Thursday, November 29, 2012

Parking Is Bad Everywhere

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Valencia acoge las Finales mundiales Ferrari este fin de semana

Este fin de semana se celebra en el circuit ricardo Tormo de Cheste las finales mundiales de Ferrari, todo un acontecimiento para los amantes del automovilismo. Durante todo el fin de semana, se podra disfrutar de ver en pista tanto los coches mas antiguos de la marca, como a las ultimas creaciones de la marca italiana.

  Durante estos dias tambien habrá competicion en pista, ya que se disputarán las finales de los campeonatos Ferrari chellenge de Asia/Pacifico, Europa y Norte America, siendo el domingo cuando los mejores pilotos de cada certamen se veran las caras en pista para decidir quien es el campeón de esta edición.

  Pero el plato fuerte será cuando salgan a pista los monoplazas de la escuderia. Durante todo el fin de semana podremos ver a los monoplazas historicos, de temporadas pasadas rugir por el asfalto Valenciano, pero sera el domingo a medio dia cuando el equipo oficial de formula 1 con Fernando Alonso y Felipe Massa se pongan a los mandos de los monoplazas con los que han competido este año en el campeonato de Formula 1. Para mas informacion y venta de entradas hacer click aqui.  

Copa del Rey: Valencia CF vs Llagostera @ 19:30

Wednesday at 7:30pm
Cheap seats are definitely available.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Levante - Barcelona: 0 - 4

Levante could not handle an amazing Barcelona that scored 4 times.
But the ESTADI CIUTAT DE VALENCIA offered a great night out!.

Japan Week in Valencia

The city of Valencia has been elected the official site of Japan Week 2012, an International meeting organized by the International Friendship Foundation, IFF, an organization based in Tokyo (Japan) that works to demonstrate the characteristic features of the Japanese culture through its folklore, art, music, crafts, dance, and sports among others. Each year the IFF chooses a specific city to host Japan Week; in 2010 it was held in Oporto, Portugal, and this year in 2011 it was held in Frankfurt, Germany.

Valencia is most keen to contribute to the celebrations and so has designed a wide range of activities and events aimed at merging together Japanese and Valencian culture at different city sites such as Plaza del Patriarca, Palau de la Música, La Petxina Culture and Sports Centre and the Museum of the City, among others. Over a thousand Japanese citizens will travel from their country to share this major event with Valencian people.

From 24-11-2012 to 29-11-2012

Monday, November 26, 2012

Lost Pop Art


These were murals in a bar in Rocafort. The new owners of the place painted over them. At least we have saved them here.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Fideua from Gandia

                                                                                                                                                        Another iconic dish from the Valencia community. These egg noodles can be found in any supermarket in Valencia.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Tomates Raf

Two ripe raf tomatoes ready for the slaughter. These are winter tomatoes and they are at their best right now.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Helsingborg vs Levante UD @ 19:00

Olympia - Helsingborg 22/11/2012 - 19:00CET (19:00 local time)

from UEFA Europa League:

Helsingborgs IF will look to throw a spanner in the works for Levante UD, with defeat in Sweden having the potential to make things tough for the Spanish side in UEFA Europa League Group L.

• Helsingborg must win both of their remaining games to have any chance of a round of 32 place. Levante would make it through to the round of 32 in their first European campaign with a win in Sweden, but a draw or a defeat could leave them vulnerable to being caught on matchday six.

Previous meetings
• Levante won 1-0 when the sides met in Valencia on matchday one. Former Spanish international Juanfran was the unlikely match winner, the left-back scoring his first goal since rejoining the club in 2010. It was Levante's first experience of Swedish opposition and Helsingborg's first UEFA game against a team from Spain.

• The 26 past UEFA club competition ties between teams from the two countries have finished largely in the Spanish teams' favour. Spanish clubs' record against their Swedish counterparts reads W19 D4 L3 (W13 D2 L0 at home – W6 D2 L3 in Sweden). Those home results include the away leg of FC Barcelona's 1974/75 European Cup Winners' Cup quarter-final against Åtvidabergs FF, which was also played at the Camp Nou.

• The Spanish side have won the last ten meetings between Spanish and Swedish clubs since AIK Solna held Barcelona to a 1-1 home draw in a UEFA Cup Winners' Cup game on 20 March 1997. There have been 13 meetings since the last Swedish win: IFK Göteborg's 2-1 success against Barça in the UEFA Champions League group stage on 28 September 1994.

Monday, November 19, 2012

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Taller en La Rambleta

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46015 Campanar, Valencia, Spain

Saturday, November 17, 2012

An Hasta Luego-Worthy Exchange

One of the things that I love the most about Spain and something that I discovered almost immediately is how people make a connection with one another during life’s simple moments.  This first happened to me in Valencia on my very first trip in the elevator in the short-term apartment I rented when I arrived here six years ago. My older brother and I got into the small lift with a young woman and her boy of about 4. He had a toy boat with him and I asked him where he was going, you know, small talk stuff.  When we got to the bottom floor the woman said “Hasta luego” (meaning “latter” or something like that) as we parted.  I think Americans are about a million times chattier with strangers than Europeans but we rarely talk to anonymous strangers on an elevator, so this was a bit of a shock to me.

