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jueves, 21 de noviembre de 2013

Pomegranates time: the best way to peel it.


To taste local food is one of the best ideas we can do when we are on holidays, and in this part of the year, October and November, here it is time to crop pomegranate. Cultivated since ancient times, it is one of the main farming in the south-east of Spain, specially in the area of Elche.

Pomegranate tree


To eat a pomegranate, after it´s opened by scoring it with a knife and breaking it, the seed casings are separated from the peel and internal white pulp membranes. But the most effective way of quickly harvesting the seeds is to cut the pomegranate in half, hold the pomegranate half over a bowl and smack the rind with a large spoon. The red seeds are consumed raw, or are used to get an excellent juice.



 
         Pomegranates have high levels of antioxidants, with free-radical scavenging properties in laboratory experiments. Despite of that more research data are needed, it is considered a fruit with potential health benefits, for example, in heart disease or in hypertensive patients.
 
 
Pomegranate seeds and juice











jueves, 17 de octubre de 2013

PARAGLIDING AND TANDEM FLIGHTS IN GRAN ALACANT - SANTA POLA


Are you spending your holidays in Elche or Alicante?
And do you want to try a special emotion?

 
 





 A paragliding tandem flight is a good choice, because here you can find one of the best locations to practice paragliding, in Gran Alacant.  Due to its particular micro climate it´s possible to fly safety most days.


Tandem flights coast between 65-80 Euros. You don´t need previous experience. During the flight, that takes about 15 and 20 minutes and that is guided by an expert instructor, you can speak with the pilot and use your camera.

 


I have personally tried it and it´s awesome. The takeoff is very easy and quick. When you go up or down, the movement is slow and gentle, it is the opposite to a roller coaster. The sight is impressive and relaxing, all the time with great sense of calm while you only hear the wind sounds on the paraglider.

 


If you are interested, ask in www.parapentesantapola.es or in www.doyouwanna.net
You can also go to a paragliding equipment shop in Gran Alacant, in Escandinavia Avenue, 72  (www.kasana.es)
If you like this experience, there are also available paragliding courses.

 
 
 
Enjoy it !!!  
 

martes, 24 de septiembre de 2013

COCA: Traditional bakery in the mediterranean coast.

 
  The word “coca” is used in the Spanish Mediterranean coast to name several types of traditional bakery, very easy to find, generally salty but also sweet (for example, the “Coca boba” sponge cake).
 
 
 The more popular is named simply “coca” or “coca salada”, so antique that nobody knows which one its origin.  It´s made of wheat flour, olive oil and salt, and in some bakeries it´s also added pig lard to the mass. On its surface it has small bobbles made of the same mass, and it may have a small slice of dry salted sardine. It´s delicious when is recently baked, and is very usual in picnic lunches. Coca is very appreciated here, because is very traditional and cheap (one piece costs between 1€ and 1.15€ ) .
 
“coca salada”,
At any bakery you can also find other different kinds of salty cocas:
 
Stuffed cocas (“cocas rellena”), have tomato sauce with vegetables, or peas, or tuna fish. Vegetables coca (“cocas de verdura”), are similar to the pizza, but older and made with rectangular shape, and the pieces are cut rectangular too. Red and green pepper, onion, and aubergine are the main ingredients. A piece of any of them costs between 1.20 and 1.50€.
 
 
vegetable coca
 
 
Photos courtesy  of  “La Espiga de Oro”.

 





viernes, 30 de agosto de 2013

Med Arenales, a special beach bar on the shore of the mediterranean sea of Alicante.


(CLOSED IN 2015)

Med Arenales Sound is a special beach bar on the mediterranean shore, with nice design and pleasant surroundings. It's located between Arenales del Sol and Santa Pola, under Gran Alacant, and near to the Carabassi beach. You can find it beside to the small hermitage and the 'Embarcadero de Lucia' bar.  It's open only in summer, from the morning to the night. 


Video:


Med Arenales Sound


Med Arenales Sound


Med Arenales Sound

Med Arenales Sound


Med Arenales Sound


Med Arenales Sound

lunes, 15 de julio de 2013

The Pusol Museum: the best traditional culture center in Alicante.


Old drugstore and perfumery
Old drugstore and perfumery


The Pusol Museum provide an insight into the recent past of Elche. The Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage of UNESCO included it in the Register of Exemplary Practices in 2009.


Old grocery
Old grocery
 
 
It all began in 1969 in the unitary schools of the rural area of Pusol, a few kilometers from Elche (6 km), as an activity linked to educational plan "The school and its environment", whose subject was the study of the trades and traditions of  Elche´s countryside.



