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18 Jul 2007 00:00 by morerosado Star rating in Guardamar del Segura.... 6936 posts Send private message

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Jaen's restaurant is great. It's along the main road through Guardamar town, on the right coming from Torrevieja side. Park in the free car park just after the Halifax bank & the Bedz shop on right & then walk. (Car park's always quiet except on Wednesday which is market day.)We'd been meaning to try Jaen's for a long time & finally went last month.

We had a lunchtime MDD, available till 4pm we were told. 3 courses with a glass of wine 8€.  We also had individual plates of salad. (We bought a bottle of wine too, only 3€ !) On Wednesday, as it's market day, it's busy with a capital B ! Menu is extensive even for lunchtime. If I say 10 choices on each course it'll not be far wrong. Plenty of fish, meat, pasta dishes. Huge portions. We ate in the bar as the restaurant room, which is huge, wasn't open, don't know why. Can't wait to go again, have heard evenings there are manic & fun.



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18 Jul 2007 16:12 by georgia Star rating in Algorfa (As seen on .... 1839 posts Send private message

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I can vouch for the wine in Jaen's.

We are still trying to get rid of the fumes as Janice came in our office when they left the restaurant.

I think it may be responsible for the death of two of our plants!!!!

There is also a planning application in to make the paths wider near Jaen's as they are obviously not wide enough for some people who tend to zig zag crab fashion back to their car!poor Chris, obviously driving again.

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18 Jul 2007 16:49 by morerosado Star rating in Guardamar del Segura.... 6936 posts Send private message

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You bugger, Georgia. It's definitely most likely your plants (& I never saw any) died from fumes from you &

whathisname's smoke !!  

Chris only has one small glass of plonk when he's driving, being aware of drink/driving laws in Spain. Spain has strict drink driving laws, only allowing 0.5 milligrams of alcohol per millilitre of blood - stricter than the UK where the limit is 0.8. Police are always stopping people for anything so you must be careful.

Haven't you got clients to annoy today ?



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18 Jul 2007 16:57 by georgia Star rating in Algorfa (As seen on .... 1839 posts Send private message

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yep,annoyed them that much they bought a property,new policy.

Thought i would move on to someone else now.

Is it still raining there?

You couldn't see my office plants!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! they are about six foot tall!!!!!!!!!!!!!! blimey you were pis.....d!

Off now for football training,the mayor is opening a new sports centre at Daya Vieja at the end of August and i have been asked to represent England in the opening game against the spanish! have asked for the red cross,air ambulance and an oxygen tent on stand by,plus 20 ciggies in case resucitation is needed.

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18 Jul 2007 17:49 by morerosado Star rating in Guardamar del Segura.... 6936 posts Send private message

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18 Jul 2007 17:52 by morerosado Star rating in Guardamar del Segura.... 6936 posts Send private message

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10 Oct 2007 13:40 by morerosado Star rating in Guardamar del Segura.... 6936 posts Send private message

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Resurrecting Jaen's thread.

Last month we went one evening &, if you're not waiting for the restaurant to open (opens 7.30pm but be there 7.15pm), you'll likely not get in. You can reserve, however though that may be for large groups only. It's closed Mondays. Once again we had a very good MDD for only 8€ too !! (In the evening it's same price as lunchtime).



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12 Oct 2007 20:16 by ayrez Star rating in La Marina Oasis. 372 posts Send private message

Been to Jaen loads of times and agree it is brilliant. We usually have menu del dia for 8 euro and is fantastic value. Salad with bread and alioli, starter, main, dessert plus drink all for 8 euro. We always get free samples of other dishes as well. It makes me laugh when you ask for the bill. He seems to look at table and than make up a price. Atmosphere is great too. When we took our grand-daughter she couldn't believe how noisy it was.



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12 Oct 2007 21:04 by morerosado Star rating in Guardamar del Segura.... 6936 posts Send private message

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Oh, I forgot to say, just don't look at the filth on the ceiling fans or in the kitchen. If it has a certificate of hygeine, I'd be most surprised. It's commonly mentioned that you can see what's on the menu by what's on the boss's apron. As ayrez says they bring you lots of extra dishes. At first you think you've been given someone else's food but seems it's just freebies. Careful of their alioli, boy, it takes your head off, it's so crammed with garlic. You never go hungry at Jaen's. Extra bottles of wine are 3€ a bottle. Drinks are 1€ each. Guess where we're going in November ?

