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Friday, August 05, 2016

The art of authentic Canarian dining and other stories

There's more to Canarian dining than wrinkled potatoes.

The art of authentic Canarian dining
But there’s one piece of the jigsaw I’ve left out till now. All of the comments mentioned were in English language reviews. Most Spanish language reviews were positive, describing the restaurant I knew. That speaks volumes – it shouts from the rooftops the big difference is a cultural one. One group is schooled in the art of Canarian dining, the other isn’t.

New wind farms to be built in Tenerife and Gran Canaria
The Ministry of Trade for the Canarian Government has given the go ahead for eight new wind farms to be built across the archipelago. The farms, that will produce nearly 110 MW of power, will be based in Arico, in Tenerife and Agüimes, Gran Canaria. The paperwork was signed off today by minister Pedro Ortega, and it is hoped that the farm will come online in the next 2 years.

Foot To The Pedal At Food Truck Festival
 The Food Truck Festival did look alluring on the forecourt of the cultural centre, there were five trucks converted to serve specialist food and drink, two large bouncy castles, and a stage loaded with speakers, amps, and a microphone being given the old one two test.

Relax in a Rural Setting, Review of La Casona del Patio in Santiago del Teide
This is the second time we’ve stayed in this hotel, the first was shortly after it opened when it had a different name. Since then it has led somewhat of a troubled life, management of it changing hands a few times over the years since its inauguration. It’s a place whose renovation we watched for years, looking forward to the time it would be open for business. La Casona del Patio is a unique hotel in an absolute peach of a setting – for us it’s the best Tenerife location for a rural hotel because you can step straight onto an number of very different walking trails. It’s a hotel with massive potential. But it has never been managed effectively… until now.

Alcalá’s Virgen de Candelaria fiesta, with the famous Toste Brothers fireworks on 15 August
Apart from being the patron saint of Tenerife and of the town of Candelaria itself, the Virgen de Candelaria is also the patron saint of Alcalá on the west coast … and every August, during the town’s fiestas patronales between the 12th and 17th, there is a fireworks display which has become known as the place to see fireworks in south Tenerife. The fireworks are organized by the Los Realejos Toste brothers, who have put on the exhibition, involving hundreds of kilos of gunpowder, for over 80 years.

Tenerife gives British visitors a big warm Brexit hug
Give a Brit a big warm hug is an initiative which was implemented in July to reassure British visitors that no matter what happens following June’s EU referendum vote, the friendly Tenerife welcome they’ve been used to over the years will remain exactly the same.

Adeje joins Arona in banning electric scooters for all except the disabled
Only last week Arona explained that its clampdown on electric scooters would see fines and confiscations for use in pedestrian areas unless they were ridden by a disabled person at walking pace. Now, Adeje has joined Arona and announced that it has passed its own decree banning electric vehicles on footpaths, pedestrian zones and public spaces.

Tenerife PWA World Cup: El Médano
After the opening wave event of the year in Pozo Izquierdo, Gran Canaria, the elite of the wave sailing world now head to El Médano, Tenerife, for the second stop of the 2016 PWA Wave World Tour.

Cabildo under pressure to complete Tenerife ring road
The Canarian government has said that works on the final stretch of the Tenerife ring road should be started soon. The project, estimated to cost in the region of €300m, will see the road between Santiago del Teide and El Tanque upgraded, following on from the completion of the latest stage of the TF-1 and TF-5 roads. The Cabildo of Tenerife now says that it hopes works will commence in 2017.

Diveragosto – Fun August in Arona municipality
Arona Ayuntamiento’s Culture Department has announced a series of events in August for all the family. The programme – Diveragosto (FunAugust) – is in three parts: open air cinema screenings throughout the municipality; water activities in the borough’s main plazas; and fun workshops in libraries.

High Praise For Santiago Del Teide
Pride of place at the top goes to a statue of Our Lady Of Lourdes, placed in a small cave next to an old spring in 1990. The walk up doesn’t take long but offers increasingly wonderful views over the small town. What a great way to spot the main influences in the history of Santiago del Teide, the pine forests, the lava fields, and even the new ring road bursting through the mountainside  tunnel.

Collapsed road faces even more upheaval
CABILDO President Carlos Alonso believes is “very likely” that the access to Punta de Teno, in Buenavista del Norte, where the road collapsed last month, will be severely disrupted over the next few weeks. And vehicle access will be entrusted solely to public-transport company Titsa. The road damage appears to be worse than initially thought and it will take a bigger repair job, and more time, to resolve.

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