June in La Cocina del Mencey

Este mes de junio El Mencey nos trae sorpresas exquisitas y exóticas para salir un poco de la monotonía, probar nuevos sabores y disfrutar de un ambiente diferente.

Este es el Mes del arroz en La cocina del Mencey, significa que podremos deleitarnos en el Restaurante y Terraza Los Laureles con una variedad de platos basados en este cereal que no puede faltar en los platos de las asiáticos. Habrá arroz con bacalao, arroz caldoso con pescados y mariscos, arroz negro de sepia con alioli, arroz con costra…  Un sin fin de propuestas para cambiar nuestra rutina alimenticia y regalarle al paladar nuevas sensaciones.

El 13 de Junio este delicioso restaurante se lució con una noche temática mexicana, en la que la gastronomía y coctelería de este país americano fue la estrella y. como siempre. dejó paladares contentos.

Desde los típicos nachos con guacamole y los burritos, hasta los más exquisitos cocteles como margaritas, mojitos y el infaltable tequila. Mucho picante y sabores intensos.

Y para terminar el mes como se merece, el 27 de junio La Cocina del Mencey ofrecerá en el Iballa Cocktail Bar una noche de ceviches y tartares acompañados con el coctel peruano Pisco Sour. Todo esto amenizado con música en vivo. Así que si estás cansado de comer lo mismo, ¡ya tienes más de una opción!

Delicacies of the cuisine of Huelva

One of the best things of travelling is having the opportunity of tasting some of the traditional dishes of Huelva, located between the sea and mountains and marked by the geographic characteristics of this province. The cuisine of this region is marked by sea products such as the shellfish and the fish, as well as by meats and vegetables.

But regarding the cuisine of Huelva, the first thing that comes to mind are some of its star products, such as the exquisite Jabugo ham, coming from free range pigs from  the hills of this small town. We also know full well the strawberries of Huelva, a regional fruit that becomes traditional since 90’s. And in respect of the shellfish, the star product is the white prawn from Huelva.

The food of Huelva could be considered as a food with intense and traditional flavours, whose most typical dishes are characterized by the meat, fish and vegetables. I really recommend among its traditional meat dishes (in which the lamb and pig prevail) for example, the caldereta de cordero or carrillera de cerdo.

Among fishes and shellfishes, it is very usual the tuna with tomato, raya al pimentón, pargo encebollado or the swordfish. We cannot miss the opportunity to try the dried salted tuna of Huelva, the cuttlefish (similar to a squid) or the coquina, typical molluscs from Costa de la Luz.

On the other hand, in the cuisine of Huelva, the vegetable stews are also cooked, as well as the habas enzapatás, made with broad beans, pennyroyal and garlics, or the chickpeas with spinach. 

Regarding the cakes and pastries, some delicacies very recommended are the cakes from Huelva, torta real or the delicious quince jelly.

Recommended hotels in Huelva:

–          Flamero Hotel

–          Dunas de Doñana Golf Resort Hotel  

–          Sensimar Isla Cristina Palace Hotel

Majorero cheese: the treasure of Fuerteventura

Fuerteventura offers a new attraction to its visitors: to know how its delicious majorero cheese is prepared and to taste its different types. Where?  Farms and cattle cooperatives in Fuerteventura are betting on opening their establishments in order to receive tourists and bystanders, which will enjoy to know the process of production of the majorero cheese, from the goat breeding to the cheese soaking.

Nowadays, more than ten farms producing this exceptional goat cheese, traditional of Fuerteventura, make part of the network of stock farms that can be visited. Likewise, there are many cheese factories in the entire island, such as Gran Tarajal, where we find almost the total of the production with the Designation of Origin. We can request guided tours and find the details of the address in the Fuerteventura Cheese Guide.

The majorero cheese tour in the northern area of Fuerteventura starts in the famous Cueva del Llano, in Villaverde, one of the must visit places in the island, since it is the oldest lava tube in the Canary Islands. There, in the municipality of La Oliva, you can find important cheese factories such as Roque,  Fenimoy, Guriamen, La Cancela and Lac Tindaya.

The cheese factory tour in Fuerteventura crosses Gran Tarajal and Tuineje (Quesos Rosa de la Madera, La Vista, La Gambuesa, Cañada de Agando…) and the municipality of Pájara, where are placed the hotels of Playa de Jandía. There you can visit so traditional majorero cheese companies such as La Pastora, El Palmeral, Barranco Machín, Guerime, Vinamar, Rincón de las Hermosas and Mézquez, among others.

