Category Archives: Chamberi

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

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

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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.

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La Herradura (Cantina Restaurante)

Calle de Montserrat, 32  28015 Madrid
915 42 39 36

www.la-herraduramadrid.es/

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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! 🙂

All Things Ameri-cuh! (part 2)

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So here we goooooo…..more American goodness that you can find in Madrid!!!!

Well, as you know….I have written about one of my favorite pizzerias in Madrid (which I now live close to again!!!! yaaaaay I can get take away too!!!! I am one very Happy Guiri!!!!!)

Please go and check out my post about this amazing pizzeria En Guay Si (N.Y.C.) that I wrote back in March….and then get your bum over there for a bite to eat!!!!!

MY BLOG POST!!!!! (CLICK LINK BELOW!!!)

https://laguirihabla.wordpress.com/2011/03/21/en-guay-si/

Definately delicious!!!!

Here are some other reviews about En Guay Si: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g187514-d1592754-Reviews-En_Guay_Si_Pizza-Madrid.html

Now….this episode of All Things Ameri-cuh! I want to discuss American Diners in Madrid.

The one that comes to most people’s minds first is Peggy Sue’s.…in fact there is one right below my house.

I like to go there when I have a craving for some bacon cheese fries or a milkshake.

Me, my Chocolate Milkshake and some Bacon Cheese Fries!!!! Delish!!!!

The food is good….not great, but still good. It’s a bit pricey compared to other locals that are similar.

Most people go to Peggy Sue’s for the ambiance and the atmosphere.

http://www.peggysues.es/

They have a ton of locations around Spain (although I remember when there were only 2 or 3 here in Madrid)

Here are some of the main locations here in Madrid (for other locations check out their web):

Conde Duque

C/ Santa Cruz de Macenado Nº 13, Madrid

91.521.85.60

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Chueca

C/ Belén Nº 5, Madrid

91.308.30.93

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Retiro

C/ Menorca Nº 19, Madrid

91.573.66.50

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Huertas

C/ Jesús Nº 14, Madrid

91.389.67.00

You should definitely give it a try!!!

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Another 1950’s Style American Diner in Madrid is TOMMY MEL’S!!!!

I think I prefer Tommy Mel’s. You get a lot more for your money than at Peggy Sue’s. And I’ve never had a problem with my order at Tommy Mel’s whereas at Peggy Sue’s they normally mess something up at least once everytime I go there. I think this has to do that Peggy Sue’s has decided to become a chain here in Spain and Tommy Mel’s is still quite exclusive with only 2 locations here in Madrid and 1 in Leon (don’t ask me why Leon and not a bigger city like Barcelona, I’m still not sure….but ,oh well. Good for the people of Leon!)

Locations in Madrid:

Calle Pedro Teixeira, 8 28020 Madrid (Madrid)  España

Teléfono: 914 178 744

(Metros: Cuzco, Santiago Bernabeu )

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CC. Plenilunio

Calle Aracne s/n 28022 Madrid (Madrid)  España

Teléfono: 913 122 830

(Near M-40 and A-2 highways/Metro: Avenida de America and take Buses Nº221, 222, 223, 224, 224A, 226, 227, 228 y 229.
Nº281, 282, 283 y 284 to the Shopping Centre Plenilunio)

For More Info on Tommy Mel’s check out their website: http://www.tommymels.com/

Tommy Mel's Menu!!!!

Buuuuuurgerrrrrrrrrr and Buuuuuuuud!!!!! = Heaven 🙂

Bacon Cheese Fries!!!!!!! Yummy!!!!!!

Enjoy these places!!!!

And be on the look-out for All Things Ameri-cuh! (part 3) where I’ll discuss BBQ and Hot Dog joints here in Madrid!!!!

All Things Ameri-cuh! (part 1)

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Back to Blogging!!!! 🙂

So nice to be back after a crazy summer….this is my new themed topic. I’m going to tell you all where you can go in Madrid to enjoy a lil piece of my homeland!!! 🙂

These are the places I go to when I’m feeling a lil homesick or I’ve got a lil craving for something from good ole Ameri-cuh! 😉

Let’s start out with Markets selling all things American in Madrid….this first one is one of my favs!

TASTE OF AMERICA

http://www.tasteofamerica.es/

They have several locations but I always go to the one on Serrano.

C/Serrano, 149

28002 – Madrid (Metro: Republica Argentina-L6)

34.91.411.46.42

Or they have one in Pozuelo de Alarcon as well.

I always go here to stock up on Pancake Mix and Maple Syrup, BBQ Sauce and Peanut Butter and other lil knick-knacks that make me feel like Im back at home.

As far as I know all of the staff speak both English and Spanish.

