It's been months since I met Diana Bauman of A Little Bit of Spain in Iowa but I can still remember the intense sparkle of enthusiasm that radiated from her eyes upon our meeting. It's always a neat experience when the worlds of virtual and tangible collide. In early February, she and her husband, Gabe, visited New York City when she won the opportunity to participate in the Electrolux Cake Decorating Contest to raise money for ovarian cancer research. And even though I was dazed from a long international flight, I was only excited to meet her.
Diana embodies the spirit of Fresh Local and Best, supporting local and sustainable farmers in Iowa, choosing organic and natural whenever possible, and making almost everything from scratch. Why? The answer is very simple: because she can! And she's very good at showing us how we can too.
Amid a passionate conversation of local and sustainable food in New York, where I live, and Iowa, where Diana lives, we headed out into the Big Apple's expansive restaurant scene. First, we headed to Bar Jamón, a Spanish tapas bar in Gramercy.
With the first sight of jamón on the slicer, our stomachs grumbled, and we jumped to quickly claim a few freshly vacated seats in the over-filled and dimly lit bar.
Bar Jamón offers an extensive menu of creative tapas, along with an impressive portfolio of recommended Spanish wines, which enticed our curiosity. The only problem we encountered on the list was deciding which one to choose.