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!
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!
Okay, let’s meet at 7.30 for a quick We Love Tapas meeting…
… which somehow ended up finishing after several bars sometime after midnight. This might have something to do with our “office” being located at the always amazing La Azotea in Barrio Santa Cruz. And here is our fab Ania pouring orange wine in a classic bar next to my old house in calle Mateos Gago. Look out for more developments with WLT. It was a very productive evening. I seriously have the Best Team Ever.
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.
It’s been a long-time dream of mine (and still is) to visit the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, in part because I’ve always wanted to see the famous Louise Bourgeois spider there “in person”. But I got a chance to see a slightly smaller version in Málaga at the Picasso Museum (something I’d forgotten to do on my last Málaga Getaway). Luckily the I’ve Been To Hell and Back exhibition was still on (until the end of September) and so off I went. To be honest, for me the spider was the best part. A lot of Bourgeois’ work is the stuff of nightmares, and some of it I actually wish I could unsee. But I did get to see the spider and it was magnificent.