Alcala de Henares is waiting for you

By | 2 March, 2015 | 0 comments

Alcala de Henares

It has been confirmed, albeit without scientific approval, that the human remains found in the Convent of Las Trinitarias in Madrid may have been those of Miguel de Cervantes, the famous author of El Quijote whose second part is 400 years old this year. We know where he died, in the street that bears his name, at number 2, in Madrid, and also where he was born, in Alcalá de Henares in 1547, although the exact place is still unclear.

However, in his hometown is the house where, after many studies, it is believed that the so-called Prince of Wit was born in. Entrance is free and the visit allows you to discover a classic Castilian house from the 16th century, with the added bonus of imagining Cervantes there running around it. It opens from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10.00am until 6.00pm, with last entry at 5.30pm. Information and bookings number: +32 918 899 654.

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Categories: Cultura Madrid

The Abello Private Collection

By | 22 February, 2015 | 0 comments

coleccion abelloThe Uffizi in Italy, the Thyssen in Spain… the great art collections, which later became museums, emerged due to the love that the great families of that time felt for art, on which they invested vast sums of money.

Following the trail of those great collectors, Juan Abelló and his wife Anna Gamazo are known not just for their business dealings but also for their fantastic art collection that, for the first time, is being shown to the public. The works of art, a total of 160, can be seen in the CentroCentro space inside the Palacio de Comunicaciones, on Plaza de Cibeles, 1, as part of an exhibition called Patronage at the Service of Art (Mecenazgo al servicio del arte in Spanish), which allows you to see works of artists such as Berruguete, Zurbarán, Murillo, Degas, Sorolla, Picasso, Miró and Dalí, among other geniuses.

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Categories: Exposiciones Madrid

Get your Sandwich in Madrid!

By | 13 February, 2015 | 0 comments

sandwichIt’s probable that films like #Chef, which praises the art of the sandwich in all of its splendour with the speciality of the Cuban sandwich, made with love and a soft mixture of meat, cheeses and sauce, have increased the value of the normal, traditional sandwich. In any case, in Madrid there are many places that are starting to appear and in which the sandwich stops being just any normal kind of dish and becomes the star of the menu.

One of these places is Crumb, on Conde Duque, 8, where you can choose among different types of home-baked bread with interesting fillings. In this world of the mega-offer, we are grateful for its limited menu, which includes only eight types of sandwich, always accompanied by potato side dishes, sweet potato or salad. One of their best sandwiches is the sardine sandwich with tapenade, cherry tomatoes, lettuce and mayo, although another excellent option is the oriental roast beef one, with rocket, cherry tomatoes, pickles and a sauce that mixes mayo and mustard. Delicious.

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Categories: Bares Madrid, Gastronomía Madrid

Costume Museum: Get Dressed with your Eyes

By | 30 January, 2015 | 0 comments

museo trajeIt is not the most central museum in Madrid although it is well worth going to it to Moncloa, from where you just have a short walk to get there. Firstly, it is well worth visiting for its permanent collection, which is not so permanent as its name might imply because it is renovated every so often.

This part of the Costume Museum, or Museo del Traje in Spanish, offers a tour back in time and history’s relation with costumes, since before the 17th century until today. Meanwhile, exact replicas of outfits such as the funerary trousseau of Princess Maria, daughter of King Fernando III, who died at the age of five. It travels through other times such as Classicism or social classes like the bourgeoisie and it reaches costumes made by prestigious designers like Paco Rabanne, Cristóbal Balenciaga or samples by lesser-known yet experienced designers such as Philippe Laporte.

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Categories: Cultura Madrid, Exposiciones Madrid

Goya’s Madrid

By | 16 January, 2015 | 0 comments

goya madridThe characters immortalised by Francisco de Goya in many of his Madrid-themed works, such as The field of San Isidro, later generated a type of character, the Goyaesque or goyesco, which then became a regional costume. This symbolises the bond between the Aragonese artist and the Spanish capital, where his famous Quinta del Sordo estate was located in and whose paintings you can see in the Prado Museum. As well as his impressionist black paintings and other emblematic ones by the artist, you can enjoy the temporary exhibition Goya in Madrid until the next 3rd of May.

The exhibition focuses on the cartoons that Goya made for the Royal Tapestry Factory, in contrast with those of other artists, and it also shows paintings and sculptures that were used as inspiration for his works. Goya considered these tapestry cartoons not as a small-time work but rather as a “metaphorical invention” of reality that later paved the way for his definitive art. Standard tickets cost 14 euros.

