Pando Food Photography Workshop

pando foto workshopLast week I was invited to attend a food photography workshop for food bloggers and journalists, hosted by Pando Restaurantes and Gourmedia. It had been awhile since I’d been to the Pando central location in calle San Eloy and I was impressed by the changes to the premises, which were modern without being modernist, and comprising an indoor “terrace” at the front, a large bar area, an interior patio, and a dining room. The photography workshop was held in the bar area, and our tutor for the evening was professional food photographer, and my old friend, Manolo Manosalbas.

pando foto workshop manoloManolo Manosalbas in action

During the course of a fun and informative evening we got to practice our photographic skills on (and later eat) five dishes from Pando’s new menu created by chef Manolo Mediavilla, selected to present a variety of challenges to the budding photographer. Manolo gave us some tips and hints on how to add a variety of perspectives and points of view to our photos, to maintain awareness of lighting and background and give greater depth to photographs, and kept watch over our efforts.

At the end a copy of the book Macuro Tapas, with fabulous food photography by Manolo, was given away as the prize in a raffle, for the further encouragement and education of the lucky winner (who happened to be my pal Peter from @SVQconcierge).

pando photo workshop peterYou can see the results of the participants’ photographic endeavours on Twitter and Instagram by using the hashtag #gastrofotopando. Here are my best shots from the evening…

pando foto workshop ensaladillaEnsaladilla de gambas con mayonesa de manzanilla

pando foto workshop mejillonesMejillones con coco y curry

pando foto workshop sopaSopa de cigales con lomo de salmonete

pando foto workshop presaPresa Ibérica de Bellota, soufflé de calabaza, crema de boletus

pando foto workshop biscochoBiscocho de remolacha con crema de payoyo

La Revuelta – Art & Fun

la revuelta

La Revuelta is Sevilla’s newest multi-functional cultural space. Part art gallery, part bookshop, and venue for wine tastings, literary and cultural events, courses and workshops and much more, it’s the brainchild of local writer, journalist and wine expert Javier Compás. The space is bright, open and welcoming with exposed brick walls and high ceilings. It also has kitchen facilities.

If you live in Sevilla you can become a member for 12€ a month and take advantage of discounts and first options for limited-space events. For visitors it’s a unique spot to check out for books, art and wines. Just off the Plaza del Pan in the first “vuelta” of the serpentine calle Siete Revueltas.

la revuelta collage

La Revuelta
Siete Revueltas, 33
Tel 954 21 08 06
Open: 10.00 – 14.00 / 17.00 – 20.00
Closed Sunday

Club Foodies

Club Foodies is a new gastronomic space in El Arenal for cooking class and special events. Located on the third floor in a small side street off calle Antonia Díaz, it’s a bright and cosy space with a working fireplace surrounded by comfy sofas on one end of the room and the cooking space on the other. Large sliding doors open onto an ample terrace for either dining or having cocktails.

club foodies

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We did the latter last Tuesday at the Club Foodie opening event which featured a tasty array of gourmet canapés, including some serious local talent…

  • Willy Moya, Taberna Poncio
  • Equipo MPuntoR, Nikkei
  • Natalia Polaina, Los Baltazares
  • Equipo Ovejas Negras
  • Ignacio Vidal, Vidal Tapas
  • Moisés Vega. El Panduro
  • María Muñiz
  • Gabriela Sánchez-Lamadrid
  • Laura Cotanda
  • Carmen de Lara

Club Foodies is the brainchild of Ana Cardenas (far right in the lower right hand photo), a Galician who has made Sevilla her home for the past ten years. With a degree in art history and experience in organising fashion and art events around town, Ana has also been working on private Supper Clubs and other culinary experiences including music and poetry. With this new venture her future events will have a permanent home, in a space that can also be hired by others wishing to hold their own cooking classes or other gastronomy events.

Club Foodies Website
Gracia Fernández Palacios 3
tel. 955 223 520 / 667 620 278

Alternatours Sevilla

sevilla alternatours

Introducing my new Alternatours Sevilla page.

One of the things my Sevilla Tapas Tour clients always ask me is what other tours or activities might be of interest to them while they are visiting Sevilla. Bear in mind that these are people who have already chosen a customised food and wine tour and are looking for the same sort of quality and personal attention. Over the years I’ve found a few that I can personally recommend with confidence, but I’m always on the look out for more. So I have started a new blog page where I can list these personal recommendations.

Tours, activities, gastronomy, shopping and entertainment. Places of interest.

If you’d like to be listed here get in touch and let me know about what you do.
Note: all tours and activities must be available in English.


Alternatours Sevilla

Travel & Cuisine Cooking Class

travel & cuisineI have long been looking for a Spanish cooking class in Sevilla that is offered in English because so many of my Sevilla Tapas Tour clients and visiting friends ask me about this. With friends I can oblige with a quick and casual “class” at home, but I really wanted to find a reputable place that could also show people a good time while learning about Spanish cuisine.

A couple of weeks ago I happened to mention this to my friend, tour guide Sam Lister @AndaluciaSam, and he told me about a local company called Travel & Cuisine @TravelCuisine1, run by Amelia Gómez and her husband, chef Jorge Rideo, along with their colleague Meli Rubio. And as my journo friend Fiona Watson @Seville_Writer also has clients who would be interested in cooking classes we arranged to do a class with T & C to see if we would be comfortable recommending them personally.

Well, we not only had a great time – and a great lunch – but we were also very happy with the quality of the class and Travel & Cuisine’s fabulous kitchen classroom. It was exactly what I had been looking for…

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Summer Music & English Camp for Kids

English Music Camp is the brain child of linguist/teacher Ana Galan (360º English) and musician Juan de la Oliva (The Music House) from Sevilla, and is geared for children between 6 – 14 years of age.

The programme focuses on three main areas: English, Music and Nature. All the activities will be in English and everything is done through games and music, in keeping with their slogan “Because Learning Is Fun”.

Cerro Negrillo is located in Constantina, within the Sierra Norte Natural Park, an area of breathtaking natural beauty. The Centre has outstanding facitilites: swimming pool, monkey lines, a rock-climbing wall, meeting rooms, separate bathrooms and shower areas for boys and girls, two covered patios, a huge food hall, a pigeon tower, two football pitches, and a helipad (!).

The entire week, 9th – 15th of July, costs 395€. There is an Early Bird 10% discount if you sign up before the 31st May, and there is a additional 10% discount as if you sign up more than one sibling.

For more information:
English Music Camp