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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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