Mexican Spanish Food
|Food in Tenerife, Spain|
Intake For healthy kidney function, etc, we need two litres of water per day (and that is in a cool climate). While staying in a hot country especially as your intake of alcohol will possible be higher than usual, you MUST ensure you avoid de-hydration. Most of us ALWAYS order bottled water as well, when we stop for coffee and/or tapa, and with every meal, drink at least 2-3 litres per day when holidaying in Tenerife. (Mild headaches, queasiness, strongly coloured urine are often sure signs and early symptoms of incipient dehydration) So, on to wine, food and evan a couple of Canarian Recipes
FOOD - GENERALLY Supermarkets carry all of the normal essential European and Spanish foods. Imported foods are more expensive than local produce. Spanish bread (uncut French 'stick' loaves) is used fresh daily. Spanish food is very simple and extremely tasty, meats and fish tend to be cooked over open grills and served with chips and salads. Casseroles made with fresh produce are common. Pastas and pulses and garlic are widely used in Spanish cooking. Chicken in Garlic (Pollo en ajo), often hotly spiced, is very common and extremely tasty. A variety of excellent sauce dips (Salsa's) are served almost everywhere. Fresh herbs are also carefully used a great deal, giving the simply cooked recipes wonderful flavours. The commonest Canarian meals tend to be a fresh salad starter, served with small sausages, or beans, fresh bread and sauces. The main course are usually one's favourite meat/fish accompanied with side salad, a few chips (papas fritas), tasty small black potatoes cooked in rock salt (Papas Arugadas, skin is left on) and rice. Deserts do not feature highly in Spanish cuisine, so tend to be more international and varied.
RESTAURANTS Tenerife offers an huge variety of international restaurants and cuisine, just about every taste is catered for. Local 'Canarian' restaurants are still far cheaper than most other countries of Europe. Fish, Rabbit, Chicken and other meats are widely available and excellent, especially when combined with the local sauces and wines. Tapas (small snack like dishes) served with bread, should not be missed. For the less adventurous, the usual fast food restaurants such as MacDonalds and KFC exist. If you can, hire a car and seek out one of the many restaurants in more remote areas - you will be rewarded with the most memorable food and wine.
Spanish Restaurants we enjoy and can recommend
Restaurante Juan Pedro's at Los Menores, just north of Adeje
Restaurante Los Arcos at Pal Mar, just north of Los Cristianos and Guaza
Restaurante Romania at Adeje, about 5 km north of Playa de las Americas
Restaurante El Monesterio at La Montana, Los Realajos, just outside Puerto de la Cruz
Most coastal restaurants serve fresh fish, and shellfish, an important part of Spanish cuisine. Particularly fine fish courses are available in the fishing villages of La Caleta (just north of Playa de las Americas/Fanabe) and Los Abrigos (just below the Reina Sofia south airport).
For years, the tiny restaurant of Restaurante Oasis (half way up on the right hand side of the main street in Adeje) have spoiled us with their 'Spicy Chicken', a totally unique experience and beloved of almost every ex-patriate Brit in Tenerife. A similar style is provided by Restaurante Damaray, along with a wider menu. Damaray is also in Adeje.
Only one, 'The Overseas' - untouchable, located at the San Marino complex next t the main bus stops in Los Cristianos. Duck to die for, best Chinese style sauces I have ever tasted.
Indian and Pizza (yes its true, under one roof)
For a 'non-pizza lover' like myself, awesome. Best deep fried pizza and Indian food on the island. Will also deliver (922 715242)
Things to try
A magical feature and important aspect of Spanish lifestyle. Tapa are small individual snacks, sold to provide a light meal, of addition to coffe breaks. The variety is huge, with many restaurants specializing in their own dishes. They can be salad, meat or fish based, hot or cold, and usually arrive on small dishes, with bread if appropriate.
Ensaladilla (Russian salad), Pulpo (Octopus) - Bocarones (Fresh Anchovies) - Tortilla (Spanish Potato Omelette) - Atun en salsa rojo (Tuna in red sauce) - Carne con Papas (Meat and potatoes) - Garabanzas (Chickpeas) - Chuleta de Tenera (Beef chops) - Beefsteca de Tenera (Beef steak) - Pollo en Ajo (Chicken in garlic) - Pollo picante (Spicy chicken) - Salchichas (Homemade sausages)
Spanish Wine (yummy)
Many people, reared on mass produced European bottled wine, may initially find Spanish wine a little rugged. Spanish wines are far 'louder' (like the Spanish) than most others. If you normally only drink French/German/Australian and/or Californian wines, my advice, for the first time, is (i) only drink Spanish Wine with food, (ii) only start drinking the wine once the food arrives. In this way, you will enjoy a unique experience.
. Once bitten, you may never go back. Spanish wines simply 'works' with Spanish food. The rugged, full flavours complement the simplicity and freshness of most Spanish cooking. In a short time, your palette will adapt, and you begin to realize that French and many other wines simply don't work with the food, and eventually taste rather weak and less satisfying than Spanish wines. Spanish wines are sold in all supermarkets and restaurants, and you will rarely find other European wines. The local Tenerifan wine is called Viña de Norte, and is achieving a good reputation. Viña de la casa (House wines) served in most Spanish restaurants by the carafe, are often local wines, unlike the cheaper bottled 'house wines' in European restaurants. Rioja, Faustino tends to be a popular wine, and a wide variety of this wine can be purchased cheaply.