pressing matters



When I moved from the previous Casa Azahar I dumped my cheap old rickety ironing board, which I had bought in Salamanca back in 1993. And since I now have the big tables set up in the “office” part of the living room I thought a small table top board would work fine as a replacement. Turns out I was wrong (though I do like how it neatly hangs up in the hall closet). And so today I splashed out on this ridiculously expensive Brabantia ironing board (though it was 40% off thanks to January sales). What the heck. I reckon it will be the last ironing board I ever buy. Now I just need to find a place to store it…

madrid fusion 2018


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Madrid Fusión is an international gastronomy fair aimed particularly at chefs, but also at other industry professionals. As well as the main exhibition area, the highlights are the cooking demonstrations and master classes, wine tastings and competitions, and seminars on a wide range of topics from new cooking techniques to environmental issues.

This year’s event is the 15th edition and runs from the 22nd – 24th of January, and is extra special for Sevilla because the City Council and Tourism Board is promoting the city and its tapas, including a Tapas Jam Session “show cooking” on the opening day. This fabulous video features the four bars taking part in this presentation and I am so proud to be able to say that they are not only four of my favourite bars, chefs, owners and teams, but they are also my friends. I’d love to be there to cheer them on, but I have a previous work obligation so will be there in spirit instead.

The featured bars are: La Azotea (chef Santiago González) Cañabota (chef Marcos Nieto), El Gallinero de Sandra (chef & co-owner Nacho Dargallo) and Lalola Taberna (chef & owner Javier Abascal). Watch the video – it’s gorgeous.

[also posted on Azahar Sevilla]

international croquette day


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Yes, these “international whatever days” are all random and silly, but after having been cooped up at home for two days, when I saw that today was Día Internacional de la Croqueta it was just the excuse I needed to get dressed and get out. So I met up with Peter @SVQconcierge to do some tapas research.

We actually had limited time because Peter had a class in the afternoon, so I chose three bars we could get to that I knew have great croquetas (trust me, this is not as easy as it sounds). We had fab chicken & jamón croquetas at Palo Santo, classic jamón Ibérico ones at La Azotea, and finally some lovely prawn croquetas at Taberna del Alabardero. As an honourable mention, the ones on the stripy plate are some salchichón croquetas we had last week at Lalola Taberna Gourmet, quite possibly the best I’ve had in Sevilla.

What the heck. Got me out of the house. And it was a beautiful day for a walk.


heic? wtf?


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So HEIC is the name Apple chose for its new HEIF standard for photos. HEIF stands for High Efficiency Image Format, a more streamlined way to store image files. Using advanced, modern compression methods it allows digital photographs to be created in smaller files sizes, while retaining higher image quality than its JPEG alternative. Which sounds great EXCEPT that nobody else is using this format other than Apple, so it won’t download on my computer, blah blah…

After locating an app that would convert HEIC to JPEG, a friend told me that it was actually possible to turn off the HEIC option on the phone, so I have now done that. I mean, I now have 256 GBs and am sure I’ll never get up to using even half of that, so I’m not really interested in saving space. Anyhow, Morcilla looks just as pretty in JPEG, wouldn’t you agree?