Category Food & Drink

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The Fish Market of all Fish Markets – Santander’s Lonja in Northern Spain

This is my fifth Christmas in a row in Santander. As you’d expect, ‘Navidad’ is very different here in Spain and nowhere is that more evident than at the dinner table. Fish and fishing are an important part of Cantabrian life and for the next two weeks (Christmas lasts right up until January 6 when the Kings […]

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Visiting Ribera Foodmarket in Bilbao

Sometimes you only appreciate what you’ve got when you change your surroundings. A few weeks* ago, I went to Bilbao (just one hour away – no need to change time zones) and it was there I realised I should be careful what I wish for. It was a follow-on trip from my Foodies Tour of Santander when a group of […]

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A Foodies’ Tour of Santander

One of the joys of writing this blog is that I never know where it will take me. Three weeks ago, thanks to a post back in February, it brought me to a memorial for six Limerick men who died in the Spanish Civil War. Last weekend, I found myself standing in front of a group of 20 […]

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My Twenty Thirteen

This is the time most of us reflect on the past calendar year and I’m no exception. The big difference is this year I have hundreds of photos to jog my memory. It’s been an interesting year. I’ll remember it as the time when I started blogging, got interested in photography, bought a nice camera, […]

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The Market of Hope since 1904

One of my favourite places to spend some time and cash in Santander is the city’s main food market. For me, it’s a perfect blend of architecture, history, food & drink all rolled into one. It’s called Mercado de la Esperanza  – meaning Market of Hope – and is located immediately behind the town hall in […]

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My favourite scoop and a few more besides…

I’m not a particularly sweet-toothed person. Myself and my oven do become acquainted when I feel the need to make a dessert or cake I grew up with but cannot find in Northern Spain. But as the weather gets warmer – I feel less like baking and more like eating ICE-CREAM. I didn’t realise how […]

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Urban Spain – Why I love it

So what’s it like – Santander? You’ve been there for a while. What’s it got going for itself? It’s hard to describe why I would choose to live on the seventh floor of a 1960s apartment block in a city of 180,000 people with my three small kids. But all it takes is a visit […]