Delicious carrot and coriander soup.
Followed by stuffed sweet potato and salad.
Then following a walk along the River Wey, for afternoon tea a Bakewell tart and a tea.
On the walls downstairs and upstairs, a photographic exhibition.
It is easy to see why Morrisons is a failing supermarket chain.
Yesterday I had late lunch, scampi and chips, in their café.
Take a look at this, I was handed their menu.
WTF. Someone had copied J D Wetherspoon, and done a very very poor job.
The menu was so complicated, I said I would take it with me and look at it whilst I had my lunch.
Luckily I knew what I wanted, scampi and chips, and that is what I ordered. It was then a session of any questions.
They have introduced big menu changes in their café. Someone must have visited J D Wetherspoon, decided to copy their menu, and then done a very bad job. Not only have they copied J D Wetherspoon, they have also copied worst practices from phone companies and energy companies, confusion pricing.
It took me whilst I was eating my lunch to try to make head or tail of the menu.
Order scampi and chips after 4pm, and you get a meal deal, the main course and a free drink, in my case a pot of tea.
A good deal, no?
Er no, a blatant rip off.
Prior to this week, if you ordered scampi and chips after 4pm, you received a free pot of tea.
Now with tea time meal deal, you pay a fiver to get a ‘free’ cup of tea. That is with scampi and chips costing £4-75, you are paying 25p extra for what was previously free.
But it gets worse.
Sitting at the table, I noticed scampi and chips was on offer at £3-75 (normal price £4-75). Had I ordered scampi and chips, then ordered tea and paid for it at 99p, I would have paid in total £4-74.
This is the level of dishonesty being practised by Morrisons, con the customer into thinking they are getting a deal, when in reality are overcharging, or charging for something that was previously free.
And if you think the menu complicated, spare a thought for the cashier.
Anyone wanting to eat in a supermarket, is either wishing to get through quickly before or after shopping.
Expect long queues at the checkout, as people try to negotiate their way through this complicated menu.
The menus does not even show tea, coffee, and cakes.
With this level of crass stupidity, it is easy to see why Morrisons is a failing supermarket chain.
Last year Morrisons reported a £176 million loss. Today Morrisons was the worst performer on the FTSE100, shares fell more than 10% at one point during the day.
After concert, decided to eat in the restaurant at Abaco.
We were the only ones there. It was easy to see why, the food was expensive, and awful. And it was cold.
I ordered steak tartare. WTF. What arrived looked disgusting, and was disgusting. It was served cold, and appeared to be almost raw. Ground mince, mixed with herbs and spices. OK, maybe a small portion as a starter, but not as a main course. Why was it not served with anything, potatoes, chips, vegetables, salad? I asked, and was brought pepper.
It looked like the slurry from a meat processing factory that goes into industrial burgers. It managed to make McDonald´s look good, and that takes a lot of doing.
My friend Cristina had a tuna salad. A far wiser choice than I.
Georgia chose a dessert, having eaten earlier.
Cookie and cappuccino in Advans, a bakery and coffee shop.
Exit Plaza de Iglesia via shool, Advans on the corner
Potato pancakes with applesauce in Harry´s Gourmeteria.
I was there with my friends Cristobella and Georgia. They ate, I did not.
Main course vegetarian and meat lasanga.
I tasted the meat lasanga and it was delicious.
For dessert, Cristobella had tiramisu.
I tasted the tiramisu, it was delicious, and very light and nicely presented.
The food was good, but sadly the same could not be said of the service.
On arrival, we asked for a table for three. They directed us to a tiny table for two, and suggested we pulled up another chair. We said no, and pointed to much better tables. They said no, then grudgingly said yes.
The better tables also had blankets over the back of the chairs.
The waiter had to be told several times what sweet. We were then presented with a bill, we had had no sweet, and once again had to explain the sweet that had been ordered.
Our table was noisy, witha speaker blaring out a moronic pop radio station immdediately abover our table.
Why do people sit outside, for peace and quiet. I guess we should be grateful no widescrean TV.
The Spanish mentality appears to be, loud music, widescreen TV, then express surprise when bars and restaurants are empty, then go bust.
On leaving, a couple walked inside for a drink. It was now late afternoon or early evening and getting cold. They were refused a drink, and told to sit outside. Inside was empty.
Don Camillo is an Italian restaurant located in the old part of Puerto de la Cruz, not far from Plaza Charco.
Lunch at El El Limón.
Café con tartaleta con mermelada de fresa en El Limón.
Small tart with blueberries plus a coffee in El Limón.
New Food for Thought is the cookbook for Food for Thought, vegetarian restaurant in Covent Garden.
New Food for Thought is an old-style cookbook, no glossy pictures, no celebrity chef, instead beautiful line sketches as illustrations, and lots and lots of wonderful recipes, indeed it is packed full of recipes, and hints on how to vary, hints on how to cook, how to choose the ingredients.
Lunch at El Limón, el menú de día €10.70.
For starters, vegetable soup.
Followed by leak pie with brown rice and salad.
I then had a wander to Plaza de Iglesia where I sat reading Sacred Economics.
Plaza de Iglesia has the advantage of being peaceful and quiet and people like to relax in the shade of the palm trees on a hot afternoon. Today though cool and an annoying person with bad music, annoying people outside a restaunt and disturbing the peace and quiet of the square.
Back to El Limón, for dessert, cheesecake with apple plus tea.
I gave Ana in El Limón a copy of New Food for Thought, un regalo para Ana.