Archive for the ‘food’ Category

Granadas más caras en días de mercado

November 30, 2016

On market days, pomegranates are more expensive than on other days.

  • Friday 1-80 euros
  • Saturday 2-40 euros
  • Monday 1-80 euro
  • Wednesday 2-80 euros

This fluctuation may be due to suppliers, but doubtful.

Cappuccino y florentina en Lekkery

November 29, 2016

A bakery cum coffee shop in Icod de los Vinos.

San Andres 2016

November 29, 2016

A strange festival in Icod de los Vinos, kids hurtling down narrow streest on short planks of wood.

At the bottom of the street, a pile of tyres.

The festival marks the first of this season wine, availble on stalls, together with roast chestnuts.

The kids shooting down the street, dates from the barrels of wine being rolled down the street.

Mama Tierra

November 29, 2016

tu tienda ecológica

Aa lovely little wholefood shop in old part of Icod de los Vinos.

Limited stock.

Coffee Fair Trade and ecological, both meaningless in terms of quality and money going to farmers. And no roast date.

El Rastro en El Mercado

November 26, 2016

Last night heavy rain, still rain this morning.

Only a handful of stalls, few people.

Cena en el bar Magic Corner

November 26, 2016


Maybe dinner sometime after midnight not such a good idea.

Not good, chips hard and dried, sirloin steak so so.

A pity as Magic Corner used to do a good steak.

To drink, Dorado Espcial.

Very noisy.

Not pleasant ambience.

Typical unpleasant local bar.

Sopa en El Maná

November 25, 2016

Excelente sopa en El Maná.

Excellent watercress soup.

Excellent real ale from small local brewery.

Too late to eat, and nothing I fancied.

Cena en El Maná

November 23, 2016

Excelente cena en  El Maná restaurante vegetariano en Puerto de la Cruz.

As always excellent dinner in El Maná.

Following excellent flamenco at Teatro Timanfaya, late dinner at El Maná.

Was I too late, they close at 10-30 and I arrived not long before 10-30?

I would have been happy witha bowl of soup. It was ok, and no there was no soup.

Excellent tagalette with stir fried vegetables and chopped tomatoes.

To drink, real ale from a local brewery.

For sweet tiramisú.

And a cappuccino.

Never had before tiramisú of this quality.

A restaurant is not where would expect excellent cappuccino. El Maná that rare exception.

Also a rare exception, the only place in Puerto de la Cruz where can obtain a decent cappuccino.

They need though to replace their coffee cups.

El Maná es restaurante vegetariano en Puerto de la Cruz.

El Rastro en el Mercado

November 15, 2016


Todos los Sabados.

Comida y todo.

Food and junk.

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.

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



Appalling piss-poor service in M&S

November 4, 2016

The service in M&S Guildford in their food hall is a disgrace.

Customers pay premier prices and receive piss-poor service.

With Waitrose opening, one would have expected the service to improve, but if anything it has got worse.

Queues at both tills, the only two tills open, trolleys piled up.

I tried the information counter. They refused to serve.

I asked that more tills be opened. They refused. They told me to go to the self service.

The lady there was helpful, operated the self-service. She had problems. It kept going wrong, and she had to keep resetting the machine and scanning everything again. She apologised for being slow. Not her fault, the fault lies with M&S useless management.

Where the bread is baked, overwhelming stench of disinfectant. If someone had thrown up on the floor, this would have been understandable. but no, they were cleaning the ovens. Could they not have waited until the store was closed? And it also raises questions of chemical contamination of their foodstuffs.

Is it any wonder M&S is a failing retail chain when they have this level of contempt for their customers?