Archive for the ‘Traditions’ Category


Posted on December 16th, 2010 by by admin

Tipple number 4 – Pacharán (candy in a glass)

Also spelt with a t and an x, pacharán is a Designation of Origin product of the Autonomous Community of Navarra. To its detractors, the deep raspberry- coloured ‘syrup’ looks, smells and tastes like cough medicine, to its fans, it’s candy for grown-ups in a glass. The first thing that hits you is the aniseed, […]

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Posted on November 17th, 2010 by by Theresa

Make mine an eel and snail frying pan

Back in the 18th century near a lake in Albufera, a Valencian peasant with a strong Andaluz accent (come on, anything’s possible) was out shooting when he caught a nice juicy rabbit. His wife wasn’t feeling too well, so when he got home he skinned and de-gutted the animal and had a quick nose around […]

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Posted on November 13th, 2010 by by Valerie

El tió

And for those of you who have requested a post about that other Catalan Christmas tradition, the Tió: go here – you get all the other Spanish Christmas stuff too. Go here for Part 2 and here for Part 3. By the way: it’s tió (teeOH) meaning log,  not tío (as in uncle /guy’ – […]

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Posted on November 10th, 2010 by by Valerie

Who Wants To Be A Caganer?

Every Christmas I say to myself:  I must write a post about the caganers. And every Christmas, by the time I get my act together, every other Catalunya-related blogger and feature writer has already done it. Anyway, this time, here we go. The caganer is a small figure, traditionally depicted as a Catalan peasant, in, […]

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