Acaymo Restaurante: Mogan

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A short drive inland towards Mogán valley and into a tiny place called El Tostador in the south west of Gran Canaria is where you will find Restaurante Acaymo. I have driven past this place several times on the way to Tasarte and Veneguera but this was the first visit and I was impressed!

The first thing I noticed, walking over to the restaurant was the huge log wood pile. It was lovely and sunny when we arrived around 5pm but the Winter sun soon passed behind the mountain, so I'd advise you to take a cardigan or light jacket for evenings.



Restaurante Acaymo offers a selection of local and typical Canarian food. We ordered several dishes to share, a mixed salad, Canarian potatoes, garlic mushrooms, chorizo, and padron peppers.

Ensalada mixta con aguacate // Mixed salad with avocado



Papas con mojo // Wrinkled Canarian potatoes with red mojo sauce

These papas con mojo were absolutely delicious, I could tell they were fresh and locally sourced.


Champiñones al ajillo // Garlic Mushrooms

The garlic mushrooms arrived at our table still sizzling from the kitchen. They had a great flavour to them, I can still taste them now!


Chorizo parrillero // chorizo grilled then boiled with onions and peppers



We also had a plate of 'Pimientos de padron' (Padron peppers in rock salt) but I must have been so hungry that we started eating those before I could take a photo. They were really tasty by the way.

After a bit of each plate, we were too full for a 'postre' (dessert) or coffee, but here is one of the staff making Acaymo's infamous Mexican coffee! I must try one of these next time I visit.



The staff were lovely, genuine, friendly and efficient, it was service with a smile. The decor was traditional Canarian style with garlic hanging from the ceiling and a quirky feature: the walls are covered in hundreds of business cards from around the world from happy clients.

> More photos here < Have you visited Acaymo Restaurant in Pueblo de Mogán? What is your favourite Canarian dish?



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Abandoned Plane at El Berriel Airfield Gran Canaria

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Have you ever noticed a large red plane just sitting there at the side of the road near to Bahia Feliz?

I've driven past this plane so many times, I just had to find out more.

El Berriel airfield in south Gran Canaria is home to the large bird, which has clearly seen better days, it was just so fascinating to see it up close.

The Douglas DC-7C Seven Seas EC-BBT plane, now long retired has been used as a billboard and painted different colours, for brands like Rothmans and Airtours over the years.

This DC-7C was used by the airline Spantax which was based in Gran Canaria and flew thousands of miles all over Europe and Africa in the 60's. In the late 70's Spantax donated the plane to the AeroClub Gran Canaria.



There is a barrier round it and it's so deteriorated it looks dangerous to take a look inside, so I'm glad to have found this video, which satisfies my curiosity.



Now painted red and grey with some bright graffiti, this skeleton of a plane may be considered as an eyesore to some and some may have never noticed it.



I won't pretend to be an expert on planes, but it's been very interesting reading up about it.

Facts:


- Did you know there were only 121 of these particular planes made?
- 27 of which were used by the airline PanAm.
- Produced in 1956



Click here to see more photos of El Berriel in the gallery

I would love to see it restored. How great would it look as an American diner? It's a shame that it's not been looked after over the years and placed inside a museum to protect it from the elements.

Before reading this post, did you know about the abandoned plane? Had you ever noticed it?



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UPDATED: Gran Canaria Weather: Hurricane Winds and Coastal Threat 28/11/14

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AEMET have issued red and orange weather warnings in the Canary Islands for hurricane strength winds and huge waves. Gran Canaria is on red warning for gales up to 130km/h in the peaks and the North of the island, with the rest of the island on orange warning for winds of 100km/h.

Take care if you are near the beach, respect beach flags and use common sense as there is also a warning for waves up to 6 metres high!

In the south of Gran Canaria, it's looking very grey outside and there is rain forecast for today.

If you haven't already, secure any loose items such as plants and decorations on your balcony or roof.

(See below 1st image for updates)



UPDATES:

It's very windy out there, but apparently the worse is to come this afternoon, although it sounds a lot calmer here in the south. Earlier on this afternoon I took a look round Amadores Beach, Puerto Rico Beach and Arguineguin to see what was going on. The seas are very rough and I can see why it would be very dangerous to swim or get too close. Thankfully most people were taking notice of the red flags!



A yacht has been washed up looking a bit battered onto the beach and kite surfers enjoyed the unusually windy weather on Playa de las Marañuelas in Arguineguin.



The Canarian Government tweeted out some guidelines to follow to stay safe in this situation





So far there have been a few reported incidents, such as a yacht washed up onto the beach in Playa de las Marañuelas in Arguineguin and a fallen tree in San Bartolome de Tirajana.





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