Video – Chef Rafael Hurtado of The Spanish Square – Featured on WLS-TV

Video – Chef Rafael Hurtado of The Spanish Square – Featured on WLS-TV

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Spanish Wine and Soda Drink Is Your End-of-Summer Quaffer – Chicago Tribune

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AUGUST 30, 2016, 2:54 PM

While red wine is the main beverage in Spanish culture, and oceans of sangria certainly are enjoyed there and around the world, Spaniards are just as apt to whip up batches of the quaffer tinto de verano. Translating as “red wine of summer,” typically it involves wine mixed with a citrus element, such as lemonade, fresh squeezed lemon juice with fizz from carbonated water or lemon-lime soda such as Sprite or 7UP. For hot summer days, its low-alcohol level is welcome, but for a large celebration, rum might be added for extra punch.

Tinto de verano is the sipper of celebrations, most often consumed at festivals and parties. When hot days call for a refreshing, thirst-quenching drink that’s simple to make, tinto de verano’s the answer, even in the last days of summer.

Spanish Square, a Spanish market and restaurant in Chicago, offers variations of the libation that patrons order to suit their taste.

“Some like a tinto con limon with lemon soda and a lemon wedge while others enjoy tinto con naranja, the more traditional version with orange soda and an orange slice,” says Jordan Brash, bartender at the quaint Lakeview spot.

While it’s not always on the menu, Brash says, “when our Spanish customers come in, they request it regularly, and we make it for them.”

Beatriz Romo also serves a version at El Metro Tacos and Tequila (formerly Gaudi Cafe) in Ukrainian Village. She adores the simplicity of the drink and the low-alcohol level. “It’s very refreshing, less sweet than sangria and easy to drink,” she says. “We offer it when there’s a festival nearby.”

In Spain, the beverage comes ready-made in large bottles at the supermarkets, but it’s simple to make at home. You should, however, pay attention to the type of wine you pour. To keep the flavors balanced, Brash recommends using Flaco Tempranillo, an inexpensive, fruity and juicy red wine.

“It has strong enough fruit notes that the orange soda doesn’t overwhelm it,” he says. “You want to stay away from aged Spanish wine, since there’s more earth than fruit, which doesn’t blend well with the soda.”

Wine and soda, over ice, with a citrus garnish — it couldn’t be simpler. And it lends itself easily to batches, if you’re having people over for Labor Day and through to summer’s end.

Laura Levy Shatkin is a freelance writer.

Tinto de verano – From Spanish Square.

Makes: 6-8 servings

  • 3 cups tempranillo red wine, about 1 bottle
  • 1 cup KAS Spanish orange soda or other orange soda
  • Orange wedges

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This Spanish Spot Has Just Solved All Your First Date Worries – TimeOut.com Chicago

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An assortment of meats and cheeses are available, and bigger plates like sandwiches and shareable toasts move you through your meal. Grab classic Spanish cocktails like a tinto de verano, a mixture of red wine and soda, or the bright rebujito, made with sherry and soda.

After that, enjoy the charm Spanish Square has to offer by wandering the back wall and the wine alcove. Pick up some cheeses and a bottle of wine to continue the night from the comfort of your home.

By: Elizabeth Atkinson
Posted: Tuesday, August 23, 2016
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Paella Night at The Spanish Square – Halfstack Magazine Online

Good food has a way of bringing people together.  That’s actually kind of how husband and wife, and restaurant co-owners, Manuel Moreno and Mara Baer met! While Baer was teaching in Spain, she met Moreno in the Spanish square, where they indulged in the festivities and flavorful food of the culture.

The couple now lives in Chicago and are making their dreams of bringing Spanish culture to the city a reality with their restaurant, The Spanish Square.   Featuring a deli, bodega and indoor market, the restaurant is located in Lakeview, by the corners of Southport and Belmont.

Moreno and Baer strive to feature authentic food and drink, as well as culture-focused activities and specials for guests to enjoy.  The Spanish Square often hosts tastings in the bodega on Thursdays, as well as wine dinners, offering a prix fixe menu, highlighting Spanish tapas paired with featured wines.  On Fridays at 10:30am, the restaurant invites children of all ages and families for Story Time in Spanish and English, while on Saturdays, guests are invited in to sample meats, cheeses, olives and more from the deli, for Sample Saturday!

My favorite special that The Spanish Square offers is Paella Night, every Wednesday, starting at 5:00pm!  This rice-based dish is traditionally made with seafood, safron, snails or rabbits, but varies widely depending on the ingredients available in a specific season or region.  Chef Rafael Hurtado concocts a new recipe of paella to be featured each week.  During my visit to The Spanish Square, I had the opportunity to sample his take on seafood paella and squid ink paella!  Both dishes were flavorful, full of seafood, and left me wonderfully full!

