General Cemetery of Valencia: Open Air Museum

“The life of the dead is set in the memory of the living. The love you gave in life keeps people alive beyond their time. Anyone who was given love will always live on in another’s heart.” Marcus Tullius Cicero (106 BC – 43 BC) Death is a sensitive topic that many people would rather forget…

La Casa Judía: Art Deco Extravaganza

This is one of those hidden gems completely off the beaten track that you only find if someone tells you about it or you casually walk past it. Apparently, this building known as La Casa Judía (The Jewish House) was commissioned by its owner José Salom who is thought to have been of Jewish origin….

Wenzhou: The Search for Hot Pot Continues

Back in what seems like a thousand years ago, I was at University and lived with International students from China. It was a great experience which broadened both my cultural and gastronomical horizons; it did also, however, broaden my waistline. One glorious day I was invited to a friend of a friend’s birthday party at…

Iglesia de San Juan del Hospital

Before discovering this hidden gem, I had walked past it numerous times without realising what I was missing. From the outside you wouldn’t be none the wiser (not even many locals know about it) but once you go through the door and past a small passageway you are met with the oldest church in Valencia;…

La Pascuala: Valencian “Esmorzaret”

If you want to be a proper local you need to get yourself down to this traditional bar that has been in business since 1921 and immerse yourself in the local institution of what is known in the local language as l’esmorzaret. L’esmorzaret (or almuerzo in Spanish) is the second mealtime of the traditional five-a-day…

Kamon: Japanese & Spanish Fusion Food

I’ve always had a weird relationship with sushi. My first experience was in a nondescript Asian style buffet restaurant and I was put off for life; that is until a friend of mine introduced me to actual sushi restaurants where I actually grew to like it. After coming to this restaurant, I can now firmly…