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Local Eats | Lanzarote

Local Eats | Lanzarote

Clear blue skies, minimum temperatures of 25 degrees, gorgeous clear, turquoise oceans make for a fantastic escape from the gloomy British weather and stress of day to day life. For the thousands of Britons that flock to Lanzarote every year that is all they ever experience, they slap on their brightly coloured ‘all-inclusive’ bands, lie by the pool and eat burgers, chicken and chips. Don’t get me wrong, a day sunning yourself by a pool with a portion of chips can be the perfect tonic after a long winter, but Lanzarote has so much more to offer than just its weather.

For the thousands of Britons that flock to Lanzarote every year that is all they ever experience, they slap on their brightly coloured ‘all-inclusive’ bands, lie by the pool and eat burgers, chicken and chips. Don’t get me wrong, a day sunning yourself by a pool with a portion of chips can be the perfect tonic after a long winter, but Lanzarote has so much more to offer than just its weather.

I could wax lyrical about the vibrant culture of Lanzarote, the people, the markets, but the best way to experience and understand a culture is often to experience the food – quite apt given this is a food blog.

I took my first trip to Lanzarote just this past week, and for someone who’s favourite part of a holiday is to immerse and appreciate the culture I was quite sceptical as to how I would enjoy Lanzarote as to my knowledge it was just jam packed of loud British tourists. While this was the partially true, you are able to find some rather remarkable places if you know where to look.

Taberna El Bocadito in Costa Teguise is a fantastically local tapas bar serving some of the best – if not the best – seafood I have ever had the privilege of eating. They serve all the hits, calamari, Paella, Tortilla (Spanish version) as well as being able to get some gorgeous local delicacies. The two to look out for are ‘Gueldes’, tiny fish, straight from the glistening Atlantic that provides the stunning backdrop for Taberna El Bocadito. The fish are so fresh you can literally taste the sea on them, no seasoning could produce that fresh sea salt taste quite the same way. The second item is the Canaries answer to Patatas Bravas – ‘Patatas Canarias’. Patatas Canarias are gorgeous baked new potatoes loaded with fresh sea salt and a covering of parsley, by themselves they are simply divine, but with the addition of the Canaries own ‘Mojo’ sauce they are taken to a new level. The two variants of this mojo sauce are ‘Rojo’ (Red) and ‘Verde’ (Green).

The second item is the Canaries answer to Patatas Bravas – ‘Patatas Canarias’. Patatas Canarias are gorgeous baked new potatoes loaded with fresh sea salt and a covering of parsley, by themselves they are simply divine, but with the addition of the Canaries own ‘Mojo’ sauce they are taken to a new level. The two variants of this mojo sauce are ‘Rojo’ (Red) and ‘Verde’ (Green). Both have their own special qualities, Rojo brings a bit of heat to the dish, being made with hot peppers and paprika, while Verde has more refreshing qualities being made with coriander and parsley.

El Bocadito is the perfect place to completely immerse yourself in the local culture, the only language heard inside is Spanish, the only food served is Spanish/Canarian and is a hotbed of locals. In El Bocadito you are truly away from anything to remind you of home, it’s just you, the sun and the fabulous food. If there was ever a way to truly escape, Taberna El Bocadito provides the perfect setting in which to do so.

P.S. You’re also served free shots with your bill.