Flavors of Andalucía - Online

Saturday, August 19, 2023 10:00am to 12:00pm
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This is a live, interactive, hands-on cooking class held online via Zoom. See our registration policies here

Andalucía is the largest region of Spain, in the south, typically known for its olive trees. However, it’s also the birthplace of cold soups! Cold soups, like gazpacho, are generally known as Spanish food, but they are actually specific to the south due to the hot temperatures, and locals need a delicious way to cool down!

We’ll keep our cool in the Zoom room and make two soup recipes: one traditional, one modern. Ajoblanco is a medieval recipe that is said to be the original cold soup. Ajoblanco showcases many aspects of the regional cuisine: recycling day-old bread, using seasonal ingredients, and originally made with a mortar and pestle, a medieval technique if ever there was one! Our modern soup is the Cherry Gazpacho, a twist on the traditional tomato-based soup. It is sure to delight the taste buds! Camila will also discuss some variations on these recipes, to inspire your future cold soup creations.

To round out our vibrant summer lunch, you’ll also make another Andalusian specialty: Tortillas de Camarones, or baby shrimp fritters. It’s a traditional Andalusian tapa from the region of Cadiz, served year-round but especially during Carnival.

We can’t think of anything better to eat when the temperatures rise. Stay cool and cook with us!


Ajoblanco: Chilled Garlic and Almond Soup

Cherry Gazpacho

Tortillas de Camarones: Baby Shrimp Fritters 


Equipment and Ingredient list can be found here!


This menu contains the following common allergens: Tree Nuts, Dairy, Wheat. Gluten free and dairy free accommodations are available for this menu with advance notice. If you have allergies or dietary restrictions that concern your ability to cook along, please e-mail info@18reasons.org before purchasing a ticket.

Let’s Cook Together!


If you’re new to 18 Reasons Online, please read this guide: How to Take an Online Class at 18 Reasons. Five calendar days before class, 18 Reasons may decide to cancel this class if not enough tickets are sold. We will notify registrants by email about cancellations.


Camila Loew holds a Ph.D. in Humanities and is a certified nutrition consultant. Having lived alongside the Mediterranean for almost two decades, she believes that the best cooking relies on simple recipes with outstanding ingredients. That's the Mediterranean way she conveys in her classes, along with the concept of sobremesa, which happens to be the name of the company she runs. Sobremesa is the leisurely time we spend gathered around the table. In addition to running Sobremesa Culinary Tours, through which she offers delicious cultural and culinary experiences abroad for fellow food-lovers, Camila founded and directs the Food Studies & Gastronomy program at the University of Barcelona, and teaches academically about Mediterranean food culture to American students abroad. Since 2014, Camila has been sharing her love of regional Spanish and Mediterranean cuisines at 18 Reasons. For more information visit her website www.sobremesa.life  

Photo by Camila Loew