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Archive for November, 2013

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 ...

Rural Andalucia in the 1930s: La Memoria de los Olivos

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

[caption id="attachment_12566" align="aligncenter" width="177" caption="The Memory of the Olive Trees is a moving film about a humble Andalucian family at the outset of the Civil War."] [/caption] As anyone who reads this blog regularly will know, I am very interested in Spanish history. I've reviewed books for Books4Spain, watched films, and ...

Eat well-priced tapas and win prizes in Seville, World Capital of the Tapa

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

[caption id="attachment_12511" align="aligncenter" width="254" caption="Tortilla al whisky with a glass of fino - the perfect match."] [/caption] [caption id="attachment_12492" align="aligncenter" width="128" caption="Look out for this badge in bars around Seville."] [/caption] If you're going to be in Seville over the next couple of months, you're in for a tapas treat. Until this Sunday ...

Experiencing the olive harvest in Jaen

Monday, November 4th, 2013

[caption id="attachment_12445" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="The cortijo and factory, nestled in rolling hills of olive fields, backed by the Sierra Magina."] [/caption] A few posts ago, I mentioned a new scheme organised by Jaen Tourism - pick your own olives. This puente weekend, I was lucky enough to experience it for myself, ...