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Monte Homestay

Lounge
Guest lounge
  • Rooms for rent in family home close to A7 Bypass
  • Can sleep 10 for Moto GP
  • Good TV and internet in the guest sitting room
  • Shared Kitchen with dish washer and separate laundry room.
  • 1 double bedroom on ground floor
  • ground floor guest bathroom
  • 3 double bedroom on first floor
  • All Bedrooms with ceiling fans
  • Guest Bathroom 2 on first floor
  • Parking available inside the property
  • shared us of Gardens and swimming pool
  • 20 minutes from the centre of Valencia.
 
  • Sheets and towels
  • Duvets and bed covers
  • hair dryer
  • Coffee Maker
  • Iron
  • Ironing board
  • Views – Yes
  • Communal Pool – Yes
  • Supermarkets – Yes
  • wheelchair accessible – 5 minute drive
  • Car Necessary – Yes
  • Smoking inside – No

The Valencian Dosa – vegan & gluten free

The gluten free dosa is a great bread substitute. Vegan, lectin free and easy to make. It ticks every box.

The Dosa is a flat bread / crepe / wrap made with fermented rice and lentils.   The traditional recipe uses round white rice and  white lentils,  and  feeds millions of people in South India.

You can  also make it with chickpeas (garbanzos that can be found in any supermarket) or you can do a mix of lentils and chickpeas.  The result of the chickpea version is more like a pancake or crepe… or even a gluten free chapati!

Many thanks to Nitu Chugani‘s cooking classes for introducing me to the Indian dosa, which is more thin and swirly than mine .  see www.nitudidi.com for authentic indian recipes and more.

the dosa
My Valencian Dosa

INGREDIENTS

The proportions are 3 rice to 1 white lentils and 1 chickpeas /garbanzos.

  • 3 cups round bomba rice
  • 1 cup urid dall (white lentils)
  • 1 cup  garbanzos (chickpeas)
  • a big pinch of fenugreek leaves or cumin or coriander OR
  • Western Herbs to taste : mixed herbs or rosemary &/or thyme
  • 3 teaspoons salt
  • 4 cups of water

This makes enough for a few days.  It will keep well in the fridge or freezer.  if you want to make a smaller quantity, use 1/2 cups instead of 1 cup in the measurements above.

HOW TO DO IT

Overall it takes 40 minutes to prepare, then as long as it takes to cook a pancake.   But the process spans 24+ hours.

STEP 1

Put the rice, lentils and chickpeas  together into a large pan with lots of water to soak for 6 to 8 hours

STEP 2

  • Wash the ingredients two or three times till the water is less cloudy.
  • Drain them , add 4 cups water
  • add the fenugreek leaves / spices
  • Grind / liquidise the mix until it is smooth
  • Put in a large container and leave for 12-24 hours in a warm place to ferment.  the misture expands by 20%+ during fermentation.
  • Do NOT add the salt till after fermentation

STEP 3

  • Add salt to the mixture, and it is ready for cooking
  • Put a non stick pan, without oil, on  a low flame
  • Spread a large spoon of the mixture on the pan
  • cook for 4 minutes,
  • drizzle a drop of oil on the top side of dosa.
  • turn the dosa when it detaches from the pan.  The first always takes a while

The cooked dosas can be kept in fridge or frozen.     15-30 seconds in the microwave will bring a dosa back to life.  But best eaten straight from the pan, when they are crispy

THE EATING

My favorites are

  • Egg on dosa
  • Dosa wrap with half an avocadoe or asparagus
  • Cheese on dosa (30 seconds in the microwave to melt the cheese)
  • Dosa wrap with sliced tomatoe
  • Dosa with pickle/ curry paste
  • Dosa wrap with a sweet potatoe chana (mild curry)
  • Dosa by itself as a biscuit/bread substitute
  • Dosa with bean paté

The dosa is vegan and gluten free. The process of fermentation eliminates the lectins in the rice and lentils and makes them even better for you.  If in a hurry, the dosa  can be cooked before fermentation, but it would not be so good for you.

egg on dosa
egg on dosa

Smart Apartment 4 minutes from beach

Room1 with balcony
  •  Smart 3rd floor apartment close to beach and politecnic.
  • 3 double bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6 with ceiling fans in the bedrooms
  • Sitting room with air conditioning
  • Recently reformed with parquet flooring and ‘climalit’ windows
  • WIFI internet and flat screen TV
  • Air conditioning is the lounge and one bedroom with portable aircon
  • Main bedroom with 150 cm double bed & balcony
  • Bedroom 2 & 3 with 135 cm double beds
  • One bathroom with shower, One separate toilet
  • Compact open plan kitchen with dining table
  • Washing machine, electric oven, microwave
  • Buses to centre, Nearest metro Tram La Cadena, Torrongers
  • Rented by the room between September and June
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Click Contact to make a booking