I know that there is another Market in Madrid as well, but I haven’t been to it yet because the location before was way outside of the city centre…..but I think they have finally caught onto the fact that the Americans tend to live more towards the centre of Madrid and don’t want to have to travel half-way across the city to get some Cherry Coke or Betty Crocker.

I haven’t tried it out yet, but it seems to be quite close to my house so I’m gonna have to make a lil stop by there ASAP.

Here is some info on this market….

The American Store

http://www.theamericanstore.es/

Paseo de San Francisco de Sales, 3

28003 – Madrid (Metro: Islas Filipinas (L7) or Moncloa (L3 and L6))

34 915 44 27 03

Link to a video interview translated in English about the shop. Quite interesting!

http://11870.com/pro/theamericanstore/media/287889c5

Go check either one out! Definitely worth a try!!!! 🙂

Happy Made in America Shopping!!!! 🙂

A lil Rrrrebate from your TIGER

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So this morning I had one of the best surprises I could get on my way home from my morning class in Nuevos Ministerios on Calle Orense.

They’ve just put in a new TIGER store.

Let’s just call this store a major drug. Anything you could imagine is there and for CHEAP!!!!!

For example:

Stacey’s Mission Impossible Made Possible……

For almost 3 years I’ve been searching for a great little basic sewing kit in Spain, but for some UNGODLY reason they are IMPOSSIBLE to find and those that you find at a creepy Chino shop are completely overpriced. I walk in the door of this new TIGER store and what do I find for next to nothing in euros??? 2 different Sewing Kits. BOO-YAH!

And how much did I pay for these 2 amazing kits????? —– 4 EUROS!!!!! TOMA YA! BOO-YAH! 🙂 (now I wanna sew something..anything really!)

I found this store back in early 2009 when they opened their first shop on Calle Alcala, next to Metro Pueblo Nuevo and the minute I walked in I knew it was going to be a long term shopping lover affair.

For all of my American readers, Imagine a dollar store with the style and class in its store design and in its products like the Target stores.

The most expensive product I have ever seen in the shop has been around 25 – 30 euros and it was a clock radio with a retro design. Most products range from 1 euros – 7 euros…..the store sells everything…..arts and crafts supplies, house decorations and kitchen supplies, gardening supplies, games and lil toys for kids, bath supplies, extras for your tool box, bikes, car…they even have ipod/iphone covers for 3 euros, recyclable bags for shopping….even SNACK FOOD!!!!!

It is the clean and organized and CHEAP CHINO….made by the DANISH!!!!! It started 10 years ago in Copenhagen and it’s making its boom across Europe.

Imagine….in 2 years it has gone from 1 store in Madrid to 4 stores!!!!!! And I guarantee you it will grow…and fast!!!!

So go check out the 2 new locations here in the Madrid or visit the original 2.

Locations in Mad-town:

Definitely worth your wild…..and for my British friends…its in the UK too!!!!! 🙂

This store is going to be as important to Spain as IKEA and Primark have become….. Love It!!!!! 🙂

http://www.tiger-stores.es/

En Guay Si

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Calle Rodriguez San Pedro, 34

Metros: Moncloa, Arguelles, San Bernardo, Quevedo

Phone Number: 915 916 405

PIZZA!!!!

Yummy Yummy PIZZA!

I remember when this place had just opened up back in Fall/Winter 2009. When I had discovered it, I immediately fell in love. Back then it was much more expensive than it is now.

Madrid has many Pizzerias, but this is the only one that has that true New York style pizza. Everyone who goes there raves about it, and for us Americans here in Madrid it is a guarenteed good time had by all.

It´s not a very large location but typically there is always room to sit everytime I go. Many people get the pizzas to go, which is great since you are only a 10 minute walk to the Parque Oeste.

They now deliver in the Arguelles- Chamberi neighborhood on bike (and no not those annoying Telepizza motobikes, I mean a real ´you´ve got to pedal it yourself´bicycle.

And they provide the pizza needs for everyone with ´slices-to-go´, or 3 sizes of pizzas (small, medium and large).

Each pizza is hand-made when you order it and they do allow you to have half of the pizza with one topping and the other half with another topping.

And (my favorite part) they have Budweiser on tap….you cannot go wrong with this place!

The owners are 2 brothers from the US who decided to open up a truly unique pizzeria in Madrid….and I know I am a fan. It makes me feel like I´m back home in the US…and you really cannot ask for anything better than that!

Check it out!

http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/En-Guay-Si-Pizza/152122191482661

http://www.tripadvisor.es/Restaurant_Review-g187514-d1592754-Reviews-En_Guay_Si_Pizza-Madrid.html

http://madridcoolblog.blogspot.com/2010/11/en-guay-si-las-autenticas-pizzas.html