Food & Drink

Cheese Fair in Playa Blanca, 18th February 2012

There will be a Feria del Queso in the resort of Playa Blanca on Saturday, as part of the Saborea Lanzarote wine & cheese tasting week in Lanzarote.

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The cheese fair will be situated in a special area in the centre of Playa Blanca, for €1 residents and tourists will be able to enjoy tasting cheese & wines from Lanzarote. The event will open at 10am until 3pm (or until supplies last) and traditional folklore music will be performed live from the group Parranda Janubio from 11am to 2pm.

The fair programme includes:  read more »

Tree of Love

We all love the goodies available from the Brown Deli in Costa Teguise, this week why not leave a  message on their “Tree of Love” to enter a competition to win a picnic bag from Brown. Here’s a message from Tracy………

It´'s the time of year when even the most reluctant amongst us feels romantic urges!

We have re-decorated our Christmas tree for St.Valentines day with glittery hearts but its still missing something…

Tree of Love at Brown

We’d like our customers to write a little love note, proverb, poem or ode and hang it from the tree. We have the notes ready to write and hang..

There’s a prize for the one we like best, be it most romantic, funniest, or truly heartfelt. Your message doesn’t  read more »

Taste Lanzarote, Wine & Cheese, 10-19th February 2012

The first of the Semana Enogastronómica Saborea Lanzarote tasting sessions for 2012 takes place from the 10th February. It’s a great time to try some Lanzarote cheese and wines at participating restaurants or the cheese fair which be held on the 18th.

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Traditionally cheese made in Lanzarote was produced from goat’s milk but more recently milk from sheep and cows have been added to offer some really different and excellent cheeses.  Fresh goats cheese can be found in most establishments, some of these are matured and covered with gofio or paprika, not to mention other varieties such as smoked, roule and herb infused.

During the 10th to 19th February you will be able to experience all varieties of cheese from Lanzarote, accompanied by local wines. Some of the top chef’s in Lanzarote are based at theses participating restaurants who have created special dishes to surprise you.

Teguise

Restaurante  read more »

Lanzarote Restaurant Review, La Dorada D' Mesana

Walking along the promenade in Playa Honda there are some fabulous places to dine in, one that is always busy is the Bar Restaurant La Dorada D’ Mesana.

Bar Restaurant Mesana in Playa Honda

We were looking for somewhere for lunch, wanting to dine somewhere different we walked passed Emmax and Erik IT in the direction towards the airport, my lunch companion had a fancy for fresh fish and it was Mesana that called out to us on this occasion.

The restaurant is in a great position with a choice of tables on the terrace, we sat in the shade facing the beach with a view of the airport runway in the distance. There was a blackboard full of specials as well as a menu offering a great choice of fresh meat and fish dishes. My friend ordered the fresh fish of the day, once I spotted the cochino negro frito on the board I just had to order the local speciality of black pig. We asked for a glass of dry white wine and was served Teiga from Bodegas Mozaga, we hadn’t tried this Malvasía Seco before, fermented in barrels the wine was rich in colour with a woody note and subtle sweetness.

Mesana MorenoMesana Cochino Negro

We hadn’t ordered a starter or bread so were surprised when a tapa was placed in front of us, questioning what the dish was, we were told morena which is moray eel. I’ve tried this local delicacy before served  read more »

Cantina Wine Awards, 27th January 2012

Benn and Zoë from Cantina Teguise are choosing their new wine selection for 2012 and they need some help. So they have organised the first Cantina Wine Awards at the Secret Garden.

Cantina

On the evening of Friday 27th of January at 18:00 hours this free event will start, tasting over 100 different wines generously offered by their suppliers. At 21:30 Talulah and Jake will be playing some live music while the scoring is tallied and the winner wines will be announced at 23:00.

Both old and new customers are  read more »

I'd love a coffee!

I overheard the following conversation recently in a bar in Playa Blanca.

Cafe cortado leche leche & cafe cortado condensadaEnglish tourist: Black coffee, please.

Spanish waitress: Americano, si, senora.

English tourist: No, a black coffee with a little milk.

Spanish waitress: Si. Café con leche.

English tourist: No, black coffee.

Spanish waitress: Expresso?

English tourist: No, it’s too strong. I’ll have a tea.

What this showed me was how everyone likes coffee around the world but we drink it so differently and refer to it by lots of different names. At the next table, two British women had ordered black coffee with hot milk, which arrived later in a jug.

What do you do to get the coffee you want in the UK? People used to ask for ground coffee, real coffee or a cafetiere of coffee to make sure they got the real deal and not instant. Big coffee chains like Caffe Nero, Costa and Starbucks seem to have put an end to that and we had to learn a new language to order. “I’d like a regular skinny decaff cappuccino,” we shout!

In Lanzarote, I order  read more »

Bodega Los Bermejos Mentioned New York Times

Wines from Lanzarote are now available for sale in New York thanks to importer José Pastor as mentioned in the New York Times article "Grapes Born of Volcano and Sea" by Eric Asimov.

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Eighteen different wines were tasted from the Canary Islands including 6 whites, 1 sparkling, 1 rosé, 9 reds and 1 sweet .

The panel’s favourite wine was the Rosado 2010 from Los Bermejos! ”This rosado is  read more »

Lanzarote Restaurant Review, Jonniebakes

Jonnie was one half of the hair dressing duo Grant & Jim at Elijah Blue in La Villa de Teguise.

Jonniebakes lanzarote

Grant, now known as Jonnie has followed his passion for food and opened Jonniebakes which is situated on the top road by the Pirate Museum in the old capital, whilst Jim has retained the premises at Elijah Blue Hair & Home which as the name suggests now has a section of items for the home as well as the hairdressing salon. These guys remain best buddies in fact on the day we popped in Jonnie was taking his food hygiene exam and Jim looked right at home behind the counter.

Jonnie has a wonderful range of freshly home baked goodies on offer each day to tempt you, savoury items include Cornish pasties, sausage rolls, quiches, soup, croissants and a variety of bread for sale. There’s plenty of delicious cakes too including bakewell tart, lemon cake, red velvet cake, apple pie, scones…….need I say more.

Jonniebakes counterJonniebakes hot chocolate

We sat down at the only empty table  read more »

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