mantecado, polvoronesSpanish holiday sweets have arrived!  No matter how the rest of this pandemic year unfolds, the holiday tradition of giving and enjoying sweets brings cheer.  We’ve got all of your favorite traditional polvorones, mantecados and roscos de vino cookie assortments in stock, many with new beautiful packaging.  We’ve also brought in La Mallorquina’s Mantecados from Astorga, the best-known Mantecados in Spain.  These cake-like delicacies have been produced since 1916 and are so renowned, they have their own D.O.!  We also have La Mallorquina’s tempting puff pastry rounds handcrafted with a sugar icing called Sequellos de Astorga.  Pan de Cadiz, a loaf-shaped confection made with mazapan is on the shelf this year along with E. Peces Mazapan Figuritas and gift wrapped assorted Mazapan treats. The contents of these boxes will surely bring on a festive mood!
turron two 2020E. Moreno Turrones, made of almonds, honey, and sugar are also in stock.  Our assortment includes Turron Blando (Soft Almond Nougat) and Turron Duro (Brittle-style Almond Nougat).  Both styles are available in Extra Quality (200-gram size, 46-50% almonds), and Calidad Suprema (300 grams, made of a whopping 60-64% almonds).  The gorgeous round-shaped Tortas Imperiales Duro Turrones are Calidad Suprema containing 62% almonds.  We have Turron Yema Tostada, turron made with toasted egg yolk nougat, and Obleas Rellenas, wafers filled with almond cream.  The Obleas are sold in 8.8 oz packages or individually.
My favorites holiday confections are here:  Peladillos and Piñones, candied almonds, and candied pine nuts made by Pablo Garrigos Ibãnez.  The combination of roasted nuts with a touch of crunchy sugar is sublime with a glass of tawny port.  Gift these nuts with a bottle of port and make someone feel very special.

oneline ordering buttonUnder Governor Inslee’s new business restrictions to reduce further spread of Covid-19 announced yesterday, we will remain open 7 days per week for online or in-person shopping but from time to time may have to limit the number of customers in the store. Wearing a mask inside the store is required.  To avoid having to wait in line, shop weekdays between 10-12 A.M. and 2-4 P.M.; typically the slowest time of day in the store. You can save time by placing an online order at – on the home page, click the orange Order & Pick Up button to get started. (If shopping on a smartphone, scroll down on the home page to find the Order & Pick Up button). A product list will pop up; you may place an order and designate a pickup day and time.  We will call you for credit card details when we receive the order and you’re set!  Curbside pickup zoneYou may also call in orders to (206)-682-0679 and it will generally be ready for pick up within 60 minutes.
We have two designated free pickup and load zones in front of our store to assist with quick stops and on-line curbside pickups.
Thank you for your patience, support, and all of the kind words you’ve given us over these stressful months!

Other product arrivals:
El Rulo Goat cheeseEl Rulo de Fresca Spanish goat cheese
– A pristine white cheese made with creamy goat’s milk from Spain with a chalky rind and a soft, crumbly texture.  Fresh tasting with a tang, it is excellent in fresh green salads, on crackers, or use it in a quiche.

la retortaLa Retorta mini-torta cheeses – Unpasteurized sheep’s milk made with vegetarian rennet.  The sheep’s natural diet of herbs including juniper, thyme, and rosemary impart flavors of pasture to the salty, buttery notes.  So creamy it is almost liquid.  To serve, remove the top rind and scoop out the gooey interior with a cracker or spoon.  A World’s Best Spanish Cheese 2017-2018.

Viejo MaestroViejo Maestro goat cheese – Made by the family who pioneered Queso Torta del Casar in Extramadura.  Viejo Maestro is made with pasteurized goat cheese and thistle rennet, aged 40 days. Semi-soft, sweet, and creamy with an intensely goaty-grassy flavor.  It’s a great choice for lovers of goat’s milk cheese!  We also have two wheels of the famed Torta del Casar sheep’s milk cheese available.
Tetilla cheese
Other notable products back in stock:  Tetilla cow milk cheese, Dried Ñora peppers, Rabitos (chocolate covered figs) in gift boxes, Torres Truffle flavored potato chips
Ybarra 3 liter EVOOStocking up?  We’ve got several brands of large format Extra Virgin Olive Oils in 3- or 5-liter sizes.
Cured Spanish-style meats now back in stock:  Butifarra, Chistorra, Fuet and Fabada Stew Meat Kit

Xisto BrancoXisto Ilimitado Branco 2019, Douro ($25.99) After one taste, we placed a special order for this Portuguese white wine from the Douro Valley.  A blend of four Portuguese varietals grown in schist soils at 1600+ feet in altitude.  Fermented with native yeast, 90% is aged in neutral oak barrels on lees for one year.  Showing the minerality of a Chablis and the richness of a white Burgundy, Xisto Ilimitado offers up salty aromas and toasty notes.  Fresh citrus and baked apple flavors are bright and lifted.  Very complex, it changes on the palate with air, revealing more layers and a generous density and weight. A finish of slate and mineral leaves the palate refreshed and ready for more.   This wine is excellent with poultry or cheeses.

marques-de-murrieta-Marques de Murrieta Reserva Rioja 2015  SALE $25.99 (normally $29.99)  The traditional-style Rioja wines of Marques de Murrieta have been on an upward trajectory since an ownership change and winery upgrades in 1983 and the 2015 vintage is absolutely gorgeous! Aged 18 months in oak.  “Cedar, tobacco, dried cherry, and spice flavors mingle in this red. Features a polished texture, with well-integrated tannins and orange peel acidity. Supple, harmonious, and graceful. Tempranillo, Graciano, Mazuelo, and Garnacha.”     92 POINTS, #40, TOP 100 WINES OF 2019     Wine Spectator

Our hours are Monday-Saturday 10 AM – 6 PM and Sundays, 11 AM – 5 PM.  We have hand sanitizer available at the door, along with complimentary masks and vinyl gloves at the check out counter.   The City of Seattle is charging for parking now but only $.50 per hour.   Read here for the latest details about parking in Seattle during the pandemic.