Debra weaves stories of food, Andalusian traditions, life, and travel on her blog Azahar Cuisine, which is full of Sevillan color and delicious paleo recipes. Follow her on instagram for a dreamy dose of Andalucia and life in its capital — and tune into our instagram this week for a takeover by Debra. Read on to see what tips and secrets she had to share about her city.
* What is your favorite tapa right now?
My favourite tapa at the moment is not a tapa in itself, but more of what the trend in Sevilla is right now, which is fusion cuisine. Sevilla has a hot food scene going on, with a lot of hip places recreating traditional dishes and inventing new ones that are more sophisticated, glamorous, and a delight for the senses. The quality of food has increased and the variety of tapas make it a real gourmand experience, not available just a few years ago.
* What is your favorite local dish, drink, or product?
I love a good red wine, especially if it’s a unique experience. Spain’s wines are of excellent quality, but not as well known as their French and Italian counterparts. There’s a funky new kid on the block, Lama La Uva, whose selection is carefully curated and offers wines that are different, refreshing, and interesting. Ana, the owner, is extremely knowledgeable and provides a personalized experience, which guarantees you’ll be truly enjoying the wine you try in situ and purchase to savour at home.
* What do you do on a Sunday in Sevilla?
It depends a lot on what’s going on in my life. I’ve recently purchased a home and have done a renovation, which is not entirely complete. So there are Sundays I have to be home attending to the house; other Sundays, I may be travelling around Spain or Europe. And the Sundays that I ‘stay home’ and meet up with friends, we tend to spend the day in the city. From enjoying a leisurely walk in the Parque Maria Luisa, admiring the varied vegetation and beautiful Plaza de España, to going to a museum, such as Los Venerables, whose art collection takes one through centuries of creativity inside an incomparable historical venue, to visiting El Alcazar, which is one of the most beautiful buildings in the world, to going tapa and bar hoping, tasting new bites and enjoying a refreshing beverage on a rooftop bar, overlooking the city. Sevilla has so much too offer, I think one can never get bored in this city. And then of course, there are the various festivities, such as Semana Santa and la Feria de Abril that keep the excitement going on all year round.
* Describe Sevilla in three words.
Sevilla is the jewel of the Guadalquivir.
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