Monthly Archives: January 2012

Best Weds. Night of the Month: Anti-Karaoke Madrid

Standard

Anti-Karaoke is a magical place where average people who have the balls to get up and sing can turn into Rock Stars even if for only a few minutes.

You could be amazing or complete crap when it comes to singing….but if you give it all you’ve got, I guarentee a damn good time!

Rachel @AK Madrid!!!!!! (Photos by Torke Master of Puppets)

________________________________________

Anti-Karaoke

http://www.antikaraoke.com

info@antikaraoke.com

Barcelona—-Every Monday Night at Sala Apolo (Nou de la Rambla 113)

****8€ admission includes a free drink. Remember to get there when doors open at 9:30 if you want to sing****

Madrid-— Every 1st Weds. Night of the Month at Sala el Sol (Calle Jardines, 3)

****8€ admission NO DRINK INCLUDED. Doors Open Around 10pm-10:30pm****

Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/antikaraoke

_________________________________________

Rachel and her Famous Bottle of Jack @AK Madrid (Photos by Torke Master of Puppets)

Rachel Arieff is the Amazing Woman and Artist who puts on this GREAT  shin-dig every 1st Weds. of the month in Madrid (and every Monday night in Barcelona where she’s based). She’s an American Comedian who has come to Spain and found out what the Spanish were missing in their day-to-day lives….and Man….Is she giving it to them now!

Since the next Anti-Karaoke Madrid is this coming Weds. February 1st, I figured I’d write a wonderful little blog post about it, especially since it’s the 5th Anniversary for AK here in Madrid!!!!!! CONGRATS!!!!!!

And for all you Barcelona people….you BETTER be there tomorrow night!!!!! (I’m secretly jealous that you have it every week there!!!! hahahaa!!!!)

Most people in the Anti-Karaoke World know me as Bombazo Platino (Platinum Bombshell for all you English-only people). I’ve only been singing regularly there since this past September 2011…and I did sing with a friend of mine last year on Reyes 2011. But I’ve been going casually for the past year and a half….but now it’s become my Monthly Weds. Night Ritual aaaaaand I LOVE IT!!!!

The people who go are GREAT PEOPLE and it gets my mind off of all the crap that’s going on in the real world outside the doors of the Sala el Sol. Sometimes life in Madrid (aka Mad-town) can drive ya crazy or just time can catch up with ya. I find this to be a great mid-week release, especially after the end of the previous month before.

___________________________________________________

Rachel also has a Comedy Show called Planeta Catalunya that she has every last Thursday of the month in Barcelona. For more info on Rachel and her other artistic projects….check out all these links:

Website:  http://www.rachelarieff.com

Blog: http://www.popular1.com/rachelarieff

Email: rachel@rachelarieff.com

Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/rachelarieffcomedy

___________________________________________________

Here are some more Pics and Video Links For ANTI-KARAOKE MADRID!!!!!

(I couldn’t get everyone onto this blog post….so I’ll put more up as I can.)

Videos Links:

Rachel, Rocko and Friends—‘Killing In The Name’: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ve55WL8QK9s

Lady Madrid — ‘I Hate Myself For Loving You’: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YdlE_EI-2jI&feature=youtu.be

Rocko — ‘Start Me Up’: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0WQSjCR0q5Q&feature=related

Barrero Man —- ‘Du Hast’: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=er6n3HmrKTk&feature=related

Parker Lewis & McGinty—-‘Insane in da Brain’: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=er6n3HmrKTk&feature=related

McGinty —- ‘Thunderstruck’: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkAAEIViFnQ&feature=related

Lili Pompon —- ‘Modern Love’: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zh-r_WwFnQE

Peter & The Wolf—-‘Rebel Yell’: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yz5Fhmi7jwE

Rachel —– ‘New York, New York’: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DKSxPZ1kkg

Peter Parker —- ‘Roadhouse Blues’: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53DrDw94uxE

One of AK Barca's Favs ROCKO @AK Madrid (Photos by Torke Master of Puppets)

McGinty rockin it out @AK Madrid (Photos by Torke Master of Puppets)

Peter & The Wolf @AK Madrid (Photos by Torke Master of Puppets)

Lili Pompon @AK Madrid (Photos by Torke Master of Puppets)

Barrero Man @AK Madrid (Photos by Torke Master of Puppets)

Lady Madrid @AK Madrid(Photos by Torke Master of Puppets)

Peter Parker @AK MADRID (Photos by Torke Master of Puppets)

Rachel @AK Madrid (Photos by Torke Master of Puppets)

Rachel, Rocko and The Gang @AK Madrid (Photos by Torke Master of Puppets)

Some Great Bombazo Platino Moments…..