Iberostar Playa Gaviotas Hotel

Iberostar Playa Gaviotas Hotel

If you stay in a hotel in Playa de Jandia or in a resort in Costa Calma, you can visit any of these cheese factories by car, allowing you to enjoy the amazing landscapes offered by the entire natural area of Pájara, with almost pristine beaches such as Cofete beach or El Matorral beach, one step away from the Morro Jable town.

Traditional dishes of Guadalajara

The cuisine of Guadalajara consists of a series of traditionally made dishes in which the seasonal products prevail. Its cuisine is basically made up of kid and lamb meat, freshwater fish and products with guarantee of origin and highest quality.

If you stay in a hotel in Guadalajara, you cannot miss the opportunity to try some of the most traditional regional dishes of Castilla La Mancha and taste its more genuine flavours.

Among the most common meats in the cuisine of Guadalajara, stand out the lamb and kid, with which different types of roasts with herbs are made.The game meats are also very important in the regional cuisine, the small game such as the partridge, the quail and the rabbit, and the big game such as the wild boar and the deer.

Dishes with freshwater fish are very traditional in Guadalajara, especially the trout cooked in different ways in the entire province, although every place has its speciality.

The cuisine of Guadalajara is also based on seasonal products, such as the boletus or the king trumpet mushroom which are part of the most traditional dishes. Likewise, the dishes with regional truffle are also very typical, and very coveted.

And among the traditional pastries of Guadalajara, it is worth tasting the famous bizcochos borrachos, they are just delicious. Ring-shaped pastries, Yemas del Doncel de Singüenza, alajú…

On the other hand, Guadalajara has a series of products with guarantee of origin and quality worth mentioning. Among them, honey from La Alcarria, which is by the way the unique honey in Spain with guarantee of origin. The oil from La Alcarria has also the guarantee of origin and quality, as well as the Mondejar wine, which is perfect for accompanying many traditional dishes of Guadalajara.

If you stay in an accommodation in Guadalajara, do not miss the opportunity to try the products and traditional dishes of this province. You won’t be disappointed.

Recommended hotels in Guadalajara:

–        Elegance Azuqueca Henares Hotel

A tour through the flavours of Puerto de Santa María

In the cuisine of Puerto de Santa María, as in any good fishing village, the sea products prevail and are the main figures of its dishes. Fishes and shellfishes are the essential ingredients in some of its most traditional recipes.

If you stay in an accommodation in Puerto de Santa María, you cannot miss the opportunity of tasting some of its most traditional dishes and going on a tour through the flavours of the cuisine of Cádiz. 

That typical sea flavour of Puerta de Santa María could be appreciated in traditional dishes such as caldillo de perro, a sea soup of fishes, onion, garlic and bitter orange.

Equally appetising are the other dishes such as Raya al pan frito or Fideos con lenguado.

And, naturally, we cannot miss the chance of tasting the pescaito frito, the shellfish or tortillitas de camarones, so typical in Andalusia.

Many restaurants and hotels close to the historic quarter of Puerto de Santa María offer a varied culinary offer which combines the traditional cuisine of this area with the most innovative proposals. Now, the sea products keep being the main figures.

Likewise, the entire locality has a good offer of establishments that serve tapas.

Actually, one of the cuisine customs in Puerto de Santa María is precisely to go for a few tapas to the numerous establishments that offer this so typical food in Andalusia. 

Some restaurants and hotels in Puerto de Santa María also offer detailed lists of regional wines. This is hardly surprising because in this locality we find wine cellars famous for their wine production, standing out the dry sherry, muscatel and Pedro Ximénez.

Traditional dishes from the Andorran cuisine

The Andorran cuisine is very marked by the Pyrenean territory, where is located the Principality, so that its cuisine is mainly based on traditional mountain dishes made with game meats or freshwater fishes.

Besides, the influence of neighbouring countries is palpable in the Andorran cuisine, specially of Provence and Catalonia. Both cuisines are present in many of the traditional dishes of Andorra, providing typical touches of each region.

