The dragon’s stomachache route from Lisbon to Spain was an intestinal nightmare. The bus heaved and whined until we were burped out at the central bus station of Seville and into an orange blossom night. My mood, still cursing at itself for taking public transportation, swooped up, stretched its legs and decided that all was well with the world. In this city, we were going to have some fun.
But first some tapas. Shawn Hennessey, expat from Canada and proprietor of Sevilla Tapas suggested we visit Levies and meet her the following morning. “It’s a lively place and the food is good” she said. Indeed it was the perfect antidote after hours on the road. The bar was crowded and cheerful, spilling out onto the sidewalk where French, English and Spanish mingled together in the chilly spring air.
In Spain, I quickly learned, tapas is much more than a food but a way of life. The question is, how do you find an authentic tapas bar where tourist season lasts 365 days a year? For us it would have been impossible without Shawn Hennessey, food and travel writer who has made Seville her home for the last twenty years. Although soft spoken and relaxed, she had no trouble catching a table on a busy Sunday morning. Most importantly she knew her way around Seville where we would have been hopelessly lost.
At the end we didn’t do very much in Seville except tapas with a bit of Flamenco added for variation. That’s all I really wanted to do.
Virtual Tapas Tour:
Learning about the city through a local is incomparable to even the best guidebooks. Shawn’s tapas tour steers clear of mediocre establishments while giving you the true flavor of the city, both the traditional and new.
Recommended Tapas bars
A good place for cakes
An excellent restaurant with great service. Come early because the tables fill up!
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