Archive for the ‘food’ Category

Lahudky Delicatessen

March 25, 2016
Lahudky Delicatessen

Lahudky Delicatessen

A good range of foods on offer in this little deli.

An idea for lunch.

I asked of the young man. Would he please slice a bread roll lengthways, then please cut a few pieces of the pork, place it in the bread.

No. Buy a sandwich.

I walked out.

My first experience of the rudeness of Czech shopkeepers. Sadly it was not to be my last.

Lahudky Delicatessen is located next to Jewel Hotel in Old Prague.  It has not long been open. With this attitude, it will not remain open long.

Jardin de Aclimatación de la Orotava

March 6, 2016
Alpinia zerumbet

Alpinia zerumbet

Informally referred to as Jardines Botánicos (Botanical Gardens, the equivalent of Kew Gardens), but strictly speaking Jardin de Aclimatación de la Orotava.

The Conquistadores not only brought back gold (oro) they also brought back plants. These were not taken directly to Spain, they were first planted in the Orotava Valley.

cena en El Maná

February 29, 2016
cappuccino

cappuccino

Following a concert with OpenArt Ensemble at Abaco, I was on my way to eat at Los Gemelos. They were full, as an extremely rude waiter informed me. Their loss, and my gain, I ate at El Maná.

El Maná has very limited menu, the specials chalked up above the open kitchen.

I chose pumpkin soup for starter. It was excellent, and even included soup art.

For main, tagellete. I am no great pasta fan, but it was all I fancied.

No olives please, I hate olives.

The chef came out and explained, it was not olives, it was an olive sauce, but I would still have the bitter olive taste, would I like pesto, as otherwise I may find a little boring?

The tagellete was excellent. The only time I have had pasta of this quality was in Bassano del Grappa  cooked by a chef who was president of a northern Italian food association.

To drink, water, though I noticed they had an interesting range of local craft beers.

A young blonde pursuaded me to have a coffee. I did not expect anything other than undrinkable coffee, always the way in restaurants. I was pleasantly surprised. She knew how to make coffee, freshly ground Colombian coffee. Maybe  a tad too hot, but it was excellent coffee.

I learnt, talking to the chef, who is also the owner, of a skilled barista in La Laguna.

El Maná, vegetarian, organic, located in Calle Mequinez.

desayuno con champán

February 29, 2016
desayuno con champán

desayuno con champán

Sunday, champagne for breakfast.

Sopa en Selma y Lovisa

February 29, 2016
mushroom soup

mushroom soup

Excellent mushroom soup.

El Rastro en el Mercado

February 27, 2016
El Rastro en el Mercado

El Rastro en el Mercado

puppets

puppets

Todos los Sábados.

Every Saturday

Ground floor and top floor of Municpal Market.

Mainly junk, but you can find everything: books, clothes, antiques, jewelry, knives, watches, honey, clothes …

Most is cheap rubbish, but can find Rolex and Omega watches (and fakes), old cameras.

First floor is food, mainly fruit and vegetables, including organic, but also fish and meat.

Like last Saturday, raining, but unlike last Saturday, not heavy torrential rain. The rain meant not as busy, but still very busy. The food stalls, as always very busy.

I decided to have  a massage. Lower back, where I was in bad pain, could feel nothing. My shoulders, OMG, the pain. It was as though knives being stuck in me. I asked afterwards. She said problem around my shoulders and that may be causing the problem lower down.

If I have a massage, I can tell where the problem. Muscles are hard. But I have never experienced pain of today.

I am feeling a little better.

Next Saturday, the Anglican Church has a market. Not as good as this market, and they have the gall to charge 1 euro entrance.

Sopa en Selma y Lovisa

February 27, 2016
pea soup

pea soup

Pea soup in Selma y Lovisa.

It bore no resemblance to pea soup, nevertheless excellent. Served with a very doughy bread.

Selma y Lovisa is a Scandinavian restaurant located in a quiet pedestrianised street, lined with traditional houses and restaurants, near Agora, in the old part of Puerto de la Cruz.

Soups are excellent, everything home made. Coffee not recomended, undrinkable.

El Rastro en el Mercado

February 24, 2016
El Rastro en el Mercado

El Rastro en el Mercado

Todos los Miércoles.

Every Wednesday, a smaller version of the Saturday market.

Ground floor and top floor of Municpal Market.

Mainly junk, but you can find everything: books, clothes, antiques, jewelry, knives, watches, honey, clothes …

First floor is food, fruit and vegetables, fish, little restaurants, a tea and coffee shop.

There was actually more here today, than Saturday, as Saturday torrential rain, but food stores not busy.  I have never seen the tea and coffee shop busy, and cannot see it surviving. Their coffee is undrinkable.

Most things can be found on this market. A strange cross between a car boot sale, farmers market and craft fair.

espadas y fusiles

espadas y fusiles

Today I found muskets, a blunderbus and swords.

sopa en Selma y Lovisa

February 20, 2016
Selma y Lovisa

Selma y Lovisa

Excellent tomato soup.  Excellent bread.

Atmosphere was better than yesterday, as music not so loud.

cerveza en Magic Corner

February 20, 2016
Dorada Especial Roja

Dorada Especial Roja

Dorada Especial Roja en Magic Corner.

Magic Corner, formerly Maggies, illustrates all what is wrong with bars in Puerto de la Cruz and why they are empty and why the local tourist industry is collapsing.

Noisy, no decent beer on tap.  I was the only one there last night, and the night before.

The only reason I was there, free wifi and very heavy rain.

It has closed, re-opened, closed, re-opened.


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