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  1. Matthew Hirtes
    November 28, 2012 @ 2:14 pm

    Going local in Gran Canaria, what a good title for a book, hasn’t always been easy for me on the food front. As a vegetarian, I adore the likes of papas arrugadas and pimientos del padron which my football club always used to thoughtfully prepare for me at our after-match socializing. However, probably not to the extent that I’d like to eat them on a daily basis.

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  2. Elle Draper Elle
    November 28, 2012 @ 2:22 pm

    I must say that I love both dishes you mentioned Matthew – although I would eat papas arrugadas more often if Alan was up for it! So easy to make too – https://www.spainbuddy.com/papas-arrugadas/ but don’t forget your mojo sauce! https://www.spainbuddy.com/mojo-verde/
    Elle xx

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  3. John Wolfendale
    November 28, 2012 @ 2:32 pm

    Cant survive with PG Tips and Marmite – got my boys eating it too and also our other national dish chicken vindaloo (find-a-loo as my wife likes to call it) – and this afternoon we’re out having chocolate and churros to celebrate my birthday

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    • Elle Draper Elle
      November 28, 2012 @ 2:38 pm

      Ooh PG Tips – must say I prefer Tetley though. Happy Birthday John… and enjoy your churros with chocolate! IN fact, have extra… just for today mind :)

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  4. Keefieboy
    November 28, 2012 @ 2:36 pm

    You sound spoiled for choice with British goods down there. Of the three Brit shops in and around Madrid that I knew about, 2 closed down last summer. Not that I was ever a regular customer – just sometimes had a hankering for cocoa or something. However, our local Mercadona does stock Heinz beans and Bovril, and I’m pretty sure I’m the only person that buys them!

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    • Elle Draper Elle
      November 28, 2012 @ 2:42 pm

      Yes very spoiled. It was a bit like Christmas when we first arrived – and Alan went crazy for sauces and goodies. I find the curry sauces too sweet for my palate after so long in Spain (and I like to make my own anyway) but they are really handy for Alan to cook if I’m working late. They are half the price here than in Lanzarote. We don’t buy that much ourselves, but it’s nice to have the treats so well priced and in such quantity and availability. I think there are just so many Brits in this little corner that there’s a market for it. Cocoa I’m okay with. My favourite is the Spanish ColaCao – quite creamy!
      Keep buying those Bovrils and beans Keefieboy – or they might disappear. We’ll post you some if they do though :D
      Elle xx

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  5. Ha Spain
    November 28, 2012 @ 2:45 pm

    Here in Valencia it is hard to get English foods, we have a “Spainsburys” (very well named) which is now about a 40 minute drive from me, and I must admit its at xmas that it most “calls” me. got to have my fix of Cadbury´s (all big supermarkets here have stopped selling it!). Obviously while there, I take advantage of a few “homely comforts” to show to my Spanish friends.

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    • Elle Draper Elle
      November 28, 2012 @ 2:56 pm

      Apart from the olbigatory Crimbo deccies… we don’t do the turkey and trimmings for Christmas (we have roast lamb and a chicken)… and we don’t have Christmas pud or mince pies. Must say I wouldn’t drive 40 minutes to get the goodies… but if it’s just the once a year… … … well it would be rude not too eh? We really are spoiled for choice down here, yes.
      Elle xx
      PS: Having thought about it… I guess we do have some traditional things at Christmas. Mulled wine is a must – and we always have sprouts… and roasted chestnuts.

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    • Spainsburys
      February 14, 2013 @ 11:01 am

      Spainsburys! Lliria, will deliver to your home in the Valencia area. Just go to our website http://www.spainsburys.com, place an order and we will be happy to satisfy all your cravings for British brand foods.

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  6. Paul
    November 28, 2012 @ 5:00 pm

    Living in Jerez, we occasionally fly from Gibraltar to London, park the car in the carpark and on the way back it’s off to Morrisons. The kids love it! They get so excited about shopping and try to sneak so many things in the trolley, it’s unreal.
    To be honest, when we sum it up there aren’t many healthy things amongst the shopping but I entirely agree with you, the spanish food is great but variety is the spice of life! Eat & be happy.
    It’s a treat for our family, my kids were born in the UK but have lived here since they were 4 years & 6 months, essentially Andaluce’s but boy do they enjoy cheddar cheese, wall’s suasages, steak & kidney pies, bacon, weetabix, ribena, Ambrosia custard, crumpets, every type of biscuit you can think of and a few other things to boot!
    I know you can get a lot of these things in Mercadona & Carrefour etc but going shopping is boring, unless it’s in Gib. Ask the kids ;)

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    • Elle Draper Elle
      November 28, 2012 @ 5:29 pm

      Good for you, Paul! Great that the kids will experience things outside their home country too! Mind you… your excess babbge bill must be a killer :)
      Elle xx

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  7. Simon Harris
    November 28, 2012 @ 8:05 pm

    I find I crave English food most when I’m down or ill not because it’s from home really but because it reminds me of my childhood. I had flu a couple of weeks ago and all I wanted was Heinz Tomato Soup and a glass of Vimto … I didn’t get it, btw, as we don’t have many expat shops here in Barcelona!

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    • Elle Draper Elle
      November 29, 2012 @ 9:04 am

      Ah Simon… but was it flu… or was it man flu? :)
      I haven’t seen Vimto down here – but we’ll send a tin of Heinz tomato for you next time you’re at Death’s door.
      Elle xx

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  8. Phil Holman
    November 28, 2012 @ 8:05 pm

    Living in Calahonda we are spoilt for choice, two Icelands, 5 minutes either way, M& S 10 minutes away, loads of Lidl’s and Mercadonas so can get virtually everything. M&S were selling Hot X buns already last week!!

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    • Elle Draper Elle
      November 29, 2012 @ 9:03 am

      Ooh yes… very spoiled! We have a Lidl and a Día in addition to the Mercadona… but we don’t use them very often. Hot Croiss BUns? Ooohhh… lovely! Did you buy some?
      Elle xx

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      • Phil
        November 29, 2012 @ 7:15 pm

        No, not yet, still trying to resist mince pies!

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        • Elle Draper Elle
          November 30, 2012 @ 9:34 am

          :D Try the Spanish sweet empanadillas too. I don’t like mince pies… but I could eat my bodyweight in those!

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  9. Paul
    November 29, 2012 @ 12:12 pm

    I don’t think anyone would begrudge you the odd little English treat, but the expats who shun all things Spanish and are determined to live an English (or Irish / German / whatever) lifestyle in their adopted country, only reading English newspapers, only drinking English beer in an English pub, only eating English food, only speaking English, etc.drive me nuts.

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    • Elle Draper Elle
      November 29, 2012 @ 12:16 pm

      Absolutely agree! You know I’m not one of those (as I know you’re not either). It’s all about moderation and variety at the end of the day.
      Elle xx
      PS: Walking up and mountains here is a bit colder than it used to be with you, by the way!

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