This is truly one of my happy places. Sitting at the bar in front of Rafael’s jamón cutting station at Las Teresas. I’ve been coming here for more than 20 years and it always feels like home. My home.
This month Taberna del Alabardero is offering a special beer tasting menu at lunchtime. You can enjoy a four-course meal paired with four beers. Today we were invited to sample the tasting menu and I have to say that it was actually very good (though I don’t tend to drink beer throughout a meal). So if you love beer and good food, check it out.
Coming home the other day I saw this woman and her little dog. In fact, I have seen her many times over the years, but this time I stopped to say hello. Constancia is from Romania and spends her days entertaining passersby with her accordion, and she’s really quite good. Glad l stopped to chat.
The first day of Sherry Week (October 8 – 14) began and ended with, well, sherry. Went out for a pre-lunch manzanilla at Taberna Manolo Cateca and Manolo recommended that we try these two, chosen by Armando Guerra from two different sections of Bodegas Barbadillo, one with the windows open facing the cool east wind (Poniente), the other facing the hot dry west wind (Levante). My favourite was the Poniente, which tasted a bit fresher to me. But they were both lovely.
In the evening we stopped by the Premier Sherry Cocktail Bar for a sherry mixology masterclass. José prepared 4 cocktails, using different sherries, and also different techniques: Sobrebotas, Bloody Sherry, Silencio, Shegroni. And we got to taste them too! You can see the recipes below.