Gotta admit I have a love-hate-love relationship with this machine. But today I totally LOVE it. Another “all clear” PET scan today. So fucking relieved, so very very happy. Still can’t believe it. Spent the afternoon celebrating, now off to spend the evening at a work event. There will be jamón! xx
Good times in Antequera with @welovemalaga @svqconcierge @tomatours @thaneprince @larosillacomida. This was the highlight of our very RAINY weekend, meeting up at @artedecozina on Sunday afternoon for Charo Carmona’s La Cozina en Tiempos de Cervantes, recreating dishes from the book of Francisco Martinez Montiño, chef to Felipe III (circa 1611), and paired with local Málaga wines.
We were also thrilled to find out that Charo had just received her first Guia Repsol sun (Spanish equivalent to a Michelin star). Well deserved.
- garbanzo cream
- fried cod skin
- aubergine with honey and spices
- cardoon pastel
- retinto beef “scotch egg” with quail egg
- podrida stew
- tuna and egg omelette
- pigeon in mandarine sauce
- almond quesadilla
- sugar melindre with apple
- chocolate “lecture”
- vintage muscat 2015 (white)
- igualado 2016 (red)
This will just be a short getaway, and it came about just by chance when I saw this poster on Manni’s Instagram announcing a special Menú Cervantes at Arte de Cozina. Soon plans were made for a few of us to meet up, which has now ended up with 10 for lunch tomorrow!
I’m leaving this morning because I haven’t been to Antequera for awhile (in fact, over two years!) and thought it would be nice to spend some time there. I was actually going to spend two nights but the weather forecast for this weekend is solid RAIN, and my friends Angela & Mikel are going to be away, so it’ll just be for tonight and I’ll catch the train back home after lunch tomorrow. Right, gotta go catch my train!
I first met Sylvie @frenchiefoodie in the spring of 2011. She got in touch telling me she was a food and travel writer from NYC, and that while in town with her family, she wanted to “escape” with me one evening on a tapas tour. So off we went on a special private tour for one, which ended up with us taxiing over to a unique place out on the inner road. Lots of fun. A couple of years later I briefly met up with her in Jerez while she was on assignment there, and we had a very quick “catch up”. Then I found out that Sylvie was going to be back in Andalucía this week, and that she had purposely taken an extra couple of days in Sevilla so we could hang out.
Hang out = tapear.
We spent two fun evenings together, visiting tapas bars and talking, talking, talking. Good times! Which we hope to repeat soon.
Another menu tasting invitation this week – this time at the always fabulous La Azotea (I was invited to their Santa Cruz location, aka The Office). As I had a day off on Tuesday it seemed like a good opportunity to drop by and try some of the new dishes on their updated seasonal menu. As you can see… it was all delish.
- Delicious amuse of ajo blanco with mango, mojama and basil oil
- Avocado and tomato salad with pancetta, miso & pipirrana vinaigrette
- Spiced roasted chicken salad with honey mustard vinaigrette
- Ortiguilla (sea anemone) mousse with passion fruit chutney and seaweed mayo
- Hake en papillote (wrapped & unveiled) with vegetables and lemon infused olive oil
- Confit cod with black trumpet mushrooms and SOBRASADA POTATOES
- Steak tartare with green apple slush and spicy herb mustard
- Oxtail meatball with mushroom duxelles, cauliflower and carrot cream
When Jason @CortadoIngles was in town last month we had a lovely afternoon out tapearing and he promised to return soon with his wife Louise @ingamell. Which happened this weekend! They are here on a Sevilla getaway, celebrating their 10th anniversary, and they very generously let me tag along and drag them around town on a VERY RAINY afternoon, to sample some of my fave tapas at a few bars that I love. It was great to finally meet lovely Louise, a refreshingly no-nonsense chica with a great sense of humour (that Jason is a lucky guy!), and I hope we will have the chance to all meet up again… and again.
Remember my fab Galicia Getaway last August, and how the FAB Anna & Jorge (aka @theKilomeaters) not only showed me around town, but had me over to their place for dinner – twice! – and also took me on two day trips, to A Coruña and Lugo?
Well, I finally had a chance to return a little of their hospitality when they came to town this week. Between the various family and work obligations they had, I finally managed to get them all to myself for one evening, and we had a great time. Their only request was that we go to somewhere TRADITIONAL (after a week of gourmet dining) and also somewhere near where they were staying. No problem. I chose Taberna Pasos Largos, a personal favourite for MEAT and simple food done well.
After that we took a stroll over to the Alameda for rooftop cocktails at the The Corner House @thecornerhous31 and were able to enjoy our drinks and the views before the rain began…
One of the many things I love about going out with Anna & Jorge is that nobody ever eats the food before the photos are taken 😉, and also nobody cares if we are all on our phones most of the time. We’re all together doing what we love, and I find that very refreshing.
By the time we left The Corner House the slight bit of rain we’d experienced had stopped, but the views showed an ominous sky predicting storms before too long.
During the last Galicia Getaway plans were already made for a second one next May, which I was assured was the best time to visit the bodegas in Rías Baixas. But I hope to see A & J at least a couple of times in Sevilla before then. xx
Ryan, plotting world domination…
Comes a time during every new We Love Tapas guide’s training period when they do a practice tour with a couple of specially chosen
victims “clients”, and me tagging along to “observe and intimidate”. 😉
This time up I called once again upon dynamic duo Ang & Ryan (aka @JetsLikeTaxis) for their services. It was their third time and I have to say they are really getting the hang of it. So much so that next time I might just be able to stay home and wait for their report.
Most uncharacteristically *ahem* the tour ended with a penúltima (or three) at The Office (aka La Azotea Santa Cruz). As you can see, nobody was the slightest bit inebriated. Thanks again, guys!
I first met Charlie & Sam @vinoveroleigh in London last August, when I was invited to a rooftop dinner at our mutual friend Oli’s place. So I was delighted to hear that they were going to Jerez for a few days and would be stopping by Sevilla on their way home. Being sherry lovers, well, I guess this was inevitable…Check out their great wine shop here… Vino Vero
Met up with the fabulous Victor (@welovemalaga) who happened to be in town for the day. Victor is not only my very dear friend but is also my biz partner with We Love Tapas (he runs the Málaga branch). And as we had both spent time in Galicia this summer we decided to “relive” those moments at El Rincón Gallego del Pulpo, a local bar that was long overdue a visit.
Great visit, great brainstorming session, along with great food and (imho) the best beer in Spain, Estrella Galicia. As a result, lots of new stuff being planned for both branches of We Love Tapas. Stay tuned!