Monday, February 1, 2016

Plaza de Espana ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥


Plaza de España is my favorite place in all of Seville. It is grand, the tiles are beautiful, it honors the 48 provinces of Spain, and most of all, it is oh so romantic! I felt like I walked into a fairytale.











The 50,000-square meter plaza was built for the Ibero-American Expo 1929 and is now
home to a few government offices 



At the center of the plaza is the Vicente Travers fountain, which you must also see at night
when the lamp posts around it are lighted up. So breathtaking!



Following the curve of the semi-circular building is a canal crossed by four bridges.
You can rent a boat and spend a lovely time rowing in the canal.



The bridges are the prettiest I have ever seen



Blue, white and yellow ceramics everywhere!



Even on the stairs and on the floor



Waaaahhhhh I am super in love with Seville!!!!!!! 



You look up, you see beauty



You look down, you see beauty



You look straight and your heart wants to burst out of your chest. It is overwhelming
to be surrounded with all this exquisiteness.



Twin towers flank both ends of the plaza



Standing in the south tower looking out to the north



Around the plaza are tiled alcoves each representing a different province in Spain and a
specific time in its history. The tile work is just amazing. I went around and had my 
photo taken in front of all the provinces I was visiting that trip. Hahaha!



Here are the photos without me, so you know what to expect soon on the blog. :)


Sevilla



Cordoba



Granada



Barcelona



Burgos



Madrid



Toledo


I missed Segovia. Oops.

I spent a very enjoyable afternoon moving from one bench to another, crossing bridges, daydreaming, and just soaking up the calming atmosphere of the plaza.




Don't forget to go up to the balcony



Look up and be mesmerized all over again



I was planning to hop over to Maria Luisa Park right next door, but sadly it was closed
for an event. I guess this only means I must return one day. 



No photos can ever do justice to the magnificence of Plaza de España. 
Promise me you will go experience it for yourself when in Seville.


Thursday, January 28, 2016

Eslava ♥ ♥


I read so many wonderful things about Eslava I put it number one on my list for my trip to Seville



The place does not take reservations and I was lucky to get a seat at the bar as soon as I arrived.
Another perk of being a single traveler! ;)



Tapas bar menu



English version for you and me



There is also a restaurant behind the tapas bar. It was packed for a weekday lunch.



Something light and refreshing to prepare my palate



A plate of olives and some kind of beans that I hungrily polished off. I was so hungry!!!



And then my server looked at me, aghast. He immediately grabbed a bag from under the bar 
and explained to me that the yellow things were lupin beans and the skin was not edible.



I looked around me and saw empty lupin bean shells on every plate. Hahahaha! OOOPS!!!!!!
I told him I was seriously starving and he made sure my food came immediately. Lol.



Scallops of seaweed puree and kataifi noodles. Just a tad overcooked for my liking.



Razor clams a la plancha



Look how plump and tender. This was, hands down, my favorite at Eslava.
Okay, this was the only dish I enjoyed at Eslava.



Slow-cooked egg on boletus cake. I was most excited for this because it won 1st Prize
for Best Tapas at Sevilla en Boca de Todos 2010. Turned out to be rather underwhelming. 



The Cigar for Becquer won 3rd Prize, but the brie pastry stuffed with squid ink cream
 and algae did absolutely nothing for me.



My dessert of chocolate orange torte saved the day



Wiped out in 5 minutes! My server was totally amused by me. 



And these gentlemen seemed to approve of my appetite



Good job, Jin who really loves to eat!



Service was great at Eslava. Come for a plate of razor clams then move to 
ConTenedor or La Brunilda for a proper meal.


Eslava: Calle Eslava, 3, 41002 Sevilla, Spain
Tel: +34 954 90 65 68

Eslava Website


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Doña Maria Premium Rice


I used to cook more when I was living on my own.

I don't go to the kitchen much nowadays, except to raid the fridge at odd hours of the night. You know what they say, there can only be one queen in the kitchen.

So I let Mom do her thing, feed us the good stuff, prepare one-dish rice toppings for us - usually three different viands over soft and steaming rice - and our daily fruit box consisting sometimes of 10 different kinds of fruits!

She is doing a great job. I have absolutely no complaints except that because her cooking is so good, I always end up asking for extra Japanese rice.



Suahe, steamed lapu-lapu, blanched spinach, steak rice 



Stuffed crab, garlicky turbo chicken fried rice, half-eaten maki (ooops, my fault!)   



Pork adobo, braised tofu, steamed spinach, corn fried rice



Gambas and bacon fried rice



Imagine the surprise of my life when I walked into the kitchen one afternoon and saw the help unloading the groceries. It was never Japanese rice. It has always been Doña Maria premium rice!



Rice situation at home. All the white rice is mine!


I am super impressed. And I want to share this news with everyone because I have a soft spot for everything local.


Why buy imported when our own farmers can produce excellent quality rice?


And there are so many varieties. Jasponica white rice, Miponica white rice, Jasponica brown rice, Miponica brown rice, Jasponica white plus brown rice…

I'm a white rice-only kind of person. I love my white rice. Nothing can come between me and my white rice. 

Except tuyo. 

For tuyo I am willing to swap 2 cups of white rice for 3 cups of brown.



Tuyo with Miponica brown rice (first of three cups).
The photo says everything. The brown rice tastes almost like white, but is higher in nutrients  
and fiber, magnesium, selenium, vitamins B1, B3, and B6. I feel so healthy already!



Jasponica Bown and Miponica Brown



Still, I will forever be a white rice lover. 
Give me white rice and XO sauce and I have a complete meal.



Homemade XO sauce rice. My quick solution to hunger problems.



But because I promised to try eating healthier this year, it will be white plus brown rice
for me from now on.



Like I said in my previous post, BABY STEPS! :)



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