Venga Gastrobar

In Spanish the word venga has several meanings, but loosely translated it means ‘come on.’  In the markets here in Cuenca, the meaning of the word venga when used by the merchants has a more profound, and almost endearing, meaning.  Because the merchants genuinely want to serve you and make you feel welcome, they use the word venga as an inviting way to get your attention so you will come and try, or see, whatever it is they are selling.  It is for this reason that Javier Patiño named his…

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Irish heritage extends to the kitchen, too

Although not necessarily known for its cuisine, Ireland does boast many delicious dishes that have withstood the test of time. Sampling some of these hearty and delicious dishes may not require a trip overseas, especially for people who live in communities with a heavy Irish influence. Many eateries and chefs are rediscovering Ireland’s culinary heritage. Here’s what you might find on the menu. · Irish stew: Irish stew is the ultimate in one-pot cooking. Traditionally made with mutton, Irish stew is stewed for hours until tender. Potatoes, onions and carrots…

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