[Los Cristianos, Tenerife, Spain] La Pepa Food Market

Food courts can be a great idea when they are done well, as they are here. There must be around a dozen stalls, all with different offerings. Omnivores are going to be drawn to the butcher who will sell you a cut of meat to take home or, for a little bit extra on the price, slap it on the grill to eat now. As with most of the stalls, servings are in tapas portions so, to make a decent lunch, one of us got two pinchos – one chicken, one mixed sausage (pork, chorizo and slightly sweet morcilla). Just round the corner is a stall selling different pizza – the mixed veg one looked good. We got a small salad to share from a third stall. And beers from a fourth which had a good selection of Spanish and international brands, including my favourite non-alcoholic Buckler, which I first discovered in a Moroccan restaurant in a small town in northern France.

Quality of everything was top notch and there’s plenty of tables and chairs outside to sit and enjoy it all.

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“Food is a pretty good prism through which to view humanity.”

― Jonathan Gold