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Go to any market or even local supermarkets and you find piles of cheese made in the Canary Islands but not all of it is the real deal. Here's how you recognise the good stuff... The best Gran Canaria  and Canary Islands cheese is made from goat and sheep cheese…
Afters years of having been almost completely empty I heard a friend, who works up in the forests, mentioning that the Las Niñas reservoir was nearly full again. I went up and had a look. I've got good memories of that place, and it just is a lovely area of…
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Tapas are not a traditional thing in Gran Canaria. You don't get the free tapa with every beer that is so common in Mainland Spain, except on Tapas nights. That said, there are places that offer something similar to the tapas experience in the capital Las Palmas. Toma Pan y…
Red mojo or green mojo?  This is always the most answered question on our Facebook page and the red version is slightly more popular. This is probably because it comes on the papas arrugadas (wrinkly popes as they are sometimes translated on local menus). Somehow, red and green are the…
The Gran Canaria mango season runs from summer through to February depending on the year. The first ones normally appear in the shops in July but this year they are really early. This year Spar supermarkets are already selling little ones at an outrageous 10 euros per kilo. However, prices…
As you drive or walk around Gran Canaria you get the impresssion that it's a dry island because there is no water flowing in the valleys. However, this is an illusion as almost every barranco on the island should have a natural stream.  Before tourism, water was life in Gran…
The Alis Bar on the rooftop of the Royal Hideaway Santa Catalina Hotel in Las Palmas is intentionally but achingly trendy but doesn't really have that much atmosphere. It feels like the kid of place people go to look at each other's Gucci trainers rather than to have fun.  It's…
We found  a small and informal but delicious Thai restaurant in Playa del Inglés and we think everyone should try it. Sawadee in San Agustín, and soon also in Meloneras where the outdoor cinema used to be, is a great Thai restaurant but it is also quite big and even…
Bululú, quite appropriately on the corner of Calle Veneuela and Olof Palme in Las Palmas, is a South American restaurant that looks towards the Caribbean and beyond for its inspiration.  Its food is a fascinating fusion of South American and Latin Caribbean ingredients and dishes with a healthy hint of…
We stopped at Blossom Art & Food for lunch just because it looked so pretty and most of the other stands at the food strip on the top floor of The Market wetren't open. The serfvice was frioendly and efficient and the food did look like a piece of art.…
Breakfast by the beach has always been a bit of a challenge in Las Palmas. Most of the bars and restaurants along Las Canteras beachfront will do you an early cofffee but they really start with the lunch crowd. However, things are looking up and several Las Canteras spots now…
You have to up early and very lucky to find the Bandama Caldera full of mist like in Lex's photo. It only happens a few days every year and clears as soon as the sun starts to warm up. However, there is a lot of stuff to see and do…
It's going to be a stunning year for walking (or driving) in Gran Canaria because this second rainy spell will extend the green into April and May. The rain this week was what local farmers call "lluvia mansa" or tame rain; gentle rain over a long period that really soaks…
Parallel to Mesa y Lopez, the pedestrian Ruiz de Alda has become a firm favourite as a lunch spot for Las Palmas locals. It's always busy but most places have a free table even at peak times. As always, if you want a guaranteed spot, turn up early at 13.00…
Late January and early February is the perfect time to explore Las Palmas' only remaining wild valley; The Guiniguada Barranco. It's when it's at it greenest and the white echium bushes are in full flower.  It's an easy walk  between Triana and Santa Brigida past the Jardín Canario botanical garden.…
Lex loves the Pizzeria Dibe in Puerto de Las Nieves but I think that's because he is a pizza-starved vegetarian who lives in the sticks. Dibe is very good but for my money, the best pizza restaurant in Gran Canaria is Pizzería Da LUIGI on Calle Torres Quevedo just behind…
If driving around to see different landscapes is your thing, you're in luck: it's what I do a lot wherever I am, and of course as well at the island I live on. Included you'll find links to the routes on Google Maps. Road choice 1: GC200 One road is rather…
Now, I'm vegetarian. So I do like that Italian restaurants exist. As it happens, I do like good pizzas too, and if friends ever go to a good, new pizza place, chances are they will tell me about it. And I've been to the really good pizza places all over…
Welcome to the Tried and Tasted Guide to Canary Islands wine It’s a guide for the enthusiastic wine drinker who wants to know more about the unique grapes and wines of the Canary Islands. Once you’ve read it, you’ll know enough about Canarian wine to recognise a good Malvasía and…
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