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These 22 vegetarian restaurants in Gran Canaria will definitely tempt you during your stay! The Island of Gran Canaria is filled with amazing eateries that offer a wide selection of vegetarian dishes as well as vegan items. If you visit one of these 22 vegetarian restaurants in Gran Canaria, you’ll find that special-something that you are looking for. Some restaurants include high-end dining experiences with panoramic views, while others are more authentic and traditional. You can also find fusion food and street-food stalls at the market. And for a small city there are an amazing number of purely vegan restaurants. Just check out these 16 vegan restaurants that are suitable for those on a strict vegan diet. In addition, explore this list of 22 vegetarian restaurants in Gran Canaria and find your favourite!

22 vegetarian restaurants in Gran Canaria

This list of 22 vegetarian restaurants in Gran Canaria includes restaurants which are suitable for vegetarians and all meat-free eaters. In addition, in this list of vegetarian restaurants, you’ll find purely vegan restaurants that are also an excellent option for vegetarians. Lastly, the list also includes restaurants which are not 100% vegetarian. These include many vegetarian items on the menu, making them great places to dine. Check out this ultimate vegetarian dining guide for Gran Canaria. One of these 22 vegetarian and vegetarian-friendly restaurants is bound to appeal!

1. Zoe Food

zoe-food

Excellent place for breakfast as well as lunch, or better yet – for brunch. Tasty vegetarian and vegan options. Comfortable outdoor seating in a charming street in Las Palmas. Make sure you discover their amazing breakfast bowls and ask for special vegan dishes as well as vegetarian items. It is known as a vegetarian joint, so you needn’t worry about surviving as a vegetarian on the island.

To check out their Facebook page, click right here.

Address: Calle Domingo J Navarro 35, 35002 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

2. Restaurante Etiopico Afrika

Restaurante Etiopico Afrika

This is an exotic and ethnic Ethiopian restaurant. Indulge in the traditional Ethiopian hospitality. Great selection of vegetarian as well as vegan dishes on the menu. This is because in the Ethiopian culture there are some periods of the year when it’s not permitted to eat meat or any animal-derived products. Just ask the owner Genet to cook you up something vegetarian-friendly!

To check out their Facebook page, click right here.

Address:  Centro Comercial “Ronda”, calle La Palma, 35100 San Fernando, Gran Canaria, Spain

3-5. Taj Palace I, II, III (three restaurants in total)

Taj Palace

All three are Indian tandoori restaurants located in different parts of Gran Canaria. Very relaxed atmosphere. All have vegetarian and vegan items on the menu as well. I would start with a fantastic, crispy vegetable samosa!

To check out their homepage, click right here.

Address Taj Palace I: Portonovo Apartments, Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria, Gran Canaria, Spain

Address Taj Palace II: C. L-277, Calle Puerto Rico, 35130 Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria, Gran Canaria, Spain

Address Taj Palace III: Ancora Shopping Centre, Arguineguin, Gran Canaria, Spain

6. 360º Restaurant, Bohemia Suites & Spa Hotel

This incredible restaurant offers a high dining experience with a breathtaking view! Enjoy a sunny breakfast with a panoramic outlook, lunch with the sea breeze and an amazing dinner at sunset. Their kitchen is known to offer the finest cuisine on the island. They have a mouthwatering a-la-carte menu, but the chef and staff are very knowledgeable about veganism and the vegetarian movement. Therefore, they produce creative answers to most special dietary requests – feel free to ask the chef for a customised menu. The best part is, that the menu changes according to seasonality, so you are bound to come across fresh produce!

To check out their homepage, click right here.

Address: Av. Estados Unidos 28, 35100 Playa del Ingles, Gran Canaria, Spain

7. Racimo16

racimo 16 restaurant

Known for excellent vegetarian and vegan Venezuelan food. Their menu is specifically labelled to identify meat-free dishes and vegan dishes. These include tomatoes filled with Racimo’s salad, lentil soup, peppers filled with vegetables and rice sauce, fruit salad and more. As you can see, there’s plenty to choose from, so make sure you visit this restaurant if you are craving some Venezuelan vegetarian dishes!

To check out their Facebook page, click right here.

Address: Calle Juan Manuel Durán González 42, 35010 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

 8. West End Restaurant

West End Restaurant

Although this restaurant is a steak and burger place, it also caters for vegans and vegetarians. You don’t necessarily have to order the burger and jettison the meat. There are a lot more vegetarian options. For example, try their vibrant sweetcorn and avocado salad. So if you are vegan or vegetarian, you can easily dine with your non-vegan friends here. Most importantly, you won’t starve!

To check out their homepage, click right here.

Address: Av. de Italia 10, 35100 San Bartolomé de Tirajana, Gran Canaria, Spain

9. Llevame al Huerto

Llevame al Huerto

A fantastic idea to dine here for those who are vegetarian, vegan and non-vegan. People of all tastes are bound to find something delicious on the menu. They serve fusion food and organic food. In addition they cater to several dietary needs. This includes vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free. Using local organic produce, they also have an eco-gourmet menu with mouth-watering and visually stunning healthy dishes. Excellent wine options, too!

To check out their Facebook page, click right here.

Address: Calle de Ruiz de Alda 26, 35007 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

10. Biocreperia RiscoCaido

Biocreperia RiscoCaido

This is not a restaurant, but a creperie. They are known for serving beautiful, healthy vegan cakes and pancakes using bio ingredients. You might also find vegan matcha tea panacottas, chia pudding with dragon fruit and more. What’s more, is that you can snack on a savoury vegetarian pancake with oozing cheese and then enjoy a sweet pancake for dessert.

To check out their Facebook page, click right here.

Address: Avda. Matías Vega 13, 35350 Artenara, Gran Canaria, Spain

11. Dara Feeling Good

Dara Feeling Good

A breakfast and brunch restaurant that serves healthy meals made from fresh produce. Although the vegetarian items are not exclusively labelled, there are options on the menu! Make sure you double check with the staff for vegan meals.

To check out their Facebook page, click right here.

Address: Travieso 29, 35002 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

12. Fusion Restaurants & Bar

Fusion Restaurants & Bar

This is more of a lounge bar which serves South East Asian fusion food quite late. Although, they serve seafood and meat, the staff are well informed on vegetarian and vegan food. They’re more than happy to serve you a custom vegetarian meal. Just imagine all those Asian flavours running through a vibrant veggie meal. Yum!

To check out their Facebook page, click right here.

Address: Avenida España 12, Apartamentos Las Gacelas, 35100 Maspalomas, Gran Canaria, Spain

13. Zayka Authentic Indian Cuisines

Zayka Authentic Indian Cuisines

This restaurant has a good range of vegetarian as well as vegan-friendly dishes. Don’t hesitate to ask the restaurant’s employees on your vegetarian options for the day. Indulge in excellent Indian food!

To check out their Facebook page, click right here.

Address: Avenida de Gran Canaria 30, Maspalomas 35100, Gran Canaria, Spain

14. San Andrea

San Andrea

Classic and cosy Italian restaurant with vegetarian and vegan-friendly, homemade options on the menu. Try the garlic bread with their special vegan butter, homemade hummus and more. Even vegans can come out completely full from this incredible Italian restaurant. Moreover, you’ll have the opportunity to taste some excellent Italian wines.

To check out their Facebook page, click right here.

Address: Torres Quevedo 40, 35007 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

15. Hito Restaurante

Hito Restaurante

One of the best Japanese restaurants in Las Palmas province. Indulge in their vegetable tempura, signature hito cocktails and more. If you are looking for Asian inspired vegetarian meals, then this should be on top of your list of vegetarian restaurants in Gran Canaria. Enjoy the modern, slick interior which produces a delightful ambience.

To check out their Facebook page, click right here.

Address: Calle Galileo, 4, 35010 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

16. Restaurante Arcos de La Laguna

Restaurante Arcos de La Laguna

This bar and grill joint serves amazing vegetarian meals. Of course, they also serve non-vegetarian items such as suckling pig, and you can request the staff to grill you some of their best local ingredients, which include the island’s vegetables. You should order the Pimientos de Piquillo rellenos de setas which are red chilli peppers stuffed with mushrooms. This is quite a remote place, so you will need a car to get there. In essence, it’s a really local joint.

To check out their Facebook page, click right here.

Address: Carretera, GC-21, 35340 Valleseco, Gran Canaria, Spain

17. Casa del Caminero

 Casa del Caminero

Very cosy ambience accompanied by local comfort food. This place is known for its local wines and cheeses. Get ready to tuck into hearty stews, robust salads and more.

To check out their Facebook page, click right here.

Address: Av. de los Almendreros 5, 35360 Tejeda, Gran Canaria, Spain

18. Let me take you

 Let me take you

One of the best vegetarian places in Gran Canaria. The menu has a wide selection of salads using seasonal produce. Definitely a vegetable-friendly establishment! Greek-inspired cuisine!

To check out their homepage, click right here.

Address: Calle Doctor Domingo Hernández Guerra 25, 35360 Tejeda, Gran Canaria, Spain

19. La Bikina

La Bikina

A lively, buzzing place that serves Asian fusion food. On the menu, you’ll find various curries and vegetables – perfect for vegetarians. Best enjoyed with white jasmine rice. Very colourful interior.

To check out their Facebook page, click right here.

Address: paseo de las Canteras 63, 35010 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

20. La Macarena

La Macarena

One of the most beautiful restaurants on the island of Gran Canaria. You can enjoy your meal on the beach with views of the marina and the sea. Although this is not specifically a vegetarian place, you can request some vegetarian nibbles! Not to worry.

To check out their Facebook page, click right here.

Address: Prudencio Morales 21, 35009 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

100% vegan-only restaurants in Gran Canaria

21. Bioloco

BIOLOCO

With their philosophy, Be Loco, Be Green, Be Vegan, this restaurant is a trendsetter. Furthermore, Bioloco is a 100% cruelty-free bar in Las Palmas with a range of vegan dishes. The entire menu is 100% vegan. The menu items include vegan burgers, wraps, sandwiches, as well as various types of salads, vegan yoghurts and more. They also have gluten-free bread! This vegan restaurant is definitely at the top of the list of 16 vegan restaurants in Gran Canaria. Bioloco is also the perfect choice for vegetarians!

To check out Bioloco’s homepage, click right here.

Address: Calle Alfredo L Jones 33, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

22. La Hierba Luisa

la-hierba-luisa

This is a vegan-only restaurant and cafeteria, making it one of the best choices on the 16 vegan restaurants in Gran Canaria list. They pride themselves on using premium produce to create vibrant and elegant vegan dishes. Items on the menu include shiitake ceviche, raw vegan pad Thai, marinated zucchini cannelloni with wasabi and more. Excellent variety of coffees and specialty teas.

To check out their Facebook page, click right here.

Address: Calle Mendizábal 39, 35001 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

vegetarian and vegan recipe ideas

If you are looking for some vegan inspiration, check out these 106 vegan recipes as well as these 150 vegetarian recipes!

Other Canarian vegan recipes you have to try include making the famous mojo verde and mojo rojo.

These are the top 22 Vegetarian Restaurants in Gran Canaria. The list also includes 100% vegan restaurants in Gran Canaria and vegetarian-friendly joints.

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Bohemia Suites and Spa Hotel is a luxury adult-only hotel located in Playa del Ingles, on the island of Gran Canaria, making this hotel perfect for a getaway vacation. You can absorb the tranquil environment, stay in a beautiful boutique suite and enjoy the stunning ocean views. Check out Bohemia Suites and Spa’s many pools, visit the Siam Spa and generally indulge yourself in the luxury that you deserve! In addition, Bohemia Suites and Spa Hotel also include a high-end dining experience at the 360° Restaurant which is reputed for having one of the best cuisines on the island. Consequently, if you’re a foodie and want to explore the island’s fresh produce – this is the place!

The exterior of the hotel

Bohemia Suites & Spa Hotel, Gran Canaria

In my review of the Bohemia Suites and Spa Hotel, I will highlight all the amazing things I’ve encountered during my stay here. By the end of the article, I’m sure you’ll be booking your next vacation at this hotel. Make sure you check out Bohemia Suites and Spa Hotel whenever you visit the Canary Islands. By the way, the hotel promotes various special offers to residents.

I love my kids. I really do. Yet sometimes I need a break. Not just from them but everything – you know – the daily slog. Morning school runs, a never-ending stream of laundry, cooking, dirty dishes, helping with homework, and dealing with the constant onslaught of school letters and requests, the list goes on and on. “Mummy, I want…” “Mummy, when are we…?” or “Mummy, please help with…”

Now that’s just on the children and housekeeping front. Running a business is a totally different kettle of fish, with its own demands and deadlines that need fulfilling. There are days, come 9 pm, after the kids are happy in bed, that I’ve turned into a zombie. At those times even the prospect of relaxing watching TV loses its appeal.

So this year I decided to take myself away to recharge. If you can relate to the aforementioned, I know just the place for you – Bohemia Suites and Spa.

To save yourself from reading a massive article, you can watch a short film about Bohemia Suites & Spa which captures the spirit of the hotel beautifully. See below!

