Food & Drink

Tasting Lanzarote Wine & Food Festival, 29th Nov - 2nd Dec 2012

A four day food festival Enogastronómico Saborea Lanzarote will be held in La Villa de Teguise from Thursday 29th November to Sunday 2nd December.

Saborea Lanzarote 30 Nov to 2 Dec

From Tuesday 27th November local restaurants in the old capital of Lanzarote will open their doors to offer visitors a special menu in relation to the food fair with produce from Lanzarote.

During the weekend, the food fair will have three distinct areas including the Gastro Market, Gastro Center and Teguise Gastro.

More than 40 exhibitors can be found in the Gastro Market during Saturday & Sunday to offer visitors their best products for tasting priced at €1. Here you will find representatives from the best bodegas, restaurants, producers and artisans from Lanzarote.

Wanna be chefs can learn from the best by participating in special classrooms, with a variety of chefs and produce from the islands.

There will be lots of entertainment and activities alongside the food and wine with guided tours, films and live music.

Enogastronómico Saborea Lanzarote Programme 2012

Teguise Gastro

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Thursday 29th November

19:00 Remembering Grandma’s Recipes. Tasting puddings from traditional recipes in the Sociedad de la Villa.

20:00 Monologue from the theatre company Esperanza Spinola in the Sociedad de la Villa.

Friday 30th November

17:00 Gastronomic films for children in the Sociedad de la Villa

19:00 Lanzarote wine tasting with live music from Talulah & Jake  at La Cantina

21:00 Live music with The Blue Sofa  read more »

smöoy in Lanzarote

We first tried smöoy in Puerto del Carmen during September, their yoghurt based ice cream is simply delicious!

mmmm smooySmooy in Puerto del Carmen

It’s hard to miss smöoy with their pink branding along the beachfront in the resort, previously the Sports Bar, the local is directly opposite the main beach of Playa Grande. It has taken Miguel a few visits to fully understand what’s on offer and how to order here, although I think that’s because he’s partial to the ice cream rather than it’s complicated to understand.

For those new to smöoy there are two types of ice cream, the natural and  read more »

Tasting Lanzarote, Black Pig & Wine

Another Semana enogastronomica Saborea Lanzarote food event will be held from the 9th to 18th November, this time the menus will include cochino negro, one of our favourite dishes on the island.

Saborea_Lanzarote_Cochino_Negro_November_2012La Puntilla Cochino Negro

If you’re a meat eater and in Lanzarote over the next ten days, you really should visit at least one of the twelve local restaurants offering this delicacy of Canarian black pig.

We took advantage of this tasting week last December and visited Restaurante La Puntilla in the Charco San Ginés area of Arrecife. The pork was simply stunning, I can still recall the taste of this delicious, crispy and succulent dish featured above.

Chefs from the following restaurants have prepared special menus at affordable prices for this gastronomy event. The black pig will be served in  read more »

Lanzarote Recipes: Truchas

Truchas are sweet pastries typically eaten at Christmas in the Canary Islands.

Truchas

Ingredients:

Ready made puff pastry

500g sweet potatoes

250g ground almonds

Zest of a lemon

100g sugar

3 egg yolks

Anise

Rum

Cinnamon

Instructions:

Peel, cut and stew the sweet potato until  read more »

Second Mini Tapa Week in Tías

Establishments in Tías will be holding their II Semana de la Tapa mini from the 5th to 11th November 2012.

Semana de la Tapa

These weeks are a great way to try new places and dishes, there are six café / bar / restaurants participating where you can collect stamps on your special card and vote for your favourite tapa. Each one has confirmed their dish that they will be entering into the tapa competition which include:  read more »

Wine Tasting Evenings at Cantina Teguise

We had a fabulous evening at Cantina Teguise’s regular Friday wine tasting session – it’s something we would highly recommend as  fun and massively instructive.

El Grifo CavaWine Tasting Cantina Teguise

The tasting takes place in the Secret Garden at the back of Cantina, so it’s a comfortable and intimate setting. Alena is clearly passionate about wine generally and Lanzarote wine in particular.

The session starts off with some history about wine making in Lanzarote, and it’s fascinating to learn how the art has evolved here since the eruptions. Anyone who knows the island will realise that growing anything here has its challenges, and Alena gave us the low down on just how those challenges are met by our very inventive bodegas.  Just to give you an idea – our typical yield of fruit is around 10% of a European vine!

Alena swirling wineYaiza White

The island’s geology also contributes to the unique taste of Lanzarote wine, and Alena explained the different layers in the soil and sub soil and how the volcanic ash works to create moisture where none exists. We found out lots of interesting details about the bodegas in Lanzarote, we don’t want to spoil the evening for you so won’t divulge all of the interesting facts gleaned, here’s two examples for you:  read more »

Lanzarote Restaurant Review, La Tasca de Lita

Finally! I’ve wanted to try La Tasca de Lita for a long time, this delightful restaurant is situated on the main road in the village of Guatiza, close to the Cactus Gardens.

La Tasca de LitaLa Tasca de Lita terrace

Not only is the restaurant aesthetically pleasing to look at, it’s steeped full of Canarian character with a covered terrace, two snug rooms and indoor dining rooms. I’ll have to apologise now, as I didn’t have the camera with me when we went for a meal, so the camera phone had to suffice.

We were dining with two friends so decided to order a mixture of tapas which included ensalada de tasca, veduras al grill, carne en adobo, conejo al Salmorejo, gambas y setas.

Ensalada de Tascacarne adoboGrilled mixed vegetables

We were recommended La Grieta Blanco Seco,  the dry white wine from the only Lanzarote bodega situated in the north of the island to accompany our food.

First we were served the  read more »

Tapeando By Arrecife

The capital of Lanzarote have launched an event for foodies to enjoy called the “Tapeando Por Arrecife” which will take place from the 11th to 20th October 2012.

Tapeando Por Arrecife

Twenty four bars, restaurants and cafés situated in Arrecife will be participating in this special promotion. The establishments will showcase their special culinary creations using the best of our local produce. A special passport will be given to diners so that they can collect stamps at  read more »

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