The other day I was on my early evening dog walk. For some reason Sunday, my dog, was determined to go down Calle San Luis rather than my usual rat run through Plaza San Marco. I was intrigued to find out why she was so insistent of her route, so I threw caution to the wind and let a small dog decide my destiny.
A hundred yards or so down the road I noticed a little shop front I hadn’t seen before. There were no great fanfares shouting its existence, but there was something about it that drew me in. Inside was literally an Aladdin’s cave of middle eastern and north African delights, some edible, some not.
That’s because the family who run the shop are a curious Sevillano/ Egyptian mash up. The dad, born in Triana moved to Alexandria where he married and the children were born. Then in the 1990s they moved back to Seville, where they’ve lived ever since.
In the last few months they’ve opened ‘La Sana,’ which is a beguiling mix of health foods, dried fruits and nuts, spices, teas, oils and handmade Egyptian pastries. There are also products from Turkey and Morocco, like the very reasonably priced Argan oil I now slather myself in every morning, and probably a bunch of other stuff I didn’t notice but will do next time.
It took all my self control not to leave laden with every kind of spice and nut known to man. And I can’t wait to go back to stock up on turmeric in industrial size quantities, which will surely keep all my aches and pains at bay.
The visit was one of those unexpected, heart warming experiences that make me glad to live in Seville. Maybe I should let my dog take me for a walk more often.
La Sana, Calle San Luis 25, Tel: 635 76 62 54