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Bohemia Suites & Spa, Playa del Ingles

This hotel is situated in Playa del Ingles in Gran Canaria. What sets Bohemia apart from the rest is that instead of catering for quantity, it focuses on quality. Case in point, nearby hotels possess as many as 1000 rooms. In stark contrast, Bohemia only has 67 rooms, having a maximum capacity of 134 people. Yes, this hotel is completely child-free and specialises in hosting couples. Unsurprisingly, it was awarded Best for Romance by Conde Naste this year and in 2017 for Best Service.

When you arrive you’ll immediately understand why. From the moment you set foot in Bohemia you are treated like royalty. After your baggage is safely stored, you’re taken to the Atelier Bar to enjoy any cocktail from its extensive and exciting menu. Then a hotel representative will accompany you and make you feel at home. Afterwards, you are given a tour of the hotel, showing you all its facilities so that you can make the most of them from the get-go. All of this makes a refreshing change from the “wham-bam-thank-you-ma’am” approach taken by the majority of hotels these days.

Purple and cream colored hotel lobby

Bohemia Suites & Spa – types of hotel rooms

Unlike most mainstream hotels which stick to drabby beige or other neutral colours in order to not offend visitors from goodness knows what, Bohemia bravely uses splashes of vibrant colours wherever possible, and it works. Different sized pools hug the hotel at various locations – just perfect for visitors who want to chase the sun through the course of the day.

All the rooms are spacious, luxurious, and offer breathtaking views. If you stay in one of these below, you will feel like royalty.

  • Deluxe Double Room: Size 28m2, 2 Adults, King Size Bed
  • Junior Suite: 59m2, 2 Adults, King Size Bed
  • Corner Junior Suites: 70m2, 2 Adults, King Size Bed
  • Sky Suites: 105m2, 3 Adults, Super King Size Bed

Explore the suites here.

The bedroom at the hotel, red and tan coloring

Bohemia Suites & Spa gardens, pools and facilities

Guests can relax in the hotel’s gardens, in the shade of Royal palms as well as exotic plants, curry flowers, orchids, cacti and more. The lush gardens are very sizeable – a stunning 500m2.

The hotel has two pools and a jacuzzi for those who just want to chill. The biggest pool measures 22m in length for those of you who like to keep fit, even while on holiday. It even includes 3 water streams as well as underwater music! The smaller pool measures 20m2.

There’s also a well equipped, air-conditioned gym with an excellent sound system, which you can control with TV and keyboard. On Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9-11 am yoga classes are available, while on Mondays and Wednesdays personal training sessions are on offer, too. Everything is free for guests. On some days during breakfast, a nutritionist is available to advise you on how to lead a healthier lifestyle, if you wish.

A pool with lounge chairs and palm trees

10 minutes’ walk away from Bohemia Suites & Spa Hotel

If you prefer to exercise in fresh air, the beach is 7 minutes’ walk away. During the early morning you’ll see runners puffing along the coast. If you’re a beach bum, you’re in paradise. Unlike a lot of pebbly British beaches, this beach actually consists of proper sand and stretches for many kilometres.

People walking on a beach in spain

What’s more, there are the Maspalomas Sand Dunes on the corner of the beach, which makes for impressive photos around 7 pm, i.e. near sunset.

Sand dunes with animal tracks

Lastly, if you fancy a bit of golf, there is an amazing golf club just a 10-minute walk away!

Bohemia Suites, Siam Spa

If you want to feel truly pampered, go straight to Bohemia’s Siam Spa where you can enjoy top-of-the-range treatments in a tranquil environment which will leave you relaxed and refreshed. Immerse yourself into the world of senses in this authentic Thai luxury spa. Treat yourself to a relaxing Thai massage or a healing Balinese treatment to get the best of Asian wellness.

A health centre is also available on site if you are in need of healing. Professionals will help you develop better habits for yourself. They offer multiple packages, check them out here.

The interior of a spa

Bohemia Suites & Spa food

Don’t get me started on the food, because I can talk about it forever, as you’ll see subsequently with lots of photos to give you a good idea of what the kitchen is capable of. If you want to have traditional tapas like papas arrugadas, you’ll need to go elsewhere. However, trust me, once you’ve tried the food you wouldn’t want to leave the hotel. A half-board option, called MyWay, is available, which allows guests to enjoy an awesome breakfast every morning while giving them the power to decide when and where they would like to eat next, be it poolside or in the restaurant.

So, if you haven’t noticed, Bohemia is like an oasis in a swamp of average food. The hotel offers 5-star cocktails, fast food, breakfast, dinner – whatever you opt for, you won’t be disappointed. Just check out the array of appetising beverages and food I had during my stay here.

Purple and orange funky chairs in a restaurant

Most noteworthy, Bohemia is about attention to detail and personal touch. Staff are cordial and very quickly learn your name and even preferences. They are proactive and, if you ever need anything, will assist you at the drop of a hat. They can organise your excursions, too. If it’s available on the island, they will make it happen.

This approach definitely shows in the Bohemia’s masterclasses, which the hotel offers to guests as a free service.

360° Restaurant

This is one of the best restaurants you’ll come across for dining in Gran Canaria. It is located on the 8th floor of the Bohemia Suites and Spa Hotel. On offer is a high-end dining experience with modern furniture and a 360° view of the beach and the Dunes of Maspalomas! This is simply the ideal restaurant for sunny breakfasts, warm lunches and romantic dinners at sunset! The sumptuous menus were carefully developed by Juan Bertolín, chef of 360º restaurant. He is a well-recognised chef and has been awarded 2nd place at IV Salón Gastronómico de Canarias 2017 and 3rd place in 2018. The menus were also co-designed by Mikel Portugal, who was awarded 3rd place as best assistant, 2018.

Breakfast

Since breakfast is the most important meal of the day, it gets taken seriously at Bohemia. This isn’t your standard British fare of deep-fried foods with sausages and baked beans. Instead, there are various types of tropical fruit on offer, a decent array of European cheeses and cold meat cuts. The big square of fresh honeycomb every morning is a nice touch and who can say no to starting the day with some bubbly?

A buffet of food

If the buffet spread isn’t enough for you, an exciting cooked breakfast menu is available. I certainly couldn’t get enough of the Huevos Rancheros below!

Degustation Menu:

The Tasting menu is a compilation of the most popular dishes at the 360º Restaurant, offering 6 courses accompanied by a wine pairing. Check out the degustation menu here.

The 7 Islands menu – called Air from Sea to Sand

A complete 100% Canarian experience using fresh, seasonal products of the island. 7 courses accompanied by suitable beverages, each dish is a representation of the products of each of the 7 Canary Islands. A definite must-try if you are looking for innovative cuisine based on the Canaries! For more information on the a-la-carte menu, click here.

The opening hours of the restaurant are:

Monday – Thursday 06:00pm – 11:00pm
Friday, Saturday & Sunday 01:00pm – 11:00pm

P.S. All vegetarian and vegan items are specifically marked, making it one of the top 16 vegan restaurants in Gran Canaria to visit.

Atelier Cocktail Bar

This is a truly unique bar offering stunning panoramic and scenic views of the Atlantic as well as the Dunes of Maspalomas. Explore your senses with the best cocktail you are bound to have! The Atelier Cocktail Bar has a vibrant cocktail menu, on which they also include their own twist on old classics. One can see that much thought has been put into each creation, from the presentation of the cocktail, the nibbles accompanying it, to the actual cocktail – it’s the whole package. Truly superb cocktails. Honestly, the best I’ve ever had.

 A fancy rooftop bar at nighttime

Atelier Cocktail Bar

Below you’ll find a list of Atelier’s signature cocktails:

  • CO2 NEGRONI: Twist from negroni. Same recipe, but served with a siphon.
  • AGED MARTINEZ: Twist from classic Martinez. The quantity of the ingredients are different and includes “their touch” by aging it in a barrel.
  • EXPERIMENTAL MARTINI: Twist on Dry Martini. Same recipe but with 3 essential oils added and presented separately to make the guest play and try different tones.
  • ASIAN MARY: Twist on the Bloody Mary. Asian touch by using wasabi and ginger, with rosemary macerated in the vodka. Zubrowka vodka, tomato juice, soja sauce, Worcestershire sauce, celery bitters.
  • JULEP COLADA: Pina Colada Twist. Cocktail 100% homemade and 100% Canarian. They changed the classic recipe by macerating Canarian rum with coconut and Pineapple from El Hierro jam.
  • PISCO HIBISCO: Twist of pisco sour. They added hibiscus infused pisco. Orange and grapefruit bitters, lemon sugar, egg white.
  • GUANCHE ALEXANDER: Twist of brandy Alexander. Same recipe with a Canarian touch: Canarian Rum: Aldea single cane rum and a pinch of gofio. Almond milk, Mozart white liqueur.
  • THE ITALIAN JOB: Twist of espresso Martini. They changed the recipe with Canarian rum, Aldea 8 estra añejo. Illy coffee liqueur, Mozart white chocolate bitters and an espresso coffee.
  • ENGLISH BREAKFAST: Twist on classic breakfast Martini. Hendricks gin, artisan black-tea liqueur, bitter orange marmalade and orange bitters.
  • HOUSE OLD FASHIONED: Twist on old fashioned. Used spiced macerated rum instead of bourbon.
  • MONKEY AND SAND: Twist on Blood and Sand. Monkey shoulder whisky macerated with maraschino cherries, orange and carrot juice. Carlo Alberto red vermouth, artisan blackberry liqueur and orange bitters.

Sapphire Cocktail Bar

The first tropical cocktail, the first conversation with friends and guests takes place in this appealing bar which links the hotel with the ample garden terrace. Enjoy a fresh and light midday snack in an informal environment or a sun-downer under an amazing blue sky.

Not only does it serve luscious drinks throughout the day but the food is pretty good too. Less poncy and more down-to-earth. Think along the lines of your favourite Italian food such as pizza and pasta, plus burgers and other international dishes.

Opening hours: from 11.00am – 7.00pm every day

room service

One of the best features of the hotel. Bohemia Suites and Spa Hotel offers 24-hour room service every day. They even have a room service menu. Needless to say, guests can order practically anything from the hotel restaurants or bars while they are open. Below you’ll see what kind of food to expect when you don’t want to leave the room. It actually makes you want to stay in, doesn’t it?!?

free masterclasses for guests – get togethers

The “get together” is a moment to share between the management of the hotel and the guests. The guests of Bohemia Suites and Spa can learn all there is to know about some of the hotel’s distinct products and services in the form of an intimate masterclass. As a result you can try your hand at:

  • Photography
  • Cuisine
  • Cocktails
  • Gardening
  • Cava tasting
  • Champagne tasting
  • Distilled drinks tasting
  • Hand massage
  • Homemade lotions

Naturally, I took part in the masterclasses!

Two bottles of wine and a bottle of pellagrino

cookery masterclass

The first one was a Cookery Masterclass. During this, we were taught by the talented Chef Juan, who has tons of culinary experience behind him. I learned how to prepare and gut fresh Canarian fish that we’d caught while on one of the hotel’s excursions. He also went with us to the Mercadillo de Vega de San Mateo market and helped us pick out the best possible produce for our recipes which we cooked in the masterclass. These included Canarian peppers, also called picones.
The recipes include the grilled wreckfish and the grilled bonito recipe. Make sure you check out these authentic recipes. During the masterclass, I had tons of fun understanding how to correctly gut and fillet a freshly caught fish. Thank you chef Juan for this lifetime skill!
We also prepared a beetroot gazpacho, tuna tartare, air of avocado mojo. Check out a video of our masterclass below where you’ll also find the recipes!

cocktail masterclass

The second masterclass I took part in was the Cocktail Masterclass. This was a really handy masterclass because the bar staff will teach you how to put your own twist on classic cocktails and more. In the end, we made completely custom cocktails from the array of fresh fruit available to experiment with. Delicious!
Fruit Cocktail
Three colorful cocktails on the bar

excursions

Again, pursuing my love of discovering new places and food, I found the hotel excursions to be the most exciting part of my stay! Bohemia Suites and Spa can organise any type of excursion or trip on request, provided the activity is available on Gran Canaria Island. How incredible is that?

Some of the most popular excursions they offer are:

  • Exclusive trip with chauffeur
  • Helicopter tour
  • Private Sailboat or Yacht tour
  • Buggy tour
  • Star-gazing
  • Fishing

As such, I decided to go on a fishing trip, on which I finally learned how to go fishing for bonito and other fish. The trip itself was a marvellous idea and a trip of a lifetime. Check out my trip here.

A man holding a piece of fish from a fishing rod

If you decide to go on a similar quest, make sure you take plenty of sun cream with you.

The excursion didn’t end there! The second part was a visit to the Mercadillo de Vega de San Mateo market which I’ve already mentioned above. It was amazing to discover the island’s fresh produce. We were accompanied by Chef Juan, who gave us incredible suggestions for picking ingredients.

GIVEAWAY

This week one winner will receive two bottles of Chastity No Sin-Gin.

Two bottles of Chastity so sin gin with a glass of gin next to it

Chastity No Sin-Gin is your salvation this Christmas! Whether you’re a designated driver, on a diet, pregnant or just trying to cut back on your alcohol intake this festive period Chastity is the answer for you. It comes in two terrific blends so there’s something for everyone. The first is Temptation a delicious blend of Grapefruit and Kaffir lime on a London Dry gin base which is fantastic over a bed of ice and topped with a branded Indian Tonic water, garnish with the peel of the Grapefruit for the finishing touch! The second is Seduction, an illumination of Hibiscus and Rose with subtle juniper undertones which can be delicious straight over ice or mixed with a Mediterranean tonic and garnished with a cube of Turkish delight for complete indulgence.

