saturday night pizza

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Can you believe that this is the first time EVER that I’ve had pizza delivered to my house? When I first came to Sevilla and lived near the cathedral there used to be a nice pizza place that I would occasionally call, wait ten minutes, and then go pick up. And when I first moved to my present apartment (February 2011) I discovered another good place just a few minutes walk away. Same deal, call in and pick up. But then awhile ago I saw that the La Mia Tana restaurant on my street was offering free delivery, so what the heck. It seemed like the perfect solution for a lazy Saturday night at home.

To be honest, I probably only have pizza 2-3 times a year, but the novelty of ordering food and having it brought to my door was, well, novel. Pretty tasty too.

tasting triana tour

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I’ve been doing a fun Triana Tapas Tour for a few years now, but recently decided to modify it a bit for We Love Tapas. And so… introducing the new Tasting Triana Tour, which will include a market visit, 3 tapas bars and a relaxed stroll around Triana. First one will be this Saturday!

delayed gratification

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I almost never want STUFF anymore, unless it’s practical stuff like new sheets or something I want/need for the kitchen that will enhance my day-to-day life (like the new oven). But this is totally impractical – a huge white vase with little pig heads all over it. I don’t even know where I’d put it. But I want it. Kind of like when I wanted that massive dragonfly sculpture or the lily chair. Or that new sofa that I will never buy because the cats would rip it to shreds within a week. Likewise I will probably not buy this vase.

But never mind. I am keeping track of all the STUFF I haven’t bought this year because that means when I splash out on a new iPhone 8 this September then it will end up being free. Logic.

vermouth with a view

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Vermouth (or vermut in Spanish and vermú in Andalú) has become a big deal lately, with vermouth bars popping up around town and now almost every sherry producer coming up with their very own “special recipe” version, blending sherries with botanicals and fragrant plants. Bodegas Lustau was one of the first with their red vermouth (amontillado and PX). So I was happy to be invited to the launch party for Lustau’s new white vermouth (fino and moscatel) for two reasons. First, to try the wine, which is delicious. And second, to finally go inside the most hideous eyesore tallest tower in Sevilla, where the event was being held. Although we were only about half-way up, on the 21st floor, the views were quite spectacular, but I’m afraid my opinion of the Torre Sevilla hasn’t changed.

Fun event though! As usual I got to see and chat with many of the usual suspects who attend these things, as well as make some new contacts. A nice evening. You can read more about the event (more pics too!) over on the Azahar Sevilla blog.

luís

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Peter & Luís at La Azotea

I’ve known Luís (and his biz partner David) from Really Discover for many years. So it was great to run into Luís at The Office (AKA La Azotea Santa Cruz) during a meeting there with the We Love Tapas team. After the meeting Peter and I ended up having lunch with Luís and “talking shop”, which proved both interesting and illuminating. We may also end up collaborating as our tour companies are complementary rather than being in direct competition. Love chance meetings like this…

what fresh hell is this???

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Honestly, could this be any uglier? The new riverside Tourist Centre is already an eyesore and it hasn’t even opened yet. It will eventually house a tourist office, a flamenco museum and a couple of bars.

But just look at it. It’s not only hard to believe that it’s a new building, but even that it was built in this century. There are actually two of those hideous massive wonky ramps. And the space for the tourist centre, etc… to be honest, words fail me.

So you know, this is located next to the San Telmo bridge, where the old port warehouses used to be. When I first moved here the warehouses were still in use and, although quite run down, they had character. Now they are gone and replaced by this horror. I still can’t believe it. It’s heartbreaking.

snail season

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You can find snails year-round in some Sevilla bars, but the best time (apparently) is NOW when they are in season. The secret is in the sauce, as the snails are cooked in a broth that is unique to each bar that serves them. I don’t mind them, but I’m not a huge fan, so I don’t have a photo of a big plate of snails to show you. And so this fabulous snail sculpture by Chiqui Díaz will have to do…

almost!

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It was touch and go there for about 24 hours as I wrestled with the notion of taking in Pinza, this tiny 3 week old kitten found in the street by my friend Elena, outside La Azotea where she works. I mean, I knew that I shouldn’t, and really possibly couldn’t, since I’ve always said that having 4 cats would be that slippery slope to officially being a Mad Cat Woman (waves to @sledpress!). I was also thinking that while this apartment is actually big enough to house another cat, my next one might not be. Anyhow, I was steeling myself and checking Elena’s instagram regularly for updates. And then finally I saw this photo of Elena holding Pinza, wishing her well in her new home. Phew!