Cake and a view

La Palma has lots of spectacular viewpoints, (mirador in Spanish). Most people’s favourite is the at El Time, which is perched on the northern edge of the Angustias ravine in Tijarafe. It’s easy to find. Coming from Los Llanos, you drive down and down and down, round some pretty steep bends. After you cross the river, almost at sea-level, you drive up and up and up and up and up,…

April 2, 2013
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La Zamora Kiosk

There are several kiosks around La Palma. They all give good value for money in unpretentious surroundings, and some are great. La Zamora is on the south-west coast of La Palma, in Fuencaliente. Ver Places to eat on a Palma en un mapa más grande It sits on top of a cliff, with a great view down to the bay below. When the sea’s rough, the waves breaking on the…

March 29, 2013
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Barraquitos

A barraquito is something between coffee and dessert. It takes a while to prepare one, and there are lots of variations. This is how the kiosk in San José makes them. First, a good layer of condensed milk followed by a sizable glug or “43” liqueur or brandy. Then coffee from the expresso machine followed by hot milk, and froth. Finally, the barraquito is topped off with a sprinkle of…

February 19, 2013
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Churros

Churros are a “sometimes” food. They’re high calorie, high fat, high sugar and low vitamins. And delicious, especially when it’s a bit cold. You make a mixture something like pancake batter, but without egg and thicker, and use a giant syringe to squirt a big spiral of it into hot oil. When it’s fried, you cut it into strips perhaps 6″ long, and serve it with very thick hot chocolate….

October 18, 2012
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Churros

Churros are a “sometimes” food. They’re high calorie, high fat, high sugar and low vitamins. And delicious, especially when it’s a bit cold. You make a mixture something like pancake batter, but without egg and thicker, and use a giant syringe to squirt a big spiral of it into hot oil. When it’s fried, you cut it into strips perhaps 6″ long, and serve it with very thick hot chocolate….

October 18, 2012
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A Stroll by the Sea: Puerto Espindola, Charco Azul and San Andres

La Palma has over 1,000 km of footpaths – everything from challenges for fit people to gentle strolls. One of my favourites is the walk along the coast from Charco-Azul to Puerto Espindola, in the municipality of San Andres and Sauces. Charco Azul has salt-water swimming pools, rather like Piscinas la Fajana. At one time, Puerto Espindola was a working port, mostly exporting the agricultural produce of the borough. Now…

July 30, 2012
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