Even if you consider yourself a practical native in your adopted country, there are somethings you always miss from home. Perhaps it's a proper bacon sandwich, or a curly wurly or is it that special type of jam that you can only enjoy when you visit home or get a kindly guest to smuggle it over in their suitcase.
But slowly but surely foreign food products are appearing on some shop shelves - below is our list of products that we have found so far -please feel free to add your own suggestions:
* A Taste of Home - a positive treasure trove of imported food stuffs, with branches in Barcelona and Sitges, this supermarket stocks products from Holland, Germany, UK and the USA. Including cooking sauces, sweets, baking goods, beverages and much more. Barcelona - Floridablanca 74, tel. 93 325 1797; Sitges - San José 32. See website for more information and for online shopping: www.atasteofhome.eu.com
* Deli Shop - with three shops in the city (Gràcia, Eixample and L'Illa shopping centre) you can get a good range of Japanese, Thai, Indian, Mediterranean, British and US goods to cook with and eat. They have helpful recipes to make dishes and a large range of wines. http://delishop.es
* El Corte Inglés - The larger supermarkets stock a range of foreign food groups including Asian, Mexican, Indian and Thai, and the kosher section includes hummus, taramasalata and other dips. You can also find some food items from back home in the Club Gourmet section, although this can be costly. Corte Inglés also runs 'International Food' promotions where they will stock goods from particular countries or regions for a set period of time. www.elcorteingles.es
* Lidl - The German supermarket has stores around the city and stock a good range of goods. They also run promotions such as Sabores de Francia. www.lidl.es
* Aldi - Another German supermarket where you can pick up some of your favourites, they have a number of stores in the city. www.aldi.es
* Qwiksave - If you find yourself out of town in Lloret de Mar you can also get products from the UK and Ireland at this British supermarket. (Avda. Americas 24, Fenals, Lloret de Mar - Monday to Saturday 9am-5pm)
* Ikea - It isn't just the cost effective, flat-packed furniture people head to the Swedish shops for, you can pick up all sorts of Swedish food products in the food court too. Head there for lindenberry jam, cheese and bread and don't forget the Dime bars. www.ikea.es
As well as the big chains there are certain little shops around the city where you might come across those elusive tea-bags or Irish cheddar. Below is our list but please let us know if you know of any shops, big or small, where you've found much-missed food from home - we'd be happy to spread the word!
Alimentació - Millor Preu. You can (sporadically) get cottage cheese here. Aribau 128.
Kashmir Traders - You can find Heinz baked beans, PG Tips and peanut butter. C. Tigre.
Coloimport - Here you can pick up mustard, Lee & Perrins Worcester sauce as well as Asian noodles plus there's a small section of American and Australian goods. C. Rocafort, 85. www.colofruit.com
Oriental supermarket on the corner of Rocafort and Gran Via - They sell peanut butter and Twinings tea