Food and drink

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San Agustín market – Granada

Such is the joy of discovering a ‘new’ city that stumbling across things – fountains, alleyways with exquisite balconies, bohemian bars and pop-up bookstalls – means there’s always something you’ve not seen before. Just an olive stone’s throw away from the cathedral we were drawn through the entrance of San Agustín market – a vibrant … Continue reading

Hotel España – Lanjarón

The modern wallpaper covering a wall in the bar can’t hide that this building is much a part of Lanjarón’s history as its spa. As you step inside, a message greets you: ‘Desde 1917 en los muros del Hotel España se ha ido escribiendo una hermosa novela’  – roughly: since 1917 (on) the walls of Hotel Spain have been … Continue reading

Puesto 43 fish bar – Granada

Off to Granada again, we met friend Zainab (see her fabulous post about horse riding in Las Alpujarras) on a day that reached 37 degrees – ‘not that hot’ we were told, in a city known for its oven-like temperatures. It was Zainab’s suggestion to meet in Plaza Gracia, slightly off the beaten track and home … Continue reading

All about almonds

We smelled the fragrant blossom in March and watched the velvet pods grow and burst open to reveal their fruit; almond season has arrived. It’s a labour of love harvesting them; the husks split allowing the shell to dry, then they’re blown to the ground or plucked from the tree. For much of the year the trees … Continue reading

Restaurante Los Manueles – Granada

So, back to Granada, the bustling, baking city of much beauty. Parking the car in the Alhambra car park* (for fear of being fined for entering the inner traffic zone), we meandered down through tall trees towards el centro. Flanked by people who had walked just 200 metres but who were sweating like athletes at the end of … Continue reading

La Casita de Papel restaurant – Lanjarón

After visiting Lanjarón’s honey museum we stopped off at La Casita de Papel for lunch. We’re glad we did as it’s a nice spot and the food was good. S opted for the menu del día (€10 including drink) and had a delicious soup of lentils, chorizo and smoked ham. For the main, grilled fish and for dessert a … Continue reading

Vegetable soup with coriander and preserved lemon pesto

Earlier today we looked in the fridge and decided to make a soup – and it turned out pretty well, too. In March we preserved some lemons and so glad we did as, in the right dish, they add a fabulous flavour. Ingredients: onions, green peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms, handful of chopped coriander (parsley would do), loads of … Continue reading

Pintxos paradise in San Sebastián

You don’t need a grey, drizzly day, which is common in San Sebastián, to side-step into a pintxos bar in Spain. Come rain or shine, people make pilgrimages to these places and it’s no surprise: what they serve is utterly delicious. Our first experience of pintxos was great fun and, before touring several in the narrow streets … Continue reading

Will you still love me too, Moro?

In the sad week that both England and Spain were dumped out of the Copa del Mundo and one of the best songwriters ever, Gerry Goffin, died at 75, we had a celebration – a birthday. Not a major one but perhaps a toe-dip into the other side of life’s pond. Apart from the odd curry we’re … Continue reading

Casa de Vinos – Granada

We once calculated we’d spent 4.7 years of our lives in wine bars. We added an hour to the total in Granada at Casa de Vinos, a bar tucked away in the backstreets of this fabulous city – which isn’t a treat to visit as it costs just €5 each from Órgiva by bus. We … Continue reading

Hotel Alcadima restaurant – Lanjarón

A decent starter followed by a so-so main course – sound familiar? Off we went for the menu del dia at Hotel Alcadima in Lanjarón, a 10-minute drive from Órgiva. We parked, headed to the spot our own favourite photo was taken and headed down a side street to the hotel. We found a shady spot outside to … Continue reading

Making churros without swearing

A daughter of friends of ours back in Blighty – the fabulous Phoebe – took an interest in Spain’s ubiquitous snack churros, after we bought her a mug, perfect for chocolate sauce. Her Spanish class even mentioned them this week. We’ve never cooked them but certainly eaten them. There’s a churros and roast chicken shop … Continue reading

A curry on the coast: Nerja

Last night I dreamt I went to Jaipur again. This time though, not the Indian restaurant in Dublin, rather a stumbled-upon curry house in a quiet street in Nerja, an hour’s drive from Órgiva on the coast towards Málaga. This post isn’t about Nerja, although on first impressions it’s a nice place. There’s a buzz … Continue reading

La Almazara restaurant, Órgiva

Twenty years ago a marmalade kitten – later named Isodoro – turned up at La Almazara restaurant here in Órgiva. He’s been here ever since. He’s often seen in the same spot, like a flattened pumpkin, soaking up the sun’s rays; a purring pinball bouncing between tables for titbits. And he’s a lucky cat indeed … Continue reading

Christmas in Spain

With the sun shining, a gentle breeze and the thermometer at 18C, it’s easy to forget that back home millions of people are entering the frenzy of Christmas and New Year. Families suddenly like each other, everyone ‘helps out in the kitchen’ (gets in the way) and people witness neighbours’ fights which spill out into … Continue reading