Sevilla Tapas tour


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Three glasses of Manzanilla sherry being poured at El Riconcillo, the oldest bar in Sevilla.

I’ve been meaning to share some more stories and photos from our trip to Spain, which was (shockingly) now over a month ago. I have largely given up on sharing a detailed chronlogical account of the trip, so I’ll dive in here.

In Sevilla, my mother and I had the fantastic opportunity to go on a tapas tour with azahar, Sevilla blogger extraordinaire of casa az and Sevilla Tapas. (Yes, you should be jealous. It was an absolutely fantastic evening: the company, the sights and the food could not have been better.)

To make you even more jealous, I thought I’d share with some highlights of our evening. With photos.

We met up with az around 9:30 p.m. on a Friday, after I got Theo settled in for bed. (John was kind enough to be the one to stay home with Phoebe and Theo.) We arranged to meet at a little park near our apartment, which was bustling with folks heading out for dinner, and then walked through Sevilla’s maze of streets and alleys to our destinations. We went to 3 very different places for tapas, each with a distinct charm and menu.

Our first stop was El Rinconcillo, which az tells us is the oldest bar in Sevilla. I loved the decor of the place, which was dominated by dark woods, patterned tiles, and shelves well-stocked with bottles. (Not to mention hanging hams.) We stood at the bar.

Our second stop was Modesto, a more modern, bustling bar-restaurant with friendly waiters and lots of outside tables. (We sat inside at the bar, though.)

Our third and finally stop was La Sal, a charming and elegant small restaurant specializing in fresh seafood dishes. We sat inside at a table by the window.

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Peering in through the wide open window of El Rinconcillo from the sidewalk.

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The bartenders wrote the tabs on the bar in chalk. They’d cross out the numbers once the tab was settled.

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My glass of sparkling water at Modesto.

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Some olives and az’s beer, and a really big bowl of really big capers.

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The Land Squid.

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One of the waiters at Modesto gave us red carnations. Az put one in her hair.

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Tuna tataki at La Sal. I think the stuff on top was something leeky. The sardines, which az cut in 3 for us to share, are in the background.

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The very yummy goat cheese salad with carefully halved (not roasted) tomatoes.

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I liked the way this wine rack glowed, but felt a bit awkward about taking a picture of it while there were people sitting at the table in front of it. Happily, we stayed so late (enjoying the food and conversation) that we were the last ones there!

Az also posted about this night, though in a more timely manner! In case you missed her post back in September, check it out: “girls night out.”

If you want to be tormented by photos and descriptions of delicious food about daily, you might want to follow Sevilla Tapas on twitter. (Or join the Facebook fan page.)

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This post is trying to pass itself off as a Monday Mission. The assignment for this week was to write a post in the form of a menu. I actually did such a task once before about 2 years ago, and you should totally go read what I wrote before, because I re-read it, and I cracked myself up. (“cereal: it’s what’s for dinner“) Also, go check out the other Monday Missions at Painted Maypole. The illustrious Painted herself has a brilliantly creative menu posted that I would have liked to have written myself!

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11 responses to “Sevilla Tapas tour

  1. Drooling before breakfast on a day that I’m stuck home with sick kids and cannot go to the supermarket is a cruel fate.

    Those are actually caperberries, the fruit of the caper plant, whereas the smaller capers we’re more familiar with are buds. Hard to find here, but not impossible.

    • Thanks for the info on the capers, De! I’d never even heard of caperberries. Now that I know what they are, maybe I’ll come across them again some day.

  2. Cripes, is it fatal to drool on your keyboard. You are so much more organized than we were – I have no idea where we ate, just of what we ate, which was tapas whenever we could.
    Beautiful ph0tos. I want to go ba-a-a-ck, she whines.

  3. Nice memories indeed.

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  5. Omigod — it all looks sooooooooo good!

    Re the tuna tataky (tataki?): is it meant to be a Japanese dish? If so, that sure looks way different — more “sauce-y” — than any tuna tataki I’ve had!

  6. aww shucks, thanks. i was really jealous of your menu… it all looks so good… but the compliment at the end… :) OK… i’m over my jealousy.

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