You can win a special Christmas presentation pack containing both bottles which could be used as a gift or kept for personal consumption!

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Carrot and Turnip Mash https://www.greedygourmet.com/recipes-for-diets/vegan/carrot-turnip-mash/ https://www.greedygourmet.com/recipes-for-diets/vegan/carrot-turnip-mash/#respond Wed, 12 Dec 2018 08:46:02 +0000 https://www.greedygourmet.com/?p=53400 I love a good mash. And I love to make different sides than just plain old boiled potatoes. A carrot and turnip mash is a perfect side for roast meat dishes of almost any sort as well as stews. This tasty, savoury mash is just as easy to make as it is to enjoy. You...

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I love a good mash. And I love to make different sides than just plain old boiled potatoes. A carrot and turnip mash is a perfect side for roast meat dishes of almost any sort as well as stews. This tasty, savoury mash is just as easy to make as it is to enjoy. You can enjoy it as a vegetarian side dish. For example with a vegetable curry or a spicy tomato sauce. In addition, it is very simple to put your own touch on the carrot and turnip mash, by adding other root vegetables, or seasoning. Have a look at my roasted sweet potato mash for more inspiration.

carrot and turnip mash in a crockpot

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carrot and parsnip mash recipe

This carrot and parsnip mash recipe can work with practically any root vegetable! Cooking with carrots is a blast – you can use them in so many different ways. For example, you can make my cumin roast carrots or my roasted carrot hummus. Even though carrots are in season from the end of the summer to autumn, this carrot and parsnip mash can be enjoyed all year round. The sweet carrots and the more earthy and bitter parsnips make a wonderful flavour combination.

vegan carrot mash

If you want to make a vegan carrot and turnip mash, you can leave out the butter. Although carrot and turnip mash is a fantastic side dish, you can also enjoy it as a vegetarian lunch. Use the mash as a base and top with other vegetables. For instance steamed broccoli or roasted Brussels sprouts.

Raw turnips and carrots on a counter

 

pairings for carrot and turnip mash

Carrot and turnip mash is an excellent side for meat dishes. A lovely alternative to the rather predictable potato. This mash is a versatile side that can go with light meats such as my chicken ballotine for example. It can also pair with heavier meat dishes such as a leg of lamb. Furthermore, carrot and turnip mash is excellent as a side for stews. Try it as an accompaniment for my beef stew with mushrooms and red wine.

There are also lighter proteins that can benefit from this delicious mash. As a matter of fact you can even use it as a side for fish! The flavour of the mash is lovely combined with a piece of seared cod, blackened cod or any other white fish. Drizzle with lemon juice or a burnt butter sauce for the full experience.

how to cook turnips

Turnips are a very traditional root vegetable not only here in the UK but also on the continent and in the US. That said, the turnip lives a bit of a forgotten life today. This is a pity because there is lots of flavourful meals to be made with turnips.

The most common turnips are small white and purple ones. Sizes range from slightly less than a tennis ball to that of a small football. When fresh and in season. the turnip tops are actually also edible and can be prepared in a similar way to mangold. The turnips are also filling for soups and stews. Next time you come across this humble vegetable while on your grocery shopping, you might want to give them a chance.

An extra tip if you do: Cut the turnips into thin slices with a mandoline and deep fry them into crisps! An impressive yet very easy welcome snack for your next dinner guests.

Raw carrots and turnips in a pan

variations on carrot and turnip mash

Did you ever stop to think that carrots are not simply just carrots? In fact, there are quite a number of sorts you can buy. Have a look at the greengrocer’s or in upmarket supermarkets and you will see what I mean. Apart from the normal orange carrots, you can also get yellow and purple carrots. Try and make the carrot and turnip mash with purple carrots and your mash will look like it was made from beetroot, however without changing the flavour!

If you can’t get hold of turnips you can substitute with other, similar root vegetables. Kohlrabi, for example, has a texture and flavour profile much like the turnip. You can also use parsnips. Bear in mind that parsnips have a slightly different flavour – less bitter and more aromatic, going in the direction of that of celeriac. The addition of parsnips does not, however, make the mash any less delicious. Actually, you can use a combination of root vegetables. Play around with what is in season and make up your own style.

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seasoning the carrot and turnip puree recipe

If you feel like the carrot and turnip mash can do with a little bit extra, feel free to add some seasoning. As always, I love a bit of fresh herbs in my cooking, I find thyme particularly fragrant. When using fresh thyme in the mash, I recommend that you rip the leaves off the stems and add only the leaves in the mash. Even when chopped up, thyme stems can be quite coarse. Hence, not so nice to come across in the fluffy mash. Other herbs that you can use are oregano or parsley. Moreover, if you are serving the mash as a side for a dinner party, sprinkle some freshly chopped parsley on top for a lovely presentation.

You can also fire up the carrot and turnip mash with the help of some dry spices. A touch of nutmeg, for example, is excellent if you plan on serving the mash as a side for beef or game. Alternatively, you can spice up the mash with a bit of chilli powder or paprika.

Another addition you can make to carrot and turnip mash is garlic. I always enjoy cooking with garlic, so if you also can’t get enough of it, simply add it to the mash. A little tip for doing so is to gently cook the garlic in milk and use the milk (and garlic) in the mash. With this method the garlic will have a lovely mild yet distinct taste. Raw garlic is in my opinion a bit too sharp for this delicate but delicious side dish.

 

Carrot and Turnip Mash

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Ingredients

  • 4 medium carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 4 turnips, peeled and sliced
  • 30ml (2 tbsp) olive oil

Instructions

  1. Boil the carrots and turnips in plenty of salted water for 20 minutes or until tender.
  2. Drain the vegetables and let them steam dry for 5 minutes. If you don’t do this the vegetables will be water and you’ll end up with a soggy mash.
  3. Mash the vegetables and add the olive oil.
  4. Garnish with parsley and serve immediately.

Notes

  • If you can’t be bothered to mash the vegetables, you can blend them in a food processor which will end up more as a vegetable puree. When using this method, be careful about the amount of liquid you use because if you use too much it will end up as a soup!
  • Olive oil is used in this recipe, but if you’re not vegan, feel free to make it as decadent as you like, e.g. use butter and/or double cream.

Courses Side Dish

Cuisine English

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 serving

Amount Per Serving

Calories 121

% Daily Value

Total Fat 7.1 g

11%

Saturated Fat 1 g

5%

Sodium 122 mg

5%

Total Carbohydrates 14 g

5%

Dietary Fiber 3.5 g

14%

Sugars 8 g

Protein 1.5 g

3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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Chinese chicken and sweetcorn soup is a definite winter warmer. It is not the traditional chicken soup or chicken broth as we are accustomed to eating in Europe and the US. In comparison, this chicken soup recipe has tons of Asian flavour running through it.  The best part is that this Chinese chicken and sweetcorn soup only takes twenty minutes to prepare. Unlike the usual chicken soup that takes hours to cook, with this Chinese recipe you can relax and enjoy your evening. So don’t even think for a second that you should order this soup from a Chinese takeaway. Make your very own fakeaway in the comfort of your own kitchen in just a matter of minutes.

In addition, you can use leftovers from a chicken or a smoked turkey from yesterday’s dinner. This soup is all about being sustainable which I am all about! I hope you enjoy making this classic Chinese chicken and sweetcorn soup. Don’t be afraid to add ingredients to make it your own and use up the leftovers in your fridge. Indulge in this comfort-food chicken recipe!

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authentic Chinese chicken and sweetcorn soup

When it comes to keeping to traditional Chinese cooking, you have to try this Chinese chicken and sweetcorn soup. It is made up of very few ingredients such as garlic, ginger, sweetcorn, chicken stock, chicken and spring onions. Hence, the soup is perfect for making a cheap meal during the week, as it contains inexpensive ingredients. It is generally seasoned with a variety of sauces. These include soy sauce and of course the addition of sesame oil. However, if you don’t have these at home you won’t ruin the integrity of the soup. Ultimately, what gives this Chinese soup its nutritional value and originality is the addition of egg, which also gives a creamy consistency. So, you too can make an authentic Chinese chicken and sweetcorn soup wherever you are, and it will still taste as if it’s been made in China!

chicken and sweetcorn soups with grohe red

A while ago, I had a chat with chef Ed Baines, who said that you can especially taste the difference in soups and sauces if you use high quality water. When water is filtered, all the metals and impurities are removed, resulting in recipes tasting ‘lighter’. It’s incredible how filtering systems and the quality of water they produce can affect the end result of dishes. Standard UK tap water contains so many impurities – contaminated with all types of elements, some of which can have a harmful effect on your health. Nonetheless, I bet you anything that if you make this soup with the two different types of water, you will taste the difference. Luckily for us, there are products like GROHE Red. You can check out more of its products here.

GROHE red is the perfect choice for hot water straight from the tap! It is a system that delivers filtered water at a temperature of up to 99°C. It’s perfect for making soups, teas and coffees and it naturally speeds up the cooking process. If you have kids there is no need to worry because the tap has a child lock feature, keeping little hands safe from scalding water. GROHE Red is a stylish piece of kitchen kit offering the ultimate in convenience and has been TÜV, renowned German Safety Testing body, tested and certified. Even the spout is safe to touch thanks to GROHE’s innovative CoolTouch technology.

The tap itself has a timeless design, which will fit perfectly into your kitchen. It has an optional hot water mixing valve, providing instant warm water and therefore reducing cold water wastage. It’s simple to install and doesn’t require too much space underneath a standard sink.

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best chicken for Chinese chicken soup

I always say that the best recipes don’t necessarily have to be made up of gourmet ingredients for them to taste out of this world. My secret to making the best Chinese chicken soup is the main ingredient – which is the chicken, of course! First of all, as with any chicken recipe, I encourage you to always brine your chicken beforehand for the juiciest and most tender results. The last thing you want is stringy chicken, even if you serve it in a soup. So, check out my ultimate guide on brining chicken.

Next, have you ever eaten smoked chicken in a salad or a sandwich? It makes all the difference when it comes to adding that rich taste! The same goes for this Chinese chicken and sweetcorn soup. My advice is, make a whole smoked chicken for dinner and serve it the night before. You can toss any leftovers from the chicken into the soup. Furthermore, even if you separately make smoked chicken breasts or smoked chicken thighs, you can pull the meat off and use it. That smoky flavour will be present throughout the soup. It will pair very well with the freshness of the spring onions and the sweetness of the corn.

GROHE Red water faucet being turned on

Chinese chicken and sweetcorn noodle soup

If you feel like the chicken soup lacks filling, even though it has lots of protein in it, you can still add egg noodles. Consider using the noodles as I did in this Asian recipe. Alternatively, you can also use rice noodles, which are a little bit thinner and more appropriate for this Chinese soup. In authentic Chinese cuisine, most soups are made with noodles. Also, it is not uncommon to add ginger, rice wine and dried goji berries. For more extensive information on traditional Chinese soups, click right here.

healthy chicken and sweetcorn soup

If you are cautious about calories, you needn’t worry. You can easily spin this recipe in a lighter direction. Although, the soup itself is already light in calories and quite nutritional. First, to make this soup more filling but light, add courgetti instead of noodles. The courgetti will fill you up in an instant. Next, you can also consider using a light soy sauce instead of the normal one.

Most importantly, to cut down on sugar, limit the amount of sweetcorn. You can also choose not to include the sweetcorn at all. Instead, opt for using more green vegetables such as bok choy, broccoli, Chinese cabbage, or similar. I also like including mustards, because they pair excellently with the chicken stock. Feel free to choose the vegetables that you most enjoy.

Ingredients to make sweetcorn, pulled chicken, scallions, eggs

 

creamy chicken and sweetcorn soup

For a creamy version of the Chinese chicken and sweetcorn soup, simply add cream – though I recommend blending the cream, chicken stock and sweetcorn together with a blender prior to adding any other ingredients. The sweetcorn will give it that extra sweet punch of flavour, as found in corn chowder recipes. Otherwise, if you’ve got your hands on a can of creamed corn and some cornstarch, that will also do the trick.

Some people also like to make a version with unscented coconut milk. However, the taste profile of this soup then resembles more of a Thai chicken soup. I would definitely throw in some lime leaves and lemongrass and steer this recipe in a Thai direction. Ultimately, if you wanna, you can do so!

Three bowls of Chicken Sweetcorn Soup

toppings

I adore toppings on any soup, curry, stew, you name it. The best toppings for this Chinese chicken and sweetcorn soup are the classic Asian toppings. These include a few bean sprouts, a dash of fresh coriander or parsley leaves. For a bit of a kick, feel free to cut fresh red chillies and sprinkle them over. Traditionally, you can also add fresh chives, even more spring onions or fresh mushrooms for an earthier flavour. Lastly, I love to juice a lemon or lime and add some juice for acidity. Again, feel free to make this Chinese soup your own!

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Chinese Chicken and Sweetcorn Soup

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Learn to make an authentic Chinese chicken and sweetcorn soup recipe in the comfort of your kitchen. Use leftover ingredients to create this chicken soup.

