about me


I always felt like a foreigner from the beginning of life so when I actually became one, I felt more at home. ~ Tim Burton

Born in Canada by mistake, I’ve been living in Seville, Spain since September 1993. Previously I have lived in Winnipeg, Toronto, Bristol and Salamanca (in that order).

In May 2006 I started casa az – it was my first ever blog and was created as a general interest, as well as personal interest, “blogazine” type of place.

Then came Sevilla Tapas, my personal collection of the best tapas bars & restaurants in Seville, which started quite by chance in April 2007 when I was out for lunch with a friend. It was such a beautiful spring day that I took a few photos of the square where we were sitting. For a laugh I also took photos of our lunch to show friends on my casa az blog. The response was so positive that I started publishing regular “lunch posts”, which eventually led to starting this separate website for Sevilla Tapas and the “azahar’s Sevilla” blog.

Posts here will include topics such as culture, travel, accomodation, “alternatours”, cooking classes, tapas, restaurants, wines, flamenco, books & films, and places of interest.

Comments and queries are most welcome. Please feel free to leave suggestions for any post or page content that you would be interested in seeing here.

Because basically, it’s all about Sevilla.




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  1. Rambling Ted permalink
    March 28, 2011

    Hi Azahar

    Just a note that the Azotea opening hours are now different to what’s on your site…they are Tues – Sat 1.30-4.30 pm, and 8.30pm till whenever, Sunday 1.30-4.30 pm, and closed Monday. (Had a great Sunday lunch there yesterday)

    • azahar permalink*
      March 28, 2011

      Thanks for the heads up, Ted! I did actually hear aobut the new schedule the other day but haven’t had time to update the Sevilla Tapas blog yet. There are a few opening hour changes I have to make… just need a few more hours in the day. 🙂

      So how many times did you end up eating there??

  2. Nicole permalink
    September 10, 2011

    Hi Azahar,
    My husband and I just moved from Texas. Do you do any types of tours? We don’t know anybody and our Spanish is limited.

    Looking forward to hearing from you.


  3. Justin Doshi permalink
    December 8, 2011

    Hi Azahar!

    We recently launched a new Restaurant and Dining Guide in Sevilla. We feature nearly 100 Restaurants, providing everything from menus, photos, and hours of operation, to contact info, descriptions, and maps. At the same time, we offer incredible discounts and gift certificates. For example, a customer can obtain a 15€ gift certificate for 5€. That´s 10€, totally free. Its a new project we´ve created to help everyone out during this economic crisis. I think your followers would really appreciate our service. If you could post our link on your site, we would really appreciate it. Thanks for your support and consideration on the matter. If you need more information, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Thanks so much!


    • azahar permalink*
      December 8, 2011

      Thanks Justin, but I already offer a tapas guide that isn’t commercially driven. Also, I notice you are using one of my photos on your site (Taberna Berrocal).

      My guide – Sevilla Tapas – is based on my personal experience and the main critieria for a tapas bar being there is “would I recommend this place to a friend?”. You may notice that most of the bars on your list aren’t on mine. But different strokes for different folks…

      • Justin Doshi permalink
        December 22, 2011

        Hey! I didn´t realize you had responded to this comment. I think one of my colleagues has been trying to contact you as well. I totally understand where you’re coming from and I wish you all the best with your site. Hope to maybe meet you sometime in the future! Un abrazo

  4. Gina Bowman permalink
    December 15, 2011

    Hi Azahar, I moved to Sevilla from Sydney a few months ago and I’ve just discovered your delightful blog. I’m also loving the blogs of some of your friends – the Scribbler, etc – thanks for the links. I’m (slightly desperately) hoping you can assist with a growing challenge: I REALLY NEED a REALLY GOOD cup of coffee. I’d welcome any recommendations on cafes in the centro.

    I like to think I’m a creative person, but there’s only so much I can do with a stove pot & a bucket of Illy…. thanks in advance, Gina

    • azahar permalink*
      December 15, 2011

      Hi Gina, and welcome!

      For me the very best coffee in town is at the Horno San Buenaventura. It’s the only place I know that uses fresh milk (rather than that UHT crap) and it makes all the difference. There are three in the centre: Avda de la Constitución, Plaza Alfalfa and in calle Carlos Cañal.

      Drop me an email if I can help with any other info.

  5. Gina Bowman permalink
    December 15, 2011

    BRILLIANT! Thank you, I’m off there this afternoon to get my fix.

    Actually – I have been thinking of posting a message to you and Nicole from Texas. I’m quite familiar with the city haunts (was here a couple of months last year to put my toe in the water, then back with newly aquired visa), but always up for a tapas tour with an expert foodie! However, I’m really keen to meet other people who have moved to/are living in Sevilla. I have another foodie friend from Manchester who is keen, so perhaps you could keep us in mind, and if fortune smiles, we’d be happy to join and make a group? Gina

  6. February 2, 2012

    I would like to show you a great village of Seville that is sure you will like. Pictures and places for tapas. It’s called Tocina y Los Rosales (Sevilla). Welcome. Thank you…

  7. Lyn Stanley permalink
    March 8, 2012

    Thank you for the wonderful website. Found your site while I was researching things to do in Seville. You provide a lot of great ideas.
    My girlfriend & I are visiting Spain in Oct/2012. We are spending 6 days in Madrid & 2 weeks in Seville. We booked an apartment in the Santa Cruz area so this will give us time to enjoy the city. We want to take your Tapas Tour it sounds like a lot of fun & the walking tour led by Peter will help us get familiar with Seville .
    We run a travel blog while we are away to keep in touch with our family & friends. http://twogrannystravels.blogspot.com
    I’ve also enjoy reading Scribbler in Seville. She has a great sense of humour. Thank you again & congratulations on your good news.
    Stay healthy & see you in October.
    Two Grannys from Ladner B.C.