My next visit to The Spanish Square will most definitely be to sample their newly launched brunch menu.  Carne con huevo and the stuffed torrija are the first dishes on my list!  Breakfast food meets traditional Spanish cuisine – you’re speaking my language!

Check out The Spanish Square on Facebook to keep up to date with specials, events and other happenings!

By Perry – Saturday, August 13, 2016

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The Spanish Square’s Got Some Of The Real Stuff – FoodandDrinkChicago.com

By Barbara Payne, Editor – FoodandDrinkChicago.com
July 31, 2016
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Spain is divided into several regions and each one has a multitude of cultural and culinary icons, from bullfights and seafood paella in Madrid to various Freixenet wineries and jamon-with-everything around Barcelona. The Spanish Square tapas bar and restaurant and retail shop at 1358 W. Belmont brings genuine recipes to Chicago and lovely hand-painted pottery, as well as a wide array of regional specialties in jars, cans and boxes, including a selection of wonderful Spanish olives and olive oils. The space is light with clean lines and comfortable seating at tables and at the bar. The menu reflects authentic Spanish tastes, and the restaurant features special prices on paella every Wednesday.

Spanish Square goodies for sale
Freixenet makes great cava

 

 

 

 

 

I remember the taste of the marcona almonds – warm and freshly roasted and lightly dusted with salt – on the flight back from Barcelona recently. The Spanish Square has them for sale in containers. And, though they did offer several sherries (the owner’s a big fan) and a couple of Spanish cavas, I was sorry I couldn’t order a glass of any of Freixenet’s lovely cavas or other wines. Hopefully one day soon, the restaurant will remedy that situation. Meanwhile you can pick some up at your local beverage store.[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

Walk Through The Spanish Square, Opening Today in Lakeview – Chicago.eater.com

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The space aims to recreate those food markets in Spain.

The Spanish Square’s finally opening its doors at 3 p.m. today, giving West Lakeview a space inspired by the popular food markets in Spain. For the uninitiated, imagine a space that’s parts tapas bar, cafe, restaurant and grocer. They’ll be serving up Spanish seafood, cured meats and hard-to-find cheeses.

The cafe greets guests as they enter with circular European-styled chandeliers hanging from the ceilings. There’s a wine cellar with a black metal gate that looks like it belongs in a vineyard. Bar seating allows patrons to grab a quick bite from the counter, perhaps some jamón or hard-aged Manchego.

Folks will feel like they’re stepping in from la plaza, so check out the photos above. Today, they’re only open from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. for their open house, but they’ll commence regular hours on Friday.

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Get 12 Grapes and First Look Inside of The Spanish Square for New Year’s – www.dnainfo.com

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 By Ariel Cheung | December 31, 2015 5:35am | @arielfab
LAKEVIEW — After extensive renovations took longer than expected, The Spanish Square will finally open its doors with a special New Year’s celebration.

True to its authentic Spanish roots, the new market and tapas bar will feature Las doce uvas de la suerte, the traditional Twelve Grapes of Luck.

Eating 12 grapes for each stroke of midnight on the new year is meant to bring good luck and health — a Spanish tradition that dates back to the 1900s.

On New Year’s Eve, customers can see The Spanish Square, 1358 W. Belmont Ave., for the first time since it began renovations in March in the former El Pacifico.

The Spanish Square will carry marketplace items imported from Spain alongside its tapas bar and wine selection. [Provided/The Spanish Square]

The open house will be from 3-6 p.m. New Year’s Eve and 10 a.m. to noon on New Year’s Day, meaning there will be a chance to celebrate at midnight in Spain, which will be at 5 p.m. Central time.

Spanish wine, tapas and the dozen grapes will be a part of the open house, which is the soft opening for The Spanish Square.

The Spanish Square offers an extensive wine selection. [Provided/The Spanish Square]

The combination tapas bar, Spanish market and wine bodega is modeled after the Plaza del Cabildo in Andalucía, Spain. All three will feature authentic Spanish ingredients like saffron and Jamon Iberico, and the building itself is decorated with Spanish flavor and treasures from across the sea.

Back in March, co-owners Mara Baer and husband Manuel Moreno envisioned hosting wine tastings, flamenco dancing and paella nights.

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Spanish Square Brings Spain’s Finest to Lake View – Chicago Magazine

By Penny Pollack and Graham Meyer – Chicago Magazine

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Mara Baer and Manuel Moreno lived together in Sanlúcar de Barrameda, in Cádiz, Spain, for five years before returning to Chicago about a year and a half ago. Nostalgic, they used the Plaza del Cabildo, a square near their Spanish home, as the model for The Spanish Square (1358 W. Belmont Ave., 773-717-7900), their market and restaurant coming to Lake View this summer.

