Here it is! The annual summer list of my favourite fabulous non-touristy bars & restaurants in Sevilla that will be open during August. Enjoy!
beautiful food and wonderful service at La Atrayana
I think most of you know about my labour of love Sevilla Tapas, that I started back in 2007, which then evolved into me doing food and wine tours after recovering from cancer. Which was going great until, well you know, 2020. But the main point of the website is to feature and help promote tapas bars and restaurants in Sevilla, and also to serve as a guide for food-loving people visiting the city.
During lockdown I did my best to support tapas bars here by keeping them in the public eye on my Twitter and Instagram accounts. As I have something like 30,000 food pics in my phone archives this wasn’t a problem. So I’d be sure to post something daily. Then once places started reopening I got back to doing what I do, which is visiting bars and updating their pages on my site. Very sadly some had closed for good during 2020, but others were born. And so keeping within my “safety parameters” of only going out twice a week and either sitting outside or near an open door/window, I got back to work.
This is Steven and Beatrice. We met via Kirby, a lovely young woman I’d met here a few years ago, and who now manages Steven’s organic food shop in Salt Lake City. They had come to Sevilla for a few days and I set them up with the fabulous José for a cultural walking tour (they said they didn’t want a food tour!) and so that was fine. Then on their last evening they asked if I wanted to meet them for a quick drink. A quick drink. Three hours later…
Yep, one drink at Casa Morales led to eating a plate of jamón, and more drinks, and then they told me that, although they had followed my tapas bar recommendations and had gone to Bodeguita Romero THEY DIDN’T HAVE A PRINGÁ! And so of course we had to remedy that situation and they were happy I did so. A fun and totally unexpected night out.
You wouldn’t know it to look at this innocent smiling face but make no mistake, this woman is pure danger. Or else it’s me who’s dangerous? WHATEVER… it turns out that whenever Reyes Morales and I get together we have, well, a lot of fun. Which usually means we not only end up having a lot of wine, but also lots of laughs, while sharing food and stories and just enjoying our “girl time”. This time we were trying out a new seafood tapas bar next to the Plaza Alfalfa, and I honestly couldn’t ask for a better Tapas Research partner, especially because she owns her own tapas bar and knows what’s what. But mostly it’s just so much fun being with her and I always leave Reyes’ company feeling happy and energised. And it occurs to me – and not for the first time – that this is how one should always feel after spending time with a friend.
So there I was just doing the usual last week when I got a call from José Andrés asking about We Love Tapas and whether I was hiring guides. Well, up until then I had no plans re: rebooting WLT. I had been thinking about possibly starting with my own Sevilla Tapas Tours in September, depending on how things went during the summer re: Covid. But suddenly there was this guy saying he was vaccinated and ready to go, and in fact had already started doing some tours with another company. So we agreed to meet up and, well, say hello to my new WLT guide manager. 🙂
Today we had a tapas tour walk-through so I could introduce him to the bars, show him the route, etc. I’ve decided to start with the Traditional Tapas Tour and maybe start offering some of the others in Sept-Oct. Meanwhile José is going to contribute his ideas for tours (he has a lot!) and hopefully we’ll be incorporating them into WLT too.
So many coincidences with JA. He’s was born in France (parents from Sevilla) but raised in Canada (Montreal) later working in the fashion biz in Toronto, so we know a lot of the same people. I mean, talk about a small world. Plus he’s about 5 years younger than me, so not a “kid”, which is also refreshing. And he’s so full of energy – it’s great spending time around him. Anyhow, wish us luck. Since last week I’ve already booked one tour for late September. Yay!