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TENERIFE: THE FOOD I INDULGED IN ON MY TRIP

In Travel on November 4, 2012 at 4:45 pm

Okay, I gave you the low down on my trip as a whole but let me talk about the food. The food in Tenerife changed me literally. I got off the plane starving and every meal I had from their on was full and large. Let me tell you something about me. When I am at home in London, I really don’t eat much. Porridge and toast for breakfast five days a week. Saturday I make the effort to indulge in a full English breakfast and Sunday I skip breakfast to go to the gym in the morning. Sandwich or ready noodles, Doritos, flapjack and orange juice for lunch everyday. I most of the time have a proper African meal for dinner (rice, heavily seasoned meat and vegetables and salad).  Seems pretty simple right?

When I got to Tenerife that all changed. For breakfast, my meal consisted of baked beans (unseasoned), crispy bacon strips, scrambled eggs and a bowl of peach and pastry. I had that every morning. I never went out for breakfast when living in the hotel. I should have taken a picture of my portion of food. Sadly, I didn’t think a picture was that admirable. The food was good enough for me to keep eating more…and more……and more.

Lunch? Lunch was a major issue for me. I ate a lot. Everyday, I would make the effort to eat some sort of vegetable or salad. I really don’t like eating salad in London but Tenerife changed me entirely. I ate minestrone soup for starters. It tasted flavourful but not extremely seasoned. I am black, and food in my culture most of the time has extreme seasoning beyond my own grasp of knowledge. The main course for lunch is usually paella (which I craved on the daily), beetroot, sweetcorn, chips, nuggets, shrimp rings with beef or chicken in mushroom sauce or marinated in something unusual (I survived and didn’t get any allergic reactions from my extreme experiments).  Of course, for desert equals fruit. It would eat peach and fruit salad once again. The best part of lunch is going out to eat lunch! My mum  loves food so she will spend good money on eating out, as well as shopping. I am not rich, neither is my mum, but we eat in style, however we can.

Dinner?

I don’t know how to talk about dinner. Dinner in the hotel is just like lunch so there isn’t much I can say. Going out to eat is a skill, definitely not for the amateurs. You gotta be very cautious where you go, because many guys in Tenerife will promote their menu as if they hold the best of the best, and the 5 star menu that will sweep you off your feet. I once ate the most average ribs on the island when a restaurant called Tony Roma’s was promoting chicken and ribs on their banner, directly in sight of all rib and chicken lovers passing by. I have never been disappointed. The ribs were okay, not awful but nothing special though. I was thinking Tony Roma’s would live up to it’s name but it really should have just put the ribs deep in the menu, not promote it in the title of their restaurant. I remember my mum talking and walking with tourists while casually telling them to never go there. That made me laugh slightly.

Fast forward a couple days and my mum and I are beach side at a simple restaurant that was promoting decent food, so I took the risk at demanding ribs a second time, just before I left for the airport to come home. I just had to allow my mum to spend a little bit more euros on another rib experience. This time I was impressed. And yes it was deep in the menu, not promoted. My mum took a rib, my mums new friend took one too, and so did my cousin. I only ate one out of three of the ribs on my plate. I needed more obviously, but I had to tame myself. Instead my mums friend bought some more. I stole one from at that moment and time. Sneaky, I was.

Okay, I was blown away by the ribs so much that my cousin didn’t even touch his chicken. Lovingly he asked for my food and somehow abandoned his chicken. A sly one indeed.

I used to be entirely allergic to fish until I found out I could eat shell fish. My life took a new path from there. I only ate one of my mums mussels but I can guarantee, I could eat that all by myself if my mum wasn’t there and it was given to me for free.

Everyone needs a good beverage to go alongside rich food.

SO SUCCULENT, SO FRESH!! MORE TO COME ON MY TENERIFE ADVENTURES!

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TENERIFE: MY TRIP

In Travel on November 2, 2012 at 12:55 pm

So, I got back from Tenerife yesterday and all I can say is that I loved the heat, the food, the culture and the friends I made while on holiday. I got to Tenerife on Saturday, last week, and I had to wait a long time to be transported to my hotel by coach. I blame the package holiday. My mum never told me the provider, but I will definitely find out very soon, or simply live to support British Airways.

I got the hotel and of course, I spoke little Spanish. The very first thing I said was Buenos Dias. I felt like a total boss, even though my Spanish was awful. Me, my cousin and my mum got our key cards and headed to our rooms. The hotel was beautiful, very calm, serene and lively. I hope that isn’t a contradiction. The rooms at the hotel were very small, nothing majorly fascinating but beautiful indeed. Three beds next to each other and a single bathroom.

First things first when getting to your destination. FOOOOOD. I was starving by the time I got to the hotel, and so were my companions. We headed down to the restaurant area, that was in the hotel. The food was good, better than English food. I will be doing a special post on food soon.

