Lovers of olives and olive oil mark small town of Baena on the map of Spain with the red pen. Annually from November 9 till November 11 it becomes the place where gastronomists from all over the world gather. Various events, background information and plenty of diverse delicacies are awaiting those who dare crack the stone of wonder-fruit.
Population of Baena slightly exceeds modest amount of 20 thousand habitants. And most likely this town would have become another inconspicuous spot of Andalusia if it wasn’t for the festival dedicated to the conclusion of olives harvesting. And although olive trees are primarily associated with Greece, Spain heads the list of olive suppliers. Therefore local citizens, who cannot complain about low self-esteem, call groves of Baena the capital of olives. Plantation area amounts to truly magnifical 400 thousand square kilometers. No wonder that Iberian Peninsular ranks among the leaders in terms of export of these fruits.
Funny thing, locals believe olives to be vegetative oysters that do not tolerate superfluous touching. This means that they should not be reaped barehanded but rather shaken down with sticks to land on special mats. By and large, all the talks during the celebration are about kinds of fruits, growing, harvesting and expression particularities. Even some sort of improvised lectures are held there. Sure enough, they do not go without perennial issues of curative effect and ambrosial taste. So, if you hear that olives are heal-alls and manna from heaven that come in green, try to retain gravity of your appearance and keep nodding approvingly. You’re sure to pass for an insider.
In the days of the festival best chefs of the country take off their aprons, confide piles of daily affairs and clients to assistants and come to Baena with workshops on Andalusian cuisine masterpieces concoction. Every year arrangers do their best to surprise the public with diversity of the program and gourmet food.
The only thing that remains unaltered is the event called Ruta de la Tapa. Best restaurants of the year take part in it, offering guests and participants of the ‘rave of taste’ various starters. Sine qua non: in the menu there must be… right, three dishes with adorable fruits. The most persistent participant who tries every dish in every spot will win the capital prize. That is a symbolic 50-liter amphora of high-quality olive oil and a square meal for two. Those who are in no hurry to beat all possible and impossible gluttony records can deliberately enjoy gustation process to the accompaniment of local dances and music. Bear in mind, if you reverently care about every inch of your waist, do some serious thinking before coming to Baena in these days. You simply risk going on a gastronomic binge.
It is worth mentioning that in terms of age the festival can knock spots off more than a half of its “colleagues”. It has been extracting oil from olives (as well as money from tourists) since 1998… And, speak by the amount of admirers, is not going to rest on its laurels. Good for him, we say,
buona fortuna a lui!
OUTLOOK was lucky to visit hospitable Uzbekistan and get better acquainted with crafts of this amazing country. Today we tell you about art of straw work, about materials that craftsmen use and what secrets and unique features of this craft are. Feel the world with us!
Spain is lavish in architecturally rich cities. But there are special among them: the ones where monuments of the past and daily life of contemporaries are intertwined so tightly and unexpectedly at times that the city seems to be living in two worlds. Today OUTLOOK suggests you enjoy one of them – Salamanca: the city where frog brings all kinds of luck.
The free fight has not feminine face. The good girl could smile in a pretty way and care colorful dress but not strike out wildly. But in the fierce Ands such gentle flowers do not grow. The true Bolivian cholit will be quick on the uptake, and it is able to fill in if necessary. But on Sunday, having gathered the starched skirts, she will desperately go to fight
Ice cream with a taste of horse meat, pickled insects, fish with deadly venom, etc – Japanese cuisine has things to surprise, amaze and shock you with. And truth be told, enumeration of these dishes doesn’t help my appetite at all. But we are not after exotic stuff. True culinary tourism is an attempt to comprehend mindset and feel national distinctive color through traditional cuisine – not try most exotic dishes. Parts of people’s souls, its history and culture are actually concentrated in national dainties.
Yesterday I created a Universe. I took some peas, rice, buckwheat, millet, black and white pepper seeds and cardamom. Grabbed a handful of coffee and aniseeds. Then it all acquired a centre. It kept growing and calming my thoughts. When the last seed landed in the circle, I felt forgotten harmony again, heard birds singing through the noise of cars on the avenue, sensed fragrance of violets that a neighbor of mine was growing on her balcony and a recollection of Funtik from floor 5 and his tail evoked a flush of tenderness towards the shaggy monster.
