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The cuisine of Tenerife in 7 delicious recipes

The cuisine of Tenerife is undoubtedly a reason to visit our island. Due to the combination of flavours, local quality products and innovative offers the island earned six Michelin stars.

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Discover the gastronomy of Tenerife through its ingredients

A good way to taste the cuisine of a place is to get to know its protagonists: the unique ingredients that thousands of visitors enjoy each year. Discover the new tastes of Tenerife.

Gofio

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Gofio is a product inherited from the Guanches. Chef Esteban Gómez from the H10 Gran Tinerfe Hotel reinterpreted this dish in a waffle of green bananas and gofio with fish and onions – of course, with an unbeatable view of the Atlantic Ocean.

Honey from Tenerife

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There are honeycombs at an altitude of more than 1,500 metres, on the slopes of Mount Teide. Here, the industrious bees produce one of Tenerife’s sweet gastronomic wonders: broom honey, as unique as the endemic plant itself.

Chef Pedro Rodríguez Dios, a bakery expert, created a recipe right in the Teide National Park. The dish is an inspiration of Genovese pesto, with honey being the main ingredient.

The black pig

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The meat of the black pig is very popular in the Canary Islands, because the history dates back to the Guanches era, where they already lived with the ancient inhabitants of Tenerife.

The Chef of the Hotel Tigaiga, Luis González, created his interpretation of the traditional black pig in front of very curious spectators who could contemplate live how this delicacy of Tenerife is cooked.

The avocado

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Avocado is one of the trend foods today, partly due to its neutral taste and healthy properties. As a result, the fruit has become indispensable for many modern diets.

Rubén Cabrera, head chef at the La Cúpula restaurant at Hotel Jardines de Nivaria, prepared an avocado-shrimp ceviche with fennel and nasturtium leaf directly under avocado trees.

Tuna

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This dish is supposed to be a connection between the cuisine of the Atlantic Ocean and the Asian continent… Nacho Hernández, chef of the Jaxana restaurant, presented us this recipe made in Robatayaki: potato peelings of the “papa negra” and miso.

This delicacy was prepared directly at the Atlantic coast that inspired this dish. By the way, do you know where the video was taken?

Cheese

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The Tenerife-awarded and internationally recognised cheeses are the main ingredients of this recipe, prepared by Chef Braulio Simancas González of the Las Aguas restaurant at the Hotel Bahía del Duque.

Ravioli with goat cheese and old sheep cheese Montesdeoca on a beet reduction – inspiration of the Italian cuisine with elements of the Canarian cuisine.

The potatoes

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One of the ingredients that can not be missed in Canarian cuisine is clearly the potato. Chef Jesús González from the Bogey restaurant at Hotel Las Madrigueras prepared this delicious recipe with a pure Canarian flavour: potatoes with ribs, corn and coriander mojo.

And which recipe is your favourite? The choice is difficult, so perhaps the best thing is to come to Tenerife and try each and every one of them ;-).

Wines of Tenerife – protagonists in November

The wines of Tenerife are simply unique, not only because of their volcanic character, but also because of their very special history. Shakespeare loved the wine of the largest Canary Island, and historians even suspect that a Malvasia of Tenerife was offered at the Declaration of Independence of the United States.

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White, rosé and red wines

Today all colour varieties and wines are produced in Tenerife, although the ones initially grown on the island were white. The vines were brought by Portuguese settlers from Extremadura to La Mancha and Andalusia. Here are the roots of our wine today.

The Malvasia was initially the main economic engine of the island. It was a highly valued wine in Europe, called “canary sack”, and was exported in large quantities to the Old Continent. Shakespeare once mentioned this wine in his historical drama “Henry IV”. It was a wine that “perfumed the blood” while drinking it.

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Although it is not the only variety of wines on the island. The Listán Blanco, Listán Negro, Verdello or Albillo are highly valued by the winemakers. Currently, the wines in the category “premium” have been positioned very well. They have more structure and are more intense in flavour without losing their originality.

Denominations of Origin of Tenerife, vineyards from north to south

There are five traditional denominations of origin in Tenerife, pioneered by Tacoronte-Acentejo, founded in 1992.

