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Postby geegee » Wed Jul 09, 2008 10:22 am

I am definitely on Spanish time, breakfast intermittent, lunch at 2 and dinner around 9, but this is not that much different to the hours I observed back in the UK...even tho I am originally from oop north, that was London for you...

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Postby peteroldracer » Wed Jul 09, 2008 12:23 pm

I was just thinking that a Spanish "all-day breakfast" would be churros and chocolate, or bread and olive oil.............maybe with a small fino or brandy!
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Postby Zofia » Wed Jul 09, 2008 1:29 pm

Spanish way for us, but we ate late in the UK too.

Brekky at 8-9, depending on if it is a school day, lunch at 2-3, dinner always after 9, at the moment it's when it gets dark, as it's too hot to eat before, so more like 10. I feed the boys at 5.30-6 though as they go to bed at UK times (8-9), we like our grown-up time in the evenings.

'Tea' at 5.30, how quaint....I'm just not hungry that early and couldn't possibly go through a whole evening without dinner and a nice glass of wine.
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Postby jennyshaw » Wed Jul 09, 2008 2:12 pm

There is a Spanish bar thats not too far from us that does a sausage and fried egg on a piece of bread tapa's. :D

Katy, there are a couple of Brit Bars in Baza who serve bacon butties etc.
but to be honest I don't go in them too often.

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Postby jenna m » Thu Jul 17, 2008 9:36 pm

How do you all cope with cooking when its very hot? This I find hard to deal with, even boiling an egg brings me out in a sweat.
We are slowly getting used to having something light to eat at nightime (around 10pm), having had a Menu del Dia at around 2pm and then a siesta! and nibbles now and again until later.

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Postby Beachcomber » Thu Jul 17, 2008 11:08 pm

One thing I have never been able to get used to is having my breakfast halfway through the morning like the Spaniards do. If I don't have my bowl of muesli, fruit juice and a cup of coffee when I get up I have gone off the idea by mid-morning.

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Postby hillybilly » Thu Jul 17, 2008 11:42 pm

That's second breakfast! Even in the UK when I worked on site we used to stop for "breakfast" at's tradition...first breakfast having been at 6.30am because site work started at 7.30am.

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Postby fearfulfred » Fri Jul 18, 2008 7:20 am

Our times vary , in winter breakfast is around 9, 9 :30 but when the sun gets up earlier in summer so do we, and have breakfast around 8 or earlier. Large meal is mid day between 2-3 and something light about 8 pm before falling asleep in front of the box. The joys of getting older!


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Postby mijasmagic » Fri Jul 18, 2008 1:19 pm

princess peach wrote::D Trooperman..have you seen any previous posts of mine?..
I am from NORTH that was a great guess if you didnt know already.
No offence took,im just amazed at how you knew that just by me giving the times i ate.. :wink:

No Princess, he knows you´re from the North (I´m a Lancashire lad, by the way) because you eat dinner and tea, rather than lunch and dinner. :wink: My wife´s from London and when we got together she lived in a permanent state of confusion because of our cultural differences :roll:

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Postby ashtondav » Fri Jul 18, 2008 1:37 pm

My wife comes from Yorky.

I still have great fun trying to understand what meal she's on about.

Breakfast 09:00 - 10:00 depending on wake up time.

I have Lunch (she has Dinner) at about 14:30 in summer in Spain. Maybe 13:00 in winter.

I have afternoon tea at 16:00 (a few gambas, or some olives or a little sandwich, pot of tea). I don't think she has a word for this (possibly snack).

I have dinner (she has tea) at about 21:00 in summer (once sun has set and the terrace begins to cool.) 19:30 in winter.

She has supper, a small snack, about an hour before bed. (I just have another tinto)

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Postby princess peach » Fri Jul 18, 2008 2:09 pm

No Princess, he knows you´re from the North (I´m a Lancashire lad, by the way) because you eat dinner and tea

Haha..yeah,i cliked eventually...took a while tho :wink:

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Postby katy » Fri Jul 18, 2008 2:19 pm

Ashtondav, you seem to be able to fit quite a few mealtimes in a day. Dinner at 21.00 and then supper, lunch at 14.30 and afternoon tea at 16.00. :lol:

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Postby ashtondav » Fri Jul 18, 2008 4:26 pm

burp :)

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Postby Scot » Fri Jul 18, 2008 10:04 pm

Spanish breakfast round my way is 20 Ducados, cortado and large anis! Thought chocolate and churros was bad?

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Postby samantha » Sun Jul 20, 2008 2:04 pm

we are enjoying the spanish meal times ,
10 am breakfast (pitufo roll), 12 pm tapa in bar, 2/3pm lunch 2 courses, 5pm snack small sandwich or cake, 9pm dinner !!
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Postby scampicat » Sun Jul 20, 2008 9:54 pm

We have breakfast around 0800-0830.

I have lunch and my husband has dinner at around 1300.

We both have tea around 1800.

And we may have supper before bed, but quite often not as we are sometimes in bed by 2130!

We're both Midlanders, so I don't know why he says dinner and I say lunch.

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Postby spanish_lad » Mon Jul 21, 2008 2:06 pm

sounds like none of you work, what with having brekkie at 9am ?

im normally AT work by 07.30, having travelled for an hour to get there, brekkie for me is at 06.00 !!!!
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Postby Babby » Mon Jul 21, 2008 3:21 pm

but Spanish Lad, I don´t think you really are! The Spanish go to work early and stop and have breakfast between 10 and 10.30 a.m.
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Postby karandjon » Mon Jul 21, 2008 7:39 pm

OH has brekkie at 7.30am whilst listening to 5Live Sport.
I have brekkie around 9am.

we have elevenses (at 11ish of course) consisting of choc chip muffin/bics and coffee

we have lunch at around 2pm (earlier in winter)

we have afternoon tea around 4pmish, again cakes or biscuits.

we have dinner/tea (depending on who mentions it, i´m from down south and he´s from up north) at around 8pmish, again earlier in winter. This is main meal.

I often have a sarnie around 11pm before bed just to tide me over til morning! :lol:
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Postby princess peach » Mon Jul 21, 2008 7:42 pm

crikey,karandjon,all them cakes and biccies how do you manage to still have a model figure? :lol: :lol:

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