Ingredients

  • 15ml (1 tbsp) vegetable oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2.5cm (1in) ginger, peeled and finely chopped
  • 15ml (1 tbsp) light soy sauce
  • 2 cobs (300g/10oz) sweetcorn kernels
  • 1.5ℓ (6 cups) chicken stock
  • 45ml (3 tbsp) cornflour
  • 2 cooked chicken breasts, shredded
  • 2 eggs, whisked
  • 15ml (1 tbsp) sesame oil
  • 2 spring onions, washed and finely sliced

Instructions

  1. Fry the garlic and ginger in the oil for 1 minute in a large saucepan.
  2. Add the sweetcorn and soy sauce then fry for 3 minutes.
  3. Pour in the stock, using high quality water such as from a GROHE red tap, and let the soup bubble.
  4. Create a slurry with the cornflour by adding a bit of water with the flour in a cup.
  5. Slowly add the slurry in a thin drizzle to the soup while stirring. The soup should thicken after a short while.
  6. Stir in the chicken.
  7. Just like you did with the slurry, add the whisked eggs to the soup while stirring.
  8. Finish off with a splash of sesame oil and after dividing the soup between bowls, sprinkle with spring onion. Serve immediately.

Notes

  • If you use dark soy sauce it will turn the soup brown. There’s nothing wrong with it, but it will look slightly different from what you’re used to from the takeaway shop.
  • I cut the kernels off fresh sweetcorn cobs. You can use frozen sweetcorn or 1 can of creamed corn instead.
  • Two cooked chicken breasts were used, which weighed around 200g (7oz).

Courses Starter

Cuisine Chinese

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 serving

Amount Per Serving

Calories 252

% Daily Value

Total Fat 11.1 g

17%

Saturated Fat 2.4 g

12%

Cholesterol 96 mg

32%

Sodium 1199 mg

50%

Total Carbohydrates 50.4 g

17%

Dietary Fiber 1.9 g

8%

Sugars 24.1 g

Protein 26 g

52%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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The Ultimate Guide to Brining Chicken https://www.greedygourmet.com/recipes-for-diets/omnivore/ultimate-guide-brining-chicken/ https://www.greedygourmet.com/recipes-for-diets/omnivore/ultimate-guide-brining-chicken/#respond Mon, 10 Dec 2018 10:27:33 +0000 https://www.greedygourmet.com/?p=52718 If you are looking to master the technique of brining chicken, then look no further. This is literally the best and ultimate guide to brining chicken. In this article, you will learn how to brine chicken correctly. More specifically, this guide will show you how to brine an entire chicken altogether, while also teaching you...

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If you are looking to master the technique of brining chicken, then look no further. This is literally the best and ultimate guide to brining chicken. In this article, you will learn how to brine chicken correctly. More specifically, this guide will show you how to brine an entire chicken altogether, while also teaching you techniques on how to separate parts of a chicken. For example, after reading this, you will easily be able to make simple brined chicken thighs, breasts, you name it. Ultimately, your chicken will be so juicy and so tender, you’ll never go back to cooking chicken without a brine. Keep reading to find out more about brined chicken and the entire brining process.

the ultimate guide to brined chicken and brining chicken parts

Whole Chicken with a lemon in a pan

Brining chicken is an age-old process that makes the most delicious and juiciest chicken of all. Once you’ve made brined chicken, you’ll know the difference between a chicken cooked without a brine and brined chicken. Trust me. Brined chicken is known to deliver a moisty, juicy and tender result when properly approached – especially, if you make a brine with your favourite seasoning. If you’ve never tried cooking a chicken recipe with a brine, then this is your chance. Thanks to this ultimate guide to brined chicken, soon you’ll become known for making the best chicken ever!

brining history

The history of brining goes way back to the origins of salt! Do you know when that is? Go back to the year 6050 B.C.! This was the great time of the ancient Egyptians, who used salt as a part of their religious offerings to the gods. It was used throughout the centuries before the Chinese, around 2700 B.C., discovered previously unused pharmaceutical applications. Indeed ancient Chinese traditional medicine took advantage of many varieties of salts. Moreover, this was in essence the first time a salt brine was developed to improve the efficiency of Chinese medicine.

During Roman times in the Mediterranean, salt brines were used to help preserve dried fish. However, people used natural salt brines such as sea water, in which they would dip the fish to reduce any dangerous bacteria. Throughout history, brining evolved and got more sophisticated. Nowadays, brining chicken is a must! I’m sure those of you who are used to brining chicken know that a chicken without a brine will never taste the same!

what is a salt brine?

A mans hand with salt on it

Simply put, a brine is a solution of water, salt and other herbs (often added only for the purpose of seasoning). A brine usually includes water, salt and sugar (sometimes vinegar, caramel, spices and other herbs). You can easily make a salt brine at home, however there are also naturally occurring salt brines that are located deep underground in the vicinity of salt lakes.

In the modern day, a brine is used as a preservative for many ingredients, such has meat, fish, vegetables, cheeses and more. A salt brine is also used for pickling, curing and marinating during the cooking process. Lastly, brines are also used in the processes associated with industrial cooling systems (due to their low freezing temperatures).

brining process explained

The process of brining means treating your chosen ingredient with a dry brine (salt rub) or a wet brine (salt solution). In either case, when taking meat into account, the salt and sugar used in a brine break down the proteins inside the muscles of the meat. Every time you cook meat, fish and vegetables, the cooking process contracts the ingredients forcing moisture out. Basically, the heat from the cooking dehydrates the ingredients.

Now, coming back to the meat, due to the fact that the brine weakened the protein, the muscles will absorb more moisture. In addition, that will release more of the moisture during the cooking process to make your chosen meat super-juicy and tender!

A raw whole chicken with seasoning

dry brine

Dry brining shares many similarities with the process of curing. A dry brine simply means rubbing salt (can also be ordinary kitchen salt) into the chosen ingredients. Notably, a dry brine works best with meat. So for example, dry brining chicken involves covering the meat with fine or coarse salt which is then left to rest for many hours. In comparison to the curing process, curing always involves drying the ingredients first. Initially, one must dehydrate the ingredient and then apply salt, leaving it to cure for a long period of time. This is commonly done with the world famous Prosciutto di Parma. A dry brine is used more for extracting moisture out of ingredients before the cooking process.

In terms of the chemical process, the applied course salt draws moisture from the meat’s surface and interior. The moisture (water molecules) mix with the salt and then get reabsorbed. This means that the meat in fact brines in its own juices. Depending on the size of the meat, you leave the salt rub on anywhere from 30 minutes to a couple of hours. Next, to get the meat ready for cooking, you need to rinse off the salt on the exterior and simply cook.

wet brine

First and foremost, don’t confuse applying a wet brine with marinating! Marinating means soaking the ingredient in a brine to add flavour and tenderise prior to the cooking. In addition, pickling is also a whole other process, which does use a brine but for a much longer period of time. Here, the ingredients undergo a process that’s called anaerobic fermentation. Typically, the pickling brine also includes vinegar in order to extend the durability of the ingredients.

In contrast, applying a wet brine to ingredients generally takes up to 24 hours.

What usually happens if you apply a wet brine to meat, for example, is that the salt ions diffuse into the cells of the meat. The water from the salt brine is absorbed through the process of osmosis. To make sure that the brine is effective, it has to include at least 20% salt.

The Americans are long-users of applying a wet brine to make their incredibly juicy Thanksgiving turkey.

dry brine vs wet brine

A raw chicken in a plastic bag

All in all, the difference between these two types of brines comes down to the salt. More specifically, how the salt works with the ingredient. When it comes to applying a dry brine, the brine draws moisture out of the meat. Then the meat’s juices mix with the salt from the brine and lastly they are reabsorbed. Since a dry brine is very concentrated, it degenerates the proteins thus preventing them from releasing liquid while cooking.

On the other hand, a wet brine hydrates the meat. In normal circumstances, the meat absorbs wet brines and “pumps up”. The salt inside the brine solution helps retain moisture and keeps the juices inside while cooking.

For brining chicken recipes, you can use both types of brine.

other uses and applications

As stated before, there are different ways you can use a brine to your advantage. In essence, you can also prepare a variety of complex gourmet dishes as well as the traditional simple meat dishes. With a brine, you can marinate, pickle and cure your food! In essence, with a brine you can make your food tender and moist, while also helping to preserve it and add more flavour to it. Brining is super-versatile and so are its applications!

brining chicken – proportion rules and timing

Generally speaking, for every quarter cup of salt you use in a wet brine solution, you should add a quart of water. Of course, this depends on the type of recipe and the strength of the brine that you want to accomplish.

The general formula for brining meats is one hour/pound.

different country variations of brine

There are various types of brines you can recreate if you experiment with spices, sugars and herbs. The end result is that you can have multiple brine recipes to choose from for your chosen ingredient. Ultimately, with the help of a brine, you can spin any recipe in the direction of cuisine that your prefer. Take these 9 different brine recipes for example.

9 easy brine recipes and variations

  1. basic brine – click here to get the recipe.
  2. brine Caribbean style – add jerk spice, molasses and dark sugar to the brine
  3. Irish and UK-style brine – add stout of choice and malt syrup
  4. brine Turkish style – add sumac spice, fresh mint, ground cumin, lemon zest and garlic
  5. lamb brine, American-roast style – add white wine, thyme, vinegar and black pepper
  6. brine American-western style – add bourbon, molasses, vanilla extract and Worcestershire sauce
  7. pickling brine – with chilli and vinegar – as used here in this courgetti pickle recipe
  8. Asian brine Chinese-BBQ style – add soy sauce, more sugar, wine vinegar and fermented black bean sauce
  9. Japanese-style brine – add teriyaki sauce, soy sauce, sesame seeds and lime juice

These are just some of the simple brine recipes which will inspire you. For more suggestions, see below.

Chicken Breast  on a grill

season the brine

Depending on the type of ingredient, you can impress with these flavour combinations that work particularly well. Just toss some of your favourite ones into the brine and don’t be afraid to experiment. Again, these are only a few examples for inspiration to enhance the flavour of your brine.

brine seasoning by produce

poultry: sugar, vinegar, lemon juice, lemon zest, soy sauce, teriyaki sauce, olive oil, sage, garlic, garlic powder, cumin powder, basil, oregano, rosemary, thyme, chilli, jerk spice, caraway seeds and much more…

lamb, venison and other game: thyme, oregano, rosemary, juniper berries, mustard, mint, allspice, cumin, garlic powder, lemon juice, fennel seeds, bay leaves, lemon zest…

pork: bay leaves, ginger, sugar, caraway, coriander seeds, curry powder, sage, fennel seeds, thyme, savory, cumin, rosemary, paprika, cayenne pepper, chillies, chilli powder, jerk spice…

beef: ground cloves, black pepper, ground cinnamon,  ground ginger, white pepper, chilli powder, granulated onion, ground garlic, cumin, molasses, Worcestershire sauce, Guinness, stout, beer..

white fish: white wine vinegar, dill, vinegar, black pepper, garlic, olive oil, sugar, onion, spring onions, shallots, chilli powder, cayenne pepper, paprika…

pink-flesh fish (salmon): sugar, garlic powder, Worcestershire sauce, black pepper, bay leaves, teriyaki sauce, oyster sauce, miso, soy sauce, sesame oil, paprika, smoked paprika…

prawns and other shellfish: jerk spice, basil, lemon zest, lemon juice, garlic, garlic powder, lemon thyme, oregano, parsley, black pepper, garlic oil, chillies, cayenne pepper, chilli oil, wine vinegar…

vegetables (for pickling): tarragon, garlic powder, vinegar, chilli, allspice, black pepper, garlic cloves, pickling spice, white vinegar, sugar, brown sugar…

brine seasoning by cuisine

Three bowls of spices and anise seeds around them

French flavours: tarragon, herbes de Provence, olive oil, cider, cloves, allspice, anise, wine vinegar (red & white), nutmeg, Dijon mustard, chervil, chives

Middle Eastern flavours: saffron, zaatar, black pepper, chilli pepper, cinnamon, allspice, coriander, cumin, cardamom, caraway seeds, garlic powder

Mediterranean flavours: olive oil, dried oregano, dried basil, rosemary, lemon juice, lemon zest, parsley, saffron, sage

Indian flavours: cardamom, turmeric, ground garlic, ground ginger, ground cloves, coconut milk, coconut oil, cassia bark, black peppers, cumin seeds, ground cumin, coriander seeds, ground coriander, madras powder, nutmeg, mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds, curry powder

Japanese flavours: teriyaki sauce, matcha, green tea, miso, seaweed, red bean paste, soy sauce, rice vinegar, wasabi, Sakura, yuzu, mirin, sesame oil

Chinese flavours: Sichuan pepper, sweet and sour sauce, chilli pepper, soy sauce, oyster sauce, sesame oil, rice vinegar, mirin (rice wine), chilli paste, soybean paste, star anise, five spice powder

how to make a brine for brining chicken recipe

Select the type of brine you want to apply on the chicken – wet or dry. Next, add the salt and the other ingredients of your choice. The trick to making a brine is to stir well and let the salt fully dissolve. The brine solution should be completely clear. You can also refrigerate the brine for a couple of hours so that the flavours integrate well.

edible chicken components

Now that you’ve learned all there is to know about the brining process, let’s start with understanding the humble chicken! One can say that chicken is the number one choice of meat across different cultures as well as the most common type of poultry. This is because it is relatively inexpensive and, in comparison with red meat, it also has a much lower level of cholesterol and fat. That’s also the reason why chicken is considered a healthier and leaner alternative when it comes to cooking recipes that require white meat.

