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by palmtrees
Sun Dec 23, 2007 12:19 pm
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: English shops in Spain
Replies: 18
Views: 5382

Not seen Quorn anywhere. But I never ate it in the UK so made no difference to me especially as the herboristerias sell so much tofu/tempeh/seitan and some stock Redwood products too.
by palmtrees
Sun Dec 23, 2007 12:00 pm
Forum: Moving to Andalucia
Topic: New guy introduction and questions
Replies: 40
Views: 26582

Karen You interpreted my comment spot-on. That was exactly what I meant, ie we've lived here long enough to be able to have reasonable conversations, probably with a terrible accent, but it's not the oona sir-vay-zah level we started out with. I am sure we were bad then, but at least we tried. And l...
by palmtrees
Thu Dec 20, 2007 5:16 pm
Forum: Moving to Andalucia
Topic: New guy introduction and questions
Replies: 40
Views: 26582

In answer to your question, sort of, yes and no. Perhaps more helpfully, I should say that we had spent a few years on holiday in Spain (CDS mainly). We could ask for an ida y vuelta and lots of cervezas, vegetables, a camping pitch for the night. We practised our limited Spanish in a bar in Los Bol...
by palmtrees
Wed Dec 12, 2007 8:31 pm
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: Andalucia Health Service
Replies: 15
Views: 3530

In response to Katy's original question, yes there has been rationing in the NHS for many years. But it is not overt, or even organised. When I worked for the NHS we tried to look at options for rationing some services, fertility treatment and amniocentesis for Down's Syndrome were the two I remembe...
by palmtrees
Wed Dec 12, 2007 7:54 pm
Forum: Food, Drink, Recipes & Gastronomy
Topic: Organic Food shops
Replies: 15
Views: 10897

In reverse order, there is a good health food shop in Estepona. I don't know the names of the streets in Estepona, but basically if you walk along the promenade from the bus station towards the town centre, it is on the street facing that grassy stuff where there is the tourist info office. (Actuall...
by palmtrees
Mon Dec 10, 2007 4:30 pm
Forum: Food, Drink, Recipes & Gastronomy
Topic: Paella
Replies: 48
Views: 16679

The standard yellow food colouring used in Spain (sold as Colorante) is Tartrazine or E-102. Well apart from the naff taste, tartrazine is probably a good enough reason not to use packet stuff. And not to eat paella out tanpoco. Thanks for the info El Cid. It must be a cultural thing that (Spanish)...
by palmtrees
Mon Dec 10, 2007 3:32 pm
Forum: Food, Drink, Recipes & Gastronomy
Topic: Paella
Replies: 48
Views: 16679

Interesting comment, but I've never bought those naff packets so can't say if turmeric is included. The packets certainly aren't pure turmeric, and anyone who uses turmeric will know you need only the tiniest bit for a huge yellow colour to appear. Plus the taste is totally different. If it is turme...
by palmtrees
Mon Dec 10, 2007 1:19 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Postal charges from Gib to UK - Xmas Cards
Replies: 26
Views: 4938

And back to the original query..... When I've posted letters from Gib and Spain I've found the price for the same thing basically equivalent. What I don't know is whether Gib charges for letter sizes like Spain does (as well as weight). I'm in Spain at the moment so I can't check - I think there are...
by palmtrees
Mon Dec 10, 2007 12:59 pm
Forum: Health, Beauty, Fitness & Sport
Topic: Cold Cures
Replies: 20
Views: 12413

On the food issue, I guess it depends on whether you have flu or a cold. I too usually go for soup (home made), and load up with garlic and herbs. Miso is always good in soup if you get used to using the right amount. If I've got one of those sore throat variants, I tend to go for fairly hot (chilli...
by palmtrees
Mon Dec 10, 2007 12:48 pm
Forum: Food, Drink, Recipes & Gastronomy
Topic: Cherimoya
Replies: 18
Views: 8524

I first met them in Australia - definitely called custard apples there.

I liked the vanilla taste, but they can be too sweet sometimes.

I agree they need to be spot on, just ripe and not too ripe, and better chilled.

