All naked flames banned as from today

All naked flames in the countryside have now been banned between June 1 and October 15 across Andalusia. Barbecues (of any type), naked flames, bonfires etc are all banned. This includes motorway rest areas or countryside sporting or public camp areas, even if there are installations for such barbecues.As is the transit of motor vehicles in forest areas or within 400 metres of said designated areas. Bee keepers are also affected, as they must used Continue reading All naked flames banned as from today

BBQ and bonfires forbidden for the summer

The summer fire season has started and as from yesterday naked flames, BBQ’s, bonfires and the like are forbidden in open areas across Andalucia. They will remain illegal until the 15th of October. It’s part of the 2015 INFOCA plan which mobilises fire fighting brigades across Andalucia and attempts to “educate citizens” about the risk of fire, in the Orwellian Spanish. This year, 4,500 professionals, 39 air units, 8 mobile control units, 116 heavy vehicles Continue reading BBQ and bonfires forbidden for the summer

Cowboy Cocina, Mojacar Playa

Alas, the perils of living in a culinary wasteland. Food options in Mojacar are, sadly, limited. Even while living in Brittas Bay (Co Wicklow) I had the option of Dublin just up the road. And no visit to the family’s UK base of operations is complete without a trip to the Thai Emerald, Cirencester (one of the best in the UK, to my mind). But recently, my taste buds have been neglected. Spanish or Italian Continue reading Cowboy Cocina, Mojacar Playa

Bar Juventud, Los Gallardos

In my youth, Bar Juventud was the “other bar”. As people who lived on the “Crespo” side of the street, going into Juventud was akin to a Madrid supporter sneaking into a Barça pub. Only to be attempted wearing a large hat when noone was around. Which was a pity as it always had better tapas. Then we grew up and rarely visited Los Gallardos, as we lived out in the sticks and once we Continue reading Bar Juventud, Los Gallardos