Europe

Emrelishment, a tale of travel, food and drink preparation

January 15, 2020 Jack 0

In the middle of the 20th cent in the cool and shady interior of the Imperial, an unexceptional bar next to the bullring in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, a regular known to the waiting staff as ‘El Barraco’ grabs a seat at the bar’s counter mid-morning and orders his favourite bocadillo […]

Europe

Discovering La Palma, again

April 30, 2019 Jack 0

Bejeques (house leeks) the size of small bushes burst from cracks in dry-stone walls. Sweet peas, snapdragons, and California poppies devoured whole sections of embankments outside traditional cottages. On grassy tracks between hamlets, wild flowers – proud tajinastes and aromatic wild lavender – took over the reins. […]

Spain

Peace, Love and a Carnival Queen, Man

February 24, 2012 Jack 0

Carnival is surreal at the best of times but the gala for the election of the Santa Cruz Carnival Queen in Tenerife ramped up the whole ‘have I just dropped a tab of acid’ feel to new levels. […]

Spain

A Taste of Carnival on Tenerife

November 5, 2011 Jack 1

Carnival (‘carnaval’ in The Canary Islands) on Tenerife in February might seem a long way off, but anyone with a yen to immerse themselves in the hedonistic hotbed that is one of the most flamboyant and fun carnivals on the planet better start… […]