Going through old pics today, attempting to catch up on Sevilla Tapas updates, and I came across this one. Back in June, Carlos, the owner of Sevilla’s oldest bar – El Rinconcillo – took out this old sign to show us which reads “Spitting on the floor not allowed for hygienic reasons”. They still have the “no singing” sign up, but apparently this one is no longer necessary.
Sara, Ania, Delia, Aldara, Alessandro
Remember back in December when the fabulous Aldara and I put together Sevilla’s first Craft Beer & Tapas Tour? Well, we’ve been waiting for a good moment to get the rest of the WLT team together (a bit like herding cats) so they could start their craft beer training. And lucky for us, Alessandro – owner of Sevilla’s first craft beer store – offered to give the chicas a craft beer masterclass. It was also a perfect opportunity to welcome our newest member Sara into the fold. Good times. Great team.
The end of January seemed a fitting time to celebrate the We Love Tapas first anniversary. Not just because we first started training last January, but because we also finally found a date that we were all able to get together! Originally we were going to spend the day in Jerez, but those plans got postponed and so we decided to take a day trip to Triana. :)
For those of you who don’t know, Triana is just across the bridge and is actually a barrio of Sevilla (unless you are a Trianero, in which case it is an independent republic ;) ). Anyhow, we had a great time. After visiting the market and ceramics museum we stopped at a few tapas bars before making our way back to the city centre for dessert and cava.
Although we have monthly meetings and other training sessions, it was fun to get together just for, well, fun. Nothing quite like bonding while drunkenly singing American Pie with dessert spoon “microphones”! We actually have quite a few activities lined up over the next few months that we are all looking forward to. And, as always, I feel so lucky to have these amazing women on my team. Thanks for a great day, chicas! xx
A few scenes from yesterday’s “unbirthday”. I met my friend Carl for a quick bite at lunchtime, which somehow segued into a birthday eve Tapeo Extremo. So I am feeling ALL of 59 this morning (and then some) but have to get ready and leave soon for a Mystery Birthday Day Trip. Stay tuned…
You may remember when I was at the Foodie Hub Awards in Marbella last summer and was thrilled that my choice for Essential Traditional Tapa – the amazing pringá montadito at Bodeguita Romero – took home one of the awards. Well, you should have seen Pedro Romero’s face light up when he saw it – it was like a million suns came out.
Then a few days later I was in the bar and didn’t see the award. When I mentioned it to Pedro he said it was in the office (across the street) because they’d been taking some more photos of it. But a few days later I also didn’t see it, in fact, I hadn’t seen it since the day I brought it over. And I’m at Bodeguita Romero all the time! Either with tapas tours, or just for a pringá.
Anyhow, during another visit a couple of months later Pedro came over to me and asked if he could speak to me in private. And with a very serious look on his face he led me to their office. And then he spilled the beans.
What had happened was that – on the very day I’d taken over the award to them – just after I’d left the bar, Pedro had proudly handed it to his wife Angeles so she could admire it… and it slipped out of her hands (she’d been working with a sprained wrist, so her grip wasn’t as strong as usual). It fell to the floor and, well, totally shattered.
It took all that time for Pedro to come up with the courage to tell me that their precious award had been shattered on the same day they’d received it, and then Angeles came in and showed me her wrist (still in a bandage), saying she hadn’t meant to drop it. And then both Angeles and Pedro asked if it might be possible to have another one sent to them, because all they had to show for it now was the one Instagram photo I’d sent them (which they actually printed and framed!).
Honestly, I was almost in tears when Angeles showed me her bandaged wrist and then Pedro held out the broken award, saying they’d tried to fix it but it was sadly beyond repair (understatment! it was all in shardy bits, but he still hadn’t thrown it away). So I got in touch with the gang at Foodie Hub and got a swift reply – no problem at all with ordering a new trophy for the Romeros, but as it would be a special order it might take some time. I told Alejandro Romero the good news and he said not to say anything to his parents because he wanted it to be a surprise.
By happy chance the award arrived while I was in Málaga – just in time for Christmas! And as you can see by the smiles of those two happy chaps up there (Pedro and Alejandro Romero) it was indeed a special “Christmas gift” to receive. As for Angeles, she is even more camera shy than I am and refused to be in the photo. But she gave me a BIG hug and promised not to pick up the trophy again (haha!). Serious feel good moment. A million thanks to Foodie Hub for this lovely and very generous effort. Oh, and here is THE pringá montadito. You know you want one…
As you can see, yesterday was a very busy day. Aldara and I hit the ground running after arriving in Málaga just before 2 pm, dropping our bags off at my “temporary home” in order to get to Café Bar Atarazanas before it closed. Then we stopped in at a couple of other tapas bars before meeting up with my friend Andrew for a quick visit. Later that evening we went to a couple more of my favourite tapas bars. But to put it all into perspective… Aldara and I shared 5 tapas for lunch, and then shared 4 tapas for dinner. Not masses of food, but it was a serious Málaga “tasting menu” with tasty bites of this and that. As for that brownie you see up there… nothing to do with me.
Believe it or not, these are two friends that I didn’t meet on Twitter! Juan Manuel and Reyes are the heart and soul of the Vineria San Telmo, one of my favourite tapas bars in Sevilla. And well, that’s how I first met Juan, by being a regular customer. Later when I started my Sevilla Tapas Tours the Vineria became one of the stops (depending on the tour) and we began working together too. Then Reyes, who for years had been responsible for the amazing Vineria desserts, opened her own storefront bakery Gollerías, now my “go to” place if I ever need a cake for a special event. Anyhow, ran into them both at the Vineria the other day and took this photo. Seriously two of the nicest people you could ever meet and I’m very lucky to be able to call them my friends. :)