Normally, when I travel solo in Spain, I just go out at night and set myself at a table at any place that looks decent, comfortable and doesn’t have skyrocketing prices. I inspect the menu and try to decipher it and choose something that I think I’ll like. I am not an adventurous eater, as I don’t like the taste of many products (onions, mushrooms, bell peppers, fish do I need to go on?). So eating out is always a juggle between the safe and the tasteful. When I travelled to Spain, I had some surprising things to eat on the Seville food tour. As they were delicious and healthy, I’d like to share my top 4 with you!
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Seville Food Tour
After my recent success with the Devour Food Tour of Malaga, I was invited by Devour Seville to join them on their evening Tapas and Wine Tasting Tour in Seville. As I tasted all foods myself, all opinions are my own, as always. The things to eat on the Seville food tour may vary, depending on the season and the itinerary of the tour. For dates and prices, check the site of Devour Seville.
A First Taste of Vermouth
Vermouth. Sounds fancy doesn’t it? With your tongue against your upper teeth at the last syllable, I love saying the word. Vermouth, vermouth, vermouth! Prior to my road trip around Andalusia I had never heard of this sweet drink before and now I can’t get enough of it. It must be my new favourite (alcoholic drink)! This sweet red blend of wine with fragrant herbs is a real (Christmas) sensation in your mouth.
I drank it for the first time at the first stop of our tapas tour of Seville and paired with different kinds of tapas, it was the perfect start of this spanish food tour and a great built up for the evening!
Tapas of Mojama
Sounds fancy doesn’t it? Mojama. As it was presented to us on a platter with all kinds of cold cut meats, I picked up a slice between my thumb and index finger and brought it to my mouth. I was about to put it in my gob, when our tour guide of this evening told me it was fish. Iekkkk, I don’t like fish that much. I can just stomach fish fingers and I try to eat some tuna salad every now and again, but raw fish….? I hesitated. But as the rest of the group was staring at me, I had to put the slice of dried raw tuna in my mouth.
As I chewed it away, I caught myself thinking: this isn’t too bad… After I swallowed and had a sip to drink, I felt really proud for trying it. I would have never ordered it myself, but as it was included in the tapas platter for our food tour, I can now say: I tasted it and it was pretty delicious!
Ever tried Sherry? Why not try 5!
After the tapas, we moved to what must have been the most crowded bar in Seville. We found a small table in the back and were saluted by 5 different glasses of sherry. All lined up next to each other, we could easily see the difference in colour. From almost transparent light yellow to a darker orange.
When I think of sherry, I think of 90-year old ladies at the country club. Sipping the drink while playing cards. Again, I would have never ordered sherry myself as a drink before dinner! Which one to choose? And how to order it? I took a sip from each glass and soon decided on my favourite. Obviously the sweetest one because I’m not a fan of dry.
We had a lot of fun with all the funny faces going around our group while tasting the different glasses of sherry. When do you ever have so much fun with strangers? These strangers became instant friends because of our Seville food tour!
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What to order in Seville?
Do you know what to order when eating out in Seville? I didn’t have a clue! Luckily our guide took us to a very hip place in the old quarter of Seville where the staff treated us to delicious dishes paired with fine wine, which I would never have ordered myself.
My favourite food of the Seville food tour
If someone would have told me, I’d travel to Seville and my favourite dish would be a wrap of oxtail stew, I would have thought they were mental! A stew made of oxtail, stuffed into a crunchy wrap? Never in a million year would I have ordered that. But it was presented to me on a lovely platter on the Seville food tour, so how could I say ‘no’ to that?
I tried a piece of wrap and took a bite. First came the crackling crush of the crust, followed by a silky rich flavour that tumbled over my tongue when I tasted the filling. Paired with the wine I felt like I had a Michelin star dinner! What a delicacy! As it turns out, oxtail stew stuffed wraps or empanadas or croquettes are a real Seville specialty!
Why you should try the Food Tour of Seville
Are you an adventurous eater? Do you know what to order when you travel to a new region? I am not and I do not have a clue! That is why I loved the Seville food tour so much, as I tasted some unusual dishes and flavours. I learned about the aperitif Vermouth, drank sherry as a local and tasted some surprising dishes. If you want to get the best food during your time in Seville, make sure to check out the Seville Food Tour by Devour Spain!
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Will you travel to Seville? Whould you dare to try a food tour of the city? Share your favorite Seville dish in the comment section below.