You don’t mess around with Az either… 😉
You know I love my job, mostly because I’ve been telling you for years now how much I love my job… but I even more especially love my job when I am asked to do sherry & tapas tours. Here are some scenes from last night’s fabulous Sherry & Tapas Tour, which ended up with three new sherry converts.
I think what I love most about these tours is that I am usually taking people from almost zero knowledge about sherry to a totally new and unexpected appreciation of these unique wines. I never tire of watching people’s expressions upon trying something new, be it jamón or some unusual seafood item, or sherry.
Unfortunately last night’s enjoyment was marred by a copycat food tour that, over the past year, has invaded all the bars I’ve been working with for years. When we showed up at our final stop for desserts and sweet sherries this group was at a table next to us, being exceptionally loud and obnoxious, and the “guide” not in control of the situation at all. I wouldn’t have said anything but my guests actually complained about them, saying how unpleasant it was having them next to us. My feeling is that – hey – there are over 3000 tapas bars in Sevilla. Can’t these people use a bit of imagination and go somewhere else, rather than just copy everywhere I go?
I first met Jason @cortadoingles a couple of years ago when he was living in Granada. Now Jason and his wife Louise (and their new pup Grace) live in an eensy village in Almería. This weekend Jason had a short “big city escape” to Sevilla and it was great to catch up again, as well as take him on an impromptu lunchtime tapeo, which included some unexpected percebes at Bodeguita Romero. Looking forward to seeing both Jason & Louise in Sevilla again soon.
I can’t believe it’s been TWO YEARS since I last went to the dentist (when I got my first crown and some other work done). But an old filling next to the crown had fallen out and so back I went. I’ve mentioned before how much I love my dentist, which is probably not something most people can say, so I no longer feel the dread of impending pain and financial ruin that used to come over me before dentist visits.
This time there were two visits and on the second one Peter came with me to have his teeth looked at. Even worse than me, he hadn’t been to the dentist in over ten years (!!!), and like me, he’d lost a filling. He also had a serious cleaning done, which has made a huge difference. Now that he is working part time for We Love Tapas he has been put on the “company dental plan”. 😉
Meet Emily! The newest member of my fabulous We Love Tapas team. I’ve known about Emily for quite some time as she is good friends with a few other good friends of mine. Awhile back she was recommended as a possible guide for WLT, but at the time there were no openings. Lately a new position has become available and, although I have received several CVs, I wasn’t “feeling” the applicants, if you know what I mean. Then my friend Juan reminded me about Emily and I knew from our first meeting that she would be a perfect match. It also fits with the way the original WLT team came together, very organically, with one connection leading to another. Just like this time. We are all very pleased to have Emily with us.
Today I got to meet up again with Sarah, who is back in Sevilla for a short visit. We were housemates back in 2004 but haven’t seen each other since then. So this afternoon we met up for a lunchtime tapeo and it was LOVELY. It was like we’d just seen each other yesterday. Non-stop chat, lots of nice food and wine… and rediscovering how much we still have in common. So nice.
This makes me SO SAD, because I have so many memories tied up in this place. Although this wasn’t the original Horno San Buenaventura (that one is over on calle Carlos Cañal) this was the one I first knew and kind of “grew up” in when I first came to Sevilla 24 years ago, where I made friends with the staff and was treated like family. It was where I’d go for coffee and tostada on my way to teach English classes in the morning, where I’d set up meetings (my first “office”) and frankly, where they had the best damn coffee in town.
I have to say I haven’t been there much since I moved over to the Alfalfa barrio (though there is also an Horno San Buenaventura there) and this location did seem to be sliding a bit and looking a wee bit shabby. But it’s like saying goodbye to an old friend. And there’s been too much of this lately, for various reasons. Landmark cherished shops and bars closing down. Sad.