Issa long one
(... that's what she said 🙃)
This weekend I was meant to go to Sofia to visit my friend who lives there. I was super excited, because I've never been and I would've had something interesting to blog about. Unfortunately I found out that Bulgaria is not part of the Schengen area 😩 and I would've had to apply for a Bulgarian visa if I wanted to go #GreenPassportWoes #SortitOutBulgaria. So it was another weekend spent in Madrid (not that I'm complaining). On the bright side, my photography skills are getting better ... or maybe it's just that the sun was shining idk. On the not so bright side the weather was awful this weekend .. 4°C, snow (yes!), rain, ew.
My first love is food but it's weird because I haven't eaten out much since I've been in Madrid. I guess because I'm working here and not strictly on holiday I've been cooking and eating at home a lot more than I would under normal holiday circumstances. But this week, I ate out quite a bit. This post is a bit random ... There's going to be a bit (a lot) of food, a bit of history (only because I am obsessed with the pictures) and whatever I think looks cool basically :)
Last week Sunday I did a lot of walking around Madrid. I went with a couple friends to El Rastro, which is the largest open air flea market in Madrid. It's held every Sunday and it is hugeeeee, there's something like 3000 stalls appaz. They sell everything from art to musical instruments to clothes.
After El Rastro we decided to go to Mercado San Miguel for some food. One of the things I love about Madrid is that its a smallish city, so you can walk pretty much anywhere. And when you walk you come across all sorts of things, for example the hipster pop up market above (Can't remember what it was called)
By the time we got to Mercado San Miguel, I was starving so I had paella, garlic prawns and croquetas. Unfortunately I was so hungry I forgot to take photos, but I did remember to take one of my tiny dessert.
After food, we decided to stroll down to the Templo de Debod (making several pitstops along the way)
History lesson: The Temple of Debod is an ancient Egyptian temple that was gifted to Spain by Egypt to thank them for the help they provided in saving the Abu Simbel temples. It was literally dismantled in Egypt and re-assembled in Madrid, Spain. It is one of the most beautiful spots in Madrid, especially at sunset. I wanna say my photography skills are amazing but honestly you would have to try really really hard to get a bad picture of the temple.
Last week, the weather was cold af. It actually snowed on Thursday and people here were so confused. It would've been funny if I wasn't so miserable. Have I mentioned how much I hate the cold? To console myself I spent the week eating.
Exhibit A: Ahi Tuna Japarrito - The Japanese Burrito
I love sushi and I love burritos, so sushi in burrito form is always a good idea. I had the ahi tuna one and it was delicious. As a side I had platanitos con guacamole (Plantain chips with guac). Anyone who knows me knows how obsessed I am with plantain. (Plantain is love, plantain is life etc etc.) I had never had plantain with guacamole though.. It works 👍
Exhibit B: Churros con chocolate - Los Artesanos 1902
Los Artesanos 1902 is the second most famous churreria in Madrid after San Gines. Personally, I prefer the Churros at Los Artesanos but the chocolate at San Gines.
Exhibit C: More Churros - Maestro Churrero
Spanish Churros are kinda different to what I was expecting. They are more savoury than sweet and I was on the hunt for something more reminiscent of Disneyland Churros (if you know, you know). The Churros at Maestro Churrero were exactly what I was looking for. Churros covered in cinnamon and sugar, and mini churros topped with Dulce de Leche. Annoyingly, the churros were not made fresh as you ordered, so they weren't warm. But luckily the mini churros were, and they were amazing. For normal churros I think I'll be sticking to the more traditional places.
Exhibit D: The best tacos ever - Takos al Pastor
These were delicious and that is all I have to say.
Exhibit E: La Maraca - Anauco
This beauty popped onto my Instagram feed the other day in one of those annoying sponsored ads. It's Anauco's burger of the month and it contains plantain(!!), sour cream, cheese and crispy onions. Naturally I had to hunt it down. It was really good, but Goiko Grill is still Number 1 for me.
Now that the important part (food obv) is out of the way, I will leave you with pictures. Please pray for the weather in Madrid, because if it doesn't improve I will double in size 😫 . It's supposed to be 17°C tomorrow, so back to regular scheduled programming of chicken and veg/salad... hopefully.
Enjoy (Random bits and pieces from my week). Have a fabulous week x