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El ronqueo – from whole tuna to tasty tapas, in minutes

Saturday, July 12th, 2014

[caption id="attachment_14288" align="aligncenter" width="455" caption="Diagram of a blue-fin tuna, showing all the cuts. Picture: El Campero restaurant (Barbate, Cadiz)."] [/caption] As a self-confessed foodie, and with an avid interest in all things Andalucian, I was excited to be invited to a ronqueo. For anyone who doesn't know what this is, the concept ...

Feria fun and merry with sherry

Sunday, May 11th, 2014

[caption id="attachment_13735" align="aligncenter" width="553" caption="Carriages, horses and flamenca dresses are traditional sights of the Feria which haven't changed in centuries."] [/caption] Spring is the time for fairs here in Andalucia, and kicking off the season each year is the mother of all Ferias - the Feria de Abril in Seville. As ...

Are you Happy? Here in Andalucia we are!

Monday, May 5th, 2014

"It might seem crazy what I’m ’bout to say Sunshine she’s here, you can take a break (Let's face it - those words could have been written with Andalucia in mind.) I’m a hot air balloon that could go to space With the air, like I don’t care baby by ...

Best wishes for 2014, and a look at 2013’s blog highlights

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

Wishing all our dear readers a very happy Noche Buena - New Year's Eve - from the team here at Andalucia.com. May your 12 grapes, eaten on the strokes of midnight, slip down easily, along with plenty of cava! From everyone here in our Estepona offices, we want to wish ...

La Gran Recogida 2013: the season of giving

Friday, November 29th, 2013

[caption id="attachment_12736" align="aligncenter" width="409" caption="Donate food for the hungry in Andalucia as part of the Gran Recogida de Alimentos (Great Food Collection), at supermarkets today and tomorrow."] [/caption] [caption id="attachment_12740" align="aligncenter" width="433" caption="Two volunteers in my local supermarket accept food donated by shoppers as part of La Gran Recogida early this ...

Finos Palmas: Tio Pepe’s finest sherries

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

[caption id="attachment_12675" align="aligncenter" width="467" caption="The Palmas logo - this one is Cuatro Palmas."] [/caption] [caption id="attachment_12636" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="The Finos Palmas - from light Una Palma (left) to rich Cuatro Palmas (right). Tres Palmas was obviously popular."] [/caption] Last week Tio Pepe launched its limited-edition sherries - four specially-selected wines which are ...

Mr Portillo, Mr Henderson, a railway, and some first-class nosh

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

[caption id="attachment_12257" align="aligncenter" width="515" caption="One of the rural train stations which Mr Henderson's Railway from Algeciras to Bobadilla still serves, over 100 years later."] [/caption] This is a story about a railway. Not on the Island of Sodor, but in the valleys of Ronda. Just over a century ago, the Gibralteños ...

The English in Andalucia

Friday, July 26th, 2013

[caption id="attachment_11518" align="aligncenter" width="420" caption="An English soldier who fought with the Spanish forces against Napeoleon's occupying troops, is buried in the Seville town of Alcala de Guadaira, part of the region's close ties with the UK."] [/caption] The history of Andalucia stretches far back to early human habitation, with Copper Age ...

The first ever World Sherry Day

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

[caption id="attachment_10941" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="World Sherry Day, last Sunday 26 May, saw over 300 events in nearly 30 countries."] [/caption] [caption id="attachment_10948" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="Sherry barrels in Jerez - these Tio Pepe ones have a groovy ice-cool design."] [/caption] If you've ever been to Jerez - the city, the train station, or ...

Tio Pepe en Rama – the untamed sherry

Monday, May 13th, 2013

[caption id="attachment_10741" align="aligncenter" width="438" caption="Tio Pepe lady with one of the limited-run of Tio Pepe en Rama, launched in April."] [/caption] In case you hadn't already guessed, April and May in Andalucia are all about ferias. And one of the essential ingredients of any feria - even more so if you're ...