Food & Drink

Lanzarote Recipe - How To Cook An Octopus

Octopus, or pulpo as its known locally, is a key ingredient of many dishes and is delicious hot or cold.

They are readily available on the island from fishmongers and also frozen from supermarkets.

Preparation

Octopus

Slice off the octopus’ head, so that you end up with what looks like an eight legged starfish – all the taste is in those legs.

Next, you’ll need to remove the beak – you’ll find this in the dead centre – simply run a very sharp knife around it and push the beak through until it pops out.

Cooking

Octopus pot

Bring a large pan of water to the boil, add salt, a couple of bay leaves an onion cut in half and a wine cork. The cork is supposed to prevent the octopus from getting tough. I’ve never cooked one without a cork, and I’ve never had a tough one! I’ve no idea what kind of voodoo is at play here, but just do it!

Dunk the octopus into the boiling water three times, counting 20 between each dunk. This will curl the legs and seal the outside.

Once the water is back up to the boil drop the whole octopus in and reduce the heat until you have a simmer. Poach for between 30 and 40 minutes, depending on how large the octopus is.  read more »

Lanzarote Coffee Culture

I was in the UK week before last and I visited a Costa Coffee shop.

While we were queuing for our drinks, the colleague I was with asked me if we had Costa Coffee or Starbucks in Lanzarote.

Cortados

“No, neither.” I replied. 

“I bet you really miss the coffee culture in that case.” Said he.

“You may have the coffee, but we have the culture.” was my response.

Here in Lanzarote, coffee isn’t so much about the drink as the experience. You will never see people walking down the street drinking coffee from a cardboard cup. The cupholders in cars are never used for their design purpose – they’re useful for storing mobile phones and  read more »

New Menu From Barstro

Barstro in Nazaret have announced their new menu and some changes to their opening times. They are now open from 1800 until 2300 from Tuesday until Friday, from 1300 until 2300 on Saturday and closed on Sundays and Mondays.

The new menu looks enticing – we love the sound of the smoky mussels and seaweed starter, the shoulder of lamb with garlic and leeks and the rice strudel with cinnamon glaze!

Lamb  read more »

La Pepa Food Market in Lanzarote

Something new has arrived in Lanzarote and foodies will love it. La Pepa Food Market can be found on the upper floor of Marina Lanzarote in Arrecife.

La Pepa Food Market LanzaroteLa Pepa Food Market Stalls

We were instantly transported to the mainland of Spain when we stepped into La Pepa Food Market, the variety and quality of food stalls on offer is reminiscent of our travels in Sevilla and Valencia, exciting Spanish food with a dash of International cuisine thrown into the mix. There are 14 stalls available on the upper floor of the first building as you arrive at the marina, access is via a lift or escalator situated next to Lizarran or by the chunky outdoor steps planted with flowers.

La Pepa FruitLa Pepa Italian

The food hall has been divided into two sections with various styles of open plan seating. The first section has six stalls including:  read more »

5 Foods To Try In Lanzarote

Almost everyone who comes to the island has tried our famous local dishes like Canarian Potatoes or perhaps Estofado. But there are some things we eat here that you may not have tried, so here are some suggestions for you, and we’ve also suggested where to go for our favourite version:

Bocadillo de Pescado

Bocadillo Pescado Ginory

 

Yes, it’s a fish butty! Often served for breakfast, it consists of a thinly sliced fillet of white fish, which has been lightly coated in breadcrumbs and fried, then served in a bread roll, smothered with aioli (garlic mayonnaise.)

Our favourite place to eat these is at Bar Ginory in Arrecife, opposite the harbour and close to Charco san Gines. They use the freshest fish and cook them perfectly. We love having one there on a Saturday morning before going shopping.

Puntillas de Calamar

Puntillas

These are very small, whole baby squid, which are coated in a light batter and deep fried, then served with fresh lemon squeezed over  read more »

La Delicatezza Cocktail Bar

There’s something special about sipping a cocktail whilst on holiday and there’s no shortage of places available in Lanzarote to enjoy this pastime. However, there’s no place quite like La Delicatezza in Puerto del Carmen.

Anthony at La Delicatezza Cocktail Bar in LanzaroteHappy Birthday Mary

The cocktail bartenders at La Delicatezza love to surprise and delight, this isn’t just a drink, each cocktail is created with flair by Anthony and presented in style by Chris. If you’re looking for a  read more »

5 Special Occasions Restaurants in Playa Blanca

The holiday resort of Playa Blanca has some fantastic restaurants, it can be difficult deciding between them. We’ve selected the following five restaurants in Playa Blanca that we believe are the best to celebrate a special occasion at, for those times where you want great food, good service and a nice location.

Sebastyan’s

Sebastyans Greek Restaurant

Sebastyan’s Greek Restaurant can be found at C.C. La Mulata between Playa Flamingo and the Lighthouse in Playa Blanca. This restaurant is lovely for a romantic meal and it has fabulous sea views from inside. Known for it’s excellent food and service, you need to book in advance for this restaurant. Combine a meal here with a cocktail at La Marea below for a perfect night out in Lanzarote.

 Read our review

Telephone: 928 349 679

La Chalanita

La Chalanita Restaurant in Playa Blanca

La Chalanita is situated on the Avenida Marítima promenade in the centre of Playa Blanca, the restaurant can also be accessed from  read more »

Congratulations to Chefs German Blanco & Mikel Otaegui

Lanzarote won three awards in the fourth edition of the regional competition Qué Bueno Canarias Heineken.

Que Bueno Canarias Heineken IV Premios 2014Que Bueno Nominations 2014

The award ceremony was held at the Hotel Europe Villa Cortés in Tenerife last month with Lanzarote taking three out of a possible thirteen awards in the Best of the Canaries categories.

Germán Blanco from La Tegala in Mácher was awarded the Best Chef in the Canaries

The Princesa Yaiza Hotel in Playa Blanca was awarded Best Hotel Gastronomy

Mikel Otaegui from Restaurant Naia in Arrecife won the Chef Revelation in the Canaries

The Cabildo congratulated the  read more »

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