I learned very quickly that the Spanish have very different ideas than Americans about what is considered polite and impolite behavior when interacting with strangers. The guidelines here in Spain are fairly simple so I’ll attempt to explain a few of them here.

When you leave an elevator you always say “hasta luego.”  You wouldn’t say it if there is no one else on the elevator, of course, unless you just like the sound of those two words. When you leave a bar you say “hasta luego” to whoever served you and to everyone in general. Some of the customers may bid you farewell, that’s just the way it is. When you are walking down the street and pass someone you know but not really well enough to stop and have a chat you say “hasta luego” instead of “hola” or some other greeting. You say “hasta luego” when you part company with just about anyone with whom you have had the slightest bit of interaction, like borrowing their lighter, or asking them for the time, or asking directions, or asking if they have finished reading the paper in a café, or any possible human contact beyond simply being in the same general area—although sometimes even this warrants an “hasta luego.”

The other day I stepped into a book and print shop to buy a couple of ink pens.  The proprietor was photocopying something for a young man who probably attends the local technical school.  She stepped away from the copying machine and attended to my purchase which only took a few seconds and then went back to doing whatever it was she was doing for the young man. I bid farewell and both she and the young man answered, “hasta luego.” I was sort of tickled that the young man somehow felt an accomplice in this minor scene and was thus compelled to participate. But when you think about it, why wouldn’t he? We’re three human beings sharing a common space albeit for only a couple of seconds. Why shouldn’t we be outwardly civil to one another?

I actually feel self-conscious about leaving a bar without saying goodbye. If the barman is in the back I will wait a bit for him to return so that I don’t sneak out like a rat without exchanging pleasantries.

Most people who simply read about this behavior wouldn’t think it’s a very big deal, and I’m not really saying that it is. As I mentioned, it’s just different rules for politeness but there are many times when I’m surprised by how these two simple words can lend an air of intimacy to an otherwise completely mundane situation.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Restaurante La Estrella


Restaurante La Estrella
Calle Sevilla 30 , Valencia
963419 090

Behind San Valero church you can find this little gem of a restaurant which specializes in traditional Valencian dishes like alli pebre and anything with rice.

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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Todo Sobre Mis Huevos (All About Eggs)

The egg is one of nature's perfect foods.  The confusion over eggs stems from their cholesterol content. One large egg contains 213 mg of cholesterol, accounting for two-thirds of the recommended daily limit.

When scientists learned that high blood cholesterol was associated with heart disease, foods high in cholesterol logically became suspect. But after 25 years of study, it has become evident that cholesterol in food is not the culprit.  Saturated fat has a much bigger effect on blood cholesterol.

With science on our side, we can once again enjoy the wonderfully nutritious egg. Along with milk, eggs contain the highest biological value (or gold standard) for protein. One egg has only 75 calories but 7 grams of high-quality protein, 5 grams of fat, and 1.6 grams of saturated fat, along with iron, vitamins, minerals, and carotenoids.

The egg is a powerhouse of disease-fighting nutrients like lutein and zeaxanthin. These carotenoids may reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in older adults. And brain development and memory may be enhanced by the choline content of eggs.

First let's talk about the perfect fried eggs, a French technique that very slowly cooks the eggs in butter. This method was developed by Master French Chef Fernand Point (1897-1955) at his three Michelin Star rated restaurant La Pyramide in the 1950’s. According to the book, The Perfectionist - Life and Death in Haute Cuisine by Rudolph Chelminski, Fernand Point's favorite saying was: "Du beurre! Donnez-moi du beurre! Toujours du beurre!" (Butter! Give me butter! Always butter!)
In the first chapter, Luxe, Calme et Volupté, Chelminski details how Loiseau’s mentor, the infamous Chef Fernand Point would test visiting chefs with a challenge to show him how they fried a simple egg, declaring that the easiest dishes were often the most difficult to prepare. When, inevitably, the chef insulted the egg with the sizzling hot surface of a frying pan, Point would cry, "Stop, unhappy man - you are making a dog’s bed of it!" And then he would proceed to demonstrate the one and only civilized manner of treating an egg. Very slowly, very gently, and swimming in butter of course.

Following is Chef Fernand Point's recipe:

Place a lump of fresh butter in a pan or egg dish and let it melt - that is, just enough for it to spread, and never, of course, to burn; open a very fresh egg onto a small plate or saucer and slide it carefully into the pan; cook it on heat so low that the white barely turns creamy, and the yolk becomes hot but remains liquid; in a separate saucepan, melt another lump of fresh butter; remove the egg onto a lightly heated serving plate; salt it and pepper it, then very gently pour this fresh, warm butter over it. 

The next technique is a poached egg. These are eggs simmered gently in boiling water.



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