Monthly Archives: February 2011

The Mercado Tres Chic of Madrid

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The Mercado San Miguel is one of the most expensive markets in Madrid, but just to walk through it can be more than enough.

My friend Polly lives above the Mercado (and in the past so have my friends Martina and Anna Maria). For us its a daily decoration from the terraces and windows of that apartment. But the true joy is going down and impulsively buying a slightly pricey French cheese and occacionally a tapa or glass of wine.

It´s definately one of my favorite places to people watch and FOOD watch….take your camera and go crazy because the colors and designs of the food in the Mercado will turn out some beautiful pictures.

I think if you are out near Plaza Mayor or Sol then it´s worth a stop by the Mercado to indulge your senses in some of the best products from around Spain and from around the world. My friends and I are BIG fans of the cheese stand!!!

The plus side of the Mercado is that you are in the heart of the Center of Madrid and can go in any direction and find some more amazing things to do. Or you can just stroll around the area and admire the architecture or the random crazy people you are SURE to encounter along the way.

Enjoy!

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Sin Internet

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Sooooo the internet in my casa is down this week, thus why I am writing this from the stupid PC (and not my amazing Macbook) at work.
Needless to say..fingers crossed that today or tomorrow my new router comes and I can connect again from home…if not I´m going to travel to a wifi bar and post some more places this weekend.
I brainstormed yesterday and I´ve got 2 pages of places to post!!!! Sooooo I hope you are as excited as I am…well, I am because I´ll get to go to all of these places and drink or eat something or buy something cool or dance a little.
Anyhoo….this is a wee update that, no, I haven´t forgotten about you.
Feel free to comment or email me suggestions.
Recommendations are welcome!

Un Beso,
S.

The Little Ecuador

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El Salon de Otono Parrillada Asador

Calle Murcia, N.5

Metros: Atocha, Embajadores and Palos de la Frontera

 

I found out about this place on a whim. My flatmate and two of her friends decided to try it out one rainy Sunday afternoon and I was tagging along….I mean invited, Ha! 🙂

It’s very close to my house and I found the atmosphere to be just great. It has 2 floors, the basement is used for parties. I think my friends and I were some of the only NON- Ecuadorian people there. My flatmate and I ordered the same thing (see picture 2 above) and didn’t realize that it was so HUGE!!!!! I would recommend when going to this place to SHARE, SHARE, SHARE!!! The portions are very big and if you share it turns out to be cheaper for each person. The service was nice, the place was clean and the food was just DELICIOUS!!!!

We started off with some Green empanadas for an appetizer. REALLY REALLY GOOD!!!!

Then our friends each had this soup which has fresh tuna and lots of fresh veggies in it and comes with the fried platanos and nuts to put in it to add more dimension and flavor to the soup.

And then my flatmate and I were put in our places when OUR food came out (once again, just be amazed with picture 2 up above…it was enormous).  Ours was an Hornado..it had 3 potato cakes (tortillas de patata), salad, avocado and grilled pork with a type of pico de gallo tomato with cilantro topping. Needless to say we each only ate about half of our plates…but this place was great, they did provide us with a doggie bag!!!! (aka: tapper in spanish)…soooo we had leftovers for dinner. 😉

The food has a nice tropical feel to it, lots of fruits and veggies used in the dishes. Aaaaand lots of MEAT!!!! The food is quite heavy on the stomach, so take your time while eating. 😉

I definitely have this place on my “to-go-back-to-again” list.

The price range for a party of 2 people I’d say would range between 25-40 euros, depending on what you order and how much you drink.

 

P.S.: We were lucky enough to get serenaded by the AMAZING Manuel y Manuel during our meal 🙂

The Parking Garage Chino

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This is one of the BEST Chinese joints in Madrizzzz.

Super Cheap, Yummy food and the Pot Stickers and the Pan Chino are TO DIE FOR!!!!

It’s in the Parking Garage under Plaza de Espana, and yes, at first glance it looks a little “chungo” (sketchy). But please know that although its super small and always packed full of people, the food and the service are great, the price for a full meal will probably run you around 10 euros or less per person, depending on how much food you order.

It’s an authentic Chino…you feel like you are in China. BUT make sure you either get there early before the typical Spanish lunch hour (2pm-4pm) or wait and grab a late lunch at 5pm. You can go there and order take away if you’d prefer to eat in your home, but delivery is not an option…you have to go there to order the food and take it home.

This is DEFINATELY one of my favs in Madrid….it’s on my “go once a month” list. 🙂

P.S: You know it’s a fan favorite when it has it’s own Facebook fan page!

Today is the day.

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Today is the day.

For a long time I’ve been considering starting one of these things called a “blog” to inform everyone I know (and don’t know) about the places and things I love most about Madrid.

I go out on the town quite a lot. I always have a million (ok, maybe not a million, but it sure feels like it) recommendations of things to do in the infamous Madrizzzzz and I’ve just gotten tired of always repeating myself….thus the reason why I’m gonna begin today.

I hope that every place that I recommend in this blog will be as great for you as my own experience was for me.

Enjoy!

Love,

La Guiri Esteisi