Prosecco versus Cava – which side are you on?

Over the last few years, the Italian fizz prosecco has gained enormous popularity through a combination of clever marketing, cool branding and hey, some of it actually tastes pretty good! As a cheaper alternative to champagne it has cornered the market as a celebratory drink, usually as an aperitif before a meal, but often enjoyed on its own throughout the evening. Spain’s equivalent to prosecco, cava, has been somewhat overlooked in the rush to embrace the charms of prosecco, which is a gr... read more

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The Summer Fairs in Andalucia

Vejer, our village in Spain, seems to be permanently in ‘Feria’. This is of course where we got the name for our restaurant. Its a bit of a euphemism for “we’re not working, we’re having fun, drinking sherry, watching horses doing amazing things and going to bed very late so don’t expect the bank to be open, or anything else for that matter.” Vejer is extra special in this regard. We seem to have a huge fair in April to celebrate the Virgin Mary. This has lots of tents for s... read more

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Paella Sundays

Over the years as a family we have enjoyed many a paella in the garden, in the Summer. We light a small wood based fire (Jez obviously assumes control of this very quickly, because it requires a lot of peering, swearing and assessing of the heat). Inevitably, once we’ve finished the meal, a couple of hours later, he’ll say “that fire is perfect for cooking on now! Look at that charcoal, not too hot, perfect, we should have waited” Anyway, there’s a lot of hoo ha and spectacle with ... read more

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