Tablas de San Andrés

On the 29th and 30th November of each year, an event takes places in Tenerife that celebrates the opening of the wine cellars. Typically, on those dates, you can taste the new wine; eat roasted chestnuts and other island products from stalls set up around various towns.


However, in the municipalities of Icod and La Guacha they take the celebrations a step further when on the eve of San Andrés locals flash down the steepest streets on what can only be described as tea trays. This strange tradition is called “Tablas de San Andrés” and involves one or more people sitting on wooden boards to see who can zip down the street the fastest while being watched by numerous onlookers.

The tradition comes from a time around 16th Century, when timber from a sawmill in the highlands of Icod, was transported by rolling it downhill to the dock in San Marcos. In order to slow the logs down and dodge stones a person would sit on the back with oars made from beech.

In the run up to San Andres in every neighbourhood throughout the town, you will find kids on the slopes with their boards of different sizes normally made of wood, building up speed and keeping the tradition alive. In fact the tradition is more alive than ever and each year goes from strength to strength.



For more on Tenerife including daily weather read Queenie’s Daily Snippets everyone’s favourite Tenerife Blog  
Posted in Fiestas and Pilgrimages | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Folelé – Canarian Restaurant, Los Cristianos

While last Friday we went to see New York Knights the previous Friday we stayed in Los Cristianos and took our friends from the UK to Folelé because we know they like Canarian food and wine.

The restaurant isn’t new, I mentioned it in my Tenerife blog earlier this year, but it has taken us a while to visit as we were keeping it on a back burner for Charles and Valda’s visit, which is every November.

I phoned ahead to book a table as I assumed Los Cristianos on a Friday night would have been busy, especially the seafront, which is where the restaurant is located, but as it turned out it was very quiet. There was only three tables plus ourselves in the restaurant all evening. It is a shame because the décor is simple but tasteful, (the word Folelé is Canarian for dragonfly) and these are all around the walls. The service is first class, friendly but unobtrusive.


The food if not exceptional, because of its simplicity, is good. The menu has a selection of authentic Canarian fayre including ‘ropa vieja‘ an old Canarian dish and of course the obligatory Canarian potatoes. There is also a large selection of Canarian wines, which is why we were here as Charles and Valda only drink local wines when they are on the island.

We started with a selection of goats’ cheese, Canarian black pudding, garlic prawns and croquettes. Our waiter did tell us the portions were large and we could share, but we do that anyway, so we stuck with our original choice. Friends asked for a recommendation on a very dry white wine and they were pleased with what they were given.

We moved on to the main course and they were all very tasty. We had Carne Fiesta, spiced chicken, grilled pork and sea bass that should have had a fruit sauce, but Valda asked for it to be just grilled and served with no sauce. Everything was done to perfection, well cooked, nicely presented and all at a very reasonable price. We round off with coffees but had no room for dessert, as the portions were very large. We ended up bring a box home which our girls had for breakfast 2 mornings in a row.

I would not suggest anyone goes out of their way to visit this restaurant purely because of its simplicity, but if you are in the area and want to try REAL Canarian food, then you should certainly visit.

Posted in Restaurant Reviews | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

Tenerife, Where The Food’s As Good As The Weather – Part 3

In previous blogs, we have looked at what you can expect in both starters and main courses when eating in a Canarian restaurant.  This time around, we will look at the dessert menu.

Tenerife has an abundance of fresh fruit, oranges, mangos and of course, bananas. The Canarian banana is unmistakable; small, yellow and has black spots, which distinguish it from other varieties. What’s more, the taste is simply delicious. According to experts, the bananas grown on Tenerife are some of the best in the world. However, Canarians don’t exist on bananas alone,  you only have to look at the dessert menu to realise that the people of Tenerife have a sweet tooth.

In general, traditional ‘postres’ or puddings mostly use the same basic ingredients, eggs, sugar, lemon, milk and cinnamon. Below are some of the most common.

Arroz con leche this simple sweet is found on most traditional restaurant menus. Nice if you like cold rice pudding made with condensed milk.

arroz con leche

/The best rice pudding recipes

Quesillo – Sounds exotic but is nothing more than a crème caramel and personally I don´t like the texture. These are everywhere you can even buy packets in the supermarket to make an almost instant version at home.



Bienmesabe – Almond and cinnamon custard the name translates to “tastes good to me”. You find it in lots of Spanish speaking countries but in Tenerife, it is made from almonds, sponge cake, eggs, sugar and lemon. Its origin is probably Arabic, though the island looks upon it as its own.

Various used this

Various, too numerous to mention!

Huevos Mole – Is a thick, sweet custard flavoured with cinnamon, lemon and dessert wine such as Malvasia. The end result is like Zabaglione so I don’t mind ending a meal with this one, even though on some menus it is listed as Mole Eggs which sounds far from appetising.

Things to do in Tenerife

/Tenerife Turismo

Truchas de Batata. Typically served at Christmas, these little turnovers are stuffed with sweet potato, almonds and flavoured with anise, cinnamon, lemon zest and anise liqueur.

The above image belongs to Dada where you can also find the recipe for these easy to make treats.

Anyone who knows me, knows I like my food, but I’m not a great lover of eggy puddings I have to be ‘in the mood’ but I can always end a meal with a coffee, although it has to be a special barraquito.

