I am an Epson girl too and LOVE my printer!
I use own-brand inks which you prolly can't get over there, plus I can't remember what they are called, but they print as well as the Epson brand ones INHO.
As far as paper goes, I find that it makes a very big difference. I prefer to spend a bit more and buy Ilford Galerie classic pearl paper which is fantastic!
Of course, the other alternative is to get your LOs printed here through the stroe - the quality is amazing and the pricing is very competitive :)