"Hi Richard, I was in Alicante a couple of years ago. Don't know where Calpe is. There's a toll highway from Alicante to Madrid and it took us about four hours. Nothing spectacularly beautiful. There are trains from Alicante to Madrid. Check…"
"I agree with Tony King but, even for the Chamber of Commerce and the supposed economic benefit to the tourist-oriented stores there, why would they want to make the place so crowded that it would be impossible to even walk on it. Bear in mind that…"
"Hi José, This is a hard one to answer unemotionally. Printed media is having a hard time surviving these bad economic times. Less ads. Less pages. Sadly, a few good reporters without a job. I also was surprised with the "front page" and…"
"Hi José, Very nice post. Most out-of-towners do not realize the color explosion we have throughout the year with our tropical flowering trees. Various organizations have been planting them pro bono in the swales or medians of many of our roads and…"
"Pleeease! I use those shortcuts in some of my informal electronic communications. But I would never say they are "words" or use them as "words" in a text or column. Fad or no fad, let's not get carried over with them."
"Hi Erica, With limited space it's difficult to suggest all the places you can visit in Spain. You would need a couple of years to really know the country. Every region is different in culture, people, food, dances, even language, etc. I suggest…"
"I agree that, in Portugal, Port wine is king. But I would like to make a couple of coments to the gilven Port descriptions. Vintage Port, a Port of vintage that has been officially "declared" by the Port House (producer), does not necessarily have…"
"If "a white ine that will hold uyp to a really low temp" try an inexpensive Pinot Gris from Oregon, Pinot Grigio from Italy, Sauvignon Blanc from California, a rosé from Spain or France's mediterranean, etc. But really, what you need is not a glass…"
"Mexican cuisine (Mexico, not TexMex, Caltex or any other American invention) is great. The diversity of cuisines and presentations according to the various regions makes it more interesting. It goes from popular at such restaurants to refined at…"
"Interesting video from Overlandertv. I don't know the winery but love Australian wines, especially Shiraz. I read you can advise on Vienam travel. Never heard they grew grapes or made wines there, although the French were there a number of years."
"Jose, yes, it's primordial but so tasting and lean that you don't feel heavy after a dinner, especially if you have it with a nice bottle or Ribera del Duero wine. But have it in Castilla (Burgos, Valladolid, Toro, Peñafiel, Aranda de Duero, etc.).…"
"Jose (the other Jose) Corkscrew Swamp is owned and managed by the Audubon Society of Florida. It's great to spend a day there but do it in January when the mosquitoes are not biting and the birds are aplenty. Check with them before you go. They also…"
"Hey guys, sea salt is commonly used un Spain and every time we go there we bring 2-3 bags (one kilo each) of Sal de Mar Gruesa.. Fairly inexpensive there. Not only the flavors it imparts but even the crunchiness melting in the mouth is delicious.…"