Monthly Archives: October 2012

What Will You Do This Halloween????

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Are you ready?

Less than 24 hours for All Hallow’s Eve!!!

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Dear Spanish people,

Halloween is NOT all about the Eerie and the Gory Scary Blood-Soaked Image.

Halloween is like our Carnival….our costumes reflect our Creativity.

They can be Sweet, Smart, Clever oooooor downright ‘Scary-as-all-Hell’ or for the girl ‘Sexy-as-all-Hell’.

So break away from your typical Witch, Vampire, Ghost, Pumpkin…etc…..

Show me what you’ve got!

I’m ready. Are you?

Love,

La Guiri

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Where you can find me:

I will be partying it up Halloween Style at the Famous Anti-Karaoke’ Madrid.

Yes…this Beautiful Madness is Anti-karaoke! Love it!!!

Sala El Sol (Metro: Gran Via) @ 10pm/22h

(I’d suggest getting there early….like 9pm or 9:30pm/21h or 21:30h…there’s always a line of people enjoying a bit of botellon beforehand)

Check out my previous Blog Post about them: LaGuiriHabla Anti-Karaoke Blog Post

Anti-Karaoke Facebook Page

Gonna be Rockin’ Out and Singing All Night Long!!!!

Come and Join Me and My Amigos!

Intercambios and English Activities Madrid-Style

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This post is being dedicated to all of my past, present and future English students here in Madrid.

Also to many of my Spanish friends and other people who I know who are always saying how they need to practice their English.

Well, in Madrid there are TONS of activities and places where you can do just that.

The “Guiri” (or Foreigner) Community in Madrid is very large and we LOVE to plan and organize events that let us do the things we loved doing back at home. Something to get us out of our little circle. Something to mix up our typical tapas/disco dancing/dar una vuelta around the city day to day activities here in Spain.

If you are looking for just a good ole ‘Intercambio de Idiomas’ (or Language Exchange) check out these places:

Mondays

Tuesdays

Wednesdays

Thursdays

Fridays

  • Cafe Madrid (Metro: Opera)@9:30pm/21:30h
  • Cachibola Pub (Metros:Sol or Tirso de Molina—in the Plaza Jacinto Benavente to the right of the Yelmo Ideal Cine) @10pm/22h—this one is put on by ‘Multilinkual‘ and the intercambio is after the Movie Night (see below—Extra English Activities)

Saturdays

Sundays

(FYI: Weds.,Thurs. and Sunday nights have maaaaaaaaany options!!! So I’d say in general try a few out and see which ones you like. Intercambios are sometimes a gamble. Just try as many as you can!)

In General the Top Intercambio Groups..as in professional Intercambios are the ones listed below. When you go ask for these people and they are the organizers of these Intercambios and can help you meet new people (especially for those who decide to go solo to these events.)

Extra English Activities

Of course there are TONS of places in Madrid but these are some of the ones that I know or have personally been to.

If anyone has anything new to tell me about, or make any corrections to the info I’ve given above….please email me or comment on this page! Thanks!

Here are some other links to check out for more info on all of the above in English or Spanish!

Get out there….meet new people, get out of your shell and have a damn good time!!!! (And of course practice your English! ;-))

Love,

La Guiri

La Guiri Cooks 1.0 – For the Love of Buttermilk Biscuits

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Over the past few weeks I’ve been on a bit of a cooking spree.

I first got the urge when I woke up one Saturday and was just SO determined to make some Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits.

These aren’t the typical British biscuits which for me are considered cookies. No, this is the most delicious form of ‘bread’ and very Very typical from the USA (especially in the south, midwest and west). It’s not light in the least. And you normally eat them with thick and heavy foods such as stews, gravy and basically anything that will allow you to dunk it in some sort of saucy goodness. 🙂

So since I was preparing a delicious Chicken recipe (which will be in another post) and I didn’t have any bread in my house and it was quite late…and I was too lazy to go down and buy some…I basically just whipped up myself some biscuit deliciousness.

Here is a link to the recipe I used…’Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits Recipe

Hot in the Oven!

Can’t forget to top it off with Melted Buttery Goodness!!! 🙂

 

A few days later I had the BIGGEST Craving Ever for some Biscuits and Gravy.

This is a typical Southern American Breakfast dish. And it is nothing but light. I already had the biscuits sooooo the only thing missing was the gravy. The problem with Spain sometimes is they have what I’m looking for but it’s not the same style as it is in the USA. So I bought some Country Sausage but it doesn’t have the same flavor as it does in the USA. But to be quite honest….it didn’t matter.

It had been 4 years since eating any kind of Biscuits and Gravy!!!!!!

That was my childhood obsession!!! After church every Sunday I ate it. My parents didn’t even have to ask me…they already knew that’s what I wanted to eat on Sundays. And now…it’s back in my life. And I have control of it in my own kitchen!!!

