Ham and Cheese - Jamon y Queso

Ham and Cheese rolls or sandwiches are popular in most Western Countries around the world. Here in Tenerife, however, this simple snack goes much further and means more than it does anywhere else! To quote the Spanish ‘Jamon y Queso’, this is a snack that you will see represented in many different ways, by virtually all bars, cafes and small food and drink outlets on the island.

Al Fresco Tenerife

Eating al Fresco in Tenerife

Whether it’s a coffee and snack, a picnic or a fully fledged barbeque, Tenerife with its wonderful climate cries out for eating al fresco. Almost every bar and café in Tenerife has a terrace outside with tables, chairs and usually large parasols so that we can enjoy eating and drinking in the fresh air. It’s a popular pastime with both the locals and visiting tourists.

Tapas in Tenerife

Tapas is a small portion of food usually served with a drink in bars all over Spain. The word “tapas” is derived from the Spanish verb tapar, “to cover.” Originally a tapas was a slice of bread or meat which sherry drinkers in Andalusian taverns used to cover their glasses between sips. The tapas was used to prevent fruit flies from flying into the sweet sherry. If meat was used to cover the sherry it was usually ham or chorizo, which are both salty and help to create a thirst.