Thursday, December 23, 2010

Tripnotes: Madrid, Spain

As promised, I bring you part 1 of my 2-part Thanksgiving Spanish adventure: MADRID!


After taking the red eye from NYC, we landed with empty bellies and so it was off to some of Madrid’s can’t-miss snack spots ( after all…this is Thanksgiving, people!).


La Mallorquina is renowned for traditional Spanish pastries and strongggg coffee. It’s no-nonsense with counter service only on the first floor. For a more relaxed experience, head upstairs for table service where you can linger.


Museo Del Jamon is a literally just that – a museum of ham. Try their 1 euro value menu, where you can score a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice, a caña ( a small glass of beer) and pan tumaca - a traditional, open-faced sandwich of Serrano ham, olive oil and tomato seeds on toasted baguette.


After a few quick snacks, we strolled around until it was “officially” time for lunch. Lunches are eaten late in Madrid (as is dinner – usually around 10pm).


I booked us a table at a traditional Spanish “Taberna” with a “menu del dia” – essentially a set menu, usually 3 courses, including wine and coffee.


After a big and tasty lunch, we walked it off and headed to the Palacio Real. The Palacio was gorgeous and a perfect place to snap pics since it was a clear, cool day.



Madrid is full of winding, cobbled and narrow streets. For something a little different, I recommend checking out the area of Chueca – a trendy, gay neighborhood with tons of quirky shops and cafes.


Later, we hit some museums and then it was off to Mercado San Miguel – a newly renovated indoor market with tons of different vendors.


Locals love it for mid-day snacking and drinks.


These were truly tasty tapas.



Late night, we hit a small neighborhood bar for tasty mojitos with fresh mint and bar snacks.


After a few gratis shots from the bartender, we stumbled back to our hotel for some much needed sleep.


Next stop, Barcelona!!


Claudia Cifuentes said...

great photos! that food looks delectable. happy new year! xo

dulci said...

Thanks Claudia - you too!! :)

Happenstance said...

Beautiful pics! The food looks great!

Allie said...

Wonderful! I've never been to Spain, but now I really want to go!

Evie said...

I just feasted on your photos!!!

dulci said...

Evie - lucky for your they're 100% fat free! haha!

La Franglaise said...

Precioso!! The food looks amazing. Gosh, I miss Spain. It used to be my yearly destination... until the bubba arrived. I have to plan a trip there this year and make up for lost time. Bonne année! x

dulci said...

@La Franglaise - you have to go back!! Spain such a wonderful place - bring your bubba and share the love :)

Jenni Austria Germany said...

ah, those pastries are making me i love your scarf!

dulci said...

Thank you Jenni! It's from The Gap :)

Fanny said...

oo you have such a nice blog! like to watch your pictures , thanks for your comment on my blog.

I follow you now ! x

Becca said...

No joke - the Museo is right around the corner from my fav tapas bar - Fatigas del Querer.