It´s easy to take things for granted, and sometimes I need a little reminder of how lucky I am living here in Seville. I have some of the best food I´ve ever eaten within a half mile radius of my house. If I want to go to a yoga class, I just cross the Alameda and in 2 minutes I´m Ohming on my mat. If I want a coffee and tostada, I can practically roll out of bed and into Corral de Esquivel.
But one of my favourite local treats is Red Verde, a petite and bijoux homage to all things vegan and organic, found on Calle Relator which is shaping up to be the new Calle Regina. Permanently positioned behind a counter brimming with tofu, seitan and various other non-animal products is Conchi, defender of animals´ rights and feeder of an embryonic population of Vegans living in Seville.
Conchi is passionate about the produce that she offers, with her organic vegetables coming from local suppliers and everything else free from animal exploitation. I go there for her veggie burgers that for once actually taste of something other than cardboard, her vast supply of non-lactose milk (who knew that you can make milk out of spelt and Quinoa), and a bit of a chat on the side.
So in a city where jamon is considered a vegetable, Red Verde is a welcome oasis of meat free loveliness, where even if you´re not totally vegan, you´ll find something to tickle your fancy and your taste buds.
Calle Relator 44, Sevilla