Monthly Archives: November 2011

Giving Thanks 2011


So 2 weeks back my foreign friends and I organized our 3rd anniversary Turkey Day festivities. So far, due to table space and the ever-important oven requirement, we’ve had it at either my house or Mary’s.

Since Mary and her man – Carlos moved up to Santander in the North of Spain on the coast of the Bay of Biscay we had decided to head up there this year for our delicious yearly extreme feeding. This way we’d be able to see her new place and get the hell out of Madrid for a day or two. It was totally worth it even when Inaki’s car broke down just about 10kms from Mary’s place. (Hahaha….it was like something that WOULD happen to me and my friends…sometimes I feel like I live in a movie.)

Mary ended up getting a 15 kilo (33 lbs) turkey since it was that or a really small one for our group of about 16 people. She had to get a saw to cut it in half and she had to cook it half and half since it didn’t all fit in the oven (Ha!).

Talk about crazy Thanksgiving experience….this definitely hit it right on the spot!

Thanksgiving Napkins (Photo by Alex Simoes)

We had all the trimmings…


Mashed Potatoes…and GRAVY!!!!

Green Bean Casserole

Stove Top Stuffing

Mary’s Homemade Mac-n-Cheese (Drooling as I think about it now!)

Cranberry Sauce

Sweet Potatoes….although I didn’t like the recipe I chose, gonna have to try another one for next year.

Roasted Autumn Veggies

And our international guests brought some typical Spanish dishes and also some Indian food…these came in handy later with our hangovers! 😉

And for dessert…..Polly’s Famous Chocolate Muffins and Brownies, Pumpkin Pie, Apple Crumble and Tiramisu.

Sooooo basically, everything was DELICIOUS!!!!!

I thought I’d share some of my pictures and some of the pictures my friend Alex took (I really need to get a good camera….haha).

Enjoy the pics!

We all had a blast, as always! Hope you don’t drool too much looking at these pics! 🙂

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All Things Ameri-cuh! (part 3)


So a month ago I checked out a fun lil place here in the neighborhood of Malasana, next to my house here in Madrid.

I got so excited to find out they had Creole food here in Madrid!!!!

Creole food is a food made famous from Louisiana…especially New Orleans. And I LOVE it!!!!!! It’s got this rich flavor and can be spicy (depending on the dish). I LOVE Jambalaya and Gumbo (the inspiration for the name of the restaurant). And they even ha Fried Green Tomatoes and Pecan Pie!!!! I was seriously in heaven!!!!

The place is called….GUMBO.

Here is their info:

Gumbo Restaurante-Madrid

I think that if you want to try something new for the Spanish taste buds and something that is as American as hamburgers and hot dogs….then I think you should try out this place.

It is a bit pricey….but that’s because some of the ingredients are difficult to find here in Spain.

Gumbo Restaurant - Window Seat


Gumbo Restaurant - The Bar

I had a bowl of Jambalaya, which is kind of like the New Orleans style Paella. Lots of people like to eat it with Tabasco sauce (I only put on a little bit since I don’t want to lose all of the flavor of the food to the sauce). I want to go again this month and try their Gumbo. Gumbo is a stew or soup from New Orleans. And I also want to try out their Fried Green Tomatoes (yes, like the movie.).

Jambalaya!!!!!! (and Wine)

I did enjoy a nice wine with my meal and I totally gave in and got the Pecan Pie!!!! Hahaha…And I ate the WHOLE thing!!!!!

Delicious PECAN PIE!!!!!! YUM!!!!!

With only the Jambalaya and the Pecan Pie, I was stuffed but it did cost me approximately 15-20 euros for that meal.

But considering the place is owned and run by a New Orleans Native…..I rate it an 8/10.

I did enjoy the whole vibe from the place….lots of warm colors and funky furniture pieces. And nice music playing in the background. I think if it were more economic then I’d rate it a 10/10….but it’s something original for Madrid and Spain in general so of course their gonna make it into a posh place and charge more than most places.

Feel like trying some??? Let me know and I’ll join you. (It’s a 15 min. walk from my house). 😉

Check out some other reviews—

Trip Advisor Review of Gumbo

Google Review of Gumbo

Espana Profunda WordPress Review

NY Times Review of Gumbo