As a result, there are a million fabulous chicken recipes out there inspired by multiple cultures and adapted to local tastes. I am not sure I’ve heard of a culture or region where cooking chicken isn’t a part of the local cuisine. Have you? If so, please share in the comments below.

Chicken can be prepared in various ways. You can boil, bake, roast, pan-fry, barbecue, grill, smoke and brine a chicken.  With chicken being such a versatile and popular component of our everyday meals, you should learn about the different components of a chicken. Don’t make the mistake of cooking just with chicken breasts. Explore all of the amazing cuts of chicken.

Once you master these, I have a feeling that you’ll be buying a whole chicken a lot more. Besides, it’s much more inexpensive than buying separate parts. Give it a go and sharpen your knife skills while you’re at it.

edible cuts of a chicken

Raw chicken pieces in a pan

There are multiple edible cuts of a chicken that are perfect for brining. First of all, the chicken is divided into six popular cuts.

  1. Whole chicken
  2. The chicken thigh
  3. Chicken drumstick
  4. The chicken breast
  5. The chicken wing
  6. Chicken leg (drumstick + thigh)

Although, different countries may have more categorisations of cuts. For example, in the USA, on top of the above-mentioned cuts, there are also these specific cuts:

  1. poultry half – an equal part of the chicken from the breast all the way to the back
  2. breast quarter – includes half of the chicken breast, a section of the wing and a bit from the back
  3. leg quarter – includes a thigh, the drumstick and a portion of the back.
  4. chicken tender – a strip of chicken breast commonly found in salads
  5. chicken tenderloin – this is the interior pectoral muscle that goes along the breastbone
  6. the chicken tail –  yes, this part is edible for those of you wondering!

I’ll dig a little deeper into each cut from the first six most popular cuts. Keep reading.

how to break down a chicken

Someone cutting up raw chicken on a cutting board

If you’ve bought an entire chicken or if you’ve got a half of a chicken, and you feel like making multiple recipes, then listen up. First and foremost, you need to source a boning knife. Otherwise, you’ll be completely lost and the knife-work will be a catastrophe. Take a look at these examples below to give you an idea of what a boning knife looks like. In general, it is a very pointy, thin knife that allows you to access different parts of the chicken and carve your way through!

To learn how to break down a chicken, click right here to follow a step-by-step video guide.

chicken dark meat vs white meat

To fully understand the composition of a chicken, one has to differentiate between the white and dark meat of the chicken. I am sure you’ve come across this term before but haven’t paid attention to it. Well, the white and dark meat of the chicken have different textures, so the brining process varies per cut as a result.

Obviously, the whole chicken includes both white and dark meat. However, the white meat cuts include:

  1. The chicken breast
  2. Chicken tenderloin
  3. The chicken wings

The dark meat cuts include:

  1. The chicken drumstick
  2. Chicken leg
  3. The chicken thigh

should I wash raw chicken before cooking or brining it?

The answer is no. This isn’t just me giving you advice, but the NHS (National Health Service) also confirms that washing chicken before cooking it is a bad idea. This is simply because it exposes you to a higher risk of food poisoning due to the presence of certain types of bacteria. The germs can spread when you wash the chicken or the chicken part that you are cooking. More importantly, when you wash raw chicken, you can also spread it across various work surfaces, utensils, cooking equipment and more. Did you know that water droplets are able to travel roughly 50 cm? Scary!

Don’t worry though, the cooking process kills any bacteria present. Therefore, when you cook chicken, make sure that you cook it thoroughly! To do this, simply cut into the thickest part of the chicken and make sure it’s steaming hot. If you’ve got pink chicken in the centre, put it back on the heat and keep cooking. Never wash raw chicken and never serve raw chicken.

To read more about the health risks that come with washing raw chicken, click here.

brined whole chicken

A whole chicken in a plastic bag

You can brine an entire chicken! The best type of brine to apply in this case is a dry brine. This means, apply the salt rub and let it rest for hours. Click here to learn how to brine an entire chicken.

The recipe also works for other types of poultry. The end result is delicious, tender and juicy chicken!

brined chicken thighs

Raw Chicken Thighs in brining liquid

Chicken thighs belong to the dark meat of the chicken. They have a higher fat content compared to chicken breast. Due to the fact that chickens don’t fly, they use the thighs and the relevant thigh muscles more. This results in more flavour as well as more nutrients. The brining solution helps retain the umami flavours of the chicken thighs. The best brine application for chicken thighs is submerging the meat into a wet brine solution. Get the recipe for brined chicken here.

brined chicken drumsticks

Raw Chicken Drumsticks in a brining liquid

Again, brined chicken drumsticks have a higher fat content, largely because of the skin layer. The chicken drumstick is made up of two parts: the drumsticks as well as the patella. For the best results in terms of brined chicken drumsticks, keep the skin on so that the muscles don’t become too stringy and dry. The skin will protect the tenderness of the meat. Apply a wet brine. Get the recipe for brined chicken drumsticks here.

brined chicken breasts

Raw Chicken Breasts Brining

This is the leanest and healthiest part of the chicken due to its naturally low-fat content. You can apply a dry brine as well as a wet brine. Ultimately, the best and juiciest results are achieved with a wet brining solution. Keep the skin on for the most juicy chicken breast ever! Get the recipe from the brined chicken breasts here.

brined chicken wings

Raw Chicken Wings brining

Chicken wings are best enjoyed with a brine. For a finger-licking result, apply a wet brine and follow this recipe for brined chicken wings.

brining chicken faux pas & dont’s

Attention! Never reuse the same brining solution twice in a row. First, it won’t yield the same results – the effects of the brine will not be impactful. Second, you risk contaminating your food with bacterial growth!

I hope this article helped you gain a lot of knowledge on brining chicken. Now, you too have become the brining chicken master!

15 chicken recipes perfect for brining chicken

Recipes that require a brine are ultimately those that expose the chicken to high heat. So, roasting, grilling and smoking recipes are ideal for brining chicken in advance.

  1. chicken ballotine
  2. smoked chicken breasts
  3. BBQ chicken kebabs
  4. whole smoked chicken
  5. oven-baked BBQ chicken
  6. smoked chicken drumsticks
  7. slow roast chicken stuffed with rice and pecans
  8. honey & cinnamon chicken drumsticks
  9. chicken tikka
  10. yakitori chicken kebabs
  11. chicken cacciatore
  12. bang bang chicken
  13. smoked chicken thighs
  14. pomegranate & chicken skewers
  15. dukkah chicken wings

Which one will you attempt first with a brine?

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Although the city of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is on an island, that doesn’t mean vegan and vegetarian options are limited. In essence, this is the ultimate guide to finding the best vegan restaurants on this sub-tropical/Mediterranean island. So check out these vegan restaurants in Gran Canaria. This list of 16 vegan restaurants in Gran Canaria also includes restaurants that are vegan-friendly. Therefore, you can safely dine out with friends who are not vegan, but still find vegan-friendly options on the menu.

vegan restaurants in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Gran Canaria, Las Palmas province

1. Bioloco

BIOLOCO

With their philosophy Be Loco, Be Green, Be Vegan, this restaurant is a definite trendsetter. Furthermore, Bioloco is a 100% cruelty-free bar in Las Palmas with a range of vegan dishes. The entire menu is 100% vegan. The menu items include vegan burgers, wraps, sandwiches, as well as various types of salads, vegan yoghurts and more. They also have gluten-free bread! This vegan restaurant should be on the top of your list of 16 vegan restaurants in Gran Canaria.

Address: Calle Alfredo L Jones 33, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Las Palmas, Spain

2. La Hierba Luisa

la-hierba-luisa

This is a vegan-only restaurant and cafeteria, making it one of the best choices on the 16 vegan restaurants in Gran Canaria list. They pride themselves in using premium produce to create vibrant and elegant vegan dishes. Items on the menu include shiitake ceviche, raw vegan pad Thai, marinated zucchini cannelloni with wasabi and more. Excellent variety of coffees and specialty teas.

To check out their Facebook page, click right here.

Address: Calle Mendizábal 39, 35001 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Las Palmas, Spain

vegan-friendly restaurants in Gran Canaria

3. Zoe Food

zoe-food

Excellent place for breakfast as well as lunch, or better yet – for brunch. Tasty vegetarian and vegan options. Comfortable outdoor seating in a charming street in Las Palmas. Make sure you discover their amazing breakfast bowls and ask for special vegan items.

To check out their Facebook page, click right here.

Address: Calle Domingo J Navarro 35, 35002 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

4. Biocreperia RiscoCaido

Biocreperia RiscoCaido

This is not a restaurant, but a creperie. They are known for serving beautiful healthy vegan cakes and pancakes using bio ingredients. You might also find vegan matcha tea panacottas, chia pudding with dragon fruit and more.

To check out their Facebook page, click right here.

Address: Avda. Matías Vega 13, 35350 Artenara, Gran Canaria, Spain

5. San Andrea

San Andrea

Classic and cosy Italian restaurant with vegan-friendly, homemade options on the menu. Try the garlic bread with their special vegan butter, homemade hummus and more. Even vegans can come out completely full from this incredible Italian restaurant. Moreover, you’ll have the opportunity to taste some excellent Italian wines.

To check out their Facebook page, click right here.

Address: Torres Quevedo 40, 35007 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

6. Racimo16

Racimo16

Known for excellent vegetarian and vegan Venezuelan food. Their menu is specifically labelled to identify vegan dishes. These include tomatoes filled with Racimo’s salad, lentil soup, peppers filled with vegetables and rice sauce, fruit salad and more. As you can see, there’s plenty to choose from, so make sure you visit this restaurant which easily makes the list of 16 vegan restaurants in Gran Canaria, Las Palmas.

To check out their Facebook page, click right here.

Address: Calle Juan Manuel Durán González 42, 35010 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

7. Restaurante Etiopico Afrika

Restaurante Etiopico Afrika

This is an exotic and ethnic Ethiopian restaurant. Indulge in the traditional Ethiopian hospitality. Great selection of vegetarian as well as vegan dishes on the menu. This is because in the Ethiopian culture, there are some periods of the year when it’s not allowed to eat meat or any animal-derived products. Just ask the owner Genet to cook you up something vegan-friendly!

To check out their Facebook page, click right here.

Address:  Centro Comercial “Ronda”, calle La Palma, 35100 San Fernando, Gran Canaria, Spain

8-10. Taj Palace I, II, III (Three restaurants in total)

Taj Palace

All three are Indian tandoori restaurants located in different parts of Gran Canaria. Very relaxed atmosphere. All have vegan items on the menu as well.

To check out their homepage, click right here.

Address Taj Palace I: Portonovo Apartments, Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria, Gran Canaria, Spain

Address Taj Palace II: C. L-277, Calle Puerto Rico, 35130 Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria, Gran Canaria, Spain

Address Taj Palace III: Ancora Shopping Centre, Arguineguin, Gran Canaria, Spain

11. West End Restaurant

West End Restaurant

Although this restaurant is a steak and burger place, it also caters for vegans. For example, try their vibrant sweetcorn and avocado salad. So if you are vegan, you can easily dine with your non-vegan friends here.

To check out their homepage, click right here.

Address: Av. de Italia 10, 35100 San Bartolomé de Tirajana, Gran Canaria, Spain

12. Dara Feeling Good

Dara Feeling Good

A breakfast and brunch restaurant that serves healthy meals made from fresh produce. Although the vegan items are not exclusively labelled, there are vegan options on the menu! Make sure you double check with the staff for vegan meals.

To check out their Facebook page, click right here.

Address: Travieso 29, 35002 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

13. Zayka Authentic Indian Cuisines

Zayka Authentic Indian Cuisines

This restaurant has a good range of vegan-friendly dishes and well as vegan-knowledgeable staff. Don’t hesitate to ask the restaurant’s employees on your vegan options for the day. Indulge in excellent Indian food!

To check out their Facebook page, click right here.

Address: Avenida de Gran Canaria 30, Maspalomas 35100, Gran Canaria, Spain

14. Llevame al Huerto

Llevame al Huerto

A fantastic idea to dine here for those who are both vegan and non-vegan. Both types of eaters are bound to find something delicious on the menu. They serve fusion food and organic food. In addition they cater to several dietary needs. This includes vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free. Using local organic produce, they also have an eco gourmet menu with mouth-watering and visually stunning healthy dishes. Excellent wine options, too!

To check out their Facebook page, click right here.

Address: Calle de Ruiz de Alda 26, 35007 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

15. Fusion Restaurants & Bar

Fusion Restaurants & Bar

This is more of a lounge bar which serves South East Asian Fusion food quite late. Although, they serve seafood and meat, the staff are very knowledgeable on vegan food and are more than happy to serve you a customer vegan meal.

To check out their Facebook page, click right here.

Address: Avenida España 12, Apartamentos Las Gacelas, 35100 Maspalomas, Gran Canaria, Spain

16. 360 Restaurant Bohemia Suites & Spa

Yes, I’ve saved the best for last! This incredible restaurant offers a high dining experience with a breathtaking view! Enjoy a sunny breakfast with a panoramic view, lunch with the sea breeze and an amazing dinner with the sunset. Their kitchen is known to offer the finest cuisine on the island. They have a mouthwatering a-la-carte menu, but the chef and staff are very knowledgeable about veganism and answer to other special dietary requests. Hence, feel free to ask the chef for a customised menu. The best part is, that the menu changes according to seasonality, so you are bound to come across fresh produce!