Among the traditional Andorran dishes, it is worth noting, for example, the trinxat, made with  potatoes, cabbage, salt pork and garlics. The escudella is also very typical, it is a traditional Catalonian stew made with chicken, sausages, meatballs and a soup made with different vegetables. Other main courses of this cuisine are the conill, cooked rabbit with tomato, or the xai, roasted lamb with spices.

Regarding fishes, the freshwater fishes are very typical, for example the trout, cooked in different ways in the entire Andorran territory. Other renowned products in Andorra are the high quality chesses and the serrano ham.

In respect to the desserts and pastries, the cocas are other Andorran specialities, as well as the torrija, a bread soaked in honey and cream. There are also very usual the roasted apples, served as a dessert or as an accompaniment to the main courses.

Recommended hotels in Andorra:

– Cosmos Hotel

– Comabella Hotel

– Carlemany Hotel

Typical dishes that you should taste in Fuerteventura

The holiday in Fuerteventura is full of proposals for the senses. } If you have decided to spend some days of relax and beach in this beautiful Canary Island, you should not stop tasting its cuisine, at least the 4 typical dishes that represent it before the most demanding palates.   Certainly, you will be surprised.

The Fuerteventura cuisine has significant influences of its Guanche origins and preserves a very natural and simple making, offering, nevertheless, intense flavours. The basic products of the Island cuisine are fish, roasted grain flour, majorero cheese and potato.

Among the typical dishes of Fuerteventura, could be pointed four: kneaded gofio, wrinkly potatoes with mojo, sancocho and pejines.

Kneaded gofio: Maybe it does not sound very attractive, but is one of the most traditional and tasty typical dishes of Fuerteventura. It is a dough made with roasted barley flour, milk, water, stock (of fish or vegetables), wine and honey.  There are different versions, some of them have banana or raisins, potatoes, ground almond and cheese.

Iberostar Playa Gaviotas Hotel

Iberostar Playa Gaviotas Hotel

Sancocho: Legacy of majoreros, it has gone beyond borders and has become one of the leading dishes on the other side of the Atlantic. Traditionally linked to the Easter, the Sancocho of Fuerteventura is basically a stew of salted fish usually served with a delicious Mojo Rojo and white cheese sauce.

Papas arrugás: One of the most international typical dishes of Fuerteventura. Served as appetisers or nibbles, with varied mojos, although the traditional and most known is the mojo picón. A very simple dish, based on small cooked potatoes with skin and a lot of salt.  Ideally, they should be prepared with native potatoes like the black potato, eaten with skin.

Pejines: It is a small fish similar to the fresh anchovy and with intense flavour like the sardine.  They are fried, grilled or dried in the sun, the latter being one of the most traditional ways of eating fish in Fuerteventura. They are the perfect element for appetiser.

To taste these dishes you should look for typical pubs of the Canary Islands where you have booked your holiday hotel in Fuerteventura.  One of the most interesting areas gastronomically speaking is the south of the island: if you have a room in Jandía beach or Costa Calma, you will be one step away from Morro Jable, one of the most tourist fishermen small towns where you can find authentic treasures of cuisine with sea products such as the fish stock or the above mentioned pejines.

The “tasquita” in Seville, a way of living

Seville is an extraordinary city inhabited by the Sevillians: one of a kind, funny and lively people.  

The city of Seville is a delicacy for tourists, who can visit its tourist attractions with calmness, good weather and a really unique atmosphere. 

Seville offers the traveller different plans: shopping in centenary shops, promenades around the Plaza de España square, culture in the Real Alcazar and, of course, the tasquitas. 

The tasquita (also known as pub or bar) in Seville is the social centre of the city, an institution where everybody is more than welcomed. Chatting, in the tasquita. Savouring tapas, in the tasquita. After work, the tasquita. 

The tasquitas are places where the Sevillians tell their family and friends their grievances and illusions and where, above all, partying is the essence, the Sevillian party all travellers should experience.

Seville is full of memorable pubs. The best bars in the city can be found in the Triana and Macarena neighbourhoods, although the entire Seville is an invitation to party and savour the best cuisine.

