Andrew Valente
Andrew Valente

Andrew Valente has been a journalist since he left school at 18 in Glasgow where he was on the Scottish edition of the old Daily Herald. He came to Mallorca to work as a freelance correspondent for the London dailies and Sundays, using that as a stepping stone to a job in Fleet Street. But he got involved in the Bulletin and stayed on…and on…and on…and now Fleet Street doesn’t exist. He still reads the London dailies and Sundays.

Food and drink

Old wineshop is a great survivor

Tapas bars don’t come much smaller or noisier than Bodega Morey but there are compensations — such as the quick turnover of tables and Malika’s excellent cooking.

Andrew Valente 12/09/2022 10:56

Food and drink

Three Spanish cold drinks for hot days

In Mallorca, where almonds are plentiful, you will come across bars that have horchata de almendras (almond horchata).

Andrew Valente 29/08/2022 12:22

Food and drink

When the simplest dishes are the best

Expect well cooked Mallorcan and Spanish dishes and if you’re on a budget go for the tapas.

Andrew Valente 29/08/2022 12:01

Food and drink

Hotdog ensaimada bun was a huge hit

I enjoyed eating in the interior patio with its lush greenery and got a great kick out of seeing a sparrow and a blackbird land for a quick hop around.

Andrew Valente 21/08/2022 18:17

Food and drink

Sensual peaches have long season

The peach is the most widely cultivated fruit after the apple and there are more than 2,000 varieties worldwide.

Andrew Valente 19/08/2022 12:21

Food and drink

Still Palma's best ever menú del día

I don’t know of any restaurant doing a menú del día with so many up-market choices.

Andrew Valente 12/08/2022 12:47

Food and drink

Cold roasts are a hot weather treat

It’s convenient to have an interesting assortment of cold sauces in your culinary bag of tricks because some of them are multi-functional and can double as salad dressings, dips or spreads.

Andrew Valente 12/08/2022 12:32

Food and drink

Cool down with cucumber soup

Cucumbers and yoghurt are especially refreshing when combined, but the effect is compounded with the addition of lemon and mint, as is shown in this soup.

Andrew Valente 08/08/2022 12:51

Food and drink

Thai food is a great bargain in Mallorca

Palma Thai Kitchen has a fixed price menu at €14.50 that includes a spring rolls starter, a curry or noodles mains plus a drink that can be a caña or a cola.

Andrew Valente 08/08/2022 11:01

Food and drink

The best ravioli I have ever had

The best thing about these ravioli was that Michele had cooked them softish.

Andrew Valente 01/08/2022 12:54

Food and drink

Tumbet: a laid-back dish for the summer

Tumbet is usually eaten as a starter nowadays, but at the height of summer when it is really hot, it makes a nice mains for lunch.

Andrew Valente 01/08/2022 11:46

Food and drink

Try a spritzer when the heat is too high

Few drinks are as easy to make as a spritzer: fill a tall glass with ice cubes, add white wine to taste, and top up with soda water. And that’s it.

Andrew Valente 25/07/2022 12:18

Food and drink

The Restaurant Review: Black pudding that was the finest ever

If you want a pukka morcilla de arroz from Burgos, Doña Perfecta is the place to go!

Andrew Valente 23/07/2022 15:47

Food and drink

When the heat gets too high try sorbets

Some Mallorcans like to take their granizados through a straw before eating it with a spoon in the final stages.

Andrew Valente 18/07/2022 11:26

Food and drink

Hotel breakfast kept me on go for 24 hours

These breakfasts are good fun and that they cater for just about every kind of breakfast you may want.

Andrew Valente 18/07/2022 11:08

Food and drink

Eat Peruvian when the heatwave is on in Palma

The traditional dishes have names that don’t mean anything to most of us, but each one comes with a little description of the ingredients.

Andrew Valente 07/07/2022 14:13

Food and drink

Lobster with pasta alla Caporale style

In Spanish there is a special word for the lobster with claws and it is ‘bogavante.’

Andrew Valente 04/07/2022 11:30

Food and drink

Cold liquids time comes round again

Any dish that keeps us away from the cooker always has loads of appeal for those who do the cooking.

Andrew Valente 25/06/2022 12:00

Food and drink

Besiki Sushi: This yakitori was truly hunky dory

The yakitori chicken at Besiki Sushi was like a master cook’s lesson on how this dish should be done.

Andrew Valente 19/06/2022 08:45