To check out their homepage, click right here.

Address: Av. Estados Unidos, 28, 35100 Las Palmas, Spain

amazing vegan recipes

If you are looking for some vegan inspiration, check out these 106 vegan recipes!

Other Canarian vegan recipes you have to try include making the famous mojo verde and mojo rojo.

*All images are owned by tripadvisor.com, thefork.com and the respective restaurants.

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Poema del Mar https://www.greedygourmet.com/travel-writing/poema-del-mar/ https://www.greedygourmet.com/travel-writing/poema-del-mar/#comments Sat, 08 Dec 2018 10:13:53 +0000 https://www.greedygourmet.com/?p=53191 Poema del Mar is an aquarium located on the island of Gran Canaria, Spain. This aquarium is also referred to as Poema de Mar. Get ready for a jaw-dropping, out of this world experience and a deep dive into the blue world. You’ll be able to see extraordinary ocean creatures through the largest glass window...

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Poema del Mar is an aquarium located on the island of Gran Canaria, Spain. This aquarium is also referred to as Poema de Mar. Get ready for a jaw-dropping, out of this world experience and a deep dive into the blue world. You’ll be able to see extraordinary ocean creatures through the largest glass window pane in the world. Some of Poema del Mar’s inhabitants include turtles, exotic fish, king crabs, manta rays, and hammerhead sharks. It is a fun and educational activity for all types of visitors, and surely a memorable one at that! So, have you ever had the chance to stand on a cylindrical fish tank tunnel? You’ll feel like you’re a part of the ocean! Visit Poema del Mar during your stay at the Canary Islands and enjoy!
The white exterior of Poema del Mar

Poema del Mar Aquarium, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Poema del Mar, which in Spanish translates to ‘Poem of the Sea’ is a super-modern aquarium in the warm and sunny harbour of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. In essence, the aquarium contains 35 ecosystems which are completely unique from around the world. You’ll also have the opportunity to see more than 350 species (aquatic and exotic marine creatures). Needless to say, you can also take stunning photographs of more than 2,000 species of flora. As you can see, Poema del Mar leaves much room to explore.
The inside of the aquarium, trees and wooden trees
People walking through the aqaurium
A lizard on a rock
Marvel at the state-of-the-art aquarium and exotic colours of the species. The biodiversity in the giant cylindrical coral reef are an eye-opening experience, letting visitors see just how rich our oceans are. It certainly makes us think a little bit about our serious problem with plastic as well as the multiple solutions that one can start applying. In addition, this specific aquarium has the largest curved glass tank in the world! It’s home to hammerhead sharks, manta ray and hundreds of vibrant fish. Those of you who are well-acquainted with the world of aquariums know that sharks are almost impossible to catch a glimpse of. This is because sharks need an extremely large tank size for them to have a hospitable environment. So, just imagine how large this tank really is!
A close up shot of a gecko on a branch
Blue water and tall tree stumps
A bridge made out of netting

Poema del Mar by the Loro Parque company

The Poema del Mar Aquarium in Las Palmas is owned and was developed by the company called Loro Parque. Loro Parque is a theme park in Tenerife, which is also regarded as one of the best zoos in Europe.
In fact, I’ve visited Loro Parque twice. See the review of my first visit here and my second visit here.
A side view of a fish tank
A yellow and white fish in water
A black and white fish
The Loro Parque company also developed Siam Park. By the way, Siam Park won ‘The Best Zoo’ and the ‘Best Water Park in the World’. Similarly, I also visited Siam Park twice. See my review of the first visit here and the second visit here.
Ultimately, the company also showcase the same level of commitment as regards innovation and conservation at Poema del Mar. When one considers Loro Parque’s long history of protecting the environment, its experience with over 100 conservation projects, and its multiple international awards and distinctions – one can see why Poema del Mar is such a success.

2019 review – Loro Parque Poema del Mar, Las Palmas

In my experience, this is one of the best places in Gran Canaria. Every single tank takes your breath away. I loved learning about all types of marine surface ecosystem, deep marine life, fresh water species and well as the abundant flora on display. I also had a chance to photograph a shy chameleon as well as a huge alligator.

My favourite part was standing in the fish tunnel, gazing at striped, colourful fish. I also thought that the glowing jelly fish in a dark tank were incredible, although I wouldn’t want to get stung by one. I’ve heard it’s quite painful.

Also, during my visit to Poema del Mar, funnily enough I came across a creature that’s not so unfamiliar to me. This was the king crab! During my travels to Northern Norway, way inside the Arctic Circle, I took part in a king crab safari.
A purple crab
Overall, this was a very pleasant experience and a must-see attraction. Especially if you are already on the islands. The exhibits and habitats for the animals have been finished to a very high standard – there are even custom trees made to replicate specific environments. I highly recommend visiting this extraordinary aquarium!
A purple and pink jellyfish under water
Three people looking at a rounded fish tank
Restaurant Poema del mar

Poema del Mar – opening hours

The aquarium is open everyday from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. However, the aquarium might be closed during holidays like Christmas and the New Year. If you are not sure, then please check with the Poema del Mar website.

A round fish tank with fish in it

People's shadows looking at a giant fish tank

Poema del Mar – tickets

Purchasing tickets for Poema del Mar is a piece of cake. You can purchase them online in advance here. Otherwise, you can always purchase them on-site directly. I recommend having a sneak peak on the offerings. You’ll see there is also an option to purchase a ticket which includes bus service (as well as lunch, for children’s tickets).

Residents of Las Palmas can purchase discounted tickets on site. It is also noteworthy to mention that children under the age of four have free admittance. So, this would make the perfect, affordable family activity if you’ve got little ones.

A close up of  a shark

The mouth and underbelly of a shark

A black and white fish

Poema del Mar – address

The aquarium is located in the province of Las Palmas, on the Canary Islands. Yes, you will have to fly to the Canary Islands if you want to experience this extraordinary aquarium. Nowadays, you can get really cheap flights.

In terms of the location, luckily enough, the aquarium is just shy of 200 metres away from the famous Las Canteras Beach. Also, it lies directly next to Sanapu Dock, the cruise ship pier.

Address:

Muelle del Sanapú,

22, 35008 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria,

Las Palmas, Spain

Parking at Poema del Mar

Parking isn’t a big issue as it is close to one of the best beaches. Simply park your car in a side street near the beach and walk to the aquarium (approx. 10 minutes).

A sea turtle in water

An orange fish in water

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Poema del Mar, or Poem of the Sea, is the world's best aquarium. It has the largest state-of-the-art fish tank which is home to hammerhead sharks and more.

P.S. I was a guest of Poema del Mar.

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Turmeric Smoothie https://www.greedygourmet.com/recipes-for-diets/vegan/turmeric-smoothie/ https://www.greedygourmet.com/recipes-for-diets/vegan/turmeric-smoothie/#respond Thu, 06 Dec 2018 12:09:43 +0000 https://www.greedygourmet.com/?p=53108 A delicious turmeric smoothie with fresh banana and mango is just the push of a button away. Indisputably, this smoothie has outstanding anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Enjoy making this lactose-free version of a smoothie with turmeric and read more about appropriate substitutes. The turmeric smoothie makes the perfect health booster during days of miserable weather....

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A delicious turmeric smoothie with fresh banana and mango is just the push of a button away. Indisputably, this smoothie has outstanding anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Enjoy making this lactose-free version of a smoothie with turmeric and read more about appropriate substitutes. The turmeric smoothie makes the perfect health booster during days of miserable weather. Even if you are not the biggest fan of turmeric, don’t let its inclusion put you off from indulging in this amazing beverage. Serve it at room temperature or serve it ice cold during a sunny day. The smoothie stores well in the fridge and can last up to three days. In addition, the drink freezes well, so you can enjoy it whenever you need a bit of a vitamin boost.

Overall, once you try a turmeric smoothie, you’ll soon start feeling the immense health benefits that it brings with it. The ingredients that make up this smoothie contain anti-oxidant as well as anti-inflammatory properties. Indeed it is widely recognised that these types of beverages that contain turmeric will help you deal with chronic inflammation – even if you don’t know that you have it. Either way, wholesome drinks like this could almost be described as a tonic. Soon, everybody will want to know the secret to your amazing immunity as well as your healthy lifestyle.

A yellow turmeric smoothie and a jar of better foods on top of a box

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immune-boosting anti-inflammatory turmeric smoothie

The way I managed to create this delicious turmeric smoothie recipe is with CURCUMIN from Better Foods. Better Foods is a new company founded by economics students from the quiet town of Göttingen. They realised that normal lactase tablets contain lots of additives that are harmful to the body. They decided to tackle this issue immediately. Hence, they developed Better Foods Lactase which evolved from LactoJoy. Furthermore, the students dedicated their time to developing even more healthy products like CURCUMIN which are all additive-free and totally healthy!

What I found particularly helpful about the curcumin product is the accessibility of it. Fresh curcumin isn’t readily available in the shops unless you go to speciality stores or especially large supermarkets in cities…. if you’re lucky. It definitely takes the stress out of having to shop for the fresh ingredients with the hope of benefiting from this potent component. During the time I took CURCUMIN, before it ran out (!), I didn’t get ill once and even eczema on my fingers eased. This experience made me reassess my daily health regime by considering to add curcumin to the daily mix.

So, if you feel like you’re constantly denying yourself delicious smoothies, then you don’t have to torture yourself any more. Same goes for whipped cream and other milk or cream-based recipes. With LactoJoy as well as Better Food Lactase, you too can live your life to the fullest. LactoJoy offers a chewable lactase tablet that’s also affordable! It’s free of chemical additives and only contains plant-based release agents that work! The LactoJoy tablets don’t have any animal-based components, colouring agents or any dangerous sweeteners. Being lactose intolerant, I already tried the LactoJoy with my bobotie recipe. Anyone who suffers from lactose intolerance should try these tablets. They work!

A close up of raw pieces of orange turmeric

healthy turmeric smoothie with CURCUMIN

Turmeric is also known as kurkuma or golden root and belongs to the ginger family. It is native to India and South East Asia, hence it’s an integral part of Asian cuisines. In case you think its health-giving properties are some new-fangled notion, think again – 4000 years ago, Indians had discovered the anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant effects of turmeric. As you might expect, the inclusion of turmeric gives the smoothie a distinct yellow colour.

Turmeric is a common ingredient in traditional Chinese medicine teas and other recipes as well as being an integral part of Indian Ayurveda Cuisine. Hence, as CURCUMIN contains the healing powers of the kurkuma, it has very positive effects on intestinal problems, skin disease and lipid metabolism. Most of all, CURCUMIN eliminates dangerous oxidative stress. You can order CURCUMIN and find more information about it here.

If you can’t wait to try this smoothie, you can, of course, use raw turmeric. If you have a professional juicer at home, I highly encourage you to juice the turmeric. This way, you can enjoy a shot of turmeric every morning and get your body back into a healthy state. Also, you can control the amount of raw turmeric juice inside the smoothie. This way, you are in control of the overall balance of flavours.

Pieces of raw turmeric and the better foods jar

 

lactose-free turmeric smoothie recipes

I love using almond milk in smoothies. In fact, almond milk is an excellent addition not only for cooking, but for enjoying coffee as well. If you can’t get your hands on almond milk, there are a lot of substitutes out there.

Other lactose-free substitutes you can try are the following:

  • Hazelnut milk – nuttier in terms of taste which might overpower exotic flavours. Pairs well with banana.
  • Oat milk – slightly acidic in taste but pairs well with all ingredients.
  • Rice milk – also pairs extremely well but will not yield a very creamy smoothie.
  • Coconut milk – goes hand in hand with turmeric spice and is one of the best substitutes.
  • Soy milk – use as last resort due to powerful essence of soy.
  • Lactose-free vegan milk – you can always select this simple option. However, this option doesn’t boost the flavour of the smoothie.

The best substitute is coconut milk because it works very well with turmeric as well as ginger. If you use coconut milk, you’ll almost have a Thai-inspired turmeric smoothie.

An orange smoothie

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Banana and mango pair excellently with turmeric spice, making these yellow fruits an excellent addition to this refreshing beverage. Nonetheless, turmeric works extremely well with other fruits and vegetables – especially those with an exotic flavour. Here are just a few combinations you can try instead of the mango and banana:

  • Carrot ginger turmeric smoothie
  • Goji berry turmeric smoothie
  • Turmeric Strawberry smoothie
  • Green turmeric smoothie – avocado, pineapple
  • Turmeric Orange smoothie
  • Turmeric Pineapple smoothie
  • Blueberry turmeric smoothie
  • Turmeric Papaya Smoothie
  • Orange banana turmeric smoothie
  • Kiwi banana green turmeric smoothie
  • Berry turmeric smoothie – you can use this smoothie as a base

These are just a few flavour combinations which you can put together. Otherwise, you can also try my super green smoothie, pineapple and avocado smoothie and my cranberry smoothie recipe.

