Extra Virgin Olive Oil Cortijo de Suerte Alta

A TREASURE FROM THE HEART OF ANDALUSIA, SPAIN.

Ummm! Delicious…some drops after cooking and as we say in Spain “you can lick your fingers”.

I’ve heard several times calling to Spanish Oil “Gold Liquid”. Here I want to share with you one of my favorites oils from Spain, Cortijo de Suerte Alta Coupage. Coupage means that the oil is made with a mixture of different olives. In this case, picual, hojiblanca and picuda. The picuda, sweet at first, gives it a taste of leaves. The hojiblanca provides a pungent and grass sensation and finally the picual provides a light bitterness and the touch of figs and tomatoes.

In Helsinki you can find in gourmet shops or in Alambique Oy website. http://www.alambique.fi

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Sounds of the city Documentary. Stina Lundvist and Sergio CastrillónSome weeks ago Cinemaissi Latin America Film Festival of Helsinki chose Sounds of The City Documentary directed by Stina Lundkvist, Swedish woman, and interpreted by Sergio Castrillón ,Colombian man. Great combination!!

Sound of the city documentary. Stina Lundvist and Sergio Castrillón.This March I met Sergio Castrillón in Arkadia International Bookshop in a poetic evening. Both of us, we were reciting some poems written by our friend Leonardo Sevilla. I remember Sergio with his Cello relaxed and smiling. When It was his turn, he started to recite mixing his sweet colombian accent with his improvised cello music, amazing! I can define Sergio as Contemporary Street Art Musician. He is an improvisation lover and he likes to collaborate with different people. He knows how to be in the street, around this society.

Sound of the city documentary. Stina Lundvist and Sergio Castrillón.Stina Lundkvist and Castrillón’s Documentary represents Sergio’s music project. At the end, it represents his way of thinking, his way of living and his way of understanding passions supported by Stina filming point of view. I love it! I want to share with you these 20 minutes of great thoughts and acts.

Sound of the city documentary. Stina Lundvist and Sergio Castrillón.Watch the documentary:

HOMELAND. directed by Cyrus Sutton. Etxepare Basque Institute.I would like to share with you this amazing short film that I met on internet…“Homeland” is a short film about the Basque culture and its language driven by Etxepare Basque Institute (etxepare.net/) and Surfilmfestibal (surfilmfestibal.com/), directed by Cyrus Sutton.

Divided between the borders of France and Spain, the Basque Country is home to amazing natural beauty and rich culture. The Basques are believed to be the first to trade with Native Americans and circumnavigate the globe. Their language is the oldest living non-Latin/Germanic in Western Europe.

HOMELAND. directed by Cyrus Sutton. Etxepare Basque Institute.Today, amazing waves, stunning cliffs and rolling green hills surround ancient family homesteads. Industrial ports line cities and towns with dense, thriving streets. However in the past decade, the Basque-land, like much of Europe, has endured shifting economic forces which threaten their ancient ways of life…HOMELAND. directed by Cyrus Sutton. Etxepare Basque Institute.

HOMELAND. directed by Cyrus Sutton. Etxepare Basque Institute.

HOMELAND. directed by Cyrus Sutton. Etxepare Basque Institute.Here is the Short Film:

Almod Cold pressed Virgin nuts Oils. Azada. TarragonaLast week, I have been working in Viini, Ruoka ja Hyvää Elämä (Wine, Food and Good life) Fair with Alambique company in Helsinki. Clara Llamas, the founder of Alambique Finland, is bringing to Finland delicious and quality food products from different parts of Spain. I totally fell in love with Alambique’s selection of food products. I can tell you that she is doing an amazing selection for Finnish market.

Today, I am going to introduce you Azada’s Aromatic Olive Oils and Cold pressed Virgin Nuts Oils from Spain. Kevin F. Russel is the producer of these exquisite and beautiful oils. I met him during the fair and we were discussing about this.

After 2 days in Helsinki and in The Wine & Food Fair What are your feelings? I am delighted to be in Helsinki and to have had the opportunity to speak to our Finnish customers. They are tremendously savvy when it comes to specialty oils and I am happy to see that our oils are so successful in this food fair. We are used to attend food fairs for trade only but this fair has given us the opportunity to introduce our oils to a wider audience as it is open to public. We hope to come again next year.

