July 30th, 2013
11:30 AM ET
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It was a difficult choice: the apple pie or the New York-style cheesecake?

Both sat in front of me, looking succulent on separate plates, on the counter at Liberty Pies & Cakes in Madrid. I pushed my coffee aside to study this opportunity.

We were in the middle of filming a report about Burton Novack, an American expat in Madrid whom you might call an unusual entrepreneur.

In the midst of Spain's economic crisis, he opened a shop two years ago to make and sell American-style pies and cakes.

Unusual because he's an octogenarian. He looks pretty fit. He says he still plays tennis. He certainly still drives because I took a ride in his car from the shop to his office, where I met his large parrot.

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Spain and Germany in a pickle over E. Coli blame
June 1st, 2011
03:00 PM ET
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Madrid (CNN) - A Spanish official bristled Wednesday at accusations that Spain was the cause of a deadly E. coli outbreak that has swept across Germany and Sweden.

Deputy Prime Minister Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba said, in a SER radio interview, that Spain will not rule out "taking action against the authorities (in Germany) who questioned the quality of our products."

Last week, German officials implied Spanish cucumbers were the cause for the illness that had sickened people. Rubalcaba later Wednesday responded forcefully to that accusation after chairing a meeting of government officials and fresh produce exporters in the southern city of Almeria.

Read - Spain defends produce safety as E. coli outbreak spreads in Germany

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April 29th, 2011
01:00 PM ET
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Restaurant feels led ashtray by Spanish smoking ban
February 10th, 2011
10:30 AM ET
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Madrid, Spain (CNN) - Authorities on Thursday ordered the closure of a restaurant for repeatedly violating the nation's tough new anti-smoking law, the first such shutdown in Spain, officials told CNN.

The owner of the restaurant - El Asador Guadalmina near the popular southern Mediterranean resort of Marbella - earlier this week defiantly told Spanish media he would not pay a nearly $200,000 fine for allowing clients to smoke in his locale, despite the new law which prohibits smoking in all indoor bars and restaurants.

A health inspector accompanied by local police was to go to the restaurant later Thursday to inform the owner of the closure order and shut the establishment, a spokeswoman for the Andalusia regional government health department told CNN.

Read the rest of "Spain shutting down restaurant for defying smoking ban" on CNN World.

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