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Old May 6th 2006, 1:53 pm
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Must admit I'm not interested in English food, probably because I like fresh food and won't eat anything out of a tin or packet. Its got to be fresh so as long as the vegies and fruit look great and I can get a decent salad, I'm a happy bunny. Now my other half.....when he stays, my cupboard starts having tins and packets in it.....however I'm slowly re educating him....

It actually facinates me when I go to the Uk on trips and see loads of packets and tins in peoples shopping trolleys, ready meals etc.....and then when people see loads of fruit and vegies in my trolley they tell me I don't need to diet...


Originally Posted by jennydor
Whats everyones opinion on shops in Spain specialising in English products only?
I used to live and work in Costa del Sol, and there were many shops on the coast that sold English product well fine, they cater to the holiday makers, but what about all the villages that have English shops in them that cater for locals? What happened to integrating and living the spanish life???
Not only are most over priced but you can get similar spanish equivalent in the local shops, Why pay over 90c or 1€ in most places for beans when they are 69c in Dunnes? Everything you see in an English produce shop costs at least a third more than the spanish equivalent. Now I know people like their home comforts and the BEST of both worlds, but maybe if you live here then you should support your local economy buy buying spanish, after all it is home isn't?
So what does everyone else think?
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Old May 6th 2006, 7:47 pm
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Hi jennydor

I am with most of the people who answered your question. I adore Spanish food but it is difficult getting the children to change there habits. Fortunately my son does not drink fizzy or eat crisps and sweets. Chocolate is a treat for him. He does however love fresh fruit and vegetables but is very fixed on things like fish he will eat fish at all.

I have told him that when we move to Spain he will have to eat other foods and he is sceptical but will try everything once.

I think English supermarkets have a place in Spain for the people that want to enjoy some home comforts the comparison with beans is equally the same in the UK why buy Heinz when Tesco's is as good! I am unfortunately one of those people and tend to buy Heinz, hubby says they taste better! I like shopping in M&S for food not because its more expensive but I like the freshness and quality of the food they offer.

Conversley I like to buy all my fresh fruit and veg at the markets in Spain because they look fresh no additives to keep them looking shiney etc. they are not kept in fridges for a week before they go onto the shelves for sale to jo public, most of the time the goods are only picked the day before they go to market. I don't want spain to be like britain thats why I am moving out there to get away from british culture........


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Originally Posted by Mitzyboy
Bloody hell mate we're agreeing on something, better take it steady I have no idea why really, and it goes deeper than that I think. Its the old thing about moving to Spain and creating your own bit of little britain. In my opinion part of the whole experience is totally changing your life style and that includes the food. I don't want to eat english type food, I want to change to a med type diet, fresh veg from the market, fresh bread every day from the bakery, oranges from the guy at the side of the road who grows his own. And imho the supermarkets in Spain make the UK look like a third world country as regards the huge choice and quality.

But I guess there will always be those who don't like to change too much and they will always be grateful for the brit shop down the road, and good luck to them!
Totally agree with you. We're moving to Spain for a total life change which includes buying Spanish food and products. Can't wait!
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Old May 9th 2006, 11:19 pm
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Am no way in favour of the anglicisation of Spain, but I don't see how we can complain about these "Brit shops" opening up. After all, in the UK there are Italian and Spanish delis, Chinese & Indian supermarkets...what's the difference? If there's a demand then there will be a supply. There are 3 brit shops within easy reach of where I live (that I know of, maybe more as I don't know where the one Big Wheels refers to is) and all 3 seem to do OK. I shop in them for Asian staples and vegetarian products which are just not available anywhere else round here.
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I dont go to the english shops, (even though friend owns english shop and wholesalers) but buy everything from the local spanish shops/supermarkets, though I do go to Carrefore, for Robinsons Lemon barley water,

I cant see a problem going if you miss something, but I have tried to find the spanish equivalant,
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The only things I crave are Heinze Tom Soup and Heinze Baked Beans with Sausages both of which I buy in Gib.

A good old fresh pork banger is hard to find but frozen ones are easily obtianable.

One more thing I simply cannot find in Spain is Sesame Seed Oil for stir fries - I also buy this from Gib.

The rest is always local produce, the fresh fish, meats, veg, fruits are all simply fantastic.

I don't buy anything in a sauce or packet as I am a keen amatuer chef and make everything from scratch (well a few cheats along the way )
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[QUOTE=BritBull]The only things I crave are Heinze Tom Soup and Heinze Baked Beans with Sausages both of which I buy in Gib.

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Heniz tommy soup cant be as tasty as your homemade one surely. I used to love it until I started making my own Tomato and Basil.

I miss smoked haddock or smoked cod (the yellow one) that my mum used cook in milk and butter. You can buy smoked haddock in Iceland but it's not the same, not nearly as meaty and juicy.

Real home made quiche and cheese and onion pie.

A good Chinese. The Chinese restaurants here are not a patch on the ones in England.

However, I get by without (I guess I have to)
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Heniz tommy soup cant be as tasty as your homemade one surely. I used to love it until I started making my own Tomato and Basil.
Not a patch on home made soups however my Mum used to give me the Heinz stuff when I was poorly as a nipper, I guess it's still a comfort food and great when you can't be bothered making your own
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Originally Posted by sunnysenorita
I miss smoked haddock or smoked cod (the yellow one)
you can get them in gib by the reduced bit in safeways / morisons.

i would of thought that someone would sell it in spain, especially mercadona perhaps, or a "wet" fish shop. i dunno, never really looked for it. we used to buy off a guy that used to do smoked salmon and smoked haddock and smoked cod privatly - he used to do it at home and sell it at the markets.
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