Tacoronte-Acentejo

Influenced by the Atlantic Ocean and cultivated in one of Tenerife’s most beautiful landscapes, the wines of Tacoronte-Acentejo in the north of the island comprise up to 9 different municipalities, sometimes over 1,000 metres above sea level. They stand out for their aromatic and fruity character, especially red wines, which make up 80% of the production in this area.

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Abona

The many hours of sunshine in the south of Tenerife favour the varieties of white wine that are grown in the region of Abona, especially the exquisite Listán Blanco grape. In this area, Spain’s highest wine varieties are grown at 1,700 metres in the municipality of Vilaflor. They have a soft and fruity aroma and include nuances of almond blossom, mango and banana.

The valley of Güímar

With shades ranging from pale yellow to golden, the wines of Valle de Güímar are primarily white, with touches of fruit and fresh herbs. The rosé wines, on the other hand, have a touch of red fruit, while the reds have earthy notes.

La Orotava valley

In the La Orotava valley, the place that inspired the German naturalist Alexander von Humboldt, wines are cultivated with a special aroma influenced by the pleasant climate and the trade winds.

Slightly bitter and fruity aromas, especially highlight the variety of white wines in this región. The rosé wines also play an important role with their raspberry colour and an aroma reminiscent of wild fruits. The red wines of the region have a soft and varied aroma with a bitter touch on the palate.

Vinos de Tenerife

Ycoden-Daute-Isora

The wines of Ycoden-Daute-Isora look clear and pure, especially the Malvasia wine. Its colour is golden and its fruity and floral aroma gives the palate sweet and sour notes. Special mention deserves the rosé wines because their taste is very tropical thanks to their subtle pineapple and strawberry notes.

November and December, the ideal months for wines in Tenerife

Towards the end of the year is the best time to taste the wine of Tenerife, as you can already enjoy the first wines of the new harvest. At the end of November (at the same time as the San Andrés celebrations), winemakers open their bodegas (wine cellars) to meet with loyal customers and gain new customers. Just follow the smell of roasted chestnuts, the sound of celebrating people, the happiness and joy… Then you will certainly find the Tenerife wines.

Tenerife hosts the Michelin Guide Gala 2018 and adds its sixth Star

The gastronomy of Tenerife reached with the Michelin Gala the culinary heaven. The ceremony was attended by 500 guests. For the first time it took place in Tenerife, the island of “eternal spring“.

The Spanish star chef Berasategui was the honoured host of the gala dinner, along with Ricardo Sanz from the Kabuki restaurant. In addition, his head chef of the restaurant M.B., Erlantz Gorostiza, was the coordinator of the culinary party that followed the event.

The International Director, Michael Ellis, emphasized in his speech during the Gala in the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Abama in Guia de Isora that the distribution of the Michelin stars in the current Guide shows once again that Spanish and Portuguese cuisine continue to live great moments and that the national cuisine of both countries continue to grow, “and for tourists the Guide Michelin serves as an important speaker”. The event, held for the ninth time in a row, has become one of the most important events in the catering industry.

At the Gala in the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Abama in Guia de Isora, International Director Michael Ellis emphasized in his speech that the distribution of the Michelin stars in the current issue shows once again that Spanish and Portuguese cuisine continue to enjoy great moments and that the national cuisine of both countries continues to grow, “and for tourists the Guide Michelin serves as an important speaker”. The event, held for the ninth time in a row, has become one of the most important events in the gastronomy industry.

Tenerife is the only island in the Canary Islands that has restaurants with Michelin stars.

During this edition, the Nub restaurant in La Laguna was awarded with a Michelin star. Nub spoils us with an interesting mix of Italian, Chilean and traditional Canarian cuisine. This new star shines together with the other five stars in Tenerife.

The following restaurants are currently in possession of the coveted stars: two has the M.B. Restaurant (Martín Berasategui) in the Hotel The Ritz Carlton Abama in Guia de Isora, one star has the Kabuki (also in the Ritz Carlton Hotel Abama), the Kazan in Santa Cruz also a star, as well as Rincón de Juan Carlos in Los Gigantes (in the municipality of Santiago del Teide) and now the restaurant Nub in La Laguna.

