Gourmet Gift Ideas from Llum de Sal

The Three Kings are round the corner and if you are planning to celebrate the Spanish way, you will want to give your loved ones some special gifts. Here’s a great idea from Llum de Sal in Ses Salines, Mallorca.

Llum de Sal has new products for 2011-2012: Flor de Aceite (with extra virgin olive oil). In four flavours: Natural, Lemon, Rosemary and Pebre (Paprika). For sale at Bodega Llum de Sal in Ses Salines and now in Santanyi, as well as other outlets across the island. Please call 971 649 773 for more info.

Don’t forget the Llum de Sal Bodega next time you are in the area of Ses Salines, it is a great place to stop for a coffee or drink as well as stocking up on all your festive gifts!

Special Menu Offer at El Pato Restaurant in Son Vida

From December 2011 till mid-February 2012: El Pato Restaurant at the Clubhouse of Golf Son Vida offers a Menu of 3 courses – choose between 2 starters and 2 main courses at €20 with one drink (wine, beer, water) and 8% VAT included.

Interesting offer for Golfers: during these months the Club offers green fee, buggy and menu for €60. To book please call 971 798 759

Overlooking the golf course, El Pato offers a warm welcome and the fine international cuisine by Swiss chef Pius Schnider.

Jose Luis Ferrer Winery celebrates 80 years

José Luis Ferrer Winery, one of the most well known wineries on the island celebrates 80 years of its existence and once again, has brought home numerous prizes.

Here’s a video of one of our visits to the winery in Binissalem:

Mallorca Food at Christmas

Mallorcan Turrón

Like all the significant festivities of the annual calendar, Christmas in Mallorca has its own important gastronomic traditions. Christmas has been developing and changing in Mallorca over the years, but when it comes to food some very strong customs are still prevalent and are passed on from parents to children.

Christmas Eve is a very significant evening in Mallorca, just as in the rest of Spain. The custom is to go to Church at midnight for what is known as the ‘Cockerel’s Mass’ to bring in the day of the birth of Christ. On the way home from the service it is traditional to have a hot chocolate and some Mallorcan ensaimadas.

Lunch on Christmas Day is a gastronomic feast; the meal starts with a ‘Sopa de Navidad’ or ‘Christmas Soup’, which consists of turkey broth with pasta, liver and boiled eggs in it; next is boiled turkey with vegetables and then a roast pork with crackling and ‘patató’ or roast new potatoes. For dessert, a tray of different ‘turrón’ is prepared. Turrón is a sweet traditionally based on almonds and comes in many different varieties, but the typical Mallorcan turrón is a thin version with almond paste in between sheets of rice paper or ‘neulas’. The turrón can be accompanied by a ‘Coca de Nadal’ or Christmas cake which is similar to the coca de patata which is so typical of the village of Valldemossa, but is bigger and has aniseed in it. Almonds, and indeed all dried fruits have a very prominent role throughout all the Christmas season, both in the form of ‘turrón’ and marzipan as on their own. Mallorca Fruits is a local producer of turrón made using only locally grown almonds. The meal is usually accompanied by a good wine and a glass of cava.

The next day, the 26th of December, is also a feast day in Mallorca, and families usually get together again to enjoy the leftovers of the previous’ day’s lunch.

As they say in Mallorca,
Bon Profit y Bones Festes!

 

Christmas & New Year Menus!

It’s that time of year, and if you haven’t already planned your Christmas celebrations, then below is a link to a list of menus for you to have a look at. (The Spanish list is even longer)

If you want to get a head start on New Year’s and Three Kings, then you’ll also find a selection on SkyBlue Mallorca. See the link below.

We hope you have a very Merry Christmas!

Until the next time, as they say in Mallorca,

Molts d’Anys!

Christmas & New Year Menus

 

Christmas Dinner Dance at Es Castell

Celebrate the festive season in style with a gala Christmas party in the beautiful Castle of Son Vida, Castillo Hotel Son Vida.

This hotel and its restaurant ‘Es Castell’ is well known on the island for its fabulous food and hospitality. We have eaten there ourselves and the cuisine is really fantastic.

On Friday 16th December the hotel is inviting you and your group of friends or work colleagues to come to the castle to celebrate with a gala buffet from 19.30 to 23.0o with live music, including wine, beer and soft drinks and then dance the night away from 23:00!

And all this for only 49€ per person!

New Group Activities at Millesimee Palma

Still haven’t organised an office Christmas celebration?

Why not do something different this year?

Millesimée Palma may be just the option you are looking for. They are offering a whole range of new ‘group activities’ which you can book as a fun and original way to celebrate Christmas with your colleagues, friends or even as a family.

Learn how to make cocktails, taste top Cava and Champagnes or learn how to match the best ‘vino tinto’ with your favourite dishes.

Millesimee will help you arrange a Christmas ‘do’ you will not forget!

10% discount for SkyBlue Mallorca readers at Zee Restaurant

SkyBlue Mallorca visitors can benefit from an exclusive 10% discount at Zee Restaurant in Cala Estancia.

All you have to do is book your table through our website and before the 15th of December.

Zee Restaurant is offering two different Christmas menus, one 4 course meal and one 5 course meal with or without drinks.

Download the two menus available now:

Zee Restaurant Menu Option 1 / Zee Restaurant Menu Option 2

Book your table now and enjoy a 10% discount on your festive menu!

 

Authentic Mallorcan Almonds

We are delighted to have a new profile on SkyBlue Mallorca for Mallorca Fruits – the local cooperative which represents locally grown Mallorcan Almonds.

You probably already know how healthy Almonds are and how beneficial it is to include them as a part of your diet – but do you know just how tasty Mallorca almonds are? They are well known for their flavour and quality – and of course by eating Mallorcan Almonds you are supporting local farmers and a local sustainable product.

Almonds are a key ingredient of the Mediterranean and Mallorcan diets. They are especially important at this time of the year when Mallorca enjoys all its traditional Christmas sweets which are all based on Almonds! Traditional ‘Turron’ comes in many different varieties and Mallorca Fruits produces a very high quality turron as well as several variations of packaged almonds.

Visit the Mallorca Fruits profile on SkyBlue Mallorca for lots of information about how you can enjoy this fantastic local product.