Archive | 2007

Festive menus!

Download a pdf copy of the Christmas & New Year’s menus here. New Year almost full so book ahead and we look forward to seeing you!     Nochebuena ES  Christmas Eve GB Nochevieja ES  New Year’s Eve GB Aquí encuentras las cartas de nochebuena, nochevieja en formato .pdf. Casi completo el 31 entonces hay que reservar ya. Nos vemos pronto!

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Repostería árabe en el Califa

Upping the quality as always we now have a full time pastry chef!  Amina is from Souk el Arba nearish Rabat and we are now making all our own moroccan – arabic pastries. As from next easter she will also be full time baking cakes and making desserts for Café Central and Los Balcones. Yummy!     Como siempre mejorando la […]

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Never hungry in Hungary…

    Yes I know it’s a terrible title but it’s true! We had a fabulous time with our friends the Vancsko family in Budapest and Lake Balatón. Had lunch at the Café Central (piccie below just before the  scare as they dug up a WWII bomb under the pavement and we were rushed out), ate […]

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Voted top hotel…

Condé Nast Traveller writer John Gill has voted La Casa del Califa as one of his top ten Andalucían hotels. “…lovely Vejer de la Frontera’s loveliest hotel remains the coolest place to stay along the southerly Costa de la Luz. Rooms vary from small to roomily large suites many with peaceful views  décor taking it’s cue from […]

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A hugely successful summer…

Wasn’t it César Ritz who once said a restaurant’s success is measured not by the number of covers it sells but by it’s waiting list? Well for a small table in August the tables were all booked up 6 days in advance and for the larger group tables at least 10 days. Sales were up 20% on […]

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Una visita inesperada…

This fine old Rolls turned up the other day to collect some of our guests at the Califa for a wedding. Not the most practical of cars in Vejer where tight turning circles are a definite asset. The car a model 25/30 HP was built in 1937 and until recently lived in the U.K. Fancy […]

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Summers passed…

Well it’s been a while (2 months precisely) since I sat down to blog… when you’re as busy as I am in the summer there’s hardly time to get to the beach let alone to jot away. Of course most of my spare time has been taken up by our new baby – lovely Isabella born on […]

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Active Travel shoot in Vejer

Active Travel Apparel decided to shoot their Autumn brochure in and around Vejer while staying at the Califa. Production manager Cherry Archer told me they chose Vejer for it’s ‘great landscape, wild beaches, picturesque architecture… oh yes and the great food at the Califa’ (well maybe I added the last line). Here’s Tee, Luci and Jo in […]

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Califa Balcony

Well not the most interesting piece of news but here are some ongoing piccies of an emergency repair to the main balcony of the fáçade which suffered some subsidence so we decided to rebuild it anyway. As you can see from the photo of 1898 the balcony has had plenty of heavy use since its […]

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Arte en Vejer…

This summer sees 3 exhibitions at various Califa venues. Opened today Saturday is Elena Rubio’s outstanding mosaics in the garden at the ‘Jardin del Califa’. Erotic, different, finely crafted. At the ‘Balcones’ is Carla Atkins Garcia’s colourful ‘Carousel’ exhibition giving us an abstract view on the art of photography shot in Paris, Vejer and Bilbao. […]

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‘Los Balcones’ now open!

Finally the last brush stroke sealed the end of 6 months work to get our new venture off the ground. 6 weeks overdue but it was worth it. We started with a pig of a building and have ended up with a sublime stunning work of art. Come and enjoy – open 4 to 12 […]

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La fuente por fin en marcha!

It’s been almost 3 years since the Plaza’s emblematic fountain has been functioning properly. Finally (coincidentally just before elections….) the mayor has finally got around to making it a priority and last week all frogs were spouting with gusto.     Llevamos tiempo pidiendo al ayuntamiento que arregle la emblematica fuente de la Plaza de España que solo […]

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A day in Morocco

Drove down to Souk al Arba yesterday for a lightning trip to collect furniture for ‘Los Balcones’ and for the ‘Jardin del Califa’.  Had a delicious lunch with the family of Khadija our head chef at the Califa. Left Vejer at 0700 and back at midnight… a few bleary photos of the journey with Cristina […]

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Feria de Abril en Vejer

     Last weekend saw the start of Andalucia’s feria season start with Vejer’s famous spring fair. Traditionally a farmer’s fair Vejer still preserves it’s traditional flavour with horseback competitions, a cattle breeders show, open air cooking, ‘sevillano dancing’ and bright colours.     Pasó hace unos días la primera feria de la temporada en Andalucía. Todavía […]

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Running of the Bulls in Vejer

    Well I’m still here… another year without getting caught by the bulls… We all had a great day out and Café Central (last photo) was busy with our improvised bar on the street…    Estoy todavía… otro año sin que me ha cogido el toro… Ayer tuvimos otro día estupendo en el pueblo y Café Central (última […]

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