La Venencia – Madrid, Spain

I was out to dinner the other night with my family and friends and did a little research before I went.  It was a warm summer evening and we were going to be dining outside under a cloudless sky.  The thought of sucking down heady Czech beer seemed a little heavy handed to my palate so I made a strategic decision early on.  I ordered … Continue reading La Venencia – Madrid, Spain

Corazón Loco – Madrid, Spain

Perched on a corner just around the bend from Cava Baja and just up the street from Almendro 13 sits one of the most quintessential Spanish hipster wine bars that I’ve ever seen.  When I say hipster, I must make it clear that I’m not talking about Euro-hipsters – the vapid, label-wearing big sunglass bunch.  By hipster, I mean that its home to young, hip, … Continue reading Corazón Loco – Madrid, Spain

El Tempranillo – Madrid, Spain

La Latina’s El Tempranillo makes you feel like you’re stepping into a forbidden guiri-free slice of Spanish bar culture.  I’ve never seen anyone in there speak a word of English in my 3 or 4 visits.  I think the fellows behind the bar would like to keep it that way as well.  On our last visit there, as all prior visits, upon stepping up to … Continue reading El Tempranillo – Madrid, Spain

Churros con Chocolate in Madrid

Churros con chocolate feel very Madrileño to me just because that is the first place I experienced them and it’s where I’ve had some of the best.  The ones pictured above were had at the Cafeteria Ricote and are a heck of a way to start a morning.  Gruff service behind the counter gives way to bittersweet chocolate heaven in a cup and golden, heartily-crunchy … Continue reading Churros con Chocolate in Madrid

El Museo del Jamón – The Museum of Ham

Used to be, when I thought of ham, I thought of something honey baked or square watery lunch meat in plastic.  Ever since I was a foreign exchange student to Madrid, Spain nearly 20 years ago, the picture in my mind changed.  Whenever somebody says “ham” I kind of feel a pending letdown.  It’s not that I don’t like ham but it’s just that I … Continue reading El Museo del Jamón – The Museum of Ham

Almendro 13 – One of the Spanish Seven Wonders

I can’t count how many times I’ve been to Almendro 13.  I can’t even count how many people I have sent there when they tell me they’re going to Madrid.  You would think with all of that exposure, I’d be over it.  You might never guess that I would go there twice in the course of three days with a near miss of a third … Continue reading Almendro 13 – One of the Spanish Seven Wonders