Food & Drink

Tasting Lanzarote Wine & Food Festival 2014

The annual Festival Saborea Lanzarote takes place in La Villa de Teguise, the historic old capital of Lanzarote this weekend. Some of the local bars & restaurants have special events under the banner Teguise Gastro starting from tonight.

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This is an event not to be missed by foodies or wine lovers as the very best products and produce from Lanzarote will be available for tasting over the weekend. There’s lots of different programmes for the various zones with cooking demonstrations from top local chefs, cooking competitions and children’s cookery lessons. If you’re visiting the island it’s a great opportunity to go and discover Lanzarote’s lovely old capital of Teguise.

Teguise Gastro

Tuesday 25th November

Restaurante Acatife & Bar El Chiringuito have tapas “conejeras” & a glass of wine or soft drink for €4 from 18:00

Restaurante La Cantina have a vegetarian tasting menu priced at €45 per person at 19:00

Photograph exhibition from Daría Zucchi in the Lablanzarote Galería on Calle Reyes Católicos from 17:00 – 21:00

Wednesday 25th November

Restaurante Acatife & Bar El Chiringuito have tapas “conejeras” & a glass of wine or soft drink for €4 from 18:00

Restaurante La Cantina are hosting a wine tasting evening with 8 wines and tapas priced at €28 per person at 19:00  read more »

Finca La Sarantontona

We had the opportunity to meet the family behind the Finca La Sarantontona in Muñique recently, where it was obvious that this eco finca, dedicated to fair trade and organic farming is a labour of love.

Oscar with José MaríaJosé María and María with Teresa the camel

I had previously heard of José María Guerra Cabrera as he is the only ecological chilli grower in Lanzarote, who has the capacity to export the produce to Europe. The Pequin variety of chillies are grown here, hand cut and freeze dried to preserve the flavour, then sold online for distribution in Europe through the website The Love of Chilies, in partnership with Josefina Petrus.

José María, his wife Dominika and daughter María took us for a tour of their ecological farm in Lanzarote. First we inspected the immaculately clean preparation rooms, which have been added to the farm and were required for their special Consejo Regulador de Agricultura Ecológica (CRAE) status.

Dominika with the horsesDominika giving Lula a carrot

Next José María guided us to the seedling area where we learned that everything they grow on the finca originates from  read more »

Lanzarote Restaurant Review, TJs Caribbean Tapas

TJs Caribbean International Tapas Restaurant, usually simply known as  "TJs" is run by chef Tony and front house / waitress Jeannette.  Their initials give name to the restaurant which also means "Taste of Jamaica". It was meant to be, wasn't it?

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Tony, who is originally from Jamaica, came to Lanzarote in 1995 and he loved the more relaxed way of life and of course the weather. Jeanette, originally from Manchester, in England,  has lived here 7 years after meeting Tony.  They both love Lanzarote’s beautiful all year round climate, the lovely scenery and their favourite place is Órzola because of how tranquil the beaches are there.

Their restaurant has now been open for 4 years.  The idea came because they both love Caribbean food (which was non existent on the island) and they also love the Spanish way of eating, tapas.  Tony being a qualified chef they thought it would be a great idea to bring something a little different to the island. So they decided to do a mix of Tony's original roots food and Spanish style of eating together.  We have to agree with them than it is  a great combination!

They describe their food as a explosion of flavours like you have never tasted before. They get lots of people (other chefs included!) trying to guess the ingredients in lots of their dishes.

My favourite dishes happen to be  read more »

Mini Tapas Week 14th to 23rd November 2014

The IV edition of the Semana de la Mini Tapa will be held in Tías from the 14th November.

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A mini tapa and drink will be available at locations within the commercial zone of Tías where you can vote for your favourite one. The participating café / bar restaurants include:

1. Guachinche el Tapeo  read more »

Lanzarote Restaurant Review, Sushi Bar Minato

This is by far my favourite sushi place in the island.  Sushi Bar Minato Lanzarote is in Puerto Calero, on the second floor directly opposite Las Carpas. Minato means port in Japanese and in their culture, it's a meeting point.

Susana making sushiSushi InstructorSushi teacher

I must admit I wasn't a great fan of sushi to start with, it was more of an acquired taste for me.

I first got to know them during the Wine Run in 2013 where I learned about their "Chacho Maki", which is a maki with Canarian twist with cherne, crunchy batata and mojo.  Another must, in my opinion, is the Algae salad, which has also tuna on it and a secret sauce that will have you licking your fingers.

For those not too keen on raw fish, there is always the  read more »

Lanzarote Restaurant Review, Gulliver Cerveceria

Gulliver’s has been on my list of places to visit for a long time, we finally made it over to Tinajo for tapas.

Gulliver Cerveceria

Gulliver Cerveceria is owned by José and Maribel, a lovely couple who give a warm welcome to returning friends as well as new visitors. Situated on the main road in Tinajo, they are easy to find with plenty of parking in the street. Their terrace is a popular place to sit so if there’s a few of you visiting, best to call and reserve a spot, there’s plenty of room inside and a couple of wooden picnic tables outside.

Gulliver Tapas black puddingGulliver Tapas chorizo in honey rum

Maribel brought out a tapa of a fresh tortilla for us to taste whilst deciding on the menu, I had to try the chorizo cooked in honey rum and Miguel loves black pudding, so selected the morcilla, plus a racion of papas bravas and papas Gulliver. Maribel also brought a taster of marinated pork and some slices of fresh goats cheese to the table whilst our order was being prepared.

The morcilla (black pudding) was delicious, served  read more »

New Menu And Opening Times At Barstro

One of our favourite restaurants on the island, Barstro at Nazaret, have changed their opening times, changed their menu, and have also added a new lunchtime light menu.

The new opening hours are:

Monday to Saturday 1300 until 2300

Sunday Closed

Light Lunch Menu

The light lunch menu is available from Monday to Friday and from 1300 until 1800. It features some interesting dishes like Smoky Mussels with Seaweed, and Olives with Chilli and Gran Marnier.

New Menu

Bartsro are well know for regularly changing their menu,  read more »

Tapas Festival Puerto del Carmen

A tapas food & wine fair has been organised in the holiday resort of Puerto del Carmen to take place on Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th of September 2014.

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The Saborea Lanzarote brand which means Tasting Lanzarote promotes the island’s gastronomy. This weekend has been planned to coincide with World Tourism Day, along with 20 other Spanish cities, who will be holding similar events.

Plaza del Varadero is the square in the harbour situated in the old town area of Puerto del Carmen. A selection of restaurants, dairies and wineries from Lanzarote will be participating over the weekend with live music for entertainment.

The food stalls will be open for tastings:  read more »

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