With the support of the Embassy of Spain in Ukraine and personally the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador Sylvia Cortes Martin, cognitive events for demonstrating the cultural diversity and heritage of this country were organized for the residents of the capital.
The Embassy of Uzbekistan in Ukraine and Ambassador's Spouses Club Kiev welcomed the Ukrainian public and foreign guests with the national art of the Uzbek people, traditions and principles of creating pieces of art made by the folk artists and artists from Uzbekistan.
Should we have a look at notes of those who plan their trips to Spain, next to the darling of all hearts, Barcelona, Montserrat is bound to rank second. Also, the mountain of the abbey is a must-visit spot for local dwellers, too – they believe it necessary to visit Catalonia’s religious heart at least once a year.
Only dancing and wearing mask, Korean peasants were able to express their disgust towards rudeness or greed of the hosts or apply to some deity with extraordinary request. Keeping anonymity, the people played out the scenes from life, cried, and laughed. At the end of the performance the destiny awarded the good characters and punished villains.
Three years ago Austrian tour operatorslaunched an unusual touristic tourdesigned for fansof singing style called yodel. Hikers wander through the Ziller Valley, a broad trail narrows opening the way for only the most avid travellers, then track leads upwards. Tourists look into the interactive station shaped as a giantsonorous walk-in cowbell, then they go around thelargest alpine horn and head to place where Alpine herdsmen used to have unhurried musical conversations with their flocks.
Small ethnic groupshave been always interesting for scientists and artists, who sought inspiration in their lifestyle. The Bajau Sea Gypsies who formally can be correlated with Malaysia, are one of the most popular ethnic groups today.
When you first hear about them, you do not believe your ears; when you first see them, you do not believe your eyes. Their passports have no photos, they do not pay taxes, do not do military service, they wear plain clothing, drive horse-drawn buggies, insulate themselves from modern conveniences, and, of course, have the most delicious food in the USA. Would you like to learn more?
Christmas arrives with a warm overjacket on its shoulders. At night it brings warm light of the first evening star and in the morning it wakes you up with shine of white but warm sun. If my great-grandmonther’s grandmother had been asked about her Christmas feelings, I believe, her words would have been identical to mine. Because together with a bowl of kutia, generations of Ukrainians transfer their traditions from hand to hand.
A little son came to his father and suggested to run away from mom and granny to the North Pole? Now, do not indulge into tragic speeches of severe frosts, pitch darkness of the polar night and hungry polar bears! Give a conspiracy wink to a little brave one, and give him a real man's job for his school winter holidays that is to learn how to build an igloo, night shelter in ever-frost lands.
Hebron is well known for being the city of 3 [three] religions and 3 [three] civilizations, a real place of power. Perhaps that is why by twist of fate there emerged glass which looks fragile, but is centuries old, the same as Hebron.
On the 13-th of December in National library of Ukraine for children the ceremony of giving books happened. Afterwards, in the residence the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Spain to Ukraine Silvia Cortes Martin organized diplomatic reception.
This beverage became so deeply ingrained in the life of humans that we sometimes even fail to notice putting a kettle on a stove. There are thousands ways of best-loved beverage brewing in the world. OUTLOOK offers the best of them to your attention.
When Bahriddin’s mother was getting ready for work, she was assiduously arranging her hair around her tubeteika. It resulted in some sort of a crown. On holidays she plaited special adornments into her black hair with a tinge of blue. When she walked, they were tinkling slightly to create an aura of a dance. And in evenings little Bahriddin couldn’t fall asleep without holding her tight braid in his hands. Even now he recalls her long hair adoringly and believes them to be essential element of female beauty.
We are infinitely grateful to all of you - our guests - for sharing this holiday with us! We express special gratitude to all embassies-participants, diasporas, artists, craftsmen, volunteers. Without you, this holiday would not be so bright and memorable. Today we offer you a colorful video that will take you back to the atmosphere of our unforgettable holiday.