AZADA. Cold pressed Virgin Nuts Oils. TarragonaThe name of the fair in Finnish is “Viini, Ruoka & Hyvä Elämä”- Hyvä Elämä is Good life!! Tell us about the good life of being oil producer. Good life has a very strong meaning to us. It is part of our DNA. We are all about selling a lifestyle rather than a product. In fact, customers want to buy a story and not just a product. In our case, we like to say that we are selling a destination: We sell Spain in a bottle!

As you know, I’m working with Clara Llamas from Alambique Finland Company in Helsinki. When I watched and tasted your beautiful and intensive tasting oils collections, I got totally impressed and curious. Can you explain us how is Azada Oil Production? We are speciality oil producers with more than 15 different oils that fall into two categories: Flavoured oils made from the pressing of natural ingredients together with olives and virgin oils made from roasted nuts. Both lines follow a strict quality process to ensure the best premium oils. i.e. Spain is a prime nut producer. Our almonds, hazelnuts or pistachios have a distinctive flavour that the US, Turkey or Iran can’t meet. In addition, our commitment is with the local farmers. We rather protect our patrimony against working with an importer of nuts’.

Aromatic Olives Oils. AZADA. Tarragona.We want to offer a taste of Spain in a bottle and our nut oils are a wonderful Mediterranean experience that can be used for both savory dishes as well as desserts. We are now working together with Michelin star chefs on recipes that can be easily prepared at home and we are also running some tastings at the best delicatessen shops throughout Finland so people can try our awarded oils.

Imagine that you have to choose your favorite oil, which would it be? I don’t have a favorite oil. It rather depends on what I will be cooking that day, I will use one or another.

Walnut Cold pressed Virgin Oil. Azada. Tarragona.For Kevin it is difficult to choose his favorite oil but for me I got really impressed with Lemon Aromatic Olive Oil…Amazingly you can separate the two flavours without any problem tasting the authentic of lemons and Olive Oil. When one product is done with love and wisdom, you can appreciate very easily.

Have a look to their web page and online shop. A Perfect Gift for Christmas!  www.azadaorganic.com

And, of course! If you are living in Finland have a look to Alambique’s web page. In some weeks, they are going to have a new online shop. www.alambique.fi

 

Captura de pantalla 2013-10-31 a las 12.23.28I’M FAR AWAY FROM MY REALITY.

Far of this power sea, I feel far away…I feel nowhere. I love the tranquility of Baltic sea and lakes but the strength of Cantabric sea is unique. I feel alive, feed and full of emotions. Jon Aspuru, once again, has caught the beauty and the big feelings of the sea. Thanks Jon!

Jon Aspuru. MUNDAKA 28.10.2013

 

I want to share with you this amazing dancing video. I titled as “Dancing to the complexity of emptiness” because I have felt totally hypnotize with Sigur Rós song and I followed the complex movements of dancers. Great Choreography!

Sigur Rós – Valtari

Sigur Rós ‘Valtari’ Mystery Film Experiment: Valtari by Christian Larson
Written & Directed by Christian Larson. Choreography by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
Cinematography by Mattias Montero, Costume Designer Lydia Kovacs, Produced by Noreen Khan. sigur-ros.co.uk/valtari/videos/valtari-larson/

wimme Saari & Tapani Rinne. Savoy Theater. Helsinki

WIMME MUSIC.

Yesterday I was totally impressed about Sami contemporary and traditional singing. They covered the whole hall with birds, animals and north sounds performed by Wimme Saari + RinneRadio, a group of electro jazz. The beginning was hard for me. No music only Wimme voice making animals and birds sounds. After three songs, the performance started to have a new concept. His voice was accompanied by this electro jazz band compounded by Tapani Rinne who was breaking the classical sounds of the bass clarinet creating a new environment. Juuso Hannukainen introduced techno rhythms with his way of playing percussion and Matti Wallenius gave us amazing perform with his different guitars. With last songs, my body and my feet were ready for dancing. Ready for partying. I had same feelings in Sonar Electronic Music Festival.

Their last CD, called SOABBI, is going to be out in some weeks. Very recommended! Yesterday, I bought it in the theater.

wimme Saari & Tapani Rinne. Savoy teatteri. Helsinki

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