A table full of stars is waiting for you in Tenerife.

Gastronomy in Tenerife, a marriage of stars

From the imposing lunar landscape on Mount Teide, the volcanic canyons to the Atlantic coast, diversity permeates the entire island. Landscapes, culture and gastronomy are determined by the unique micro climate in Tenerife.

The ingredients of the gastronomy of Tenerife have their very own personality, such as the wine grown on volcanic soil or the honey with the scent of native flowers. This personal touch is particularly evident in the dishes and the modern cuisine; gastronomic essence meets centuries of cultural encounters.

Marriage of stars, a gastronomic journey through Tenerife

If you want to discover this “gastronomic landscape“, then you have the opportunity, especially in the months of November and December. A lot of gastronomic events will take place, where you will get an insight into the culture, the historical municipalities and, of course, the beautiful landscapes in addition to the culinary delights.

Explore the island, the Canarian cuisine and at the same time you will learn about the traditions that have influenced the local gastronomy of Tenerife for generations.

The Gala of the “Guide Michelin 2018”, a meeting of the national and Portuguese “Haute Cuisine”, was the highlight. The gala took place on November 22nd at the Hotel Ritz-Carlton Abama, where three of the now six Michelin stars from Tenerife are home to: two are owned by the restaurant M.B. and one belongs to the Abama Kabuki.

Whether you are a lover of modern cuisine or you prefer the traditional flavours of Tenerife, during your holiday on the island you can enjoy everything. Let’s go on a culinary trip of the Canarian cuisine.

Food in Tenerife, a journey for the palate

A highlight in Tenerife is the wrinkled potato (Spanish papa arrugada) served with green coriander mojo or red paprika mojo. It is considered one of the seven gastronomic wonders of Spain.

Gofio, another important ingredient in the gastronomic identity of the Canary Islands, is a product inherited from the Guanches, the island’s first inhabitants. It is a roasted cereal flour characterised by its nutritional value and authentic taste. You will find Gofio in the traditional cuisine, in recipes such as the Escaldón or in the modern cuisine with more innovative versions in desserts or mousse.

The honeys of Tenerife are also one of the protagonists in the gastronomy of the island. In their sweetness they hide more than five centuries beekeeping tradition. There are several types, as well as the geographic diversity: coast, Teide National Park and mountain landscape. Particularly popular is the honey of Mount Teide, the honey of the Teide bugloss (Tajinaste) or the broom (Retama) honey from the National Park. The aromas remind you of the highest peak in Spain and they are the perfect accompaniment to desserts and sauces.

Wines and wineries from Tenerife

White, rosé, red wine, Malvasías … The history of Tenerife is closely linked to the history of its vineyards. For many years Malvasia export was the most important economic engine of the island. Wine-growing started in the fifteenth century by the first Europeans moving to Tenerife.

This quality is protected in the numerous designations of origin of the island’s wineries: Abona, Tacoronte-Acentejo, Valle de Güímar, La Orotava and Ycoden-Daute-Isora. Here you can taste the wines that once Shakespeare and Walter Scott fell in love with.

Are you ready for your gastronomic experience?

Luxury holidays in Tenerife

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Tenerife has always been a very popular destination for Europeans. For some years the island has also become a preferred destination for luxury travel.

Currently, Tenerife is among the most desirable places for those who want to enjoy memorable experiences in an idyllic setting at the highest level. We will show you unique activities that will turn your vacations into unforgettable moments.

Luxury Hotels in Tenerife

For a long time Tenerife has hosted luxury accommodation of the major and best hotel chains. hotel-palacio-isora-sb

In addition to the variety of 5-star hotels, 5-star L and 5-star GL, new accommodation models have been added in the last years; such as apart hotels, boutique hotels and country houses, which combine luxury and nature to meet the latest demands of the most discerning tourists in search of unique and exclusive experiences, but in a natural and relaxed environment.

