Meeting up with Anna @annalibera and Jorge @jorgeguitian (aka @thekilomeaters) is always fun, and last night was no exception. We started off with a wine tasting at Gourmet Experience, then headed off for a short tapeo, starting with traditional tapas at 150 year old Bodega San Lorenzo. We finished the evening at the always fab La Azotea, where Anna came up with my brilliant new nickname: SHAWN OF THE BREAD. Come back soon guys!
The Twitter magic continues… with a surprise visit by Milli @milliskitchen and her family who run the gorgeous @rancherdelingles near Málaga city. I’ve known Milli and mum Miyuki (on Twitter and Instagram) for awhile now, and got to meet Milli in person when I was in London last June. So it was an extra special treat to meet the whole family, including dad David and brother Cameron. We were just going to meet up for a drink after I’d finished a lunchtime tapas tour, which somehow ended up segueing into an impromptu evening tapas tour. Fun times.
That ol’ Twitter magic happened again this week when I found out that Andrew @AndrewFriedhoff and Cristina @cristinalndn were in town from London. We’d all been following each other for ages but I didn’t know that Cristina is a Sevillana. Though what I did know is that both are great food & wine lovers, so we made a plan to meet up for tapas. First stop was at the always fabulous Bodeguita Romero, where he had some lovely jamón and a couple of other tapitas, paired with outstanding sherries from Bodegas Tradición. Our starters finished, we went off to meet Cristina’s sister Mónica and her husband Armando at Petit Comité. A wonderful evening with new friends, all thanks once again to Twitter.
Twitter strikes again! My pal Rachel @R_McCormack put me in touch with Pritesh @luvfoodluvdrink and Tareena @TareenaMakeUp when she saw them looking for some Sevilla info on Twitter. I was booked with tours all week but sent them a nice list of fab tapas bars to try out. Then on their last day in town we met up for a quick tapeo, which left me with two new lovely London friends (who may end up becoming lovely Spain friends). I hope so!
What better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than with new friends enjoying amazing sherries paired with tasty tapas. Thanks to Twitter (once again) I got to meet Paddy @vineinspiration and Lorna @styleisleIRL and took them out on a Sherry & Tapas Tour. Not that Paddy needed any “educating” as he is accomplished wine blogger and specialises in sherry. Which is actually how we “met” on Twitter. Anyhow, Paddy & Lorna were on their way to the Vendimia (wine harvest) in Jerez but stopped off for a couple of days in Sevilla first. And it turns out they will be back in October because Paddy will be taking the Sherry Educator course with me! Small world.
This is only a sampling of what we got up to. It was so much fun “talking shop” with people who share my sherry passion. Looking forward to meeting up again in October.
As always I ate very well in Málaga, visiting old favourite spots and trying out a couple of new ones. This was a fabulous feast we had on my last night in town, revisiting El Refectorium Catedral. Great food, wonderful wine, fun conversation with dear friends. And of course a couple “penultimas” afterwards. A lovely send off.
Since I was visiting Jerez with two flamencos
nuts aficionados, Jo @missbishopsgate and Eva @ishowusevilla it was inevitable that we’d end up at Tabanco El Pasaje. Tabancos are traditional bars in Jerez that also bottle and sell the wines they offer by the glass, and El Pasaje is famous for its spontaneous flamenco performances. They also have programmed ones (which you can see above) but people also just drop in and take over the stage, with patrons joining in on the fun by singing along, hand-clapping and dancing. The video below is from my last afternoon in Jerez. I’d stopped by for a bit of amontillado before going to meet Jo for lunch and suddenly this happened! Unfortunately it hadn’t happend the day before when I was there with Eva or for sure you’d see her up there dancing too. Good times. #JerezGetaway #Flamencation
Say hola to Amoreena @amyalena and Quentin from Texas. I was out for lunch with my friend Eduardo @EBlancoTravel and these two were sitting a couple of tables over. We ended up chatting and were having such a nice time that we also ended up going out to bar Las Teresas for cava afterwards. I gave Q & A some tips on where to have tapas on their last night in town and they had a great time going back to Teresas for jamón and then over to Bodeguita Romero for – what else? – their famous pringá (and a few other things). Lovely meeting new friends over good food and wine.
Of course Edu and I foolishly went on for more cava afterwards… #deperdidosalrio