Notes and Noshes from Madrid, Spain

13 Jan

A few notes and noshes from my short stay in Madrid, Spain. We arrived on Christmas day and spent the night with a sweet family that cooked a special, traditional Christmas meal for us. Some of the food was unfamiliar, but we tasted new things and were grateful for the warm welcome into the city. I did not take any pictures that night, but below are some snapshots of the rest of the trip.

A requirement: churros con chocolate (pictured in the middle) + cafe con leche for breakfast

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We visited the Reina Sofia and the Prado art museums. This was a pretty installation at the Reina Sofia.

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Exploring the parks was another favorite activity. The park near Casa de Campo had a section with some colorful birds. Random yet pretty.

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El Mercado de San Antón was a big food highlight. The downstairs section of the market is for picking up gourmet groceries and snacks, and the upstairs section is full of tapas-style fancy food vendors.

We ordered a Greek salad with feta, cucumber, olives, tomato, onion and green pepper. We also ordered a chicken pita sandwich with yogurt sauce, and a sweet yogurt with honey and walnut for dessert.

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Papas con huevos (French fries with eggs).

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Grilled octopus (called “polpo” in Spanish) with potatoes. So good!

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Salmorejo. This is a cold tomato and bread soup, topped with a little duck prosciutto. Yum. I made a version of salmorejo on my blog many years ago. Check it out here.

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Pretty clouds above the buildings. We were lucky with the weather, it was mostly sunny and not super cold.

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Cervezas (beers) with peanuts and corn nuts while we saw jazz music one night.

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The jazz.

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Breakfast at the apartment with a few croissants from the downstairs bakery.

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We took a day trip to Toledo. This was taken at the Madrid Atocha train station before we left. Pretty amazing, with trees and turtles and little shops inside.

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After a quick 30 minute train ride, we arrived in Toledo. What a view!

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We spent most of the day at the Army Museum, but we had a chance to walk around at night and explore the cathedrals and castles.

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Very picturesque.

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Brains in Spain. Scenes from a butcher shop window.

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The Temple of Debod, an Egyptian temple that was rebuilt in Madrid.

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More park views in the Parque del Oeste.

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The Royal Palace of Madrid, from a distance.

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So, now you have a small glimpse into our short stay in Madrid. In addition to all of the above activities, we saw a lot of the city by simply walking around and meandering. My Fitbit told me that we did between 15,000 and 24,000 steps a day! We also did a lot more eating and drinking in addition to the above pictures.

Along with the help of Sam, who is spending a year living in Spain, I used the 36 Hours in Madrid piece from the New York Times to help me orient myself to the city. I also relied on this blog, Spanish Sabores, to find restaurants and day trip guides.

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