Exciting times. We Love Tapas has a whole new look! With some help from the wonderful Aldara I was gently nudged into looking at some other theme options. And while the site is still a bit “under construction” (photos need retaking, logo will be changing, and some other tweaking needs doing) here’s a sneak preview of the new WLT site. What do you think?
I have to say that loving my job has taken on a whole other dimension since I began We Love Tapas last year. Which is that I now get to love other people’s jobs as well! This week I took Team Sevilla out on a couple of training sessions so they could also start doing our fabulous Oldest Taverns Tour. Previously only Peter was doing this tour, but it made sense to have more guide options, especially as it’s becoming very popular. As always, the owners and staff at our bars were keen to make us feel at home, and also to spend time telling the team all kinds of anecdotes along with the history of each bar. I mean, I could do that! But it’s even better when the team gets to hear all this from the people who have lived that history (or at least some of it). And each time I learn something new as well. Best job in the world. And best team ever! :)
Since launching We Love Tapas I’ve been thinking a lot about the relationships I’ve built over the years with the owners of my favourite bars in Sevilla. My connections with these people goes way back, long before I started doing my own food tours about six years ago. So it’s not just “business related”. Actually, it’s not based on business at all. We all just like and respect each other. So when I started my Sevilla Tapas blog back in 2007 they were keen to be a part of it, and when I began doing tours they were all very supportive.
With We Love Tapas I’ve been very fortunate, with everyone welcoming my fabulous Team just like they are an extension of me, and showing them every courtesy. You have to understand that these people don’t need my business. They are all very successful, with packed bars and regular clientelle. So it’s not like I’m doing them any favours by bringing my tours to their bars. Turns out that they end up doing me favours, by holding tables for me and making sure my people get top service, sometimes with a few perks thrown in. Blows me away. Especially as they are constantly being pestered by new food tour companies showing up and wanting deals. I don’t ask for deals. But they help me out and every now and then I’m asked a favour, and of course I’m always happy to help. Because we’re friends. It’s a wonderful working environment… stopping in to visit your friends all the time. I love my job. :)
What the fucking fuck! This is my first ever troll review on Trip Advisor. Hell, it’s not even a review, it’s just someone saying that people should use other resources to find good places to eat. And I don’t know this person – they were certainly never my client. I wonder what the hell is going on with all this recent TA BS. Anyhow, I have written to TA and hope they’ll remove this bogus posting.
Meanwhile, I am loving my own tours and We Love Tapas is growing all the time… no need to buy google ads or have friends post fake TA reviews. We’ll be fine growing organically, just as I have always done with Sevilla Tapas. I have a great team, we have big hearts and are full of passion for what we are doing. But TA is the beast that must always be fed… can’t deny it’s been good for me, but there is also a lot of crap going on there. Sometimes the BEST restaurant in Sevilla is a take-away pizza joint, or an icecream shop. Whatever. I just don’t know why someone would post this particular bullshit.