Tenerife during the day

In Tenerife the day will seem short, you will always miss hours to enjoy the island. The largest of the Canary Islands offers so many possibilities, but what awaits you?

How about yoga on the sailboat during the sunset to reconcile your physical and mental well-being? Sounds good, right?

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If you don’t like yoga, then just enjoy the sailboat trip; the food on board, relax while rocking the waves and be enchanted by nature. During the tour, you can visit some of the most beautiful and famous places on the island, like the cliffs of Los Gigantes. They fall vertically 300 metres into the sea and amazing size you can only enjoy from the sea.

If you do not practice yoga, then just enjoy the sailboat trip; the food on board, relax while rocking the waves and be enchanted by nature. During the tour you can visit the most beautiful and emblematic places of the island, such as the cliffs of Los Gigantes (300 metres high). You can only enjoy their amazing size from the sea.

Another excursion that you should not miss is the Volcano Teide Experience. Here you can climb the summit of Mount Teide with a private guide. You can also make the ascent by cable car and then go to the crater. A magical experience is to enjoy the sunset on the highest mountain of Spain and observe the stars.

If you want to go shopping in Tenerife, the island has several shopping areas with the most prestigious brands. After shopping, you can rest in one of the spas and wellness centres.

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Taste the gastronomy of Tenerife

Did you know that we have five Michelin stars in Tenerife?

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We start with the Restaurant MB of Martín Berasategui, with two Michelin stars. Here we recommend you to order the tasting menu, with the best of what the Canary Islands have to offer.

An exquisite option is the Kabuki Restaurant; which is high-class Japanese cuisine combined with a touch of Western cuisine, included the Canarian. We continue with the Restaurant Kazan, also high Japanese cuisine is served here. It maintains its deserved reputation for the careful selection of the ingredients and the cooking of the master Tadashi Tagami.

The latest addition to the Michelin star in Tenerife is the restaurant “El Rincón de Juan Carlos“, a classic of the local gastronomic scene, which has shown that traditional recipes can become true works of art.

Another great choice for a luxury holiday in Tenerife are the beach clubs, with their brunch, caviar and champagne, fresh seafood at noon and beautiful sunsets overlooking La Gomera, La Palma and El Hierro in the evening.

For the first drink we go to the Monkey Beach Club, an exclusive and emblematic place, in the heart of Playa de las Americas, with one of the best views of the island of La Gomera. From there we continue our tour towards Papagayo Beach Club, an idyllic setting that guarantees exclusive sensations and moments of fun.

So, we are at the end of this small tour guide, a “luxury trip to Tenerife”, and we invite you to plan your vacation. Get to know the “slow life” on the island and remember, our true luxury is the excellent mild climate and the unique landscape that guarantee a relaxing holiday no matter whether winter, summer, autumn or spring.

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Five Michelin stars sparkle in Tenerife cusine

The island’s gastronomy is one of its big attractions for tourists

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The 2016 edition of the prestigious Michelin Guide has once more acknowledged the extraordinary quality of Tenerife cuisine, by giving five stars to restaurants on the island. The latest in joining the list is El Rincón de Juan Carlos, which has just achieved its first star. It is joined by the restaurants M.B. and Kabuki, both at the Abama Resort & Spa in Guía de Isora (which retain the stars they already had, two and one respectively), and Kazán in Santa Cruz de Tenerife (which also keeps the star it obtained last year).

Tenerife is the only Canary Island with Michelin stars thanks to its gastronomy, which has been able to combine traditional dishes with other more innovative ones to create a culinary option that —through hundreds of restaurants spread all over the island— now holds its own as a tourist attraction.

Original and diverse cuisine

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Tenerife gastronomy is made from products that stand out for their freshness, one of its greatest identifying features. The fish and the meat and, of course, all of the garden produce make delicious dishes featuring stars such as potatoes, bananas and honey.

Tenerife wines deserve a special mention. The volcanic origins of the island have favoured original and diverse wines, at times produced in unlikely conditions due to weather or orography. These particularities can be appreciated in the five certified designations of origin in Tenerife: Abona, Tacoronte-Acentejo, Ycoden-Daute-Isora, Valle de Güímar and Valle de La Orotava.

