It’s always something! Though in this case I never did find out what it was.
Spotted on my way home from the market today.
Madrid Fusión is an international gastronomy fair aimed particularly at chefs, but also at other industry professionals. As well as the main exhibition area, the highlights are the cooking demonstrations and master classes, wine tastings and competitions, and seminars on a wide range of topics from new cooking techniques to environmental issues.
This year’s event is the 15th edition and runs from the 22nd – 24th of January, and is extra special for Sevilla because the City Council and Tourism Board is promoting the city and its tapas, including a Tapas Jam Session “show cooking” on the opening day. This fabulous video features the four bars taking part in this presentation and I am so proud to be able to say that they are not only four of my favourite bars, chefs, owners and teams, but they are also my friends. I’d love to be there to cheer them on, but I have a previous work obligation so will be there in spirit instead.
The featured bars are: La Azotea (chef Santiago González) Cañabota (chef Marcos Nieto), El Gallinero de Sandra (chef & co-owner Nacho Dargallo) and Lalola Taberna (chef & owner Javier Abascal). Watch the video – it’s gorgeous.
[also posted on Azahar Sevilla]
Yes, these “international whatever days” are all random and silly, but after having been cooped up at home for two days, when I saw that today was Día Internacional de la Croqueta it was just the excuse I needed to get dressed and get out. So I met up with Peter @SVQconcierge to do some tapas research.
We actually had limited time because Peter had a class in the afternoon, so I chose three bars we could get to that I knew have great croquetas (trust me, this is not as easy as it sounds). We had fab chicken & jamón croquetas at Palo Santo, classic jamón Ibérico ones at La Azotea, and finally some lovely prawn croquetas at Taberna del Alabardero. As an honourable mention, the ones on the stripy plate are some salchichón croquetas we had last week at Lalola Taberna Gourmet, quite possibly the best I’ve had in Sevilla.
What the heck. Got me out of the house. And it was a beautiful day for a walk.
For various reasons it’s always difficult for me and Pilar to find time to get together. But today the stars finally aligned and we met for a fab lunch at Vineria San Telmo to celebrate both our birthdays (hers in November, mine tomorrow). Such a lovely afternoon spent with one of my loveliest friends. Good times indeed.
Seriously… this storefront Santa in my street looks like it was found in a drug gang body dump. Plastic bag over his head, strapped to a board, hands bound in front, garbage bags for boots. What on earth were these people thinking? Or maybe I’ve been watching too much Escobar and Sicario??