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 was a night off from tapas tours, so of course I ended up hanging out in bars. Actually, it was mixing pleasure with business as I had to meet with a couple of bar owners, and then wanted to check out a newly opened place. Meanwhile I managed to get this cool shot at Las Teresas. I had never really noticed that hand-painted plate on the wall and to get closer to it I had to go behind the bar. Then Rafa bought us a round on the house and we chatted for another half hour or so. I love this bar, I love the people who run it, the guys who work there, and I’ve been going there for over 20 years. Just like with most of the bars I’ve ended up working with. It’s an amazing job when you don’t really notice when you’re working or when you’re just there socialising. Love my job.
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.
Download the guide here… Essential Guide to Spain’s Best Tapas
August 10th is San Lorenzo day and keeping up with a tradition that began (for me) a couple of years ago I headed over to the Antigua Abacería San Lorenzo to take part in the festivities. Grilled flesh was on offer (the martyr San Lorenzo was put to a slow and painful death on top of a large gridiron with live coals beneath it and, the legend concludes that, after enduring the pain for a very long time he made his famous cheerful remark, “I’m well done. Turn me over!”) as well as a typical white wine punch from Huelva called ponche alosnero. San Lorenzo is also the patron saint of cooks and chefs. It all works. Click on the link above to read more about the bar and this unusual annual event.
DISCOVERY OF THE YEAR. Seriously, how did I not know about this place?? Less than five minutes from my house, a small charming bar that serves over 170 (!!!) sherries by the glass. I have to thank Jaime from Bodegas Faustino González in Jerez for this “discovery” after he told me last week where I could find his spectacular wines (all en rama) in Sevilla. Say hello to my new local…