There are as many gazpacho recipes as families are in Andalucía. This is ours. And for us, this is the real deal, the naked truth: basic, natural, refreshing gazpacho. Perfect for light dinners in hot Summer nights.
You will need:
7 big ripe tomatoes
Half small pepper, red or green, deseeded
1 clove of garlic, peeled
150 ml extra virgin olive oil
20 ml white vinegar (or apple vinegar if you want a smoother taste)
A pinch of salt
100g white bread (look for bread that is similar to the one you see in the picture above)
Soak the bread in cold water until it has absorbed almost all the liquid. Then squeeze out the bread and reserve.
Peel the tomatoes, diced them and mix them with the pepper, garlic and salt in the bowl of a food processor or blender. Blend until smooth. Strain the mix.
Now tear the bread into pieces and add it to the tomato mix. Start blending. Pour the extra virgin olive oil and the vinegar progressively as you blend.
Taste it and correct the seasoning. If you think that the flavour is too strong, add a little bit of water and blend a little bit more. Then cover and refrigerate until well chilled. You can serve it with different garnishes (jamón, small pieces of bread, cucumber, pepper…) But for us, it doesn’t need anything else!
No, we are not going to talk about the top five museums, top five landmarks or top five churches. We could do it… but you know we are all about pure hedonistic fun. So here you have out top five picks to enjoy life at its best in Seville:
1. The Ginger experience at Aire de Sevilla, one of the best spas in town.
2. Two scoops of ice cream at La Fiorentina. Mix the acidic vinegar ice cream with the sweetness of the strawberry ice cream. Or go for the sinful, rich chocolate ice cream and pair it with the heavenly light Vatican Cream. Look for the contrasts. And if in doubt, try the refreshing mint sorbet.
3. Hipster tapas at Alameda. Because this area has undergone one of the most significant renovations in the city, because there’s no way you can leave without trying Solomillo al Whisky and because you’ll see the best tattoos in Seville. Plus the coolest bycicles. If you want to brag in Instagram, this is your place.
4. A few old fashion cocktails at Bar Americano. The most decadent and elegant bar in Seville.
5. A plate of thin, shiny slices of Jamón de Jabugo at Mercado Lonja del Barranco. Because… Jamón de Jabugo.
Have a lovely weekend!
PS: That image is one of pur moodboards. If you are suffering from a severe Wanderlust case, do not look our Moodboard category ;)
I’m sure that if all the beauty addicts in the world had to choose just one color for Summer, 99% would choose coral. And I’m one of them. I’m that original! However, finding the perfect coral shade it’s not easy (#firstworldproblems). Most of the so called coral shades in the market are too orange, eventually turn into a sort of tomato red and others are almost neon and make your hands look dirty… After a whole morning interrogating all the experts in the beauty counters of my local department store, here you have the results of my field study. Dior has the perfect, bright, coral shade. And yes, I went for nails and lips because once you find it you have to stock up, am I right?
For the lips I bought the Dior Addict Fluid Stick in Adventure. It’s gorgeous and pretty longlasting. It’s quite poweful when applied directly on the lips, but if you blend it a little bit you can have a more subtle color. You can have a bold lip or you can blend it away until you have a sheer coverage. With this lipstick you have your vacations covered, both day and night looks.
And let me tell you that I’ve found the Holy Grail of nails. This nail polish does not chip. Ever. Two coats and I had my nails sorted out for a week. A week? That’s the equivalent of 100 years in beauty time. The formula is smooth and applies heavenly. And well, my toes just love that shade. It even makes you hands and feet look a little bit tanned. Gorgeous.
So even though we still have a month until our Summer holidays, we’ve been feeling the vacation vibes . Everyone knows that if you wear coral, you’re almost on holidays!
PS. Vintage straw bag bought in Venice, vintage silver bracelet bought in Madrid and turquoise bracelet bought in Positano.
