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Saturday, September 24, 2005

Eating Canary Style

Papas arrugadas and sliced tomato

The traditional food of the Canary Islands is simple fayre with an interesting history, but this cuisine is not well-known outside of the archipelago. Canarian food is also healthy food (more so even than the much-acclaimed Mediterranean Diet), using simple ingredients to create dishes that are centuries old and steeped in tradition, yet just as fresh today.

Add to this many outside influences both to the gastronomy and to the culture in general; from Latin America, Europe, Africa ... and you arrive at what today is a very rich and diverse cuisine. Food is an important part of any culture and I don't think it's possible to get the real 'flavour' of somewhere without trying the local delicacies.

The best advice I have read on this subject came in an article (no longer online) at Wine X Magazine, entitled, "Flyin South For The Winter Canary Style", which was:

    "Just point, nod your head and look hungry."

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