Old toy shop
Old toy shop






stable
Traditional stable








 



The place to separate the wheat from the chaff
The place to separate the wheat from the chaff
 

 Timetable: Monday to Friday, from 9 to 13.30 and from 16 to 19 (in summer only mornings). Saturday and Sunday: from 11 to 14. Closed 13, 14 and 15th August. Free admission on Sundays.

 To arrive from Elche: take CV-851 road (Carretera del Leon), and about 5 kms, after Cachito Restaurant, turn the first to the right, by CV 857  https://maps.google.es/maps/ms?hl=es&ie=UTF8&msa=0&msid=100472554001904324739.000484d67d27f73abd905&ll=38.252201,-0.699692&spn=0.188726,0.486145&z=11&source=embed

If you are hungry when you finish in the Pusol Museum and you want to eat a good paella or grilled lamb chops, Restaurante Cachito, open since 1935, is very near.


 
old roomOld ice cream cart
 


Esparto grass handcraft
Esparto grass handcraft
 
Traditional winery
Traditional winery


Making a esparto espadrille
Making a esparto espadrille

traditional cart
Traditional cart



stone mill
press

 


old agricultural tools
Old agricultural tools

 
traditional rural home kitchen
Traditional rural home kitchen

 

martes, 11 de junio de 2013

HORCHATA: A REFRESHING TRADITIONAL DRINK MADE WITH TIGER NUTS


Horchata and tiger nuts
The “Horchata” is a vegetable milk prepared with tiger nuts, water and sugar. The natural one is delicious and very popular specially in summer. In the traditional ice-cream shops you can find  Liquid Horchata and Iced Horchata (this one “granizada” in Spanish. It seems crushed ice). It´s easy to find horchata cartons in the supermarkets, but is industrially produced (sterilized or UHT), and the flavor it isn´t exactly the same, because the technological process transforms or eliminates totally or partially its contents of starch.

tiger nuts

Horchata is more than a refreshing soft drink. It is a healthy drink very rich source of nutrients. The elaboration starts washing the tiger nuts (cyperus sculentus lativum) or 'Chufa' as it is known in Spanish, which is not actually a nut, but a small tuber.

Once they are washed, they have to be soaked by hours and then, they are grinded. During the process some water is added, and the mixture is left to macerate. When the proper time is spent, it is pressed and sifted and then, the amount of sugar is added and after the mixture is seeped again. Once this is done, it is just needed to cool down the mixture. 
preparing horchata


preparing horchata
The “horchata” can be found at any ice cream shop. But only a few are producers. In Elche a good place to taste artisan horchata is the terrace of Helados Illice, in Glorieta Square. They make their own horchata very near from this terrace.



terrace of Helados Illice, in Glorieta Square

miércoles, 1 de mayo de 2013



 ELCHE OLD CEMETERY
Shot Memorial.

                                                                                            Shot Memorial.

The Old Cemetery of Elche began its activity in 1811. This year a lot of people died due to a serious epidemic disease. In its early stages, burials were performed in soil, but nowadays you can see mainly niches and mausoleums.  

Today is included in the city, though quite independently and maintaining a certain distance from the nearest houses. If you prefer arrive by bus, take the line  I,L, or K.
 

Main door



This cemetery is not just a place to remember those who left us. Old Cemetery of Elche is integrated into the Route of the European Significant Cemeteries, a Cultural Route of the Council of Europe. It isn´t so big or so monumental as other European cemeteries of this Cultural Route, but it´s also culture, an outdoor museum, and a quiet place to walk.


Mausoleums





Mausoleum.

                                              Mausoleum.


Vault
Vault


Garden of remembrance

                                                  Garden of remembrance.
 
 
 Remember the sleeping soul,

                            Remember the sleeping soul,
                            enliven the mind and wake up,
                            watching,
                            how life passes
                           (… how death comes, so quiet)



                                       I was what you are, you will be what I am

 
Shot Memorial

In memory of the defenders of freedom and democracy, shot in this cemetery between 1939 and 1940. Buried in a common grave, now lie in the ossuary that opens under this inscription.




Mausoleum and niches.

                                              Mausoleum and niches.
 
 
 
 
Mausoleum.

                                                Mausoleum.
 
 
Photos in a niche.

Photos in a niche.
Mausoleum.
 




Coordinates: 38°15'45" - 0°42'55."

                                                     Coordinates: 38°15'45" - 0°42'55."