A few weeks ago I attended probably one of the best blogging events I have been to so far. It was a Spanish themed event hosted by Monarch Airlines to celebrate the very best of Barcelona and Madrid.
It was a lovely intimate event, with just a small group of us being treated to a real Spanish experience, involving lots of sangria, tapas, and flamenco dancing, all at the beautiful Amantia restaurant in Birmingham city centre.
Spain is such a beautiful country, and I love anything associated with it, so to spend an evening immersed in its culture with two of my best blogging buddies, Zara from Mojo Blogs and Louise from Birds and Lilies was my idea of perfection.
We were greeted with a glass of sangria – one of my favourite drinks. It was lovely and went down far too well. I may have indulged in another glass or three throughout the evening! Even better, we had a bit of a masterclass on making sangria – red wine, orange juice, martini, banana liqueur, sugar syrup and lemonade all mixed together.
The food was absolutely delicious. I tried so many new things and some favourites presented in different ways. From calamari to manchego, to bacon wrapped dates and Spanish tortilla, it was amazing.
We had the chance to learn a few words in Spanish, which was lots of fun, especially with a thick Brummie accent!! It was also interesting to see how many words in Spanish we all thought we knew but had been pronouncing completely wrong.
The evening ended with us taking part in some flamenco dancing, which was so much fun but a lot more difficult than it looks. We all kept getting told off by the rather stern, but amazingly talented flamenco dancer! You wouldn’t need to go to the gym if you took it up – by the end of it, my arms and legs were really aching. It was a great way of getting out any stress as well, with all the stomping!
We all took selfies with the lovely Amar in an attempt to win some flights with Monarch to Spain. Mine didn’t win, but Amar and his colleague Shannon, both cabin crew for Monarch, were so lovely – definitely people you would want looking after you on a flight.
It was a really lovely evening – full of good food, good drinks, music, dancing and friends. A huge thank you to Monarch, Talented Talkers and Amantia restaurant for organising such a fab event!