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Categories: Cultura Madrid

Brunch is life

By | 22 December, 2014 | 0 comments

BrunchIf we mix together breakfast and lunch we get brunch, a mid-morning meal. It is a highly recommended formula for long sightseeing days in a large city like Madrid, in which it is convenient to recharge the batteries mid-morning and, while you do so, save on having a big meal (lunch, or at least reduce it to its minimal expression).

A good indicator of a place’s quality -although it is not always this way- is to make sure if there are any foreign tourists inside. In many cases, word gets out amongst foreigners of places that are worth going to and it is the tourists who are more aware of these things than locals themselves. Something similar happens in Carmencita, and such is its popularity that it has had to open another restaurant a few yards from its original one on Calle Espíritu Santo, 73. Do not miss its eggs Benedict and its soft hollandaise sauce on a salmon or bacon base, accompanied by mimosas, a juicy mix of cava and orange juice. Prices approximately 10-15 euros.

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Categories: Bares Madrid, Gastronomía Madrid

La Platea: A Place to Get Lost In

By | 15 December, 2014 | 0 comments

Platea MadridLa Platea is a brand-new shopping centre on Calle Goya, 7 (next to Plaza Colón) that will celebrate its first ever Christmas this winter after its inauguration last June. With an initial investment of 60 million euros, it is a gamble but a firm one to revamp the whole outdated ‘shopping centre’ concept. And so, more than 20 gourmet food bars from different countries, high-range gastronomic offers and gourmet shops complete what is a very tempting food offer.

A good idea in order not to get lost is to start at El Foso, an area located in the basement with a large central dining area, surrounded by bars that serve cuisines from all over the world: Mexican, Italian, Japanese and Argentinian (a special mention goes to the juicy boneless ribs (entrecorte) at 7 euros per ration.

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Categories: Gastronomía Madrid, Restaurantes Madrid

Great Miniature Threatre

By | 26 November, 2014 | 0 comments

microteatroThere is theatre beyond the great stages, such as the Teatro Real, Teatro Español or Teatro María Guerrero. In recent years, a phenomenon has consolidated itself on Madrid’s drama scene, a way of making theatre reduced to its minimal expression, where spectators can even feel the breath of the actors: micro-theatre.

Where? At the Microteatro Por Dinero (Microtheatre for Money) company, on Calle Loreto Prado and Enrique Chicote, behind the Gran Vía and near Plaza de la Luna. These are plays that last no longer than fifteen minutes and that, being so short, there are many different ones in the same place, so spectators can see quite a few of them one after the other.

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Categories: Cultura Madrid, Eventos Madrid

Traditional Madrid Cuisine: Value on the Rise

By | 19 November, 2014 | 0 comments

Cocido madrileñoThe cold makes us want to try some cocido, although a true local from Madrid can eat it no matter what time of the year it is. Although apparently simple and with an unknown origin, the cocido is a dish from Madrid that is surrounded by liturgy and tradition, whose recipe has been improved after being passed down the generations ladder.

A great restaurant to enjoy a nice cocido, in a traditional atmosphere and without paying a small fortune, is Casa Jacinto, a restaurant close to the Senate and whose waiters are dressed in old-fashioned white with a broad smile on their faces. For 12 euros per person approximately, you can have a generous serving of cocido, and you will not need another one. It is worth booking a table in advance, since the restaurant fills up with its regular customs. Undoubtedly, a sure culinary victory for all visitors.

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Categories: Gastronomía Madrid

Jazz Madrid

By | 28 October, 2014 | 0 comments

jazz madridThese are two words which are hard to come by together, especially now that one of the city’s jazz temples, Café Central, will most likely be closing its doors due to financial trouble. However, the Madrid International Jazz Festival has been going for 29 years now, even though last year it did not take place. It is back this year by decision of the City Council, renamed JazzMadrid 2014, much to the delight of jazz fans.

The concerts will take place in venues such as Centro Conde Duque, Centro Cultural Galileo or CentroCentro from the 4th to the 26th of November, and its programme will include some of the best jazz artists in the world. Dee Dee Bridgewater, an African-American singer that is amazing on stage, and names such as Martin & Word, Chano Domínguez & Niño Josele, Romano, Sclavis, Texier, Jorge Pardo, Richard Galliano and Zakir Hussain among others will be completing the line-up.

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Categories: Conciertos Madrid

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