Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Food & Football in Tenerife, Spain : FIFA World Cup / Mondiale / Mundial

Sometimes it's not about the meal but about the whole experience. Recently on the Spanish island of Tenerife, one of the Canary Islands, we were looking for a place to watch the Spain v. Germany World Cup game. We found ourselves in Santa Cruz de Tenerife just before game-time and had no idea where to go.

Here and there we saw people waving flags, wearing goofy patriotic hats, and sporting red and yellow face paint. We followed them, hoping they'd converge and lead us to a nice bar to watch the game.

We asked a small group holding Spanish flags where they were headed and they kindly led us to an open-air plaza with a huge screen. On the way to the plaza, they introduced us to their favorite Spanish Omelet Sandwich in town at a crowded shop called La Garriga.

We ended up making new friends while watching the game. The crowd went wild for a local boy playing on the Spanish team. Festivities went on for hours after the win. And we'll never forget our first Spanish Omelet Sandwich.

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