An aerial view of a Turmeric Smoothie with raw turmeric

ice-cold, refreshing turmeric smoothie

If you fancy a cooler turmeric smoothie during the summer months, then you can easily make it super-cold without diluting it with ice. Simply freeze the chosen fruits and hit the blend button. So, in this case, freeze the banana and the mango beforehand. Just a tip – peel the mango and the banana, otherwise, you’ll have a really hard time getting the skin off!

Turmeric Smoothie

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Try this simple turmeric smoothie using the secret healing powers of turmeric, otherwise known as kurkuma. It is an anti-inflammatory turmeric smoothie.

Ingredients

  • 250ml (1 cup) almond milk
  • 1 mango, peeled and chopped
  • 1 banana, peeled and chopped
  • 2.5cm (1in) fresh ginger, peeled
  • 7.5cm (3in) fresh turmeric, peeled

Instructions

  1. Place all the ingredients in a high-powered blender and process until smooth. Serve immediately.

Notes

  • If you would like a cold smoothie, freeze the banana and/or mango beforehand.
  • You can use orange juice instead of almond milk.

Courses Breakfast

Cuisine Indian

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 serving

Amount Per Serving

Calories 347

% Daily Value

Total Fat 10.1 g

16%

Saturated Fat 7.2 g

36%

Sodium 15 mg

1%

Total Carbohydrates 67.2 g

22%

Dietary Fiber 10.4 g

42%

Sugars 38.7 g

Protein 5 g

10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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Grilled Wreckfish https://www.greedygourmet.com/recipes-for-diets/pescatarian/grilled-wreckfish/ https://www.greedygourmet.com/recipes-for-diets/pescatarian/grilled-wreckfish/#comments Tue, 04 Dec 2018 19:34:03 +0000 https://www.greedygourmet.com/?p=27308 Sometimes it really pays off to go for some of the lesser known kinds of fish when shopping for a seafood dinner. By doing so, you get to try something other than your regular handful of fish species that most of us shuffle between. Secondly, you might even get a good price on the less...

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Sometimes it really pays off to go for some of the lesser known kinds of fish when shopping for a seafood dinner. By doing so, you get to try something other than your regular handful of fish species that most of us shuffle between. Secondly, you might even get a good price on the less saleable fish, than when choosing one of the more popular ones. While taking part in a masterclass organised by Bohemia Suites & Spa Hotel during my stay at Gran Canaria, I discovered the wreckfish. I’m very happy to have discovered this fish, as it turned out to be a very tasty and versatile fish, perfect for the summer. The beautiful fresh fish and the nice weather inspired me to conjure up a grilled wreckfish recipe. This grilled wreckfish is an elegant recipe, which I’ve learnt to master from a top quality chef!

A white piece of grilled wreckfish on a plate

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During my vacation in Gran Canaria, I was a guest of the adult-only 5 star hotel, Bohemia Suites & Spa. It was thanks to them and their special Get Togethers or masterclasses, I was able to go on a first ever fishing for bonito excursion. This was only the first part of my masterclass. The end result of the masterclass was, of course, learning how to prepare and become adept at this beautiful grilled wreckfish recipe. Since my first interest is always food and food-related activities, I couldn’t wait to take part in this excursion.

The Get Togethers are all organised by the hotel, exclusively to fit the needs and interests of its guests. It is also a way for guests to learn how the hotel sources and prepares its products. Some of the hotel’s excursions include:

  • Photography
  • Cuisine
  • Cocktails
  • Gardening
  • Cava tasting
  • Champagne tasting
  • Distilled tasting
  • Hand massage
  • Homemade lotions

I gladly took part in two masterclasses!

A close up of raw white fish fillets

1. fishing for bonito and grilled wreckfish masterclass

First, we toured the warm waters with the boat, where I managed to spot a pod of wild dolphins. Soon after, the Captain found the perfect spot for fishing bonito as well as wreckfish. After that, Chef Juan took us to the market as part of a special Get Together (organised by the hotel) to source some local spices and produce. During our masterclass, I learned exactly how to prepare and gut freshly caught fish as well as how to cook Canarian fish. As a result, I highly recommend you try this excursion! Here’s a handy tip for those who don’t have such strong sea legs – if you are prone to seasickness, read this article on how best to manage symptoms from seasickness.

Three colorful cocktails on a bar

2. cocktail masterclass

On another day, I took part in a cocktail masterclass, which had a very positive and happy atmosphere. We used only high-quality ingredients to make the exotic cocktails. In addition, we were encouraged to be creative, in order to discover exciting new cocktail recipes. Chef Juan taught us all the tricks again – for example, how to use fresh fruit to prepare custom cocktails. To learn more about Chef Juan, check out my grilled bonito recipe where I also detail his experience.

You can check out a video of the masterclass here or see below.

I must add, the food at Bohemia Suites & Spa is excellent, thanks to Chef Juan. The 360º Restaurant truly offers a 360-degree view of the beach in a modern and elegant setting. The menu screams sophistication and high quality. Overall, the food is easily worthy of a 5 star hotel! Check out their stylish and mouthwatering menu here.

To learn more about Bohemia Suites & Spa, click here. Also, keep an eye out for my review of the hotel.

Six bowls of fruit

Muddled fruit being poured into a mixer

 

grilled wreckfish

The name wreckfish may not sound too appetising. However don’t be fooled by the sinister name, it is actually from a family of saltwater fish, the most common of which is the Atlantic wreckfish. The wreckfish lives in very deep waters and inhabits caves or alternatively shipwrecks. Hence the common name of the fish. In some parts of the world it is also known as stone bass. The Latin name Polyprionidae, comes from its many saw-like spikes on the back fin.

The meat of the wreckfish is white and firm with big flakes, The taste is delicate but yet distinct. The flesh is quite lean, therefore the fish needs to be treated gently during preparation. The season for wreckfish runs roughly from April to December, however this species is not fished on a massive commercial scale, nor is it being farmed like so many other fish. For this reason it can be tricky to find wreckfish in the shops. Sometimes you might get lucky and stumble across a frozen piece or, even better, a whole fresh fish.

To learn more about wreckfish, click here.

A man cooking a piece of grilled wreckfish

Atlantic wreckfish

The wreckfish has a firm white meat that takes the form of delightfully large flakes. It is somewhat similar to the meat of a swordfish. Therefore, if you can’t get your hands on a wreckfish, have this in mind when looking for alternatives. The best direct substitute for wreckfish is sea bass. The texture of the meat and the flavour of the sea bass are very similar to the wreckfish. The cooking time should be roughly the same. Seabass is albeit a relatively expensive fish, so for a more budget-friendly alternative, you can look in the direction of the more common local fish.

Codfish or haddock can also be used for this recipe. Other suitable white fish include fillets of sole and halibut. Keep in mind that you want the firm, white flaky meat.

Obviously, this recipe for grilled wreckfish is fairly simple and the same method can be applied to grilling pink fish such as tuna or salmon. Keep in mind that the cooking time might vary depending on the kind of fish you substitute with.

best way to prepare wreckfish

The best way to prepare the wreckfish in a tasty way is to grill it. A simple grilled wreckfish, lightly seasoned is simply heavenly. The fillet only needs a very short grill time on each side, so be careful not to overcook it. If either you or the weather is not in the mood for grilling and outside dining, you can pan sear it instead. Another option is to oven bake the fish. However, I find that the subtle smokiness that you get from the grill does wonders for the flavour of the fish.

A purple beet filled with sea foam

wreckfish – taste and seasoning

The grilled wreckfish only needs a light seasoning of salt, pepper and perhaps a touch of lemon zest. Instead of normal black pepper, you can use rose pepper. It has a slightly more perfumed flavour that is simply wonderful with any white fish. Plus, it looks beautiful on the plate to have the white meat of the grilled wreckfish sprinkled with the bright pink pepper. You can also be braver and season with chilli flakes but be careful not to overpower the flavour of the fish itself. That would be a pity.

Otherwise, rub a bit of cashew pesto. For inspiration, follow this pesto baked salmon recipe.

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wreckfish with citrus beurre blanc

As with any fish recipe, making a simple citrus beurre blanc can complete the dish! It can create harmony between the side dish together with the fish. Admittedly, I like to just eat the beurre blanc sauce alone with the fish. What about you?

In addition, fresh herbs are always a hit with fresh fish, and great for seasoning the fish after cooking it. Simply sprinkle the grilled wreckfish with the freshly chopped herbs as they are, or make a little herb dressing. Add a splash of olive oil and a little bit of lemon juice to your chopped herbs and use the herbal oil to dress the fish. As the flavour of the grilled wreckfish is quite versatile, you can use pretty much any herb you like. Dill, parsley and chives are the self-nominated all-stars for white fish.

However, you can just as well use watercress, tarragon or chervil. You can even take the grilled wreckfish in an Asian direction and make a dressing with coriander and a bit of soy sauce. My advice is to stick to the softer, leafier herbs rather than the more tree-like ones such a thyme and rosemary. Also, I reckon these tarragon substitutes will do the trick too.

A piece of grilled wreckfish on top of a yellow sauce

serving

The grilled fish is absolutely a summer dish. Therefore I recommend keeping the serving simple with something green and refreshing on the side. For example you can do a simple carrot and avocado salad like the one I did for my baked sea bass recipe. Another green and refreshing summer salad to go with the grilled wreckfish could be sugar snap pea salad or a lovely cherry tomato salad.

Alternatively, prepare some of the vegetables that are in season right now. That could be fresh green peas, string beans, young carrots or beets. Cook the vegetables gently so that they maintain their freshness and bite, and you will have summer on a plate! For a sturdier meal, you can serve the grilled wreckfish with freshly boiled new potatoes. Alternatively, you can do a potato salad.

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Grilled Wreckfish

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Grilled wreckfish is a delicacy. A wreckfish lives in deep seas and hides in caves and shipwrecks. With its firm white flesh, it’s perfect for the grill.

Ingredients

  • 4 wreckfish fillet, skin-on, weighing 200g (7oz) each
  • 60ml (1 tbsp) olive oil
  • Salt

Instructions

  • Brush each fish fillet all over with olive oil.
  • Fry the fillets skin side down in a hot frying pan until the skin is crisp. Turn the fish over and cook for another 2 minutes or until cooked through.
  • Season and serve immediately.

Notes

  • Alternatively, you can stick the fish, skin side up, under the grill for 5 minutes.

Courses Main Course

Cuisine Spanish

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 serving

Amount Per Serving

Calories 478

% Daily Value

Total Fat 28.7 g

44%

Saturated Fat 8 g

40%

Cholesterol 49 mg

16%

Sodium 1182 mg

49%

Total Carbohydrates 38 g

13%

Dietary Fiber 3.5 g

14%

Sugars 2.5 g

Protein 23 g

46%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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Grilled wreckfish is a delicacy. A wreckfish lives in deep seas and hides in caves and shipwrecks. With its firm white flesh, it's perfect for the grill. #seafood #fish

P.S. I was a guest of Bohemia Suites & Spa.

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25 Things To Do in Norwich https://www.greedygourmet.com/travel-writing/things-to-do-in-norwich/ https://www.greedygourmet.com/travel-writing/things-to-do-in-norwich/#respond Mon, 03 Dec 2018 20:11:48 +0000 https://www.greedygourmet.com/?p=53103 The city of Norwich has plenty to offer when it comes to tourist attractions. Undoubtedly, Norwich is one of the most beautiful cities in Norfolk with a rich history dating back to medieval times. In addition, this cathedral city has a lot in store regarding culinary experiences, with one trendy restaurant after another on every...

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The city of Norwich has plenty to offer when it comes to tourist attractions. Undoubtedly, Norwich is one of the most beautiful cities in Norfolk with a rich history dating back to medieval times. In addition, this cathedral city has a lot in store regarding culinary experiences, with one trendy restaurant after another on every corner. Hence, Norwich is bursting with activities to experience and atmosphere to enjoy. This list of 25 things to do in Norwich mentions the activities and attractions you simply cannot miss out on. Also, among the top 25 things to do in Norwich, I’ll give you a list of restaurants which you must try during your stay. Enjoy!

Top 25 things to do in Norwich, UK

1.Norwich Cathedral

Norwich Cathedral is a stunning building with magnificent Norman architecture and should top your list of 25 things to do in Norwich. It proudly stands as one of Norfolk’s 12 heritage sites. Following the Norman Conquest, the construction of the Cathedral began in the late 11th century using limestone, which gave the structure its distinct cream colour. In fact, the base of the cathedral was so large, that two churches, as well as an entire Anglo-Saxon settlement, had to be demolished to make enough space for the construction. Even more surprising for the time, it took only 49 years to complete the Cathedral, which has a distinct Norman tower with a wooden spire that remains in place since its inception in the early 12th century.

Most noteworthy, Norwich Cathedral has a very special cloister (enclosed gallery) with more than 1,000 stone knobs (otherwise known as bosses). The square cloister is the 2nd largest in England and the Cathedral itself is one of the largest in Europe. The spire measures 315 ft and, astonishingly, lightning struck after the building’s completion in the 12th century, setting it on fire. This happened only 23 months after its completion – quite a disaster! To learn more about the history of the Cathedral and about Norman architecture, click right here.

If you want to check out another gorgeous cathedral city, then make sure you check out this list of things to do in York. The York Minster is amongst the grandest cathedrals in Northern Europe.

