He’s A Very Nice Prince

OUR KEY TO THE PALACE.

We had some bank business to resolve, so were back in Sevilla Tuesday through Thursday. San Geraldo (my prince) decided we deserved the royal treatment, so he booked us a room at a recently opened hotel in a former private palace. Wednesday night, we dined at a brand new restaurant in another former palace.

The hotel (Ateneo) is in our old neighbourhood and just opened in December.

The restaurant, La Quinta, is owned and run by our friends Gonzalo, Elena, and Albert and sits around the corner from their other restaurant (now four years old), Catalina Casa de Comidas (click here for an earlier blog post about Catalina).

Catalina was my favourite restaurant when we lived in Sevilla. Now, they’re both my favourite. If you’re ever in Sevilla, I encourage you to check out La Quinta (and Catalina Casa de Comidas). Beautiful places, comfortable and welcoming, exceptional and unusual food, and surprisingly affordable.

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THE ‘STOOP’ OF THE PALACE.
HOTEL BRUNCH, WHICH INCLUDED SPANISH SHERRIES,
CHAMPAGNE, AND TO-ORDER DISHES.
THE CENTRAL COURTYARD. (THIS AND THE NEXT PHOTO ARE FROM THE WEB.)
OUR ROOM. FINALLY, A BED WIDE ENOUGH FOR THE TWO OF US.
(THEY’VE ADDED A LOT OF ANCIENT ARTWORK TO THE WALLS.)
LA QUINTA, OUR DINNER PALACE.
ONE OF LA QUINTA’S MANY DINING ROOMS.
THE STEPS OF OUR PALACE AS WE HEADED UP TO BED.

Ron Miel… And Other Chupitos

Here in our part of Spain, a good glass of wine or beer costs between 1 and 2 euros. It’s cheaper than drinking soda. San Geraldo can splurge on his non-alcoholic beverages. Since I always like to be thrifty, I’ve been having wine or beer with my meal.


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FOREGROUND: MY VINO DE MÁLAGA (SWEET WINE).
JUDY’S VINO FINO… AT MESON SALVADOR LAST WEEK.

Many restaurants offer free after-dinner drinks. They’re called “chupitos,” which means “shots.” At Sandpiper, they’re usually Bailey’s Irish Cream. San Geraldo is a very light drinker. So, he takes a sip of his and I get the rest.

Meson Salvador usually serves Pionono (similar to Bailey’s but made in only one place outside Córdoba). Lately, they’ve been serving Ron Miel. “Ron” means rum in Spanish. “Miel” means honey. It’s delicious. San Geraldo isn’t a huge fan. So I get two.

RON MIEL AT MESON SALVADOR.

Our favorite restaurant in Sevilla (we got back there for dinner during our last visit), Catalina Casa de Comidas, serves mini-gin and tonics. San Geraldo can’t handle a full-sized gin & tonic. So he orders a mini before dinner and I then get to drink his after-dinner chupito… and my own.

CATALINA:  SAN GERALDO’S PRE-DINNER MINI GIN & TONIC.
MY GOLDFISH BOWL.

While living in Sevilla, we discovered a Mexican restaurant called Iguanas Ranas (Iguanas Frogs). Good Mexican food had been hard to find. This place is incredible. The Iguanas Ranas version of a chupito is a small Margarita. Delicious and the perfect size for me. San Geraldo drinks a bit of his. I get the rest.

When our friend Judyshannonstreetwhat (click here if you haven’t met) was visiting, I usually had three chupitos after dinner.

MINI MARGARITAS A FEW WEEKS AGO AT IGUANAS RANAS, SEVILLA

Given all the chupitos I’ve been drinking, I might cut out the one I pay for. I don’t want to wind up spending my money callin’ everybody honey…