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!
Last week while Anna @annalibera was here I also had a long-awaited visit from Naomi @gingergourmand and her husband Andrew @andrewknill. Naomi and I have been Twitter pals for years, so I was very excited when I found out they were coming to Sevilla to celebrate Andrew’s birthday. The night they arrived Anna and I crashed their first meal at Eslava and then we dragged them over to La Pepona because, well, Anna ALWAYS has to go to La Pepona. It’s a beard thing ;). Next day I met up with Naomi & Andrew in the evening for a spontaneous “gourmet tapas tour”, which took us to a few of my fave places. Usually I like to mix things up a bit, but that night we ended up at favourite traditional bars since N & A had already visited a few trendier places. It was lovely.
The cool thing about all the Twitter pals I’ve met over the years is that not only do we have a love of travel, food & wine in common, but usually we’ve been in touch for ages, and know a lot of the same people (either virtually or in person). So when we do finally get to meet up it’s like we’ve known each other for ages. Especially because ALL of us post photos of what we’ve had for lunch. :P
Wednesday was a bit crazy. I left home at midday not really sure where I was going to go, but then ended up in Soho. As it was getting close to lunchtime I stopped in at Rex & Mariano for a “light lunch” because I knew I had to have a seriously Fast Feast later on at Kitty Fishers, one of London’s trendiest restaurants, before heading out to a meet up of Twitter pals at the Canton Arms. The Twitter meet up had been planned for awhile, and when Jeffrey from @FoodieHub invited me to KF at first I thought I would have to choose one over the other, but since people eat SO EARLY in the UK, I ended up being able to do both. Even though I had to eat and run after having one bite – and taking a photo – of the final fab dish served at KF (and skipping dessert) it was still a great experience. Of course then I got on the wrong subway and ended up even later for meeting the Twitter gang, but in the end it was all good. Some of them I’d met before when they visited Sevilla, others I’d known for ages on Twitter but met in person for the first time. Once again the time went by too fast and soon I was making my way home, getting lost yet again. I think I should only ever take taxis in London.
Jeffrey and fellow FoodieHub Experts…
we ate the entire Kitty Fishers menu in less than two hours
Yeah I know, me sipping sherry – so what else is new? But yesterday was an extra special “sherry event” for me. I finally got to meet Seana Yee (aka @SherrySips) in person, after having “known” her on Twitter & Instagram for awhile. Seana lives in Portland and has been on a sherry odyssey for the past couple of weeks, visiting bodegas in Jerez, Sanlúcar de Barrameda and El Puerto de Santa María (sound familiar?).
Yesterday Seana took a day trip to Sevilla to go out on a private Sherry & Tapas Tour with me. What a day! I’ll be writing more about our tapeo, the wines and the bars on the Azahar Sevilla blog, but for now here’s a photo of Seana and Loki (and a glass of manzanilla pasada) taken at casa az during a quick pit stop between tapearing and heading out to a flamenco show. Love when you meet people and it feels like you’ve always known them. Thanks for a great time, Seana – hope to see you again soon! xx
Met another new Twitter pal last weekend. Olli @CoteDuPy was here last weekend with his sister after spending some time in Jerez, and so we made plans to meet up. And look what he brought me! Amontillado is my favourite “all purpose” sherry. It’s smoother than fino and you can pair it with so many things – really looking forward to trying this baby. From a bodega I haven’t visited (yet). Oh, and we’ve also made plans for a Twitter
piss up meet up when I’m in London at the beginning of June, with a few of our mutual Twitter friends. LOVE Twitter…
Had a lovely night out with Charlie @Dundas15 from Glasgow, whom I’ve known on Twitter for quite awhile now. And this week he is back in town! We met up with Peter for a wee tapeo and I ended up rolling home sometime around 1 am… once again Twitter proves itself to be my most valuable social media tool. I’ve met some amazing people there. And Charlie may end up being a neighbour! That would be nice.
It’s been a great week so far. Lovely meeting up with so many friends, all of whom (except Peter) I met via Twitter. Though I met Peter via H2G2, so really all are internet connections. In no particular order…
I have been very busy! The first step of getting my Trip Planning biz up and running meant having rethink my “brand” and, while I am still going to continue with azahar-sevilla.com and Sevilla Tapas, I felt some restructuring was needed so the new venture would not be city specific. Thus azahar-spain.com was born. The new domains have already been purchased and now I just (just!) have to get the new website and accompanying blogs set up. Most of the initial content is ready to upload but I want to talk to my SEO guru first to make sure I structure it correctly.
The easiest step was creating new social media accounts for the blogs, so please go ahead and follow/Like them. Thanks! :)