The Fifth Pine Tree is a popular expression which has ended up being used to define a place that is far away. But today we are referring, not to the expression, but rather to therestaurant El Quinto Pinowhich is in the municipality of Fuencalientein the south of La Palma. It is not that far away from anything, but it is a place to get lost. To lose sight of your worries and see everything from a different perspective.
Lately many of our walks and adventures end up in Fuencaliente. Every time we go there, Fuencaliente has a lot to offer! So - as we have all the time in the world - instead of getting caught up in talking about several places at the same time, we are going to take it easy, corner by corner.
It had been a long time since we had been to this restaurant. What a big mistake! It won't happen again! Our plan came about after seeing a sign in the networks it announced:"Chillout atmosphere, sunset, tapas, cocktails, and the participation of Victoria, the troubadour of the south, magical and intense poetess".. I admit that although I was looking forward to the plan, I was a bit sceptical about the whole "magical and intense poetess" thing, but I said: "Well, at least they warn, and he who warns is not a traitor. Let's get carried away and see what it's all about".
At about 7.00 pm we stood there, with our bodies both tired and relaxed, still covered in salt after a great day at the beach. You could say that we went in with a predisposition to enjoy ourselves. And this is very important. Over time I have come to realise that, in almost any situation, they can offer you gold and silver or the stars and the moon, but if you don't go in with an open mind and a predisposition, nothing good is going to happen! This may sound like a very silly thing to say, but even so, remember it and keep it in mind.
Well, yes, we've come up with a very Spanglish title. Sorry. Let's make a brief clarification of the expression cool at our discretion, of course. Don't Google it because it's bound to say something different:
"Cool"The fresh, natural and relaxed style that makes something or someone special, interesting and appealing to us.
When we use the common term and definition of "craftsmanship"We all think of the technique of making objects and products by hand, without the use of machinery and according to traditional methods. The first thing that comes to mind is the image of the typical old things and objects of village houses. Baskets, hats, water jugs, pots, bottles, table linen... All practical, marvellous, precious objects with a lot of merit and work. Nobody doubts it. That still exists. And it is something we love. No mass-produced piece that you find at Zara Home or Aliexpress, no matter how much it is on sale, replaces the value of a handmade or exclusive piece that you fall in love with at a flea market. Never!
But let's go beyond the image of traditional utensils and accessories found at craft stalls. Don't stay there, stuck in the past. Nowadays, craftsmanship is that and much more. For example, it is the use of traditional techniques to make original and trendy pieces.
Yesterday, as we had a few hours to spare while we were waiting for one of our guests to arrive, we decided to visit the ISLAND HANDICRAFT FAIRwhich is held this year in the municipality of El Paso. Our mission was to hang out, browse, buy something_if it was within our monthly budget_ and say hello to our friend Saray who participates as a craftswoman in the fair with her brand Awara Art. Objective achieved. We didn't have enough time to stop a bit more at each stand, but in any case, the time we had available gave us enough time to stroll among the stalls, say hello to some acquaintances and pick up a couple of purchases: some anklets by Arte Awara and that beautiful red bracelet you see in the photos, a creation by Sara Noemi Giardino.
I confess that I was left with the desire to take that white top made of macramé so divine, some of Saray's colourful chokers, some pendants made of pieces of ideal cutlery, some XL size baskets among which I couldn't decide which one to choose, and many more things... But anyway, everything can't be, damn it!
Don't tell us that these accessories aren't worthy of any fashion magazine, or to show off at the best parties or summer festivals wherever you go, are they not? Well, everything is MADE IN LA PALMA! The work and art of the skilled hands of our wonderful and dedicated craftsmen.
To finish off the afternoon, we made the most of the time and took a moment to have a glass of wine from La Isla. Because, yes, the Feria also has a gastro zone where you can taste and buy delicious pastries and gastronomy from La Palma or refresh yourself with a craft beer, a rum or a good wine from La Palma.
All these pieces, both traditional and avant-garde, can be found this weekend at the FERIA INSULAR DE ARTESANÍA, in the municipality of El Paso. But don't worry, if they are not here this weekend, most of these creations are available in the markets and street markets that are held every weekend in many municipalities of the island (Puntallana, Puntagorda, El Paso, Los Llanos de Aridane, Tazacorte, Villa de Mazo, Barlovento, Breña Alta, Santa Cruz de La Palma...) and in other craft sales points (stay tuned, we will be discovering many of them from now on).
We are fascinated by The Groundhog. This small tavern is a place to pamper the soul and the palate. A fun and informal décor and a terrace from where you can see a lush landscape of banana trees and the sea in the background make it the ideal place to generate that wonderful holiday feeling.
Among the gastronomic offerings of this great little place we find: natural juices, beers, local wines; a variety of cocktails (gins, mojitos, sangria, and many others, with and without alcohol); a menu based on tapas, including dishes off the menu. We can't fail to mention a few vegan and vegetarian burgers that are absolutely to die for.
To garnish the proposal, all this is served accompanied by a great atmosphere and indescribable sunsets, the kind you can't resist posting on Instagram.
Eventually they organise events such as live performances, DJ sessions, brunch with friends...
How could it not be among our favourite places? Highly recommended! 😍👌
When a sunrise or sunset does not provoke any emotion, it means that the soul is sick.
Our little island is beautiful in all seasons, and each of them has its charm. But summer is, without a doubt, our favourite. There is something special about summer that makes everything seem more cheerful, more fun, more colourful, brighter, more appetising ...
And speaking of bright and appetising things, today seemed like a good day to open a bottle of a good white wine from La Palma and inaugurate the summer season at V. V. La Palma. Enjoying our glasses, we toasted to the summer while contemplating the city from our privileged chill out viewpoint.