Monday, November 23, 2015

La Azotea ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

I know I said I love Seville. I love everything about Seville EXCEPT 1:00pm lunches.

Why so late???

I was starving after spending the morning touring the Cathedral and Alcazar that I sort of freaked out when I arrived at Azotea at 1:15pm and saw that the restaurant was not yet ready for me.

The staff was still setting up, but this lady was nice enough to offer me a plate of...

Olives and carrot.
I must have looked awfully hungry.

I enjoyed a nice glass of white while waiting for the kitchen to open

After a short while, the lady led me to my seat at the bar. Finally!!!

Bread basket

I wanted to order EVERYTHING on the menu, but the server insisted I pick
three items only. She was afraid I would not be able to finish the food and 
promised me she would let me have some more after I finish my initial orders.

Homemade foie gras served with soy crunchies, spiced bread, and the orange jam 
that Seville is most famous for

Just educating you on the correct foie to toast proportion  :P

Spanish potato salad with smoked fish and capers

Octopus on potato puree

All three were soooo good I wiped out my first batch in no time.
My server was absolutely speechless yet delighted, and happily recommended
two more dishes and a glass of red wine to fill up my SUPERSTOMACH. 
As you can see, the foie was gone at this point. I am not kidding, I inhaled the thing. 

When in Spain, drink Spanish wine!

Rice paper triangles stuffed with langoustine, cheese and leeks

Iberian pork cheek in red wine sauce topped with goat cheese gratin. The meat was extremely
tender and so rich in flavor I actually thought the server mistakenly served me beef!

All plates were wiped clean 10 minutes after this photo.
I highly recommend all five dishes I ordered. The triangles were a bit heavy
though, so if you do not possess my superpowers, I suggest you go for
something lighter, like the salmon tartare which the server said was delicioso.

This is why I love eating in Spain. 5 delectable dishes and 2 glasses of wine for only 30 euros. 
Believe me I've paid more for many a mediocre meal in Manila. 

Cool mirror frame using…

Wine corks!

La Azotea: Calle Mateos Gago, 8, 41004 Sevilla, Spain
Tel: +34 954 21 58 78

There are other Azotea branches around Seville. This one on Calle Mateos Gago is just a 1-minute walk from my hotel, Casa 1800 Sevilla.

La Azotea Website

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Alcazar of Seville ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

The Alcazar is the Royal Palace in Seville, and what an absolutely amazing place it is!

I highly recommend you book your tickets in advance because if not, this can happen:

Look at the lines at The Lion's Gate!
Good thing I am Miss OC who books everything in advance. I showed my printed confirmation
to the staff and breezed right through. TIP: Book everything online (all admission tickets,
show tickets, train tickets, etc) weeks before the trip and it will save you A LOT of time.

I spent a very enjoyable morning getting lost inside the palace grounds, taking in the incredible Moorish architecture, the rich history, the nature, the artistry.

Every corner, everywhere you look is so photogenic!

House of Trade

The Courtyard of the Maidens

The palace walls are covered in the most beautiful colors and textures I have ever seen. It is in Seville's Alcazar that I first fell in love with tiles.

This staircase leading to the Upper Palace is the most important one in the palace grounds.
It was built in the 16th century under the reign of Philip II and the tiles are exact replicas of
the originals found in Madre de Dios Convent in Seville.

I paid a little extra to see the Cuarto Alto Real or Upper Royal Apartments where the royal family resides up to this day. I suggest you do, too, and book early because tickets for this tour sell out VERY FAST.

Bags were stored in the lockers and photography was not allowed inside, so sorry, no pictures. 

Next to the Royal Apartments was an exhibition of Triana tiles and tablewares. 
I spent so much time in here drooling at all the beautifully imperfect, broken, restored pieces of art.
Each and every piece was so unique and special!  

It was already noon when I breathed fresh air again and continued exploring the palace grounds. I lost my map at this point and was just wandering around, not knowing which courtyard or grand hall I was in. Hahaha.

I stumbled upon this beautiful hallway, probably my favorite area in the Alcazar.
The Hall of Carlos V with its vaulted ceilings is decorated with tapestries and the 
happiest-looking ceramic tiles.

Like sunshine on a cloudy day!  :P

I sat at this bench for quite some time, just people-watching and admiring the gardens below

I can't tell you enough how much I love Seville - its people, its culture, its food, its colorful tiles...

… and the smell of its oranges and orange trees

I would have stayed longer if my stomach had not been grouchily reminding me that it was already lunchtime. Next time I will spend more time exploring the magnificent gardens.


Alcazar of Seville: Patio de Banderas, s/n, Sevilla, Spain
Tel: +34 954 50 23 24
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