When Jason @CortadoIngles was in town last month we had a lovely afternoon out tapearing and he promised to return soon with his wife Louise @ingamell. Which happened this weekend! They are here on a Sevilla getaway, celebrating their 10th anniversary, and they very generously let me tag along and drag them around town on a VERY RAINY afternoon, to sample some of my fave tapas at a few bars that I love. It was great to finally meet lovely Louise, a refreshingly no-nonsense chica with a great sense of humour (that Jason is a lucky guy!), and I hope we will have the chance to all meet up again… and again.
Remember my fab Galicia Getaway last August, and how the FAB Anna & Jorge (aka @theKilomeaters) not only showed me around town, but had me over to their place for dinner – twice! – and also took me on two day trips, to A Coruña and Lugo?
Well, I finally had a chance to return a little of their hospitality when they came to town this week. Between the various family and work obligations they had, I finally managed to get them all to myself for one evening, and we had a great time. Their only request was that we go to somewhere TRADITIONAL (after a week of gourmet dining) and also somewhere near where they were staying. No problem. I chose Taberna Pasos Largos, a personal favourite for MEAT and simple food done well.
After that we took a stroll over to the Alameda for rooftop cocktails at the The Corner House @thecornerhous31 and were able to enjoy our drinks and the views before the rain began…
One of the many things I love about going out with Anna & Jorge is that nobody ever eats the food before the photos are taken 😉, and also nobody cares if we are all on our phones most of the time. We’re all together doing what we love, and I find that very refreshing.
By the time we left The Corner House the slight bit of rain we’d experienced had stopped, but the views showed an ominous sky predicting storms before too long.
During the last Galicia Getaway plans were already made for a second one next May, which I was assured was the best time to visit the bodegas in Rías Baixas. But I hope to see A & J at least a couple of times in Sevilla before then. xx
Ryan, plotting world domination…
Comes a time during every new We Love Tapas guide’s training period when they do a practice tour with a couple of specially chosen
victims “clients”, and me tagging along to “observe and intimidate”. 😉
This time up I called once again upon dynamic duo Ang & Ryan (aka @JetsLikeTaxis) for their services. It was their third time and I have to say they are really getting the hang of it. So much so that next time I might just be able to stay home and wait for their report.
Most uncharacteristically *ahem* the tour ended with a penúltima (or three) at The Office (aka La Azotea Santa Cruz). As you can see, nobody was the slightest bit inebriated. Thanks again, guys!
Los Bermejales is a suburb about a half-hour’s bus ride from the centre. It’s not a place I go to often and, when I do, it’s usually to visit my friend Pilar (who lives there). But yesterday I decided to go and check out the final day of the first Tapeando por Los Bermejales, a week-long event in which 18 local bars created a special tapa and offered it at a special price (3€ for a tapa & drink).
Peter and I had chosen a few bars from the list, based on the tapa on offer, and were disappointed when we arrived at the first bar on the list and it was closed. Another of the bars wasn’t even there anymore, just a sign saying they had moved, though it didn’t say where. Two other bars had run out of the special tapa, and another two were so grubby we didn’t bother staying. So out of the nine bars we went to, we only ended up trying three tapas. Which were okay, but nothing “special”. In fact, in most cases the regular food looked more appealing. I think if you live in Los Bermejales it’s a fun initiative, with people going to the various bars during the week (though probably best not to go on a busy Sunday afternoon). Let’s see how they do next year.
One of the perks of the biz is when I am invited to previews and openings of new bars and restaurants in Sevilla. I was excited to hear the other day that the long-awaited arrival of Cañabota will be realized this coming Monday (October 17th), and I was very lucky to be one of the guests at their fabulous preview lunch. Much more coming up very soon on Sevilla Tapas.
Preview tasting menu: “solid cocktail” of Hidalgo fino, Lustau vermouth with trout roe and orange zest; grilled oysters with toasted butter and artemia; onion crisp topped with larded tuna, onion purée and tuna fat; cod liver salad on mushroom slivers, baby spinach and lettuce, fish emulsion and spicy vinegar; squid ink potato parmentier with cuttlefish roe and chipirón; sea bass with confit black trumpet mushrooms and fish emulsion; lemon meringue “pie” on a crispy biscuit.
I first met Charlie & Sam @vinoveroleigh in London last August, when I was invited to a rooftop dinner at our mutual friend Oli’s place. So I was delighted to hear that they were going to Jerez for a few days and would be stopping by Sevilla on their way home. Being sherry lovers, well, I guess this was inevitable…Check out their great wine shop here… Vino Vero
A bit like when you see bullheads in a bar, you can always spot an inauthentic travel piece on Sevilla that talks about all the “spit and sawdust” bars here, with napkins strewn all over the floor. I’ve lived here for over 23 years and the very few bars in the centre that used to put down sawdust have long since stopped this practice. But every now and then you find one. This was taken at Taberna Azahar, a bar I’ve been planning to go to for ages (mostly for the name, truth be told). It’s up in the Macarena barrio, not a place I frequent very often. Anyhow, although they still put down sawdust, there are little bins throughout the bar for paper napkins.
Curious though… does anyone know of any other “spit and sawdust” places in Sevilla?
Met up with the fabulous Victor (@welovemalaga) who happened to be in town for the day. Victor is not only my very dear friend but is also my biz partner with We Love Tapas (he runs the Málaga branch). And as we had both spent time in Galicia this summer we decided to “relive” those moments at El Rincón Gallego del Pulpo, a local bar that was long overdue a visit.
Great visit, great brainstorming session, along with great food and (imho) the best beer in Spain, Estrella Galicia. As a result, lots of new stuff being planned for both branches of We Love Tapas. Stay tuned!
After first meeting Seanna Yee (aka @sherrysips) last year when she visited Sevilla, I was thrilled to hear she’d be back in Jerez for an extended visit this month. You may recall that I popped over to Jerez for the day a couple of weeks ago to visit Seanna and friends, and we made plans for her to come back to Sevilla for a day.
And what a day it was, packed full of sherry, great tapas, meeting friends, cuddling cats… we even watched a sherry film El Misterio del Palo Cortado while taking a break here at Casa Az. Just like last time Seanna was a hit with the cats and she even made this short video of marvellous Morcilla at play.
So great to see you again, my dear friend and “sherry sister”. Hasta pronto! xx