Saborea Tenerife product club

Part of the explanation of the progress experienced by Tenerife cuisine over recent years is the Saborea Tenerife product club. It integrates the growers, the markets, the chefs, the winemakers and everyone who has anything to do with the island’s gastronomy.

The pooling of professional sectors and public initiatives makes up a club where diverse activities coincide, such as gastronomy with alternative leisure activities, active tourism, nature tourism, cultural tourism, wine tourism, accommodation, local production, specialist means of communication and many of the current varieties of tourist experience that mark the difference and singularity of top holiday destinations.

For more information on Tenerife’s restaurants and wineries:

http://www.webtenerife.co.uk/activities/eat-drink/?tab=1&page-index=1&tab-view-mode=cuadricula

Tasca El Callejon Meatballs with goat cheese sauce tapa

Until the end of July 2013 there is a great Tapas route  going on in Santa Cruz de Tenerife called Soho Tapas Route.

Tasca El Callejón is taking part in this gastro challenge with a great tapa and I also got the full recipe by Chef Sebastián Morales, “Chano”, so let’s get all the ingredients to make it at home.

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Meatballs with goat cheese recipe

  • Meatballs Ingredients:

    • Yearly calf minced meat – 1 kg
    • onion – 1
    • garlic – 2 tsp
    • cumin powder- 2tsp ( depending on your taste)
    • mustard – like the one you use for hot-dogs
    • black pepper powder
    • eggs – 2
    • salt
    • breadcrumbs
  • Goat cheese sauce ingredients:

    • cream – 1/2 l
    • grated mature goat cheese – 1/2 l
    • Black pepper in powder
    • salt
    • oregano – 200gr.
  • Meatballs preparation:

    • In a pan with olive oil we stirfry the onion, garlic and other spices, once done we mix it with the minced meat and we wait till it’s cold enough.
    • Add 2 eggs and the mustard, then mix it with your hands.
    • Make the meatballs and roll them with breadcrumbs and fry.
  • Goat Cheese sauce preparation:

    • Boil the cream and reserve.
    • Add the cheese and spices.
    • Mix well.

You can present the dish as  in the picture .  Have a cool Tinto de Verano with it. But if you order this tapa you can also have a glass of beer of house wine during the SOHO tapas route for as little as 2,5o€

Good apetite

Tinto de Verano at Tasca El Callejón in Tenerife

It’s a bit hot in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, we are at summer time and I feel thirsty. Quick look at the time in my mobile and , oh yeah! Cocktail o’clock! Perfect time to go to Tasca el Callejón for a cold Tinto de verano.

This time I  also took advantage of Luis Yanes who offered me a seat as fast as he could, and I decided to try to ask for Tinto de verano recipe to try it at home ans see if I could impress some friends, so let’s go for a Tinto de verano!

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Tinto de verano cocktail – Tenerife

 

Tinto de verano recipe

Tinto de verano ingredients:

  • Good quality young or crianza red wine.
  • Banana liqueur.
  • Green apple liqueur.
  • Some slices of lemon and orange.

Tinto de verano preparation:

  • Put the sliced fruit and the ice in the glass you will use to serve the drink.
  • Add banana liqueur.
  • Add Green apple liqueur.
  • Pour the red wine and don’t stir.

Tinto de verano will be divided in two coloured areas and guest is the one to stir the drink.

The price of a great Tinto de verano at Tasca el Callejón  is: 3,50€

This particular tinto de verano recipe was created by an awesome team at tasca EL Callejón:

  • David Barroso,
  • Esther Herrera and
  • Luis Yanes

Fancy one? Come to order one and ask for a few tapas as I did:

  • Jamón ibérico Corquettes
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  • Tuna pickle

Both included in a menu designed by Braulio Simancas that is perfectly elaborated by ” Chano” , Sebastián Morales.

 

where is Tasca EL CALLEJON in Tenerife?

Callejón del Combate Nº9 – Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Telephone: 00 34 922 24 49 76