Food & Drink

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 »

Secret Stash of La Grieta Surfaces

Do you remember we told you about Bodegas Malpaís de Máguez (La Grieta) in Lanzarote who stored 60 bottles of wine on the seabed? Five months have passed, the cages of wine have been carefully raised for a special tasting with six experts.

The conclusions drawn by the Consejo Regulador de Denominación de Origen (regulatory board) after the tasting was that the red wine benefitted significantly from the experiment of being aged under water, although it was not the same for the white wine.

The La Grieta tinto (red wine) vastly improved in flavour due to  read more »

Doopies & Coffee in Lanzarote

Doughnut lovers will be pleased to hear that a Doopies & Coffee franchise has opened in Lanzarote.

Doopies & Coffee LanzaroteDoopies Doughnuts

The Doopies & Coffee cafe is easy to spot with it’s bright pink branding, they are situated on the first floor of the Deiland Shopping Centre in Playa Honda by the entrance to the cinema. As I’m partial to a doughnut, my favourite found so far on the island is the jammy version available from El Pastelito in Tahiche, I grabbed the chance to pop in and see what all the fuss was about.

I was stunned! How to choose, normally faced only with a  read more »

Taste Lanzarote, Tuna & Wine, 21st - 30th September 2012

Another special tasting week from Lanzarote, this time freshly caught tuna will be served with local wines in the Semana enogastronómica Saborea Lanzarote del Atún y el Vino from this Friday.

Semana_enogastronómica_Saborea_Lanzarote_del_Atún_y_el_Vino

The tuna caught off the coast of Lanzarote has a great reputation in the gastronomy of the island. Our fishermen use sustainable fishing methods to capture species that can exceed 500 kg in weight.

On Saturday 29th September there will be a special tasting event held from 12:00 – 15:00 at the Cofradía de Pescadores de Arrecife, which costs just €1 per sample.

The following fifteen restaurants will be participating in the special tuna and wine tasting week, their chefs have been busy creating some fabulous combinations to showcase freshly caught tuna paired with Lanzarote wine.

Arrecife

Restaurante Lilium, Calle José Antonio 103. Tel: 928 524 978

Castillo de San José  read more »

Lanzarote Restaurant Review, Bodegón Las Tapas

We discovered a lovely restaurant yesterday, the Bodegón Las Tapas is situated directly on the Avenida Marítima promenade in Playa Blanca between the old harbour and the town beach.

Bodegón Las TapasView

Our mission was to find somewhere offering fresh fish for lunch, we walked along the seafront from the old harbour and the Bodegón stood out as an authentically Spanish and stylish restaurant.

Fresh FishGluten Free Menu

The restaurant has well spaced wooden tables in the shade, the light sea breeze was very welcome after the heat of the day. Warmly welcomed, we were given the menus and ordered a glass of dry white wine to sip. A couple of things struck me straight away  read more »

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