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barbate (1)Barbate Market

On the final day of my Vejer Getaway I got to fulfill two long desired wishes… to visit the market in Barbate and eat at El Campero (aka Tuna Heaven). Annie @cookinginspain very generously drove us down from Vejer and we spent a pleasant time in the market before heading over to El Campero for lunch. Which was spectacular. Two of those photos down there (top left and centre) actually belonged to our bar neighbours, who didn’t mind me snapping a couple of photos. But truly, the very best tuna Almadraba (morrillo and ventresca) I have ever tasted. It was a great afternoon and a perfect way to finish the getaway.

barbate (2)El Campero

casa alegre

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casa alegre
Chilling by the pool at the lovely Casa Alegre where Annie B runs her fab cooking classes in Vejer de la Frontera. I’d been invited to Annie’s several times over the years and something always came up. This time, since both Annie and I were going to be at the Foodie Hub Tapas Awards over the weekend, Annie suggested we drive up to her place and I spend a couple of days there. Perfect. Except the day of the awards I “put my back out” and it got even worse the next day. But it seemed a shame to back out yet again, never knowing when I’d get another chance, and the whole idea was for a couple of days to just relax, so off we went. Vejer isn’t exactly the best place to try and walk when you can barely walk, but we’ll see how it goes. I actually had planned to just sit by the pool and read my sherry books anyhow…

foodie hub tapas awards

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It was a great day. First all the Foodie Hub experts had a tapas tour in Málaga, visiting four amazing bars. After that we were whisked off to Marbella for the presentation of the first Essential Tapas Guide and the first annual awards for Best Tapa in Spain. And I was thrilled that one of my choices (the pringá montadito at Bodeguita Romero) won for best traditional tapa. Lots more to say about this, for now this is just a quick update.

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Download the guide here… Essential Guide to Spain’s Best Tapas

malaga with gabriella

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malaga gabriella
First day in Málaga was happily spent with my friend Gabriella Ranelli @tenedor, who flew in early for the big Foodie Hub awards event. So I was tapas tour guide for the day and we had a great time catching up while I showed her around town and organised the final details with all the bars we would go to on Saturday. Once again I found myself thinking about how I could manage to live in Málaga part time. More on that later…

tv vandal

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tv vandal

Here is Morcilla, prettily reflected in the screen of my new TV

Problem? Well, yes. Morcilla has become enthralled by the cute cat “inside the TV screen” and does whatever she can to make contact, including SCRATCHING THE HELL OUT OF THE SURFACE. You know, to get inside, so she can play with this obviously attractive other being. Seriously, Morcilla sits up on her haunches and commences trying to scratch through to the other side of the screen. So far I haven’t seen any damage to the screen… I think she can’t really get a grip with the pointy-scratchy tips of her claws, so she ends up just (just???) dragging the curved edges of her claws along the screen. This morning I decided to try putting a throw over the TV when it’s not in use. We’ll see if that helps. Honesty. I mean, cheap 12€ IKEA curtains are one thing, but a 700€ TV???

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