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  • Name: Sandra Piddock
  • Location: Spain
  • Country: Spain
  • Region: Valencian Community (Valencia/Alicante/Costa Blanca)

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  • Blog Posts: 165
  • Forum Posts: 132
  • Classified Ads: 0
  • Blog Comments: 2
  • Hotel Comments: 0
  • Total Comments: 2

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  • "Spain is not a country where tipping is part of the culture, or even expected, but you may want to leave a little something to express your gratitude for good service. This article goes into a lot of detail, and also explains the Spanish viewpoint on tipping. http://www.totallyspaintravel.com/201..." in the Forum Post called Tipping in Spain - a great guide
    Forum Post created 9 months ago
  • "In a public vote to decide which are Spain’s most popular dishes, top place went to the Canary Islands dish papas arrugadas – literally wrinkled potatoes with a spicy sauce. Jamon serrano came second, pulpo a la gallega (stewed octopus) was third, while paella managed only fourth plac..." in the Forum Post called Spain's Seven Culinary Wonders - and a few surprises!
    Forum Post created 9 months ago
  • The Cucaracha Club: The making of a movie in Spain

    The Cucaracha Club: The making of a movie in Spain

    A while ago, I explained how The Cucaracha Club came to be made. It’s a movie made on a tiny budget by a bunch of enthusiastic amateurs who have never written, acted in, produced or directed a full length feature film before, and it notches up a number of firsts. It’s the first screenplay G...

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    Blog Post updated 9 months ago
  • Bargain shopping in Spain: Hiperber hypermarkets

    Bargain shopping in Spain: Hiperber hypermarkets

    The UK may be famous for its BOGOF (buy one, get one free) deals in supermarkets, but food shopping in Spain can still be so much cheaper across the board if you know the best places to go. Lidl is usually my first port of call, then I get any top up shopping from Consum and Mercadona. All thes...

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    Blog Post updated 9 months ago
  • Essential ingredients for Spanish cooking: Paprika

    Essential ingredients for Spanish cooking: Paprika

    Spanish cuisine is one of the healthiest in the word, and it’s also one of the easiest to get into, even if your inner Domestic Goddess has left the building. That’s because most Spanish recipes revolve around no more than half a dozen ingredients, and one of the more common ingredien...

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    Blog Post updated 9 months ago
  • Simple gazpacho recipe

    Simple gazpacho recipe

    Gazpacho is the generic name for cold tomato soup, which originally came from Andalucia. The name possibly originates from the Latin for ‘crumbs,’ as true gazpacho is based on bread soaked in olive oil, garlic, vinegar and salt, but nobody is really certain. Today, gazpacho is thought of as gourm...

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    Blog Post updated 10 months ago
  • Aubergine slices with tomato and cheese

    Aubergine slices with tomato and cheese

    Aubergines – or berenjenas as they are called in Spain – belong to the nightshade family of vegetables and fruits which include tomatoes, potatoes and peppers. Botanically they are fruits, not vegetables, and they grow on vines like tomatoes. For culinary purposes, though, aubergines are t...

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    Blog Post updated 10 months ago
  • Beginners' guide to ordering tapas

    Beginners' guide to ordering tapas

    Think of Spanish food, and you probably think of tapas, those great appetisers which may be provided free with drinks in some establishments, and are always available in Spanish bars and cafeterias. Even the smallest tapas bar will have a reasonable selection, including family versions of staples...

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    Blog Post updated 10 months ago
  • "The Valencian President Ximo Puig has insisted that expat residents will still be able to access free health care after Brexit. In a speech in Benidorm, he reiterated his promise, made the day after the referendum in June, that expats who are Spanish residents have nothing to worry about. This i..." in the Forum Post called Valencia still to provide free health care to resident expats
    Forum Post created 10 months ago
  • "Hello Peter – Sorry I’m late in replying, but for some reason I didn’t get notification of the reply. My advice would be to rent your apartment, and try out life in Spain before committing to residency. You can spend 183 days a year in Spain – and so can your car – w..." in the Forum Post called Don't change Sterling to Euros in the UK!
    Forum Post created 10 months ago
  • "One week after the shock result of the Brexit Referendum, we’re already seeing the results, before anything even happens to kick start the process. Due to the political instability in the UK, the Pound Sterling has weakened to just €1.175. Two days before the referendum, our friends receive..." in the Forum Post called The Brexit effects are hitting our pockets already!
    Forum Post created 11 months ago
  • "Oops! Here’s the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fb…" in the Forum Post called Algorfa Patronal Fiesta - 8 - 17 July 2016
    Forum Post created 11 months ago
  • "Algorfa may be a small pueblo with a population of around 4,000, but it certainly knows how to party. The annual Patronal Fiesta begins on Friday 8 July with the crowning of the Fiesta Queens, and continues through the week. Highlights are the Chupinazo from 10.30 am on Saturday 8. Think giant wa..." in the Forum Post called Algorfa Patronal Fiesta - 8 - 17 July 2016
    Forum Post created 11 months ago
  • Easy home made lemonade

    Easy home made lemonade

    Most of the orange and lemon trees on the Costa Blanca are bare now, but there are, as always, plenty available in the markets and supermarkets at ridiculously cheap prices. Lemons are good for much more than seasoning paella or livening up your gin and tonic, so here’s an idea for you.

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    Blog Post updated 11 months ago
  • Protein alternatives when the heat is on

    Protein alternatives when the heat is on

    Summer’s here, and that means high temperatures here in Spain, which probably means you don’t want to eat a lot. If you’re starting to get fed up of salads, and feel the need for some protein, but not the sluggish feeling after eating a huge steak when the mercury is hitting the 40 mark, what can...

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    Blog Post updated 11 months ago