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  • The history of empanadas

    Published August 1st, 2015 by Sandra Piddock
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    Empanadas are the Spanish equivalent of British Cornish Pasties or steak and kidney pies, and Indian samosas, among other things. There’s not a lot of pastry in typical Spanish cuisine, but empanadas, or smaller versions called empanadillas, come with all sorts of fillings – meat, fish, cheese, seafood. If it’s edible, the Spanish will put it in an empanada or empanadilla.

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  • No Ordinary Expat: Samantha Biddles

    Published July 2nd, 2015 by Sandra Piddock
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    I’ve interviewed some great personalities for this series , but Samantha Biddles has to be one of the most entertaining, interesting and altruistic people I’ve ever come across. We met for lunch and chatted for four hours, and I learned more about Algorfa in that time than I have in 7 years of living here!

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  • Notes on the Notary

    Published July 1st, 2015 by Sandra Piddock
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    In Spain, when you make a major purchase, like a property, for instance, it must involve the Notary. He is one of the most powerful and respected figures in Spanish life, and whatever your nationality, you must involve the Notary in any major transaction such as buying a property. In England, if you buy or sell a property, everything is dealt with by the solicitor. In Spain, the solicitor does the leg work, but unless the Notary is happy, you cannot complete on your sale, and it’s the Notary, not the solicitor, will register your title to your property with the Land Registry.

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  • Taking a fresh look at figs

    Published July 1st, 2015 by Sandra Piddock
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    If you’ve been hitting the markets in Spain – and who hasn’t? – you may have noticed that there are fresh figs everywhere. Many people are not quite sure how to handle fresh figs, being more accustomed to dried figs. Dried figs are also very healthy, but it’s a great idea to make the most of those juicy fresh figs for the short time they are around. Figs are great to eat straight from the tree, and believe it or not, they are also excellent for natural skin care.

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  • Why you should buy a holiday home in Mallorca

    Published June 15th, 2015 by ErinAbroad
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    Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of leading Spanish homebuilder of Taylor Wimpey España, explains why Mallorca is the ideal location for a holiday home purchase.

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  • The best tipples Spain has to offer

    Published May 31st, 2015 by Sandra Piddock
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    One of the big attractions of Spain – apart from sun, sea and sangria – is the cheap alcohol. Whatever your favourite tipple, you can get it at a fraction of the price in Spain. However, if you’re prepared to be adventurous and try out some of the brands you’ve maybe never heard of, rather than sticking with the ones you know, you can save even more – and you might be very pleasantly surprised. Spain can do quality spirits and liqueurs – don’t let the stuff they serve up on your Benidorm all inclusive break put you off. Here are some great Spanish brands to look out for.

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  • No Ordinary Expat: Phil Morrison

    Published May 31st, 2015 by Sandra Piddock
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    Like many of the expats I’ve interviewed for this series and for the Writers On Spain series, Phil Morrison has ended up doing something completely different in Spain from his former life in England. Originally from London, these days Phil, AKA The Flexible Chef, hosts tailor made cooking and walking holidays from Casa Adora, his home in Monte Lope Alvarez, Jaen, Andalucia.

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  • Dave Bull’s walking tours of Alicante – new for 2015

    Published May 31st, 2015 by Sandra Piddock
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    Dave Bull has lived in nearby Gran Alacant for 16 years, and he’s made it his mission to learn all he can about the history and culture of his adopted home. One thing that really gets his goat is when people come to live or come for a holiday in the region, and don’t investigate the back story. Too many people just pick out the guide book highlights and don’t look for the really interesting, off the beaten track stuff. Dave’s hoping to put that right with his unique 3.5 hour walking tours.

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  • How to live a healthier life abroad

    Published May 13th, 2015 by PSS International Removals
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    For those of you in search of greener grass, the transition overseas can at times prove testing. With this in mind, planning ahead is vital to ensure that your time spent abroad will be fun, rewarding and healthy!

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  • Choosing a Spanish bank

    Published May 1st, 2015 by Sandra Piddock
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    When you buy a property in Spain, you need to open a Spanish bank account. It’s necessary for payment of utility bills, and it makes economic sense as well. If you use a Spanish bank for all your Spanish transactions, you will not be charged conversion fees. If you don’t know much about Spanish banks, the choice facing you can be bewildering to say the least. Here are a few ideas to help you to make the right decision for your needs.

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