el catedral

Culture & Cuisine

Week two in Sevilla has lead me to more touring, eating and loving life.

I had no idea there was so much history in this city, or such good food and beautiful views that you can experience at the same time!

This week we toured El Catedral, the world’s third largest church, and largest Gothic church. It was simply beautiful. In the center you will find La Giralda, a belltower that overlooks the entire city of Sevilla. Interestingly enough, in order to climb the bell tower, you will embark on a winding ramp, rather than a staircase, because horses used to be brought to the top, and goodness knows how well horses can climb stairs.

After I finally caught my breath, it was taken away again by the magnificent view of Sevilla. You can literally see everything, at an amazing angle. And when the clock strikes on the hour, you will be the first to hear the bells go off… right above your head. Here are some pictures from my tour:

inside the cathedral

view from the top of La Giralda

view of La Plaza de Toros (bull ring) from La Giralda

In between all my touring, I’ve eaten some incredible meals worth photographing. I’ve fallen in love with revueltas, or scrambled eggs with vegetables and serrano ham, but more ham and veggies than eggs. My drink of choice (other than café con leche) has become tinto de verano, a red wine spritzer with either orange or lemon juice (orange, please!). And my friends and I have began the battle of the frozen yogurt shops, Llao Llao vs. Yogurtlandia. Llao Llao is more of a traditional frozen yogurt shop, with tart yogurt and plenty of fruit and granola-like toppings. Yogurtlandia, however, brings the creaminess of soft serve together with liquid toppings such as Nutella, Pistachio or my personal favorite, Turrón. It really depends what you’re looking for, but I could settle for either just about any day of the week.

Pan Mediteraneo. Toasted bread with smooth aioli, juicy pork, salty cured Serrano ham and a fried egg. One word: NOM

We needed a break from Spanish Tapas and found an amazing Italian restaurant, Casa Nostra. My Pizza Vegetal had tomatoes, peppers, mushrooms, olives, artichoke hearts and some of the best mozzarella cheese I have ever tasted!

The Battle of the Froyo Shops Part I: Llao Llao's Sanum (parfait) with yogurt, three types of fruit, two crunches, honey and one salsa

Battle of the Froyo Shops Part II: Yogurtlandia's yogurt with pistachio (not pictured but it's there!) and turrón toppings, and crumbled amaretti cookies

Me enjoying a delicious lunch of revueltas with asparagus and ham, and a beautiful salad with shrimp, hearts of palm, avocado, artichoke hearts and more!

So I’d say I’m having a pretty amazing cultural and gastronomic experience abroad. But I’ll wait for you to be the judge, when your mouth finally stops watering!