Tapas and other Spanish delights in Madrid

For those of you who don’t know (that haven’t guessed it already by my name) I am Spanish, from the Canary Islands to be precise – and if you’re wondering what I’m doing in the cold and gloomy UK coming from paradise (I get this question all the freaking time) just Google “unemployment rate in Spain” and you’ll get the answer. Facts aside, I moved to the UK four years ago to study my degree and after I graduated I decided to stay here. But that doesn’t mean I don’t love Spain and would love to live there, it’s just a matter of what’s best for me – career wise – right now.

I still try to go back to Spain at least twice a year, and last weekend I took a short trip to Madrid with my friend Kate and stayed there at my sister’s house. To sum up the trip, we ate our weight in Spanish noms and walked over 42kms in two days to make sure we saw as much as we could of the city. Bellow you can see a few pics of the amazing food we had:

On our first night, we went straight from the airport to Don Jamón to have dinner and our first of many jugs of sangría.

For our first breakfast we went to Chocolatería Valor, a classic in Madrid. And yes that’s two pieces of toast with melted chocolate, olive oil and nuts. I’ve never heard of this before and it is certainly not something typical in Spain, but hey, it was still delicious. I mean, it’s melted chocolate…

Our lunch that day was Black Paella (and more sangría, duh) at Mercado San Miguel. Don’t be fooled by the black color due to the squids ink; this has been, is and will forever be my favorite dish from Spain. If you ever go, you have to try it! It’s much better than regular Paella, in my opinion. I actually don’t even like regular Paella.

For dinner on our second night we went to Las Fatigas del Querer. I had been here a few times before and absolutely love it – I think Kate agree’s on this. You will have to excuse me for this horrible picture though – we were way too hungry. The one below is a bit better.

On our second day we had breakfast at my sister’s house after a morning run. And no, I didn’t chose to go running – my crazy runner-friend did. I didn’t regret it though as later on in the day I didn’t feel guilty for eating this huge stack of churros at Chocolatería San Ginés (an ABSOLUTE must in the city!), which by the way was our lunch. Yes, churros con chocolate for lunch, no judging here please.

I am sure I will be back to Madrid soon so if you’ve been there before, let me know about restaurants you’ve been to that you’ve loved, so I can try them next time I’m there!

Also – my next post will be a bit different from the ones I’ve published so far, so watch this space.


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