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12 Oct 2007 21:11 by ayrez Star rating in La Marina Oasis. 372 posts Send private message

Can't believe that about the alioli, I think it is the best thing and could make a meal with just the bread and that. Our grand-daughter also now addicted. We had to send her back to UK with cartons of it in her case. Good thing they didn't burst or the sniffer dogs would wonder what had hit them. 



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12 Oct 2007 21:13 by morerosado Star rating in Guardamar del Segura.... 6936 posts Send private message

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I tell you the garlic was powerful, maybe they went over mad that day.  We love alioli, we buy the yellow plastic tubs of it in Mercadonna. We've found same brand in Morrisons here mind you, bit pricier.


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13 Oct 2007 02:46 by FibbyUK Star rating in UK, Surrey & Playa F.... 2350 posts Send private message

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Hi Morerosada,

Often wondered what this delicacy was!

Our neighbours call it "olly olly"!

It is lovely I give you that, but do you know if it is made of butter, or buttermilk?

I would love to think it is made of pure butter, I love to be unhealthly on my hols!

Hope you can help?

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13 Oct 2007 04:21 by Pitby Star rating in Andalucía. 1904 posts Send private message

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Hi Fibby, aioli (or alioli in Spain) is just mayonnaise with garlic - there is no butter in it at all, only egg yolk, oil and seasoning (eg garlic, lemon juice, salt, etc.).  Very simple to make yourself, actually (and alot better tasting!).



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13 Oct 2007 19:02 by FibbyUK Star rating in UK, Surrey & Playa F.... 2350 posts Send private message

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Thanks Pitby, silly me, I wondered why my Chicken Kiev didn't turn out quite right!

It tasted lovely though, but of course, no garlic butter oozed out.

More didn't know the answer to that one, so thanks Pitby

 



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13 Oct 2007 19:44 by Candyfloss Star rating in Cardiff / Mar Menor. 1605 posts Send private message

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Ah No

The ali oli butter that more refers to is a butter unlike the ali oli mayonaise, we had it in a restaurant once. They fried slices of french bread in olive oil and this spread was lovely. We found it in mercadonna in a yellow tub. Scrummy





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14 Oct 2007 14:06 by FibbyUK Star rating in UK, Surrey & Playa F.... 2350 posts Send private message

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Hi Gina!

I knew I wasn't cracking up that bad when I made chicken Kiev with it!

I too found it in Carrefour in a yellow tub, with a lid shaped like a flower!

So, Morerosada and Pitby are both right!

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14 Oct 2007 16:12 by Pitby Star rating in Andalucía. 1904 posts Send private message

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Okay, Ladies!!

As a confirmed food fanatic - and a perfectionist to boot!! -- alioli is, translation, garlic and oil!  It is a basic commodity in alot of recipes and as an accompaniment.  It is garlic and oil and, in mostly all cases, egg yolk, along with seasoning, eg a garlic mayonnaise.  If there is a restaurant or supermarket/manufacturer out there using the name "alioli" for butter, it seems it is an "alioli" flavoured butter, or otherwise a "garlic flavoured" butter or something like that!  Maybe a garlic butter!!

But, alioli is garlic mayonnaise - full stop (sounds better than period!!).

Have I got it wrong somewhere?

(sorry, but it's something I use alot myself and am very passionate about it!).





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14 Oct 2007 17:24 by Candyfloss Star rating in Cardiff / Mar Menor. 1605 posts Send private message

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well it's very nice whatever it is



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14 Oct 2007 17:28 by AuntieEm Star rating in Scarborough. 287 posts Send private message

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hiya

i dont really want to muddy the waters, but i have been told that the literal translation for alioli is garlic and olive oil, but is used to refer to a garlic and olive oil spread.   My experience (limited as it is) has only been of the garlic mayonnaise type alioli - but i wondered, since there is "spread" which is supposedly "olive oil" based such as Bertoli or Olivio or whatever they are calling it now, whether there was a similar spread also including garlic which could also (by some stretch of the imagination) be referred to as alioli as it is a garlic and olive oil based spread?

 



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14 Oct 2007 17:46 by Pitby Star rating in Andalucía. 1904 posts Send private message

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Just to clarify (excuse the pun!), olive oil usually has to incorporate another ingredient to become a spread, such as egg yolk or butter, or other compound.  I believe that any olive oil spread you find will have butter or some other compound added to make it a "spread".

My literal translation didn't say "olive" oil, but just "oil" because I didn't want to be too pedantic!  You can also make mayonnaise with other oils.  Just wanted to point out that alioli did not have any butter in it!

I'm a total fanatic for looking at ingredients in anything I buy, especially as I do a lot of cooking at home.  Hence why I just had to respond to this!!

Sorry folks, am just a total food freak!




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