Spain (Practical) Trip Report

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Sep 21st, 2014, 12:22 AM
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I have already said my bit about Turkey. We certainly do have the bird here in Spain and one can eat it too!
Chicken , despite what Robert has written is a common menu item.
I have never found out how to ask for payment with DCC it must be a trick that larger establishments can do. But I am not willing going down that route why trick your customers?
I agree that direction signs can "disappear". There is no regulatory size either. In the city of Ournese. Madrid is signposted but it the size of sign is smaller than the ones for a local area. Rather crazy! Roads signs, by law should be in Spanish, place names not. One autovia in Galicia had to replace its toll booth signs last year as they placed new ones in Galicia. It was done quickly as the fine was a rolling one.
For a good meal at low prices look for Menu del Dia. Set menu (maybe one or two choices) for around 8 to 12€ in Galicia.
Robert you also wrote about the law on shop sales. That law was changed back in 2012. Shops can have sales when ever they like.
http://economia.elpais.com/economia/...76_460846.html

I would like an answer to my query about T4 v T4s please.
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Sep 21st, 2014, 04:01 AM
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"You will never be able to taste a 'wild turkey' in France."

Or just about anywhere in the US either.

I'm curious about wild turkey. We have them periodically in our yard in Massachusetts, and I keep wondering how they taste. I wonder if wild turkey is ever on anyone's menu. The variety sold in stores is completely different in appearance.
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Sep 21st, 2014, 05:12 AM
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Chicken vs Turkey in Spain, some absolutely irrelevant facts:

- Chicken is considered as "common" and so you can find it in most daily menus, offered at 10 to 15eur approx. But it´s very rarely found in the menu of a fancy (and not so fancy) restaurants.

- Roasted chicken is had in "Cerveceras" in the Basque Country, mainly in the province of Bizkaia. You order it with fries, salad, morcilla, chorizo, fried peppers...and have it in long tables together with other people, like a popular menu.

- You can buy roasted chicken as a take-away in many other parts of Spain.

- Turkey (pavo) is found sliced in all supermarkets, used for sandwiches mainly.

- Turkey used to be very popular in Spain and it was a very common meal for Christmas. Still found (sold alive) in many Christmas markets.

- My grandma used to keep a (one) turkey tied to a rope in her backyard (share with the rest of neighbors in the building), and they liked to eat it in special occassions (Xmas, for example).

Hope the above actual facts related by a native help solve this so interesting conversation .
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Sep 21st, 2014, 05:54 AM
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I have never found that pavo is reversed for special occasions. Maybe a difference between your area Mike and mine.
Eroski (for example )sells it all of the time.
http://www.compraonline.grupoeroski....so-aproximado/
http://www.compraonline.grupoeroski....asic-al-corte/
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Sep 21st, 2014, 06:06 AM
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Although it was many years ago, we were in Barcelona for American Thanksgiving, so I went to La Boqueria for some turkey. I knew it was a long shot but went any way. It was not to be seen. So we had roasted chicken and green beans.

Of course, things have changed dramatically since then, but rarely have I seen turkey on a restaurant.

A few summers ago, we were visiting relatives on their farm in Galicia and there was an unexpected and brutal heat wave. They slaughtered most of the chickens (which were personal consumption, not commercial sale) so they would not die of the heat. Ironic, no? We helped in our own awkward and uneducated way to clean and pluck them so they could be put in the freezer. How's that for a TR.
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Sep 21st, 2014, 07:46 AM
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Ribeira, I meant the full animal...
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Sep 21st, 2014, 08:06 AM
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Turkey isn't on the menus of restaurants in the States either - only turkey burgers in fast food places and open-face sandwiches in Dennys, etc.
This thread has been fun. It's inspired me to want to go investigate food shops in France and Spain, something I haven't done since visiting a Hiper supermarket in Malaga where they were offering the "sucedaneo" to smoked salmon !!
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Sep 21st, 2014, 08:37 AM
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I prefer Galician Beef any how.
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Sep 21st, 2014, 11:05 AM
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"I prefer Galician Beef any how" I agree!!!
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Sep 21st, 2014, 02:01 PM
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Bebar

You'll find turkey sandwiches all over the place, although a small percentage offer fresh turkey. Most offer some pressed version that contains chemicals, some turkey, and tourists who went missing.

I am not a fan of most Spanish beef except for an occasional solomillo. The Spaniards still cut the wrong end of the cow.
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Sep 21st, 2014, 02:25 PM
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Nah, not interested in turkey in Spain. When it came to my village, we ate a lot of it because it was a novelty and cheaper per kilo tham any other meat. Much prefer pork, chicken, lamb, and seafood. Solomillos from Casa Paco and Chotis in Madrid but would like to try Galician beef. We had a thread on that a while back.
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I appreciate your trip report, mamamia2. Thanks for posting it.
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Oct 24th, 2014, 08:18 PM
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And I appreciate your post, Nepenthe.
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