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Ceret Take-Homes: Supermarket Souvenirs

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Ceret may be a popular destination for art tourists, hikers and long-term holidaymakers, but there are no souvenir shops (thankfully) and aside from picking up some art from one of the galleries and buying beautiful Catalan textile products from La Bohème, there's little to buy – which makes the supermarket a great place to scout ...

Price Check: a Ceret Shopping List

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What we are really loving about doing this Price Check series – more than forcing us to do comparison shops at every destination – is that it’s making us pay more attention to what’s on the shelves at supermarkets, rather than what we are buying, and is therefore helping us to understand what people are ...

Perpignan: Food, Wine, Walking, and Conversation

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“Walk, just walk,” was the advice we received from Carl, the owner of our petite weekend pad in Perpignan, when we asked him what we should do. “Oh, and eat and drink…” And so began a long weekend of food, wine, walking and conversation in Perpignan, one of Southern France's liveliest cities. We had escaped ...

To Market To Market — in Barcelona

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Strolling through local markets on our travels is as much a form of sightseeing as it is a shopping trip or another chance to eat out. Especially in Barcelona, where the markets are so wonderful. Taking in the dazzling displays of freshly-caught seafood and fish, gills scarlet and scales glistening, the kaleidoscope of colours that ...

Price Check: a Barcelona Shopping List

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Barcelona boasts some brilliant fresh food markets, including the famous (although now very touristy) La Boqueria on Las Ramblas, Santa Caterina in El Born, Barceloneta in the neighbourhood of the same name, and Mercat de la Liberta in Gracia, the barrio where we’re staying. There are also excellent supermercados in the basements of El Corte ...

Price Check: a Jerez shopping list

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In Jerez, like Marrakech, it’s much more fun to shop at local markets than at a supermarket, however, unlike Marrakech, you’re not going to get everything you need at the markets, and in Jerez you will find yourself having to head to the Carrefour Express (opposite the Mercado) at some point. Here is our Jerez shopping ...

Jerez Supermarket Souvenirs

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Jerez gets few tourists wandering its wonderful pedestrian streets compared to its Andalucian neighbours of Seville, Granada and Cordoba. When they do come they’re either on a day trip to sip sherry at the bodegas and watch the pretty horses prance at the Real Escuela Andaluza del Arte Ecuestre, or they’re flamenco fans here for ...

The Rhythm of Daily Life and Rue Bab Doukkala

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A teenage Moroccan girl in her school uniform of white shirt, navy blue tunic, backpack, and ponytail artfully carries several trays of flat rounds of dough covered in checked tea towels. A little boy scoots by her, his backpack slung over his shoulder, a tray of unmade bread balanced high on one hand like a ...

Price Check: a Marrakech shopping list

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In destinations such as Marrakech or Essaouira, it’s much more fun to head to the local markets to do your shopping, rather than a supermarket. However, unless you have a local to take you shopping the first time, we suggest you head to a supermarket with fixed prices first to get an idea as to ...

London Foodie Walk – We Meet Passionate Local Purveyors of Gourmet Products

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A London foodie walk introduces us to a new breed of passionate purveyors of local produce, specialty food ingredients and gourmet products, from artisanal cheese shops and coffee and spice stores to an Italian-style delicatessen brimming with handmade sausages and salamis. A London foodie walk was just what I needed. After watching the documentary Food, Inc. ...