The gravy recipe I used came from this link: Easy Sausage Gravy and Biscuits Recipe

Whippin’ Up Some Gravy!

Delish!!!!!!

4 Years without my Biscuits and Gravy….and it’s STILL my Fav!!!

 

These recipes aren’t originally mine. I’m not that Amazing of a cook….but I’m falling in love with cooking and trying and testing out my new kitchen! So enjoy the recipes I’ve tried out!

Besos,

La Guiri

 

Verano 2012 Recap

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As you all can see, I haven’t written in awhile….I kinda shut down blogging from July-Sept. due to a crazy schedule!

My summer was a bit hectic but cest la vie.

I worked hard, made my money and when I had time….went to the pool, went to the beach and went out at night.

All in all, another great summer in Spain.

This time I worked for a wonderful family…taking care of their kids and they even took me with them to Denia for 2 weeks! (Working at the Beach was basically the best job I think I’ve ever had!)

Me with the Carrion Horno Family!!!!

Since I spent 2 weeks there basically exploring it on my own during my free time, I’m gonna give you my suggestions.

Things to Check out in Denia:

  • Playa Les Marines or Playa Les Bovetes
  • La Naranja (a beach restaurant on the Les Bovetes Beach, AMAZING and AFFORDABLE food!!!)
  • Puerto de Denia (the Port!) – Basically, rent a boat and go exploring!!!!
  • Zensa Marina (there are 2, but the one in the Port is great for cocktails and beautiful views)
  • Magerit in the Plaza de Mariana Pineda is great for a wine. And that Plaza has some great little places to eat at.
  • Paddy O’Connell’s …. great little pub hidden on a street with some other little clubs. But I found that this one had Live music. Go check out my new friends – La Mocha Rock

Sunshine in Denia – August 2012

The Sunsets here were Amazing!!!! Me with my wine on a terraza of a chiringuito (beach bar) and just chillin’ watching the night fall upon us all. – August 2012

Super Desayuno at the Beach!!!!! 🙂

In June, my Antikaraoke Girls and my lady Dani from Seattle and I, we all roadtripped it to Javea (which is very close to Denia, before I even knew I’d be going there again in August).

While there we spend 3 amazing days beaching it up and going out till the late hours of the morning!

Roadtrippin it with my Girls (Me, Dani and Lola)

Rockin it out all the way to the Beach!!!!

Lots of Windy Roads…..and stunning views!

Fiestas de Javea!!!!

Me and the Ladies!!!! (Dani, Moi, Lola, Maria, Laura and Almira)

We took one day and popped over to Denia (this was in June before I realized I’d be returning there in August as a nanny).

I can be completely honest with you —- Denia has some of the BEST BEACHES IN SPAIN!!!

And you are right in between Valencia and Alicante so you could just travel up and down the coast and visit some more Amazing beaches along the Costa Blanca.

Beaches in Denia – June 2012

The Americanas rockin’ their stunner shades in Denia!!!! (June 2012)

I had a very special 4th of July ’cause this year we had a group meeting of the ‘Americanas in Madrid’ and had a wonderful lunch at Tommy Mel’s near metro: Cuzco in Madrid. It was so great since they had the whole place decorated with Red, White and Blue and balloons in the shapes of stars. Afterwards, some of us continued onto T.G.I.Fridays nearby for Happy Hour!!! And then the rest of us hard-core 4th of July-ers headed to the centre near Sol and found some outdoor summer bars for a little bar-hoppin’ before heading to Sala el Sol for another Amazing Anti-Karaoke!!!!! 🙂

4th of July at Tommy Mel’s in Madrid with the Americanas in Madrid!

4th of July Happy Hour at T.G.I.Fridays!!!!

Outdoor Bar-Hoppin’ in the Centre of Madrid on the 4th of July!!! Representin’!!!

I also went to some great Concerts this summer:

Checked out some Country Music in Madrid!!!!! Folsom Prisonband

Folsom Prisonband at ContraClub (July 2012)

Me and the Band! 🙂

Also checked out (POR FIN!) the Amazing….Julieta Venegas!!!!

I learned Spanish from her song lyrics!!!! Had a very relaxed Ladies Night.

Julieta Venegas Concert in Madrid (July 2012)

Polly, Moi and Lisette rockin’ it up Julieta style!

l.o.v.e.

All in all my summer was fantastic!

I also went to Malaga for a week….but that’s a whole other blog post!

I truly wish you all had a great summer as well cause we’ve gotta wait 3 more seasons for it to come back around and bring back its sunshine. 🙂

“Goodbye Summer, I hate to see you go. I wasn’t ready for Autumn wind to blow.” – India Arie  (‘Summer’ Music Video)

La Guiri Playa Style (August 2012)