2.Norwich Lanes

Norwich Lanes are at the top of the list of things to do in Norwich, and definitely create an exciting itinerary for your stay. The Norwich Lanes are famous for their independent and quirky retailers, contemporary cafés, local boutiques, trendy bars, buzzing restaurants and much more. With a backdrop of charming narrow alleyways, the Norwich Lanes offer an exciting walk. This is the place to get an authentic cup of coffee or get served a pint of real local ale, whichever tickles your fancy!

Start at Upper St Giles, which is a unique Georgian-style street. There, you’ll find many art shops including the Norwich Art Shop and the Studio Art Gallery. There are also many unique designer boutiques for you to browse through. Next, head for Upper and Lower Goat Lanes where you’ll find the best fish and chips in town at Grosvenor’s Fish Bar. Also, don’t miss out on what’s in store for you at these streets:

  • Pottergate
  • St John Maddermarket & Dove Street
  • London Street & Saint Andrew’s Hill
  • Bedford Street & Exchange Street
  • and of course the famous St Benedicts Street – which is home to one of the best upmarket restaurants, Benedicts.

These locations all combine to make up the Norwich Lanes. To learn more about the Norwich Lanes and discover the type of shops you’ll find there, click right here. Explore on foot and follow your nose – see where it takes you.

3.Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery

Castle Museum

Norwich Castle is a Norman fortification and a must-see attraction. Similarly to the Norwich Cathedral, it was also constructed in the 11th century in response to the Norman Conquest. Read all about the Norwich Castle Museum in my review here. Also, you’ll get a chance to learn about all the types of exhibitions and collections one can visit there. Today, the museum houses a range of artefacts – Saxon gold hoards, exquisite jewellry, and much, much more.

Speaking of exhibitions, I had the opportunity to see the Paston Treasure: Riches and Rarities of the Known World. Indeed, this was a very rare opportunity to see five actual objects from The Paston Treasure (circa 1665), which are steeped in the history of more than three centuries, alongside superb paintings from many renowned artists. The exhibition provided a one-chance opportunity to view extraordinary pieces from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Chicago Institute of Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Royal Collection.

4.Norwich Market

Norwich Market is certainly one of the largest open-air markets in the UK. This market is located at the heart of Norwich’s city centre on Gentleman’s Walk and is sure to charm you. It has a culturally rich heritage and is packed with stalls offering a range of foods from different cuisines and all kinds of wares and services.

There is definitely plenty to eat there. Chances are that if you happen to pass by Norwich Market you are bound to cancel your lunch or dinner plans, because you simply won’t be able to resist indulging in something yummy. Even more, you’ll enjoy snacking on local quality fish, meats, fresh bread, cheeses, hog roasts and more tasty offerings in the quaint historical surroundings. Also, I have to mention that there are also excellent options for vegans, too.

The market is open from Monday to Saturday. Be aware that it’s closed on Sundays, but you can still take a little stroll and enjoy the historical backdrop to the market.

To learn more about the Norwich Market, click right here.

5.City Hall

As distinct from most official buildings in Norwich, the City Hall is an Art Deco affair dating from 1938. This makes it an instant historical hit, and it is considered one of the 12 Norwich heritage buildings of cultural importance. The building was specifically designed for national significance, with each brick being specially made to better reflect the building’s proportions. King George VI and Queen Elizabeth officially opened Norwich City Hall on the 29th of October 1939. So, considering the fact that a year later Norwich was severely bombed due to the outbreak of the Second World War, the building did well to survive intact!

6.Guildhall

The Guildhall, otherwise referred to as Norwich Guildhall is a historic building located on Gaol Hill. Dating back to the early 15th century, this historic gem used to operate as the seat of the city government prior to the City Hall being completed in 1938. During the 15th century, the city of Norwich was one of the wealthiest in England.

The Norwich Guildhall, too, is one of Norwich’s 12 heritage buildings and is a sight to see! It is one of the few extremely well-preserved medieval buildings in England.

7.Royal Arcade

The Royal Arcade, designed by George Skipper in 1899, is a jaw-droppingly gorgeous covered shopping street. In fact, some say its beauty makes it the most striking shopping street in all of England. The Royal Arcade is certainly one of Norwich’s hidden gems. If you visit the Arcade, you’ll spot the influence of L’Art Nouveau style. Today, it is also considered as a ‘fragment of Arabian Nights’ located at Norwich City Centre.

You’ll also be able to visit many independent boutiques as well as popular brands which you’ll know. To learn more about the Royal Arcade and discover the range of shops, click here.

8.Saint John’s Cathedral

The Cathedral Church of St John the Baptist is the second cathedral in Norwich. Although lesser known than Norwich Cathedral (no.1 on our list) it is actually the second tallest Roman Catholic Cathedral in England. Located on Unthank Road, it was constructed in the late 19th century.

The 15th Duke of Norfolk funded the project and considered the construction of the Cathedral to be a gift to the Catholics of Norwich.

The Cathedral opening hours are 7:30 am to 7:30 pm, daily. In addition, there are specific Cathedral tours available on Saturdays. Here, guides can provide you with in-depth information on the history of the building and much more. A tour takes roughly 50 minutes. Fair warning though, you’ll need comfortable shoes to tackle the 230 steps that lead to the tower. That said, the 360-degree breathtaking views of Norwich are totally worth the climb!

9.Plantation Garden

Plantation Garden is a fabulous idea for an outdoor activity in Norwich. Therefore, keep it high on your list of top 25 things to do in Norwich. The Plantation Garden is over 100 years old and only 600 yards away from the city centre. The garden boasts beautiful Gothic fountains, medieval terraced walls, a Victorian-style greenhouse, a rustic bridge as well as stunning flower beds. It is located right next to Saint John’s Cathedral. Locals refer to it as the Secret Garden. You can also arrange a group tour.

10.Strangers’ Hall

Strangers’ Hall is one of the oldest buildings in Norwich. It used to house Dutch Flemish and Walloon refugees, which gave its name. Strangers’ Hall was also home to many wealthy merchants and mayors whose patronage kept the building beautifully preserved. Inside, you’ll find the Tudor Great Hall, Georgian Dining Rooms as well as narrow passages and magnificent interlinked rooms. In addition, you’ll find the famous Walnut Room, Lady Paine’s bedroom, the Toy Room and more.

11.St Peter Mancroft Cathedral

The Church of Saint Peter Mancroft is located in the heart of Norwich. As you know, the city has two cathedrals which are immensely large in size. However, after those two cathedrals, the Church of Saint Peter Mancroft is the largest church in Norwich. It was built in the middle of the 15th century on slightly elevated ground – making it even more admirable from a distance – although the church has Norman foundations which date to the 11th century. Today, the church displays the country’s finest collection of church silver including the Gleane and Thistle cups.

One of the best things I’ve found is that the church is located right next to the market place. So you can listen to the soft sound of church bells while you take a stroll in the market.

Church Norwich St peter

12.City Sightseeing open-top bus tour

If you are a bit pressed for time and find yourself in Norwich, particularly on a sunny day, then don’t hesitate to go on the City Sightseeing Open Bus Tour. The Hop-On Hop-Off Norwich Sightseeing Bus offers you the chance to explore the city’s top attractions with an audio commentary along the way. It is the best way to sightsee as you are able to cover everything in one go! Again, should the weather be agreeable, I highly recommend snatching a spot on the upper floor of the bus so that you’ll have an open 360-degree view of the city!

13.City of Centuries guided tour

For those of you who want to learn more about the intriguing history of Norwich, book this guided tour! The Norwich Tourist Information Centre organised mine – look them up! Our tour guide, Mr John Humphreys, spoke extremely knowledgeably on all interesting buildings and their relevant history. Also, the tour was an excellent way to discover the city as we roamed all over Norwich and got to see hidden historical streets that one would just pass by ordinarily. So I highly recommend this educational City of Centuries Guided Tour.

14.Jarrold Department Store, Norwich

If you love taking home some local souvenirs as well as doing a spot of shopping during your vacation, then you should definitely visit the Jarrold Department Store. Jarrold is Norwich’s independent flagship store. It is the two-time winner of the UK’s Independent Department Store of the Year. Ultimately, it remains as one of the local population’s most favourite places to shop in Norfolk.

Offering a wide selection of chic fashion for women and men, books, gifts, kitchenware, cosmetic products as well as furniture – there is plenty to choose from. A fair warning though, you can easily spend hours in the store without even knowing it. Before you know, your entire day has gone.

15.Saint Andrew’s and Blackfriars’ Hall

Saint Andrew’s and Blackfriars’ Hall is a listed set of church and convent buildings. The buildings date back to the 14th century and are made up of several flint structures. These halls are now mainly used for business conferences, fancy weddings, local concerts, beer festivals and so on. Nevertheless, the church is one of the 12 Norwich heritage sites.

16.The Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell

Discover yet more of the city’s history by visiting this museum. You will have a chance to see various objects from the textile trade which brought the city its wealth. Furthermore, you’ll get a glimpse of how chocolate, shoes and mustard were made in the region. Opening hours are from Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am to 4:30 pm. Find out more about the Museum here.

17.Go for a walk along the River Wensum

Fancy a romantic stroll along the river Wensum? Doing so offers a fine exploration of the city due to the many monuments that stand on the banks. Along the walking route, you’ll come across the Jarrold Footbridge, Pulls Ferry, Whitefriars Bridge, Cow Tower, Bishopsgate Bridge, the Norwich Marina and the Old Textile Mill.

Foodie things to do in Norwich

Being a travel blogger as well as a food blogger, I couldn’t resist the urge to explore the local food scene. If you ever visit Norwich, make sure you visit one of the below-mentioned restaurants and foodie places.

18.Gin tasting at The Ten Bells

Gin tasting at The Ten Bells is definitely a unique experience and should be one of your top foodie things to do in Norwich. The Ten Bells pub has been open since the 1700s and contains over 100 quality gins, spirits and whiskeys. You’ll also find fine ales and wines to whet your appetite, too.

The Ten Bells houses Norfolk’s 1st ever gin distillery. The distillery management offers many tours which also include gin-tasting sessions. You can easily make a booking here.

19.The Upmarket Fleamarket

The Upmarket Fleamarket first opened in February 2015. It is a relatively new market located at the impressive St Andrew’s Hall. It offers a mix of goods, from antiques to collectables and much more. The fair takes place every month on a Saturday. Check out the next event here.

Best places to eat in Norwich

20.Grosvenor Fish Bar, Norwich

High Seas

If you haven’t already figured it out, this restaurant has the city’s best fish and chips. You’ll also find other hip and quirky items on the menu that will make you salivate in an instant. So check out my review of this amazing eaterie on the Norwich Lanes here.

21.Namaste India

A bowl of vegetables

Get your teeth into an authentic Indian meal by dining at the fabulous Namaste India. It is an award-winning meat-free Indian restaurant that’s worth its salt. Check out my review of Namaste India here.

22.Benedicts

This is the best restaurant in the entire city, located on St Benedicts Street. It is an upper scale restaurant serving modern cuisine, beautifully presented every time. They cater to all types of special dietary requirements and have an interesting course menu. To date, the restaurant has won multiple awards and is the place to eat in Norwich!

Check out my review of Benedicts here and learn all about the restaurant’s awards as well as the talented chef.

23.Ice Cream at Café Gelato

Indulge in the creamy goodness of the Café Gelato! As the name insists, it is one of the best ice cream shops in Norwich. Don’t miss out on sampling authentic Italian gelato while in Norwich.

24.The best vegan restaurants

A vegan food revolution is taking place in Norwich! Now vegans can easily find a nutritious and delicious meal which is 100% vegan. So check out these top completely vegan restaurants in Norwich.

25.Top vegetarian restaurants

There are many veggie restaurants to choose from when it comes to eating an excellent meat-free meal! In fact, there are more than 15 vegetarian eating places in Norwich for your delight. These include cafés, fine dining restaurants and market stalls. Check out these 16 vegetarian restaurants in Norwich here. 

Best Way to Travel to Norwich, Norfolk, UK

A big thanks to Greater Anglia for providing me with a first-class travel ticket. Admittedly, this was my first time travelling on a first-class ticket and I enjoyed every single moment of my journey. Otherwise, Greater Anglia offers daily train journeys between London, Liverpool Street and Norwich – every 30 minutes! You can get an advanced fare from £10 each way. Altogether, the entire journey takes just under 2 hours. Remember to book at www.greateranglia.co.uk

Best Accommodation Holiday Inn – Norwich City

I was a guest at the Holiday Inn – Norwich City Hotel which was perfectly situated. Elegant rooms and stylish bedrooms make this hotel one of the best accommodations to choose from in Norwich. The hotel has 150 air-conditioned modern bedrooms including 24 Executive Rooms, 4 Suites and 8 Accessible Rooms. All of these offer high-speed internet access, LCD TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee-making facilities. The hotel facilities include a Fitness Centre, Restaurant and Lobby Bar. Finally, the best part is that it is only a 10-minute walk from Norwich city centre, making it almost at the heart of the city.

Check out my review of the Holiday Inn Norwich City Hotel here. Also, a big thanks to staff at Holiday Inn – Norwich City Hotel for making our stay very enjoyable.

Holiday Inn Norwich City | Carrow Road | Norwich| NR1 1HU

hinorwichcity.co.uk

P.S. I was a guest of Norwich Tourism Board.

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