My next objective after eating in the dining area, was friends, and culture searching. All I can say right now, is that the culture was lively, totally different from the UK and somehow very simple. From reading about the Canary Islands, I knew Brits make up the population, so as I am walking down the beautiful road, I meet this guy from Manchester who lives on the Island. He starts a conversation in patois, and of course, me and my mum start laughing hard. Seconds later, we realise the dude has a strong Manchester accent that is slightly funny. He was majorly social, comes with the job he has. He basically promotes this local restaurant by talking to people passing by. My favourite part of meeting this guy was when he led us from the internet cafe to a Hong Kong restaurant that sells the best salt and pepper chicken. My life was almost complete at that point.

In the next couple days a lot happens. I made a really good friend called Aaron Ward, who is a really cool guy. We first met on the second day, and we become bro’s. My mum accused me of having a bromance. It went from me not knowing anyone, to me finding Aaron in the lobby, finding his hotel room, all the way to eating breakfast, lunch and dinner together. It even got to the point where my mum was interacting with his mum, and family. And then to the point, where he was addressing my mum as ‘mumsie.’ This guy was a joker!  We had this motive to find beautiful Spanish girls (Oh God, they exist everywhere). All I can say is that Aaron was the best friend I have ever made on holiday. I made a lot more friends while on holiday but Aaron was legitimately the GUY!

Tenerife has everything you would want in terms of food. If you want ribs, you can find it. If you want Lebanese food, you can find it. If you want Burger King even, it is somewhere to be found. When you walk down the street you have so many guys promoting a particular restaurant. My best experience in Tenerife when it came to food, was when I walking down the opposite road I usually take. I kept walking and walking. I walk up the road for 5 mins and I have to make a vital decision. Lebanese steak or nice British food joint, with everything you could want. The Lebanese people mentioned Africa and I was taken. The British guy carefully watched me. I was like ‘Deal or No Deal’ at that point. When the Lebanese men mentioned Africa, Uganda (where I come from) and the disjointed history he was trying to show off to me, I had the British guy carefully watching me…..still. Before I entered the Lebanese restaurant, the British guy was like, ‘my pay doesn’t rise or fall if you come or not.’ I felt calm at that point, no hard feeling emerged  A slight laugh between me and him erupted but I was simply taken by steak with onions and mushrooms. The best food I ate the entire week.

I have special dedicated posts coming out in the next week with special themes about my holiday to Tenerife. I can’t give you everything today. Follow if you want to read more about the food, girls, culture, lifestyle and people of Tenerife, in comparison to everyday Britain.

MUMS SANDWICH OR KEBAB

In Uncategorized on October 12, 2011 at 9:34 pm

MATURE CONTENT!

Finishing school gives you the opportunity to really catch a bite to eat. So, walking in Hammersmith, you are faced with fast food shops in every direction. You have Tops Pizza for the people that enjoy fat, fat, fat. You have Starbucks for people that like to be high. You have a kebab shop for people who like chicken, or lamb and want to add a few calories to their diet. And lastly McDonalds for the people who don’t give a shit about their diet!

When choosing what you eat, you have a massive problem. Eat your mums lovely, sweated out and sexy prepared sandwich (which you didn’t buy the bread, ham, turkey or chicken because you don’t have a job) or the sassy, succulent kebab from the confined, cultured Lebanese kebab shop. I gave into the Lebanese culture kebab. Call me a traitor, I don’t give a shit. You always need to have a variety of foods in your life regardless of the 50p extra charge (Conservatives corruption). If you remember the times in high school when all you could eat was packed lunch, you would definitely want to walk out of college and into a fat infested fast food shop.

Don’t forget to pick up WATER! (like you would, you love the look of that coke)

4 CHEESES AND A COTTO PIZZA, STREET STYLE!

In Uncategorized on August 15, 2011 at 7:08 pm

Have we lost the experience of going to unusual places to eat? I think we underestimate restaurants that don’t get filled up from the time it opens up. I am talking about places like Pizza Hut, McDonalds, Starbucks and Pizza Express. We tend to be on the safe side and eat what we are used to. It is more normal than a thoughtful choice to be really honest.

Today, after the Apple Store, I went down to Pepe. It is an Italian street pizza restaurant with most delicious and good looking pizza I have ever  had in my life so far. I ordered a Cotto pizza which has roast ham with mushrooms and mozzarella cheese. I have to say, Cotto pizza was the best pizza of its kind. My godfather had four cheese pizza which includes tomato, mozzarella, gorgonzola, brie cheese and parmesan. I have never come across a pizza with four different pizza’s inside it. The four cheese pizza was one of the best pizza’s I have ever tried in my life. If your a person that has to have meat or chicken in pizza, try four cheeses, it is worth it. It was even better than my cotto pizza. With going to restaurants that are not packed and in the street corner, you are more likely to get your food really quickly. Teenagers don’t like wasting time, and me being one myself, I am exactly the same.

I am the sort of person who loves to go to places that are different and a risk. Life is about taking risks especially when your a teenager becoming an adult. You learn so much when you growing and it starts with taking small risks like eating in a restaurant you find in a street corner. If you want to eat somewhere you don’t usually, jump on a train to Leicester Square, shop in Covent Garden and end with Pepe.

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