Archive for the ‘Spanish life’ Category


Posted on September 1st, 2015 by by Valerie

In The Garlic Reloaded: El Desayuno

The Second Breakfast is a key feature of Spanish life.

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Posted on July 23rd, 2013 by by admin

Summer drinks Nº4 Granizado

Mmm, granizado, literally a hailstorm; but in fact, a Slush Puppy-type drink that consists of crushed ice drenched in sweetened coffee or lemony syrup. It’s a great favourite with kids and kids at heart, keeping them/us entertained for ages as they/we burst their/our eardrums vacuuming up every last drop of sweetness from the remaining ice […]

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Posted on July 14th, 2013 by by admin

Café con hielo: DIY-style

You’d think that ordering an iced coffee would be a simple affair. Café con hielo in Spain comes like this: a double espresso cup of coffee, a long tall glass or a short fat glass with lots of ice, a spoon, and 9,000 bags of sugar. You – not the bar person – stir in […]

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Posted on July 8th, 2013 by by admin

Summer drinks Nº2 – Sangría

Sangría (pronounced sanGREEya) shot to fame as the quintessentially Spanish drink after it was served at the Spanish pavilion in the1964 World Fair in New York. Apparently, though, it was the British and the French who first drank a punch called  “sangaree” or “sang gris” in the Antilles colonies in the 17th century. Oh well, […]

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Posted on July 6th, 2013 by by admin

Tinto de verano

Summer’s here and the time is right for sipping and slugging lots and lots of chilled drinks to beat the heat.  Over the next couple of weeks I’ll be tempting you with some of the best. Kicking off today with the ubiquitous tinto de verano. A lighter version of sangría, perfect for a summer’s day. […]

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