like Pechuga de Pollo con Arroz y Verduras Frescas (Chicken Breasts with Crunchy Vegetables and Rice); Churros with chocolate (sugar and cinnamon fried pastry with a chocolate dipping sauce).
Tapas in the Café is where you can dine on small plates while enjoying wine and music. Studio Movie Grill will present the movie “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 18.
Most events are free and some have space limitations. Cooking classes are fee-based for enrollment and require advanced reservations.
The Pasaporte Espana event runs through Tuesday, May 24 at Central Market, 5750 E. Lovers Lane, Lovers Lane and Greenville Avenue, Dallas. 214-234-7000. Visit CentralMarket.com for daily events and cooking school reservations. Cooking School 214-3671-5754.
Studio Movie Grill is located at 11170 N. Central Expressway, I-75 and Royal Lane, Dallas 214-361-2966.