Monkeying around in Monóvar

by Chris Thompson in food and wine, Living in Spain, Nearby towns

Anís is an aniseed flavoured alcoholic drink – it’s the Spanish equivalent of French pastis, Greek ouzo, Italian sambuca or Turkish raki. Before beer became the Spanish man’s drink of choice the typical libation for working men was either wine or anís. Anís is usually taken with water, which means that it’s a good summer […]

Visiting a bodega

by Chris Thompson in food and wine, Information, Living in Spain, Uncategorized

Some friends asked us if we could organise a visit to a bodega. They didn’t really mean me, they meant my partner, Maggie. She likes wine, she likes to visit bodegas. Wine is one of her hobbies, she knows a good deal about the local wineries and their products. I count beer and brandy among […]

Summer drinks in Spain

by Brenda in food and wine, Living in Spain

In the summer in Spain, its time to slow down, stay in the shade, take a siesta and enjoy the summertime vibe and the beach. It´s important to drink lots of water and look after your skin. Also there are other tempting drinks to try at home and in your local bar! Tinto Verano – […]

The history behind the Traditional Jamón Ibérico

by Karen in food and wine, Living in Spain
Plate of Jamon

Spain is rich in history and culture, with many age-old traditions still being honoured to this day. This is quite noticeable in Spanish cuisine, where many recipes are unchanged from past generations. Additionally, the way that food is produced and prepared can be as important as the food itself. Traditional Spanish cuisine includes many delicious and elaborate dishes but Spaniards get the most pleasure from something quite simple such as jamón ibérico.

Top 10 habits to pick up when you move to Spain

by Brenda in food and wine, Living in Spain, Uncategorized

Hit the ground running when you move to Spain! 1. Kiss In Spain, people greet each other and say goodbye with a kiss on each cheek. These aren’t really proper kisses at all! People usually touch their right cheeks together and make a kissing sound, then repeat the process on the left side. People don’t […]

A Taste of Spring

by Maggie Brocken in food and wine, Living in Spain

Every year hues of white and pink flood the local scenery around Pinoso. For me this is the first taste of Spring, and usually takes place during the months of January and February when the fields of almond trees are covered in a coat of colourful blossoms. The local farmers are busy in the fields […]

Eating out in Spain – A quick guide to the Marvellous Menu del Dia

by Brenda in food and wine, Living in Spain

One of the joys of Spain is eating out – it’s inexpensive, sociable and a great way to practice and improve your Spanish. Here in Pinoso we have a great selection of bar/restaurants to suit everybody’s budget.An economical way to eat in the middle of the day (from 1.30pm onwards), is to have a “menu […]

A giant sardine will arrive in Murcia by parachute!

by Brenda in Fiestas, food and wine, Living in Spain

Parachutists from the Spanish air forces parachute acrobatics squadron will fly a giant papier mache sardine into Murcia on Thursday 20th of April, weather permitting. Part of the Spring Festivals in Murcia, the fiesta is named El Entierro de la Sardina. The Entierro is the victory of Don Carnal over Doña Lent. A pagan festival […]

Enjoying Tarima wine – Bodegas Volver

by Brenda in food and wine, Living in Spain

One of our most favorite wines in the Pinoso area is the Tarima red wine from Bodegas Volver in Pinoso. This delicious wine isn’t available direct from the bodega but is served in some of the local restaurants, including the El Raco de Pere i Pepa in Pinoso, featured in the Michelin guide 2015. Raco […]

Top 10 tips for living in Spain

by Brenda in food and wine, Living in Spain

Spain is a major destination point for expats from all over the world. Figures from the Spanish government show there were 4.5 million foreign residents in Spain in 2007 – that’s 10% of the population. So for those making the move, here are 10 ways to make the transition easier. 1) Learn the language Understanding […]