Las Falles 2017

Las Falles 2017

Las Falles or Las Fallas is a traditional celebration held in commemoration of Saint Joseph in the city of Valéncia, Spain. During the 4 days leading up to the 19th of March, each neighbourhood parades their ninots (Valencian for puppets or dolls) through town until assembling them together to form a falla. Each neighbourhood, or casal faller will have a designated square to assemble all of these firecracker-filled cardboard and paper-mâché dolls. Usually there are different themes, often influenced by current events and meant to be satirical for everyones amusement.

This year there were several ninots depiciting Donald Trump, Ronaldo and Messi. Angela Merkel and Spain’s Prime Minister were also popular targets as last year.

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Las Falles lasts for nearly a week with frequent fireworks displays, live shows, music, flowers and food, lots of food! After all, we are in Valencia, home of the paella. The traditional version with chicken and rabbit is most popular and as any Valencian would tell you, do not expect to see one with chorizo as we call that “arroz con cosas”, not paella. Cooks literally set fire in the streets and cook Spain’s most famous saffron rice dish as you can see below.

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There are different theories regarding the origin of the Falles festival. One suggests that the Falles started in the Middle Ages, when artisans disposed of the broken artifacts and pieces of wood they saved during the winter by burning them to celebrate the spring equinox.

The climax of the whole event is around midnight on March, 19th and it’s known as Le Cremà — or The Burning. All the falles and ninots are burned in their designated squares across the city in a spectacular show of bonfires to celebrate the arrival of Spring. We guess you can say this party is truly lit!

Tapas Revolution Newcastle - Now Open!

Tapas Revolution Newcastle - Now Open!

The wait is finally over as the true taste of Spain arrives to Newcastle. Following a few pre-opening evenings we've opened up for breakfast for the first time in Eldon Square. Take a look at the brand new and 6th member of the family below, shot by The Chronicle Newcastle.

Newcastle - Opening Soon!

Newcastle - Opening Soon!

The real taste of Spain is coming to Newcastle on the 13th of February 2017 with our biggest opening yet - Tapas Revolution, Eldon Square!  Our sixth home, as usual, will feature dishes cooked with the finest ingredients sourced from small artisan producers in Spain, all freshly prepared, served alongside premium Gin Tonics, in the traditional Copa de Balón (balloon glass) and an extensive Spanish inspired cocktail list created in collaboration with the award winning Cocktail Trading Co.

There’s a great restaurant and bar scene in Newcastle and we can’t wait to get involved in the buzz happening there and bring a little Spanish twist to the city. Tapas Revolution in Eldon Square is Omar's version of the lively and bustling tapas bars in Madrid, Barcelona and Seville. We can’t wait to open our doors!

Open all day, you can expect the menu to guide you on a culinary adventure across Spain, from breakfast in Barcelona to dinner in Seville. The menu is simply divided into fish, meat and vegetable sections, complemented with the best Spain has to offer in terms of charcuterie and our famous Jamón Iberico, hand carved to order by a skilled maestro jamonero. Expect all the classics, such as tortilla, croquetas de jamón, calamares, chorizo cooked in Asturian cider and freshly-made Churros.  There will also be ‘Platos’, large tapas dishes to share including Txuléton de ternera – Rib eye and Sirloin steak from 10 year old cows in the Basque region of Spain, grass fed and aged for 40 days giving a great depth of flavour.

For those who just want to stop for a quick drink, we have collaborated with the award winning Cocktail Trading Co to create a new cocktail menu of classics with a Spanish twist.  Highlights include Blood Orange & Cherry Royal, a blend of Larios gin, blood orange, aguardiente de cerezas, pimento dram shaken with lemon and topped with Cava and the Espresso Blanco Martini made with Veterano brandy shaken with espresso, milk, dark chocolate liqueur, Kahlua and Frangelico.

Also on the Drinks Menu is a selection of Spanish craft beers, including an exclusive in bringing Palax, the famous Rioja region’s only draught craft beer to the UK and a monthly rotating draft beer from Wylam Brewery. There is an array of soft drinks and wine from a number of small Spanish producers.  Wine is served Catalonian style with a porrón – a traditional wine glass pitcher with a long spout that’s perfect for sharing and is used to bring extra air into each sip.  Honouring Spain’s position as the biggest consumer of Gin and Tonics in Europe, we also serve a range of premium ‘Gin Tonics’ as well as the only exclusively Spanish Gin menu in the country.

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