Not had one for ages and to be honest don't miss them.
by palmtrees
Mon Dec 10, 2007 12:44 pm
Forum: Food, Drink, Recipes & Gastronomy
Topic: Paella
Replies: 48
Views: 16679

Our neighbour gave us some she had made not long after we had moved in. It was very good, but being vegetarian we didn't eat the HUGE prawns she had put in. The dogs did though, and they thought it was scrummy too. Anyway I make mine in winter when fresh beans and broad beans are around, and sometim...
by palmtrees
Thu Dec 06, 2007 8:24 pm
Forum: Moving to Andalucia
Topic: Help please
Replies: 81
Views: 26424

Don't know what to say apart from caveat emptor. Although very interested to hear about the changes in rules. ie no wealth tax for non residents? no NIE number required (does this apply to cars as well?) IBI is rates, council tax, whatever you want to call it, based on catastral value, we all pay it...
by palmtrees
Tue Dec 04, 2007 12:48 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ?does anyone know?
Replies: 22
Views: 5109

There are loads of on-line calculators if you want to do it the hard way. Anyway, I resorted to Wiki to find a comparator, and I was stunned to find the Axarquia is less than half the size of the East Riding - the smallest part of Yorkshire. (2,479 square kms) I always think the Axarquia is so big, ...
by palmtrees
Tue Dec 04, 2007 12:03 pm
Forum: Cars, Bikes & Motoring
Topic: Exporting a car
Replies: 28
Views: 7884

Wow, thanks very much for those fast responses. Retro P - yes you're right, you do need to be resident in gib to import a coche. My partner's already got his residencia here as he's got a permanent contract (well, until it ends of course :roll: ,) so it makes sense to import the vehicle too. It wasn...
by palmtrees
Tue Dec 04, 2007 10:28 am
Forum: Cars, Bikes & Motoring
Topic: Exporting a car
Replies: 28
Views: 7884

Exporting a car

No, not from the UK to Spain, but from Spain. We've got a Spanish-plated vehicle that we are looking at putting onto Gib plates. I'm sure I've read something in "Living in Spain" or similar about what you need to do to export from Spain. Unfortunately I'm in Gib right now and my book is in...
by palmtrees
Tue Dec 04, 2007 9:59 am
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: Hotel needed on the Spain/France border?
Replies: 46
Views: 10647

We liked Biarritz - we were going to stay at Bayonne (?), but kept driving round in circles and couldn't find anything decent so headed on to Biarritz (reverse route Fr-Sp). We had a trailer and two dogs, parked on a street just near the hotel, and had an excellent night. Great hotel, chic, not expe...
by palmtrees
Tue Dec 04, 2007 9:49 am
Forum: Moving to Andalucia
Topic: All help welcome
Replies: 5
Views: 4109

Not sure about this. I thought they did too - or at least so it says in all the books and stuff But when we bought, the woman before us had not paid a number of bills and taxes, and we were told by the local ayuntamiento that it wasn't in our name so they didn't apply. The guy actually ripped up one...
by palmtrees
Tue Dec 04, 2007 9:41 am
Forum: Moving to Andalucia
Topic: Help please
Replies: 81
Views: 26424

I was going to ask if you had got yourself a solicitor - but reading through it looks like you haven't. I'm also guessing from what you have said that you haven't put down a deposit. In which case don't be tempted to either. It is not compulsory and we have not done it with either of the two propert...
by palmtrees
Thu Nov 29, 2007 4:25 pm
Forum: Computers, Internet, Telephony, TV & Electronics
Topic: Computer software in English
Replies: 20
Views: 7931

AppleMac
If you want to pay the price.

I tend to use it in both languages - but you can do it all in English.

You need to be able to make the Microsoft to Apple switch too.

Palmtrees
by palmtrees
Thu Nov 22, 2007 4:04 pm
Forum: Travel, Tourism & Destinations
Topic: Australia
Replies: 10
Views: 5365

We spent a few years there (partner was Aussie resident) - although a while ago. If you have some general questions we might be able to help.

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