Thursday, April 26, 2018

AN OCEAN OF OPPORTUNITIES: The Olive Press explores the OD Port Portals Hotel

IT’S fast becoming one of the true social epicentres of Portals. And OD Port Portals hotel is very much THE place to stay for hipsters...

As the Santa Catalina Market reaches nearly 100-years-old, it is as strong as ever

THE lifeblood of Santa Catalina is, without a doubt, its market. Now, nearly 100 years old the Mercat de Santa Catalina is the oldest in...

Cachao- Pure chocolate made in Palma with fresh and local products

THERE are few things as pleasurable as making your own chocolate. But that is what chef Tino Wolter gets to do every day at his...

MELTING POT: Olive Press editor Jon Clarke is blown away by the incredible mix of restaurants in Santa Catalina

WHILE San Sebastian might have the most Michelin stars - and probably the best tapas - Santa Catalina has the biggest variety of restaurants...

VILLAGE IN THE CITY: A look inside Santa Catalina- the new SoHo

THE clinking of wine glasses, clicking of designer heels and the cacophony of foreign languages… welcome to a typical lunchtime in Santa Catalina. Palma's trendiest...

Spanish are eating out more – and particularly at more foreign restaurants, particularly Italian

THE locals are eating out more, spending more and, best of all, widening their palate. In good news for expat restaurateurs, the average Spaniard ate...

Half of all Spanish restaurants found to be selling fake fish

MORE than 50% of Spanish restaurants are mislabelling fish on their the menus. The survey of more than 200 restaurants by AZTI Technology Centre showed...

Gin on toast? There is now a Gin and Tonic flavoured marmalade

YOU can now spread Gin and Tonic on your toast every morning.  Online retailer Firebox has created a gin and tonic flavoured marmalade. The Spreadable Gin...

Malaga to push for UNESCO protection for ‘espeto’ sardines

MALAGA'S culture committee has agreed to push to have 'espetos' recognised as an item of Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO.  The popular sardine skewer is...

Local food is on the rise as Balearic government cuts down on carbon footprint

THE BALEARIC government has agreed to prioritise local and 'short-range' products to improve the green footprint. In an effort to reduce CO2 emissions, the government...

WINTER IS COMING: So you better wrap up or face the cold

It even snowed on the beach in Barcelona and I’m surprised that Carles Puigdemont didn’t blame that as some sort of underhand tactic by Madrid, ‘freezing out’ an independent Catalunya.

SAVE OUR TERRACES: The Olive Press stands with Santa Catalina to save vital terrace space

THE Olive Press is backing a campaign to protect the livelihoods of dozens of expat businesses in Santa Catalina. It comes after a draconian proposed...

Andalucian city hoping to win Spanish ‘Gastronomic Capital’ title

The city of Almeria is vying for the title of Spanish Gastronomic Capital 2019 by promoting its tradition of tapas. Signing an agreement to build...

Multiple cheeses withdrawn in Spain after meningitis found

A 39-YEAR-OLD man has been diagnosed with meningitis after ingesting raw sheep's cheese in Madrid.  The case has led to three different cheeses produced in...

REVEALED: The most watched BBC show in Spain last year

THE UK's BBC has revealed its most popular shows in foreign countries.  In Spain, it isn't Blue Planet or the Great British Bake Off that...

Enjoy a special Valentines Day treat listening to Whitney Houston at La Sala

If you reserve a bottle of champagne you will receive a platter of strawberries dipped in chocolate for that romantic touch.

HAVE YOUR CAKE: Ryanair allows ensaimadas on flights for free

IT is one of the most common sights while boarding planes at Palma airport. Now airline Ryanair has agreed to allow passengers to take a...

Frost and drought causing widespread shortages in Spanish vegetable crops

FROSTS across Spain are causing widespread shortages of vegetables with suppliers scrambling to find alternatives to avoid a repeat of last year's crisis. The January...

Hepatitis A infects at least 38 people from Palma restaurant

HEPATITIS A has affected at least 38 people from an outbreak in a Palma restaurant. The first two cases were reported in mid-December, both...

Wine prices to increase in Spain following 20% drop in harvest thanks to soaring temperatures

SPAIN'S production of wine for 2017 was down 20% compared to the year before, figures have shown. The agriculture ministry has reported the total production...

The dirty (two) dozen- Restaurants closed from health violations

NEARLY two dozen restaurants were closed over hygiene standards in Mallorca last year. Another two were temporarily shut, while 125 received fines of up to...

Farmers sign petition to protest destruction of healthy olive and almond trees in Alicante

The farmers, part of The Platform for those Affected by Xylella fastidiosa (AXFA), say current eradication plans mark the ‘beginning of the end of our forests, and of our people’.

New Year resolutions: Finding time to maintain personal promises can be a drag

It’s the first month of 2018 and that cracking and dull thudding sound that you hear all around you is the unmistakable noise of people’s New Year resolutions breaking and hitting the ground.

Body of newborn baby found inside bag at recycling plant in Granada

Reportedly, between the ages of eight or nine months, the lifeless body was found inside a bag by workers at the plant in Alhendin. 

Pigging out: Spain’s agrarian sector rose for second year in the row

Animal production continues to dominate compared to weaker vegetal data numbers, part of which was caused by an increase in wildfires and drought this year. 
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