Room 3

Room 3 con cama canape

Room1 with balcony

Room 1 with balcony

with ceiling fan

with balcony

Living room / Salon

WIFI and TV

Kitchen

Bathroom

Room 2 with air con

and ceiling fan

Separate toilet

Blasco Ibañez museum nearby

Room1 with balcony
FEATURES
  • Sheets and towels
  • Duvets and bed covers
  • Beach towels / umbrella
  • hair dryer
  • Coffee Maker
  • Juicer
  • Iron
  • Ironing board
  • Views – No
  • Supermarkets – Yes
  • wheelchair accessible – No
  • Lift / Ascensor – No
  • Car Necessary – No
  • Smoking inside – No

Cabanyal with sunny balconies

bed1
  • Two bedroom modern apartment
  • Floor 3 without a lift
  • Sleeps 4
  • One bathroom with shower.
  • WIFI Cable internet (not long stay) and TV
  • Air conditioning in the lounge
  • Full kitchen
  • Great for the city or the beach.
  • 8 minutes to Metro Maritime Serraria
 

 

Monte Homestay

Lounge
Guest lounge
  • Rooms for rent in family home close to A7 Bypass
  • Can sleep 10 for Moto GP
  • Good TV and internet in the guest sitting room
  • Shared Kitchen with dish washer and separate laundry room.
  • 1 double bedroom on ground floor
  • ground floor guest bathroom
  • 3 double bedroom on first floor
  • All Bedrooms with ceiling fans
  • Guest Bathroom 2 on first floor
  • Parking available inside the property
  • shared us of Gardens and swimming pool
  • 20 minutes from the centre of Valencia.
 
  • Sheets and towels
  • Duvets and bed covers
  • hair dryer
  • Coffee Maker
  • Iron
  • Ironing board
  • Views – Yes
  • Communal Pool – Yes
  • Supermarkets – Yes
  • wheelchair accessible – 5 minute drive
  • Car Necessary – Yes
  • Smoking inside – No

Tomatina in late August

There were thousands of people on the streets on Buñol for the Tomatina 2019.  What a day to remember.

Tomatina 2019
Tomatina Tips

Here are some tips to get the best out of it. 

  • Get your ticket on-line ticket from the official website . When you get to Buñol, go to the point of entry on your ticket to swap it for a wrist band (pulsera). Don´t join a random queue like we did.
  • If you are driving, aim to get there around 9am, to find a parking and to give you time to swap your ticket . 
  • Go to the toilet first & don’t drink too much.  The bars shut their doors and did not allow anyone to use the bathrooms! 
  • Take a pouch for the stuff you want to take in.  Bigger bags have to be left in a store room at 3 euros each.
tomatina
Peter with swim goggles and hat and ear plugs
  • Find a spot on the Tomatina road on the lower side (the river side), on the corner of a side street.   We got in a good spot  by chance.  So when the lorries come by with the tomatoes there is somewhere for people to go.
  • When it comes to an end, you can slip down the side street and head for the river ,  where there is a long line of good open showers .  ‘Para el rio?’ asked to anyone local will get you there.  You can also wash in the river, which means that the queue for the showers is quite short.  Best to wash off the tomatoes before they dry!  Much better than letting a local to hose you down.
  • If you are driving, watch out.  In the road back to Valencia, Guardia Civil was giving every driver an alcohol test.  Fortunately I was in the clear.

Off Rusafa Penthouse

lounge
  • Comfortable apartment in quiet street off Rusafa
  • 2 double bedrooms, 1 bathroom
  • Double sofa bed and study desk in lounge
  • Sleeps 4-6
  • Air conditioning in loung, Fans in bedrooms
  • cable WIFI internet
  • Balcony with view to Rusafa.
  • Full kitchen
  • Separate galeria with washing machine
  • Floor 5 with easy stairs
  • Nearest metro Colon, Buses to the beach
  • Popular with Berklee college masters students
 

Mercado Central Smart

salon
  • A modern apartment rental in a traditional building
  • 2 double bedrooms with fitted cupboards
  • Sleeps 4
  • Floor 3 with lift
  • 1 Bathroom with shower,
  • balconies all round
  • Centralised air conditioning
  • Cable WIFI internet & TV
  • Breakfast bar and dining table
  • Perfect for historic Valencia & Radio City live music
 
FEATURES 
  • Sheets and towels
  • Duvets and bed covers
  • hair dryer
  • Coffee Maker
  • Juicer
  • Iron
  • Ironing board
  • Balcony – Yes
  • Views – Yes
  • Supermarkets – Yes
  • wheelchair accessible – Yes
  • Car Necessary – No
  • Smoking inside – No

 

Cortes Luxury with pools

Cortes luxury
  • 1 bedroom apartment, 13th floor with 24/7 Porterage
  • Sleeps 2 or 4, with sofa bed in sitting room
  • Centralised Air con and under floor heating for the winter
  • Cable WIFI Internet and big TV
  • Dining table seats 4
  • Main bedroom with fitted cupboards
  • Complex includes 2 pools, a small gym and paddle courts
  • Secure parking is available
  • Close to Beniferri metro and the Metro Tram Garbi for the politecnic and beach.
  • Available for long stays
Cortes luxury
Cortes luxury
Cortes luxury Cortes luxury