the food of madrid

This one is pretty self explanatory…here’s a rundown off all the food we ate in Madrid:

LUNCH DAY ONE: MERCADO DE SAN MIGUEL

assorted burrata cheese crostinis & fresh fruit smoothies

DINNER DAY ONE: PLAZA MAYOR

sangria and seafood paella

LUNCH DAY TWO: MERCADO DE SAN MIGUEL

personal pizzas: 4 cheese and mushroom

MIDDAY TREAT DAY TWO: SAN GINES CHOCOLATERIA

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chocolate and churros, a Madrid must have

DINNER DAY TWO: LE MARIA

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crackers & cheese, presecco, steak, smoothies and coffee liquor

…talk about being wined and dined

Note: There are no pics of food from breakfast becasue it was provided at the hotels throughout the trip.

cheers.

~meesh

p.s. Barcelona is up next!

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madrid day two part 2

Ahhhh I’m so sorry, I haven’t posted in ages. It’s been crazy trying to be an adult so I have to adjust my time management. Anyways here is part 2…

After our lunch we headed to our afternoon guided tour which was nice and relaxing, we even got a chance to see the bull fighting stadium which we wouldn’t have been able to otherwise. And luckily it rained while we were on the tour so we stayed dry in the comfort of the bus.

Once our tour finished we walked through the plaza España and then up to the Debod temple (the oldest building in Madrid) from there we explored the old town and enjoyed walking down all the curving narrow streets.

Of course we also had to stop and have some chocolate and churros at San Gines, as Madrid is know for it. Pictures to come in separate food post.

We even ran into a wedding so we stopped to see the bride and groom and snap some pics. After dong some shopping it started to rain again so we need to find shelter and food…

We happened upon this little restaurant called Le Maria and omg…. this was by far the best meal we had on our entire trip. I have never been wined and dined in this fashion ever before but now I wish it were how I dine every night. Included in our 2.2 euro service charge was a glass of prosecco, gazpacho, crackers and cheese, bread and then after dinner an orange smoothie, and a vat of coffee liqueur. It was unlike anything I’ve ever experience and I loved every minute of it. If you are in Madrid you NEED to go.

By then the rain had let up and we headed back to our hotel for the night.

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cheers.

~meesh

madrid day two pt 1

The next morning we headed out to conquer the other side of town, which included visiting the palace, the palace gardens, the cathedral and the basilica. On our walk over in the morning we had no idea that our hotel was right by the palace so we made good time and enjoyed walking through the palace gardens. Seriously the flowers there were incredible.

We couldn’t actually go inside the palace, I’m not sure if you can on a normal day but there was some ceremony going on that day. Because of that you couldn’t even go into the palace square as it was all blocked off. We were still able to walk around and see the outside, which was just as spectacular.

After that we checked out the cathedral and basilica, which were both very nice. Before our afternoon tour we wanted to find the place we had heard of yesterday on the hop-on hop-off were you could get a 360 degree view of the whole city…my mom couldn’t remember where they told us it was and I happened to be napping during that part of the bus ride so we wandered around looking for some time…

Little did we know that it was the cathedral that gave you access to the views. But it was a separate entrance so that’s why we hadn’t seen it before when we were there earlier. Anyways, we made it to the top and the views didn’t disappoint. I will say thought that there were these giant statues up there and it was creepy being so close to them because they were triple our size (see photo below).

After that we picked up lunch at the San Miguel Mercado, again and sat in the square listening to some lovely music being played by a sweet old man. He was amazing and had a dog so we gave him a couple of euros because we enjoyed it…

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cheers.
~meesh
p.s. stay tuned for part 2 of the day

 

madrid day one

Before this trip I had never been to Spain before. So the only pretext I had was what I had learned about Spain in my Spanish classes all throughout school. And my main takeaway from class was siestas and sangria. Shout-out to Professora Thoms, hope you are well and drinking some sangria rn.

Anyways I didn’t really have many expectations for Spain like I did for Paris or for Rome (still mad about the trevi fountain incident). And when we arrived in Madrid I was blow away. First off I had no idea that Madrid is one of the most densely populated cities in the world, cue people everywhere. Secondly the style of buildings and overall architecture is so unique in comparison to other European cities.

After arriving, we headed out to explore the city, and at the top of my list of things to do in Madrid was to row boats in the park and get some chocolate and churros. First stop the park….the Parque del Retiro is a mix between all your favorite parks, it has classic French symmetry, but also lots of trees, a palace and a conservatory and a pond for rowing boats, as mentioned before.

If you couldn’t tell already I was very excited about the boats. I feel like everyone I know that has been to Madrid has rowed boats in the park and I was so excited. It was literally the first thing we did when we got there because I couldn’t wait. I will say I got a little nervous because I don’t have any prior boat rowing experience and there were fish in the pond and I’m deathly afraid. There was a brief moment in which I almost said no to rowing boats but tg I didn’t. I wasn’t a very good rower but I certainly would not call myself the worst…but my mom might lol.

To be completely honest this was the highlight of the trip. I loved every minute of and it did not disappoint.

We laid low the rest of the day enjoying the double decker hop-on hop-off bus and the sun.

But, our day wasn’t complete until we had our first taste of sangria. And after just one sip we were hooked, we enjoyed our sangria and paella in the Plaza Mayor. And I think we’d both agree that our first day in Spain was a success.

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cheers.

~meesh

p.s. separate food posts & flickr albums are to follow 🙂

 

post update

So I know what you are thinking… Where are all my travel posts? …Well my intentions were to blog about my travels while I was abroad. I even brought my computer with me and managed to get my London post up while there. But, I underestimated the amount of time that I would actually be spending exploring different cities each day.

Now that I am state side I will be starting to post about my travels within the next few days. I’ll also be posting some other travel tips and tricks plus I have some hopefully exciting news to share with you all.

So stay tuned because the travel posts I promised are coming!

Here’s a little sneak peak…

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cheers.

~meesh