'Piece of My Heart' @AK Madrid (Photos by Torke Master of Puppets)

'Piece of My Heart' @AK Madrid (Photos by Torke Master of Puppets)

'I Love Rock-n-Roll' (Photos by Torke Master of Puppets)

'Hot Stuff' (Photos by Sian Joseph)

'Proud Mary' (Photos by Sian Joseph)

Bombazo Platino Videos

Piece of My Heart’ (Version 1)—–http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UwpxTyIm9TY

‘Piece of My Heart’ (Version 2)—–http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2l7a6s-iQA&feature=youtu.be

‘Proud Mary’ —– http://blip.tv/sergio-jungle/episode-5784774

‘I Love Rock-n-Roll’ —— http://blip.tv/sergio-jungle/ak-nov-2011-73-5704597

Hot Stuff’ —— http://blip.tv/sergio-jungle/ak_oct_2011_5748-5620983

So…..stay updated. I’ll be posting more updates about Anti-Karaoke Madrid…possibly once a month.

And I hope to see ya there asap!!!!!!! 😉

Love,

La Guiri (aka Bombazo Platino)

Ayyye Yai Yai Mejor Mejicano por Madrid!!!!!!!

Standard

As I’m from the USA, we are used to having great Mexican food for cheap and in large quantities. And in Madrid it’s normally shitty Mexican food that’s extremely overpriced and given in small portions….until my flatmate Alex told me about La Herradura.

La Herradura

All I can say is……FINALLY!!!!!! POR FIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

If you are a lover of Mexican food and are in Madrid and need your Mexican tortilla instead of the typical Spanish one, then this is your place.

________________________________________

La Herradura (Cantina Restaurante)

Calle de Montserrat, 32  28015 Madrid
915 42 39 36

www.la-herraduramadrid.es/

________________________________________

Where there is La Virgen de Guadalupe....there are Good Things!!!!

 

 

La Barra

It’s been getting great reviews all over the place….to read some in Spanish check these links:

http://11870.com/pro/1289935

http://madrid.salir.com/la_herradura-montserrat_32

My friends and I have been there for a friend’s going away party and also my boyfriend and I have given it a go as well. It’s also dangerously close to my casa soooooooo I have to pretend that it’s on the other side of the city so I don’t go there everyday!!!! Hahaha!!!! 😉

I highly recommend the Nachos with Guacamole added on top…and the Cochinito Pibil Tacos are TO-DIE-FOR!!!!!! Wow….I’m drooling just thinking of them now!!!!!

Nachos with Guac.....YUM!!!!!

COCHINITA PIBIL!!!!!!!! (Drooling right now...are you???)

This is a great date night option, or a night out with the friends….and also for the loner who just wants to have a beer and nacho and watch some soccer/football can hang out at the bar and converse with the barman over their Corona or Negro Modelo.

Check out some more of my pics below!!! Enjoy!

(And I hope you can go there soon….and if you go CALL ME!!!!!! I’m ALWAYS down for some Mejicano!!!!)

 

Cervezas, Tortilla Chips and Salsa = My 3 Great Loves

More of those AMAZING NACHOS WITH GUAC!!!!!

MUCHA COMIDA (and Margaritas!!!)

Stuffed Quesadillas….NOT your ordinary Quesadilla! This is your Amazadilla!!!!

Fajitas---Tex-Mex!!!!!

Tequila, Please! 🙂

Christmas in Madrizzzzz

Standard

Just wanted to share some of my favorite moments from this Christmas…..I definitely had a BLAST!!!!!! I ate and drank with merriment and with WONDERFUL groups of people.

Thanks to the Menendez-Pidal family for welcoming me into their family and letting me spend Christmas Eve day dancing with their kids and enjoying that afternoon with an AMAZING family!

Thanks to my man Inaki and his FABULOUS parents who welcomed me to their Christmas Eve dinner. I had a wonderful time with them eating seafood and drinking cava (spanish champagne) and dancing to Christmas music in their living room.

Cognac, anyone??? 😉

(Dancing is a theme to wherever I seem to go…..hahahaa!)

Thanks to Jennifer Riggins (http://jkriggins.wordpress.com/) for inviting me to join in her Christmas Day luncheon with Asian food and some Christmas Movies…..Yay for the Motherless Misfit Toys of Madrid!!!!

Celebrating Christmas Day at Jennifer’s!

And Thanks to All the GREAT PEOPLE who came to my house for Christmas Day Dinner and New Year’s Eve’s Dinner!!!!! Loved dancing with you all using the Wii game and I loved our random conversations amongst the food and drinks!!!!

Christmas in Casa 🙂

Wii Dancing!!!!

Countdown…..to 2012!!!!

Cheers to the New Year!

Shots to Ring in the New Year!

And although I don’t have any pictures of it….the Reyes DID visit me! Which was a complete surprise!!!!

*Sidenote — The Reyes Magos (or The Three Wise Men) are typically the ones to bring the Spanish children their Christmas gifts and they receive them on the day of the Epiphany aka Jan. 6. But now alot of families celebrate both Santa and Reyes.

I’m gonna miss that Christmas Spirit…..

Christmas Lights around the City

Churros and Chocolate after some Christmas Shopping

Christmas Concerts in the different Plazas and Squares of the City

Visiting different Belenes (Nativity Sets) around the City’s different Cathedrals and Churches

Cheers to the Present, the Past and the Future…nothing a lil Champagne can’t fix!

I hope everyone got enough Christmas Spirit to last them all year until the next one!!!!

Besos!

La Guiri