Food & Drink

Lanzarote Restaurant Review, The V Factor

Today I discovered The V Factor in Arrecife, this is a new quirky and very cool vegan restaurant in Lanzarote.

The V FactorV Factor Bike Rack

The V Factor by Mítríx Persu only opened in Lanzarote this month, it’s the first 100% vegan restaurant on the island and offers diners something completely different. The interior is fascinating, the more you look the more you see, there’s a parking area for dogs & bikes. The tables and chairs are recycled tyres and pallets, there’s sheets of newspaper on the walls and some funny messages chalked up on the boards.

V Factor Tabbouleh

This was my first vegan experience, I love most food and wasn’t sure what to try from the menu, so I opted for the daily special which is priced at €10 and includes 3 courses plus a coffee. The starter was tabbouleh which was minutely chopped, fresh and delicious when spooned into the lettuce leaves and eaten in the style of a wrap.  read more »

Around the world in 5 beers... without leaving Lanzarote!

If I drink when I´m eating, I normally choose wine. But when I´m having "exotic" food sometimes I like having an "exotic" beer to match it: Coronita or Sol with Mexican food, Cobra or Tiger with Indian and so on.

Lanzarote has such a wide range of restaurants that I have discovered 5 new beers that will take you around the world... without leaving the island!

From my favourite Japanese joint Sushi Bar Minato in Puerto Calero, all in 33cl bottles,  I have tried:

Japanese beers in Lanzarote

1) Asahi. Alcohol 5.0% volume.

My favourite one. Quite similar to Sapporo in my humble opinion. I find it dry, smooth and not too bitter.

2) Sapporo. Alcohol 4.7% volume.

Probably the best known of the Japanese beers. I think it has a more robust taste than Asahi but not bitter at all.

3) And finally Kirin Ichiban. Alcohol 5.0% volume.

It seems softer but gassier to me, with a slight bitter aftertaste.

All the way from Jamaica at  read more »

Lanzarote Restaurant Review, Turkuaz

Finally something new and different in Lanzarote, Turkuaz is a Turkish & Mediterranean restaurant situated frontline to Playa Los Pocillos in Puerto del Carmen.

Turkuaz Dining

Turkuaz only opened at the beginning of July and the owners are brand new to Lanzarote. Whilst we were enjoying our lunch, we chatted with Yasemin running front of house who explained that her husband is the Chef and they have a 12 year old daughter. The family want to enjoy a better quality of life, after working very long hours in their Cambridgeshire takeaway.

The restaurant is beautifully decorated, with a cream and turquoise theme, there is a full menu plus daily specials listed on the blackboard.  Stuck for choice as lots of dishes were tempting us, we asked Yasemin what she would suggest, which was a meze to share with homemade bread and a mixed meat kebab platter.

The restaurant has strong Turkish roots, Yasemin’s father is Turkish and her mother English, she also spent some time in Germany which gave her fluency in 3 languages, plus her husband (Chef) is Turkish. We can vouch that the food is very authentic and the fabulous coffee is from Izmir.

Turkuaz Meze

The meze was a lovely selection of 8 different dishes, we love this style of eating, it’s tapas Turkish style, and  read more »

Five Drinks You'll Hear Canarians Ordering

You won’t find many Canarians drinking Sangria, or “large beers” on your travels around the islands, but here are some drinks you will hear being ordered:

Cafe con hielo

Cafe

Quite literally, this is coffee with ice, and it’s surprisingly refreshing on a hot day. Your coffee will be a strong black coffee, and will be brought to the table in a cup, together with a glass full of ice. You simply add sugar and stir, if you take it, and then pour the coffee over  read more »

Lanzarote for Vegetarians

Having decided about two years ago to become a vegetarian, mainly for reasons of environmental concern, I find myself still adjusting to that lifestyle choice. I don´t miss meat, despite having eaten some form of animal product with every meal for the first thirty three years of my life, nor am I lacking protein in my diet, but finding organic fruit and vegetables that haven't travelled half way around the world to get to my plate can sometimes be a challenge. Thank goodness that we still have farmers' markets!

fruit bowl

At first glance, it may not seem such a good place for farming with all that black rock and dust; but Lanzarote has a surprising number of small-scale farms selling their produce at the local market. The most well-known of these markets is in Teguise every Sunday, but I prefer the smaller ones; in particular, my local market in Mancha Blanca. It may not be huge, but there is a large choice of food, varying slightly with the seasons (yes there are seasons here too); from fruit and vegetables, to grains, bread, cheese and fish. The majority of the produce is from the immediate vicinity, and a decent proportion of it is organic, although it is rarely labelled as such, so be sure to ask. La Finca Ecológica de Tres Peñas is a wholly organic farm just outside Puerto del Carmen,  read more »

Lanzarote Restaurant Review - Taberna de Nino, Puerto del Carmen

Readers have been recommending Taberna de Nino to us for years, but somehow it’s never worked out that we have been in the right place to try it for ourselves, until yesterday!

Nino

Set just off the main Avenida, in Calle Tanausú, opposite Playa Grande, we called in for some tapas at lunchtime. We were greeted by Alex, who we discovered later, speaks very good English. At lunchtimes, the menu is pure tapas, with more options during the evening.

Menu

The tables are beautifully laid with cloths, well spaced out and you can sit inside or on a terrace, which is sheltered from any wind.

We chose three of the Chef’s special tapas dishes, but before they arrived a basket of fresh bread with a delicious herb  read more »

Noches de Jameos 2015

The Jameos del Agua will be opening for 3 nights per week for the Noches de Jameos in 2015.

Noches de Jameos

The Noches de Jameos were normally held on Tuesdays and Saturdays, due to demand, a third evening on Wednesdays has been added to the calendar for this summer. On weekdays the Jameos del Agua will open the doors at 19:00 to serve two different menus from 19:30.

Menú de los martes / Tuesday’s Menu

Primer Plato / Starter

Ensalada de langostinos con queso fresco de cabra, guacamole, mezclum de lechugas bañadas con salsa rosa y vinagreta de albahaca / King prawn salad with fresh goats cheese, guacamole served on a mixed bed of lettuce with pink sauce and a basil vinaigrette

Sorbete de lima / Lime sorbet  read more »

Lanzarote Restaurant Review - Taberna La Parra, Puerto del Carmen

This is a guest article from Graham Snelgrove. Graham has lived in Tias for two and a half years and is a freelance writer, copy editor and proof reader. He loves off- roading in his Jeep, taking photos and writing about the less known aspects of Lanzarote.

Tucked away in a side street in Puerto del Carmen old town is a little gem of a tapas bar called Taberna La Parra.

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We found La Parra while looking for something different to the tourist fare you tend to get in the resorts. The place looked traditional, cosy and the welcome we received was warm and effusive. We ordered drinks at the bar and the owner, Vera, brought us some fresh made pizza slices.

The bar has been recently taken over by Vera, her partner Massimo and his cousin Tiziana from Taranto in southern Italy. Vera told us  read more »

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