Posted in Recipes | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

New York Knights – Los Cristianos

Last night we went to the Auditorio Infanta Leonor in Los Cristianos to see a tribute to Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand and Frankie Valli. It was part of OH’s birthday present because he loves Frank.

I had bought our tickets on line and knew that seats are not allocated so we decided to arrive early(ish). As there was no traffic and we dropped into a parking space almost opposite the theatre we found ourselves there just before 7.30pm for the 8.00pm show. We were going to have a drink but noticed a line that stretched from inside the theatre to the pavement, there must have been 300 people already queuing up. We joined it and talking to those around us, they were all ‘swallows’. Once inside I took a quick picture of the crowded theatre, and you can see the audience is all very much of ‘a certain age’.


The show started with a 5-piece band and two backing singers. It was at this point I thought, they are not all playing together and seem to be trying to outdo each other, but what the heck. Frankie Valli came on stage, he was a great singer, but at what looked to be well over 6 feet tall and with a definite hint of ginger in his hair, didn’t remind me of the original. We next had Barbra, she was also very good and at certain angles there was a resemblance and finally Frank. Another big guy but if you closed your eyes you would really think you were listening to Ole Blue Eyes.

Most people like OH seemed to enjoy the show, as we found out when bumping into several people we knew as we headed back to the car. However, I was disappointed. When the three sang together there was no harmony, they were all just doing their own thing, as was the band who on occasions swamped the vocals. I was not impressed when Frank gave us the first verse of “One for the Road” twice because he had clearly forgotten the words and the conversation with the audience seemed strained and rather stilted.

For the price, it was good, but I have seen as good if not better in the bars around the resorts. On the other hand, was I just being difficult to please on that occasion?


For weather & news updates around south Tenerife check Queenies Daily Snippets
Posted in Living on Tenerife | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

More delights of Ironbridge

Turn-of-the-century industry is a theme among the attractions of Ironbridge Gorge and Coalbrookdale.

We started our day at the Museum of the Gorge, which was opposite our hotel The Malthouse mentioned in an earlier blog. We began our journey here because after doing our sums we realised that to buy the annual ticket at £21.50 would mean that even if we didn´t manage to see all of the museums we would make a good saving.

The Museum of the Gorge wasn’t anything special. The main exhibit was a model of the bridge and surrounding area and a video about the gorge and its status as a World Heritage site. It didn´t take long to look around but as it was all part of the deal we didn’t mind that it wasn’t great.


Before visiting the main museums, we explored the surrounding area. This included the Bedlam Furnaces, one of the earliest to use coke instead of coal to smelt iron.

Next, the beautifully restored Darby Houses, where you can experience what life was like for the Darby family. Up the steps past the last house, ‘The Chestnuts’ takes you to the Quaker Burial Grounds. The climb is a bit steep. Abraham Darby, his son Abraham Darby II, his wife, and Abraham Darby III (builder of the Iron Bridge) are all buried here. The last Darby to be buried in the grounds was Rebecca in 1908 and the last burial to take place was in 1982.

If you enjoy walking there are a couple of trails you can follow, both the Arboretum and the Rope Walk will take you past meadows and woods full of wildlife and wildflowers that have been left to grow, untouched by any kind of sprays.


Back downhill, we passed under the impressive viaduct into the museum grounds. The Museum of Iron with its magnificently restored and decorated clock tower made of iron was our first stop. It is a former warehouse, which contains a variety of iron history exhibits, including a collection of fine art castings.

They also have a ‘Kevin’, theirs is covered in paint but I think mine which I picked up many years ago is far nicer, you may have noticed him from time to time sitting in the corner of pictures on my Tenerife weather blog

In an adjacent building is Enginuity. Before entering, I wasn’t particularly excited about this one, but once inside it was wonderful. The centre aims to inspire and capture the imagination of everyone by teaching how things are made and how they work. We spent a lot of time here – like a couple of kids we played with the interactive gadgets trying to outdo each other with moving balls, damming water and operating robots.

Our day at Ironbridge Gorge continued with a stop at the Jackfield Tile Museum brochures promised that we could “see, touch, and even walk upon magnificent British tiles!”  How could we possibly resist the promise of such a multi-sensory experience? As you can see from the images the museum delivered on its claims.

We began with a room dedicated to the history of tile making before it got really interesting. There were 1920s era tiled offices, a magnificent bathroom and loo which I’m certain is just for viewing, and not for use!  There was a recreation of Covent Garden station, some Shakespearian scenes and tiles from a children’s hospital featuring fairy tales, there is also a pub and 1930s parlour.  The final portion had samples of tiles, and contained information on the various techniques used to make them. I have always liked tiles, and have a selection on my garden walls so I found this museum particularly interesting.

Our final stop should have been the Coalport China Museum, which looks similar on the exterior to the Tile Museum, as they both have kilns, but it was the end of the day, and we had a long drive ahead of us. If we make it back to the area within 12 months, we can revisit our favourites and see the ones we missed as our pass will still be valid.

Although known as the ‘birthplace of industry’ over the years nature has reclaimed Ironbridge from heavy manufacturing, and the natural beauty of the gorge has been restored. The area is far from industrial, it is breathtakingly beautiful and well worth a couple of days visit if you are in the UK.


For weather & news updates  check Queenies Daily Snippets everyone’s favourite Tenerife Blog  
Blog Ping
Hostgator promo codes
Posted in Road Trips | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment