mmm la botija

Eighteen years ago, on a small island of the Canaries, a woman called Debra and a man called David met at a small Spanish restaurant. Two years later, an incredibly beautiful, funny, interesting child was born. This child was, obviously, me.

So the other day I went out for dinner with my family at one of our favourite restaurants - La Botija. My parents met in Tenerife, a small Spanish island, where my mother was a singer and my father travelled to build things. Not too long after, they decided that they wanted a child, and so they moved to Wales (I don't really know why because Wales is incredibly cold and nowhere near as tropical as Tenerife). They had said child, me, and due to my almost-Spanish heritage I have loved, and probably will always love, everything Spanish. The cultures, the traditions, the language, and of course, the food. I have grown up going to places like La Tasca and La Parilla, having Spanish lessons and flying out to Tenerife and Barcelona. Till this day forward, I will always pick La Botija over Cosmos.*

La Botija is a small Spanish restaurant in Warlingham, not too far away from where I live in the middle of nowhere in England. 'La Botija' basically translates as 'jug', 'kid', or 'buried treasure', depending on how you look at it. Spanish, huh?

I tend to love everything about Spanish restaurants - the buzzing atmosphere, the Latina music, the Spanish conversation that flows between my parents to the waiters, and, of course, the tapas. The food is typically encrypted with so much flavour and personality (if that is indeed a word I can use without sounding insane). La Botija especially is run by Spaniards, adding that extra little bit of authenticity that we all need in our lives. I love it - and so am here to share a few photographs with y'all of my last restaurant outing con mi padres. (Hence the fish and steak things)













This post is literally everything I love in life - food, photography and Spanish whatnots, so I hope y'all enjoyed!

Have a good day, everyone!

*But then again, Cosmos is awful, am I right?

78 comments:

  1. Wow, everything looks delicious! I'm hungry now ♥
    Amy xx

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  2. Ohhhhhh! Yo quiero comer las tapas de España contigo! Mi clase de español (en mi escuela) estamos aprendiendo sobre España y los tradiciones y culturas allí este año.
    Y la historia de tus padres.... que guay!
    Sorry about my Spanish, I'm still learning, so my comment is kind of limited haha ;P
    Is the song Tenerife Sea by Ed Sheeran related to that island where your parents met?? I'm so jealous that you've been there!
    - July, http://julyaemmance.blogspot.com

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    1. Ohmygosh July that was pretty good! You should be proud c; And yep, that's the one!

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  3. nice post. thankyou for stopping by to my phone and yes! i was trapped hahaha

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  4. so very yummy
    have a nice day darling
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    kiss

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  5. I love spanish restaurants as well! <3 mmm and all this food looks so good!

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  6. Wow! So delicious post, babe!)) I WANT TO EAT NOW! :D
    Have a great day, kisses from Ukraine!
    xo xo
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  7. I love spanish restaurants too, and the food is simply delicious!

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    1. I know right? There's something about them that Italian and French restaurants just can't beat ><

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  8. Amazing post again <3
    Dear can you click in link in my last post? It is really important for me <3 http://kasjaa.blogspot.com/

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  9. Spanish food IS delicious!

    I went to Spain two years ago con mis padres y mi hermano too; we were in Madrid, Barcelona and other small towns and we ate A LOT.
    We ate tapas (or tapeábamos, as they say in Spain) almost every night!

    I really loved Spain, not just only the food but the history and architecture too.

    And the story about how your mom and dad met sounds so wonderful!

    P.S: I would like to use this comment to let you know that I've nominated your for the Infinity Dreams Award. To learn more about this award and its rules, visit the following link: I've been nominated for the Infinity Dreams Award

    This was a very lovely post :)

    Salha | Abuhayar

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    1. Oooh how was Madrid? What's the whole atmosphere like in comparison to Barcelona??
      I noticed that - "tapas" in English translates to something likes "tops" in Spanish which I find odd ><
      And totally, thank you so much dude!

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  10. Lovely, yum! Would also love it if you could check out my latest post on a week of fashion and beauty London! And maybe follow each other too?

    Kisses xo | From Aliona With Love

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  11. Mhhh the pictures make my mouth water, everything looks absolutely delicious! I really need to try some of these things :) lovely post x

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    1. Sorry ahaha! And ooh, let me know what you think c;

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  12. wow it's so yummylicious
    great pictures

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  13. You're killing me! I'm starving right now and this looks SO delicious!

    Such a beautiful tattoo and I absolutely love its placement. It's looks perfect on your shoulder like that!

    I love it that you're rocking the Offspring. Definitely one of my favorite bands-- I have their set list framed next to my bed!

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  14. So I'm dying of starvation now. tHANKS FOR NOTHING. haha. Just kidding. This is gorgeous and delicious looking and I feel I need to embrace my Spanish heritage now too. *whispers* I have no Spanish heritage but it won't stop me from embracing it.

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    1. I AM SO SORRY ABOUT THAT CAIT TOTALLY NOT WHAT I WANTED TO DO.
      And ahahaha dude I can totally relate to that - note my Japanese and Oregon-ian heritage.

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  15. Love the way you write!! Fun to read!!! And the photos!!!! Makes me hungry now! xx

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    1. Thank you so much dude! c; And sorry about that aha!

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  16. Everything looks so delicious!
    Have a great weekend!

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    1. It was pretty good aha! And thanks, you too! ^^

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  17. Looks delicious !

    Xx

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  18. Oh my gosh, so much incredible food in one post :)

    I hadn't realised you had Spanish heritage - how interesting! Also, I'm so glad you had a fantastic time in Barcelona and to answer your question on my blog, yes I visited Gaudi's Park (Park Guell) and completely and utterly fell in love with it. We ran out of time and I only spent an hour and a half there, however what I saw was very, very impressive. Did you manage to make your way there on your visit to Barcelona? :)

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    1. Thank you! And oh gosh I'm super jealous, the architecture was amazing, no? Sadly I did not, but I met a woman who'd been back something like six times, so I'm certain I'll be doing the same so I can see everything I possibly can aha ^^

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  19. so much amazing food!!! aaahhh.. I'm hungry now! hahaha!

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  20. I'm actually vegetarian so the fish and meat don't appeal to me... but oh those desserts! <3 And your photography is great!
    I didn't know you had a Spanish heritage! Your mother was a singer? That's amazing!

    x Cloudy Dreams

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    1. Oh I'm sorry about that - I was vegan but it made me ill and so I'm slowly trying to build up strength with protein, although I didn't have the fish or steak shown in these images.
      And yeah aha c;

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  21. wow that food looks so yummy! Great post too! Thanks for sharing!
    xx
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  22. From España? Awesome! :) I love those desserts! **drool**

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  23. Everything looks so good

    Love Vikee
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    1. It was Vikee, I don't think my photos did it any justice c;

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  24. this is simply delicious. My favorite food in one post. It looks so yummy and still healthy. I want to try everything
    xxx
    mari
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  25. aww such a cute romantic way of meeting!
    and girl. whyyy did you have to make me super hungry with all those beautiful photos?! it looks delicious! *drool*

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    1. My father pretty much annoyed my mother until she went on a date with him so >< aha - and I'm so sorry about that!

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  26. Aww, that's a lovely story and the food looks delicious!

    Corinne x
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  27. I don't know what the first thing in the photo is, but looks delicious. I'm italian and I'd love to live in Wales, even if it makes me wonder about my sanity since it's rainy. So high five your parents from me, I approve of their decision :D
    Now, excuse me, I have to deal with the DROOL.

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    1. In all fairness neither do I aha ><. AND WHAT PART OF WALES ARE YOU IN? I HAVE A HOUSE IN SWANSEA!! And totally ^^

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  28. Oh good grief I AM SO HUNGRY, WHY IS IT NOT LUNCH TIME YET? *Drools*

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  29. Great post and recipe! : )

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  30. These look very yummy!
    Oh god, I can only think about food this time hahaha.
    Answering (late) your question in my blog: no, I cannot speak Italian. I speak Portuguese (my first language), English (my second one) and a bit of Spanish (a language that I wish it was my second language). My Spanish is not so good, but I can write it well. And you? Do you have a second language?
    Kisses!

    P.S.: Inspired by your parets' love story, why don't you learn Spanish?

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    1. I know how you feel aha! And ah okay, but isn't Portuguese very similar to Spanish, like I could understand some of what you were saying in your Portuguese blog parts - maybe it's like the difference between Catalan and Castilian? And I'm currently trying aha c;

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  31. looks soo yummy :)) I'll try it <3

    Long time no post- but I'm back, visit if you like :)
    I'll be thankful <3
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  32. The story of how your parents met is really sweet. I'm not really familiar with Spanish restaurants, maybe because it's so rare here in Singapore. One of the Spanish restaurants I've been to is Nandos. I'm not sure if that's even Spanish though, haha. But the food there is pretty delicious, and the spicy taste for each meal is the most unique feature of the restaurant. :) The first photograph of the dish looks the most appetising. It looks like crispy fishballs. :)

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    1. Awh that's so nice to say Dian c; And oh okay, I didn't know that - over here they're pretty common, but it's difficult to find a genuine Spanish tapas bar. And no, Nandos is South African, but they do food such as Portuguese Piri Piri chicken c;

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