Food & Drink

La Pastora de Haria

We discovered another treasure on our doorstep yesterday.

Goats cheese with black pepper, cranberries and black olivesVioleta y Luis

I had no idea this delightful dairy even existed, La Pastora de Haría is run by Violeta and Luis who live in the campo on the outskirts of the village. The facilities here are like no other granja in Lanzarote, these goats are something special.

Currently the herd consists of 22, they’re all female with a hierarchy led by the original two goats now aged 7 years old. Twice a year a male is introduced to half of the flock for breeding, each time it’s a different male so that a new bloodline is introduced, males from Fuerteventura are the best. Typically a female goat will be have one kid in the first pregnancy and then two to three in subsequent ones. The milk continues for around eight months.

Matriach goatLa Pastora de Haria view

It’s fascinating listening to Violeta & Luis talk, they explained that  read more »

Bodega Hopping Residents Tour 2

The second bodega hopping tour has been confirmed for residents who would like to get to know the local wineries.

Vineyards in Lanzarote

This time the tour will visit Bodega Los Bermejos and the newly launched Bodega La Florida in San Bartolomé before heading north to the Bodega La Grieta which is the only Vinos Denominación de Origen Lanzarote accredited bodega in the north of the island, as well as visiting the dairy La Pastora de Haría for a taste of traditional cheese.

The price is  read more »

Que Muac at Castillo de San Jose

The restaurant at the San José castle in Arrecife will open under a new name of Qué Muac on Friday 4th April.

Que Muac

Qué Muac will open their doors at 12:00 revealing a young and fresh fusion of gastronomy to surprise and delight diners. The restaurant has been completely overhauled with a new look, new food & drink menus plus a gastronomic – artistic programme for Friday and Saturday evenings.

Twenty four different tapas dishes presented in a modern and elaborate design will be the centrepiece of Qué Muac.

How about these tapas dishes for starters……  read more »

Award winning wines from Lanzarote 2014

Lanzarote wines have started the year very strongly. In less than 3 months 15 medals and a “best product” mention have been awarded already!


El Grifo alone has won the impressive amount of 12 medals so far (5  gold and 7 silver) making them one of the Spanish wineries with more trophies this year.

In Germany, El Grifo was awarded 3 gold medals at the Berliner Wein Trophy which is held Germany twice a year.  Over a hundred international jurors chose between the 3,500 wines entering this year’s February edition. The winning wines are:

Malvasía Seco Colección

Tinto Ariana


Mundus Vini 2014 GoldAlso in Berlin at  the Mundus Vini for their Springtime tasting, 150 experts from 26 countries gave them 3 more medals, this time 1 gold and 2 silver: 

Gold medal

Malvasía Seco Colección

Silver medals

Malvasía Fermentado en Barrica


Vinalies 2014 Gold

Earlier in March, at  read more »

Bodega Hopping Tour For Residents

It’s a bit short notice but some of you may be interested to participate in a series of Bodega Hopping Tours aimed at residents, the first of which takes place this Wednesday 26th March.


Lanzarote Active Club run something similar for visitors to the island. This is a special initiative with the wineries specifically for English speaking residents living in Lanzarote, who would like to get to know the local bodegas and their wines. During each tour, participants will visit four bodegas and taste 12 to 14 wines and for that reason, transport is included!

The wineries are looking forward to meeting the English speaking community, they want residents to get to know their bodegas, meet their enologists and taste the latest wines produced in Lanzarote.

The first tour will visit  read more »

Playa Blanca Cheese Fair 2014

The 3rd edition of the "Feria del Queso" will take place in Playa Blanca next Saturday the 22nd and Sunday the 23rd of March.

III Feria del QuesoIII_Feria_del_Queso_Playa_Blanca_Programme

Under the "Saborea Lanzarote" brand this event offers the opportunity to sample not only the cheeses that the island has to offer, but its wines and tapas from local restaurants. 

The fact that this year’s event takes place over the course of two days, instead of one as in previous editions, is proof of its growing popularity.

Eight cheesemongers will be present including:  read more »

Lanzarote Restaurant Review, Ikarus Gastro Art

We’d enjoyed some excellent meals at Ikarus in the old capital of Lanzarote over the years, this establishment had become our restaurant to celebrate special occasions in Lanzarote. When we heard it was under new ownership and my birthday was approaching, we made the decision we should go and find out if it was still a place for us.

Ikarus Gastro ArtIkarus Gastro Bar

Currently the gastro bar is open during the day plus Thursday and Friday evenings, we booked a table for eight people on a Thursday night at the end of January.

The new owner is Carlos Martínez, who some of you may already know from 4 Lunas at the Princesa Yaiza hotel in Playa Blanca. Ikarus Gastro have a menú and sugerencias offering a mixture of regular tapas dishes and daily specials.

Ikarus Gastro goats cheese saladIkarus Gasto Ham & Eggs

We ordered drinks and  spent some time considering the menus. There was a great variety of dishes so we took advice from Kiko our waiter who recommended the “huevos estrellados con iberíco” which is ham and eggs in English served on a bed of French fries which you just have to try! I selected the  read more »

Cantina Wine Awards 2014

We went to the first night of the Cantina Noches de Vino 2014 yesterday, if you love wine, you have to go this weekend!

Cantina Noches de Vino 6 7 & 8 FebCantina Wine Awards

Many of the local wineries have chosen to participate in this event, which means that for just €5 you can taste and vote for your favourites amongst a selection of 40 wines. It’s incredible value for money and an amazing opportunity to decide which  read more »


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