    • azahar permalink*
      March 9, 2012

      Hi Lyn and welcome! Great travel blog – wow, you guys sure get around. It would be lovely to see you in October. Please stay in touch.

  8. alex permalink
    October 7, 2012

    Thanks for following!
    Too busy (or too lazy) to have a blog, I prefer to write here and there. I am from Cordoba but I have a house in the Aljarafe, where I use to stay sometimes.
    Many years ago I was driving in Canada during two weeks, in the winter, coming from Niagara Falls. Otawa, Montreal…, very nice, but too cold for me.
    I love musics like Leonard Cohen, Diana Krall, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Oscar Peterson, Nelly Furtado, Alanis Morisette, even somethings from Celine Dion. Probably I like more artists from Canada, but thinking that they are from USA.
    Most of the time I’m working in hot countries like S Arabia, Egypt or Emirates. Even I can take pictures there.
    Happy to meet you, I hope you will be OK in Spain.
    Take care, Alex

    • azahar permalink*
      October 9, 2012

      Thanks for stopping by Alex! “Very nice but too cold for me” pretty much sums up how I feel about Canada too.

  9. October 18, 2012

    Congratulations on a great blog. I’ve had an on-and-off love affair with Seville for 30 years. Met my husband there and will soon publish my debut novel set in the city. I will enjoy reading your pots. Great idea, your tapas tour. I wish you continued joy in this fabulous city.

    • azahar permalink*
      October 23, 2012

      Hi Susan, thanks for stopping by. Let me know when your novel is published!

  10. Patricia permalink
    April 1, 2013

    I just found your blog. My husband is from Spain and has been to Seville several times. We live in the US. It’s going to be my first time. We plan to visit in August. Since it’s going to be very hot we plan to be inside the afternoon and go out for tapas in the evening. Is there a hotel that is nearby some good tapa places where we could stay, not to expensive, aroudn $100 or less? Thank you.

  11. Paul permalink
    December 16, 2013


    Great site, so helpful. Re taxi fares page I wonder if your prices are quite out of date. We were charged 30 euros in the time period where you quote 24.41 and the information desk at the airport agreed that was right!

    Perhaps there has been an inflationary hike sine you posted it or were we ripped off?

    Best wishes


    • azahar permalink*
      December 16, 2013

      Hi Paul,

      I updated the prices at the beginning of the year (when they usually go up) and don’t think there have been any changes since. 30 euros doesn’t sound right to me unless you called a taxi from your hotel to go to the airport, in which case they add on an extra 2.50 or something. Still wouldn’t be 30 though. I’ll check it out.

  12. Paul permalink
    February 8, 2014

    Taxis again…

    Found this link which visitors might find useful when flying into Seville!

    E.S Dentist?
    Sorry if this is the wrong place to post but was wondering if you know of a good English-speaking dentist? Ideally around Arenal… But actually more important than language or location is that she/he is gentle, kind and patient cos if truth be known…. am a coward!!!

    Almost finally….
    Fascinating item on Jamon coding – thank you.

    Came across an item about a blue (?) glass factory that you can visit in Seville -can’t find it any more or anything about it! Did I dream it?

    All the best

  13. carol kenner permalink
    February 24, 2014

    Hi Azahar
    I like your website very much. We are coming to Sevilla for 3 weeks in March and are interested in a tapas tour (there would be either 3 or 4 of us). One issue: I have some difficulty walking very far or standing for long. Would a tapas tour still work? Are tapas served only at night?
    We have never been to Spain before and speak no Spanish. We are fluent in Canadian 🙂 although we are American.
    Thank you!
    Carol Kenner

    • azahar permalink*
      February 24, 2014

      Hi Carol

      Thanks for your interest in my tapas tours. I will answer you by email (in American) 😉


  14. Valia permalink
    May 10, 2014

    Hello Azahar,

    I am a French consultant expert in social entrepreneurship. I was professor at university and business schools before to develop new activities. Due to health problem, I turned to study health, energy, beauty, etc… in food as a hobby . Today, due to a tremendous demand of people I meet, I am trying to live in sevilla where I pass already 4 months per year . I am dietetic chief working on healthy and non wasting fooding workshops with amazing intuitive tailor-made recipes from the world and specific methods and specific workshops for non cooking people. As a former professor, I also teach the history of body and food to understand the focus. Besides, I learn to people simple but amazing recipes to save food and give back to society.

    I am looking for serious people with a hotel a restaurant, a guest house where we could organize workshops for people from everywhere. I speak French, English, Spanish. I will be in spain by mid june close to sevilla. If you are interested to meet me or if you could connect me to serious people, please contact me.

    THANKS!!!kind regards

  15. September 12, 2015

    Sin duda en el articulo he encontrado unos buenos consejos. Gracias

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