Some of the renowned places are Sol y Sombra (lamb sirloin), Cibeles II (sirloin al hermano -hot baguette filled with pork sirloin, caramelised onion and a special sauce- and serranito trianero -hot baguette filled with green pepper, cured ham and a breaded pork fillet), La Eslava  (salmorejo -Andalusian vegetables soup- and honey ribs), Las Golondrinas (cot with vegetables and European squids), Casablanca (seafood and fried fish), El Tremendo brewery (specialised in beers), Blanca Paloma (lemon rock cod and sirloin with sherry), El Rinconcito (rices and spinach with chickpeas), Antonio Romero Bar (pringás and filled hot baguettes), Casa Trifón (chacinas -cured meat-)…

If you are thinking about visiting Seville and its tasquitas, our accommodation proposal for today is the TRH Alcora Business hotel, a 4-star hotel with all type of services. The hotel rooms of the TRH Alcora Business & Congress Hotel are perfect for your relax and rest… and your couple’s.

Enjoy Seville and a unique way of living!

A Spanish restaurant in Budapest

Today, I would like to talk about the restaurant La Plaza, a Spanish restaurant in Budapest. It is a restaurant located in the Iberostar Grand Hotel Budapest, in the centre of the city and overlooking Liberty Square. Specifically, the restaurant is situated on the street Szabadságtér Number 4, surrounded by unique attractions for those visiting the city.

Spanish gastronomy in Budapest

Spanish gastronomy in Budapest

La Plaza restaurant is a gourmet restaurant in Budapest, led by renowned Spanish chef Sergio Montaño who has a long experience in restaurants of a Michelin star level, as well as having led the kitchens of some of the best and most recognized hotels of the world, including the hotel chains Sheraton, Hilton, Marriott, Le Meridien. His knowledge goes beyond Spanish cuisine, experimenting with cooking techniques as diverse as Asian, Italian, French and other international cuisines.

At the restaurant La Plaza products and recipes of the Spanish gastronomy are mixed with traditional Hungarian dishes, using modern preparation and elaboration techniques, playing with textures and flavours.

Restaurant La Plaza in Budapest

Restaurant La Plaza in Budapest

The menu at this Spanish restaurant in Hungary changes seasonally, but there are always present the most representative of the Iberian cuisine flavours, such as Iberian ham, vegetable paella, fish or meat, typical Mediterranean fish and meat cuts such as the cheek of calf or suckling pig. The restaurants menu also features a tasting menu of 5 or 8 dishes, and a lunch menu with 2 or 3 courses of your choice.

Another of the surprises of the restaurant La Plaza is its cafeteria, open to the public any time of day, where you can enjoy both the inside building and a beautiful terrace, a selection of the best Spanish tapas, pastries, an incredible café menu, teas and infusions, plus a selection of cocktails, with our without alcohol, making it an idyllic place where to disconnect after a day of sightseeing around the city.

Latest news from the Cookery Classroom of El Mencey

This month of November is charged with succulent news regarding the hotel Iberostar Grand Mencey and the Cookery Classroom of El Mencey. This historic gastronomic hotel in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, has first class services and facilities where its gastronomic offer stands out.

The Grand Mencey hotel has 3 restaurants, 3 bars and terraces and the Cookery Classroom, where they celebrate a great variety of events such as cooking classes, gastronomic cycles, team buildings, private dinners, presentations and banquets…

Cooking courses in Tenerife

Cooking courses in Tenerife

Regarding the latest news, the gastronomic cycle “Women with a star” have reserved the month of December to the chef Fina Puigdavall, from the restaurant Les Cols en Olot, that has 2 Michelin stars. This master class will be held on the 7th of December and the attendees will be able to enjoy a degustation menu under the title “buckwheat in our kitchen”. The Iberostar chain continues its bet on haute cuisine in Tenerife.

With respect to the musical entertainment, the Iballa Cocktail Bar will hold, during the weekend, live concerts on its fantastic terrace. On the 8th of November, starting at 20.30, you will be able to enjoy a very special evening with a jazz concert by musicians David K. Williams and Arturo Alonso. Throughout the evening, guests will be able to enjoy a very special gastronomic degustation that includes “pintxos” and spanish tapas for only 4,50€.

Restaurantes en Tenerife

Restaurantes en Tenerife

For all those interested in cooking courses in Tenerife, chef Juan Carlos Clemente organises two courses, a special course dedicated to Christmas dishes on the 22nd of November, and another course titled “cooking with yoghurts”, on the 27th of November.

For further information regarding the Grand Mencey, you may visit the official website at www.lacocinadelmencey.com