Seville has joined the trend and can finally brag about its own gourmet market. Mercado Lonja del Barranco opened its doors last year to offer a modern take on traditional tapas and other typical specialties, becoming a highlight in Sevillle’s gastronomic scene. Located inside a World Heritage Historical Site and next to the famous Puente de Triana, this gleaming new space has conquered all kinds of public: those locals who look for a cool casual dinner with friends and those tourists who look for the best jamón in town. Continue reading
Last weekend we attended the most wonderful wedding. Our dear friends Isabel & Jesús got married in the stunning Sevillian townhall and celebrated a glamorous party afterwards where we ate and danced until almost the break of the day. We will remember that day for the rest of our lives. It was truly emotional and fun. We helped them a little bit with the wedding preparations, I did a one minute speech during the ceremony (Without crying! Yay!) and we enjoyed their wedding as much as we did ours. Of course, the following day we were barely coach potatoes, but at some point we managed to make ourselves presentable and went out to dinner, payed a visit to our favorite ice cream shop and had a wonderful night walk through the beautiful romantic streets of Seville. This is a more personal post, not something we usually show you here, but maybe you want to have a look at these pictures and read about the funniest weekend we’ve had in a very long time?
We sometimes feel overwhelmed by the huge range of products that on-line shops offer nowadays. Possibilities are endless and we end up tired of scrolling down and seeing so many different styles. For someone who struggles to make up her mind about pretty much everything, on-line shopping is a nightmare. So when we see an edited collection we jump in immediately. That’s why we love Net-a-Porter’s Summer shop. And here you have our wishlist! Four different looks for four different Summer destinations.
For the Tropical beauty: a bright orage palm print one-piece paired with a handmade crocheted cotton tote and this gorgeous Rosantica’s ‘Spiaggia’ bracelet. Feeling more Mediterranean? We have three more looks for you if you’d like to see…
Is it ok to decide your next holidays based on ice cream? I asked myself that question last week on Instagram. And the answer was: absolutely! We would love to travel to Girona just to visit Rocambolesc – the wonderful ice cream parlor created by Jordi Roca-, and try one (or ten) of their amazing creations. We know you can find Rocambolesc in Madrid too but wouldn’t it be nice to eat our ice creams while strolling around the medieval old town in Girona?
We can’t stop thinking about the incredibly bright blue waters of Costa Brava and this countryside hotel… But, again, the main reason to visit Girona would be these cones!!! Have you ever planned a trip based on food?
This could be the best discovery we’ve made so far thanks to Instagram. Oddly enough, this popular and massively instagrammed cafe in Copenhagen offers no wi-fi. It represents to perfection that back to the roots trend that is steadily spreading across the most cosmopolitan cities in the world. Natural produce, minimal concepts and basic preparations. Of course, we wanted to give it a try. Continue reading
We are beyond excited! When you read this we will be flying to our second home, Seville! We have a great long weekend ahead packed with celebrations, great food and friends. And in order to share our love for this bright, lively, beautiful city with you, here you have some posts that you may have missed:
– The secrets to Seville’s Holy Week
– A cosy Japanese restaurant in the hippest neighbourhood of Seville
– Two moodboards to feed your wanderlust
– The most sophisticated restaurant in Seville, where we celebrate our traditional Christmas dinner with friends
– Tips to survive Feria de abril and (almost) look and act like a local
– Best breakfast in Seville
– Charming corners
– Our most pinned picture happens to be the take on Seville’s new architecture (Follow us on Pinterest here)
– And, of course, the ultimate list to eat like and with locals in Seville.
Have a great weekend!
We are weekenders, so a nice travel bag is something we really need/want during our European weekend getaways. It’s perfect to spend a couple of days away and travel in style. Because, let’s face it: trolleys are practical but they don’t look that good. There is something about a good old leather travel bag that says “well-travelled person”. So looking for a nice, good quality, but not overpriced option we’ve found Le Pliage Cuir, by Longchamp. It’s light, spacious, folds up when not in use and comes in a huge range of colours. Obviously our favourite is the classic Mocha, a dark brown with masculine vibes.
This bag is made to carry your striped tees and black ballerinas in a romantic road trip along the Amalfi Coast. Or maybe boho dresses and tan sandals for a weekend in Ibiza. And why not jeans and light blue shirts to discover Cornwall? Do you sense the seaside theme here? Well, we do miss the sea breeze in our hair…
Pic via Longchamp