The market will stock items such as jamón ibérico, cheeses, rice and paste for paella, spices, and saffron, as well as cookware like paella pans. The restaurant will sell tapas both cold and hot (the little sandwiches called montaditos among them), plus Spanish sherries, riojas, and albariños to drink.

Moreno serves as chef, cooking family recipes. Baer’s father made the tables. “[/fusion_builder_column][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][We thought,] wouldn’t it be fun to open a store and import all the delicious things we love about Spain?” Baer says. Sounds great, but the Spanish import we really wish they could institute here is the siesta.

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CHICAGO: The Spanish Square Eat, Sip and Shop All Things Spanish – ATOD Magazine

Introducing The Spanish Square A plaza created to rival the atmosphere of an authentic Spanish plaza in Lakeview

CHICAGO | July 14, 2015 — With a longing to bring Spanish flavor to the US, husband and wife duo Mara Baer and Manuel Moreno have announced the opening of their market, The Spanish Square, later this summer in Lakeview. Modeled after the Plaza del Cabildo, a marketplace located near their home in Sanlúcar de Barrameda in the Cádiz province of Andalucía in southern Spain, The Spanish Square is designed to give its guests a taste of the atmosphere in an authentic Spanish plaza. The colors, the spices, oils, and artisanship, Mara and Manuel are passionate about Spanish food and culture and wanted to create a space to share their love of the Spanish lifestyle with all of Chicago.

“In the Spanish Square,” says Mara, “you will be able to eat, sip and shop all things Spanish, just as you would if you were in Plaza Cabildo just steps from our home in Sanlúcar. We missed the Spanish community and decided that we would bring our own Spanish slice of heaven to Chicago.”

The couple imported Spanish tiles and benches as well as artisan Spanish tables, murals and posters in designing The Spanish Square. Products from Spain will be available to guests browsing the marketplace that rival the best markets in the home country, including Spanish seafood and vegetable preserves (anchovy/tuna), meats, cheeses, rice, legumes, ceramics, earthenware and paella pans, among many other items.

“You’ll be able to enjoy a glass of wine from Rioja, Rias Baixas or Priorat,” says Mara, “as you search for those special Spanish ingredients you haven’t been able to find in Chicago until now.”

All of the wines will be sold at retail, whether enjoyed at The Spanish Square or taken home to pair with a meal prepared with fresh ingredients purchased at the market.

“We’ll offer specialty meats like Jamón Iberico, chorizo and lomo” says Manuel, “and cheeses from all over Spain, from creamy, spreadable Torta del Casar to a hard-aged Manchego, as well as wines, cava and sherry. We’ll also have special cookware, from paella pans to sangria pitchers, designed to help prepare favorite Spanish culinary treats.”

“In Spain, the most important part of a meal is the quality time spent with loved ones,” adds Manuel.

“We want guests of The Spanish Square to fall in love with our culture. We don’t want anyone to feel rushed, but instead to stop and feel the romance between the food and community that we know in Spain.”

Come and enjoy some tapas and try a new wine with friends or learn about Spanish culture. Be enchanted by a flamenco show or the Spanish guitar. Practice Spanish with your friends and make new friends. Enjoy yourself as the Spanish do with The Spanish Square’s calendar of events, which can be found online at www.thespanishsquare.com.

Stop by the Low-Line Farmers Market in Lakeview July 23, right under the CTA Brown line stop, Mara and Manuel will be sampling Spanish fare. Please join them in the celebration of their grand opening this summer 2015. The market and tapas bar will be located on Chicago’s northside at 1358 W. Belmont in Lakeview.

For more information go to www.thespanishsquare.com or on Facebook at http://www.Facebook.com/TheSpanishSquare on Twitter @SpanishSquare.

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CHICAGO: The Spanish Square

Spanish market and tapas bar headed to Lakeview

By Phil Vettel
Chicago Tribune

[fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”] Get your fix of Spanish meats and more when The Spanish Square, a combination tapas bar and market, opens in Lakeview. Offerings will include chorizo, salchichon and lomo sausages, and in back, jamon Iberico. (Alejandro J. Mallado Erbez)

The Spanish Square, aiming to be a one-stop destination for Spanish food, wine and culture, will open later this summer in Lakeview.

Husband-wife duo Manuel Moreno and Mara Baer are behind the project, located at 1358 W. Belmont Ave. The space will include a tapas bar, retail wine shop (purchased wines may be enjoyed at the bar for a nominal table-service fee), retail market (selling Spanish seafood, cheeses and other ingredients, along with ceramics, paella pans and more) and space for events and entertainment.

Follow the project’s progress and upcoming events at thespanishsquare.com or on Facebook.

Vettel is a Tribune critic.
pvettel@tribpub.com
Twitter @philvettel

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