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

Book bars to Read, Write and More…

By | 2 October, 2014 | 1 comment

libro bar madridHaving a coffee in a coffee shop is not what it used to be. At least in the more hipster area of Madrid, where there are more and more spaces appearing where the coffee is the least important part. These places are filled with books, paintings, comic books and cultural activities such as reading, book clubs or book presentations. Let’s see some of the most prominent ones you can visit in the Spanish capital.

La Fugitiva is one of the most famous ones in the area of Antón Martín, especially for those looking for some peace and quiet where to enjoy their coffee or tea in (we recommend their Ayurveda or Pakistani tea and their homemade vegan cakes). There is good Wi-Fi connection there and plenty of plugs to charge your laptop in, and the owners do not mind if you stay there all afternoon without moving. It is located on Calle Santa Isabel, 7, and philosophical discussions, book clubs and even a chess club are some of the activities that take place inside. It also doesn’t close until midnight, so there is plenty of time for everything. If you need more information, just ask Clea, who is always ready to advise those who enter La Fugitiva.

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Categories: Bares Madrid, Cultura Madrid

Madrid, Melting Pot of Spain’s Gastronomies

By | 15 September, 2014 | 0 comments

gastronomia españaJust like that great theme park in Barcelona, Poble Espanyol, Madrid is also a melting pot of the different parts of Spain. Let’s follow that plurality through the different regional culinary schools that are located in the city.

A melting point of immigrants from other less rich regions, cuisines from far-away places like León flourished in Madrid. Close to Calle San Bernardo, on Calle Cruz Verde, 16, you can find El Boñar de León. Nobody should expect fine dining in a place that does not stand out for its decoration but rather for its generous, almost excessive, free rations that accompany the tapas. It is ideal for days that you do not feel like spending a lot of money and are not in the mood for subtleties. The cocido stew is immense in quantity and the cold cuts, traditional from León, are also an interesting choice. However, remember that this is not the kind of place that you would want to propose to your girlfriend, as it’s not the most refined place in the world.

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Categories: Bares Madrid, Gastronomía Madrid

Today We Eat… At The Museum

By | 4 August, 2014 | 0 comments

Cafe del Jardin MadridA museum is mostly its paintings, its masterpieces, but also its walls, its architecture, its design and also its cafes and restaurants. In fact, these are elements that are receiving more attention by the managers of said museums, since they see them as a way of attracting visitors. Generally speaking, you do not have to access the museum to enjoy these places filled with art.

One of the most charming ones is the cafe at the Museum of Romanticism, known as Café del Jardín. It is a place with a French touch, elegant, delicate and only spoiled slightly by music that does not generally match the peace that you can experience here. It is made up of a room and a garden that would have inspired romantic poets back in the day; smoking is not allowed and this guarantees that no impertinent cigarette butt ruins the beauty of this charming little corner, located in the heart of Madrid (Calle San Mateo, 13), which is also free to enter. We especially recommend its homemade cakes and its summer timetable is Tuesday to Saturday from 9.30am to 8.30pm and Sundays from 10am to 3pm.

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Categories: Bares Madrid, Gastronomía Madrid

The Pleasure of Beer

By | 3 July, 2014 | 0 comments

Cerveza en MadridOne of Madrid’s strongest points is the love that each and every one of its waiters have for beer, as you can see in the dedication they show when pouring the cañas. In a normal caña, the visitor can find a sufficient source of pleasure but, if you would like to go deeper into the world of beer, there is a huge list of breweries with the best beers from around the world, whether it is on tap or in a bottle or even brewed by themselves.

Open in 2012, Fábrica Maravillas, in the heart of Malasaña (Calle Valverde, 29), is a good starting point. It is not common in Madrid to find beer made by the bar where you are drinking it but it does happen in this modern place owned by a Frenchman from Brittany who is a huge beer lover. It is an excellent chance to sample this ancient drink made at home, with different intensities, aromas and graduations that make it a highly stimulating experience.

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Categories: Bares Madrid, Gastronomía Madrid, Restaurantes Madrid

High Terraces

By | 23 June, 2014 | 0 comments

Azotea circulo bellas artesTo the consolidated tradition of cañas (small beers) in the many and varied terraces in Madrid, there is a new fashion that has been added to it which is to do it a few dozen feet from the ground. This is how there are places that have emerged at different heights that they add the pleasure of enjoying a rooftop view of Madrid while you have a nice refreshing beer or a mojito.

At Tirso de Molina, on Calle Doctor Cortezo, 17, we find Casa de Granada, a regional bar, as the name indicates, that has recently renovated its facilities. Also worth checking out is Gaudeamus (Gau&Café), in the heart of Lavapiés, which you can go to through the library of the UNED (building of Escuelas Pías), on Calle Tribulete, 14.

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Immersion in Wine

By | 3 June, 2014 | 0 comments

vino en madrid‘In vino veritatis’, they used to say in Latin. The truth lies in wine. Perhaps, though, it is true that pleasure in wine is greater if one knows all of its details, if one gets to enjoy its nuances, the type of grape, the flavours, the aromas… That is why there are many wine tasting schools emerging in Madrid that allow wine lovers to immerse themselves in this culture.

Without wanting to go too much into detail but rather to enjoy a new experience and touch base with the wine-tasting world, a good idea would be to join the daylong tastings offered by different institutions. One of them is La Fisna, on Calle Doctor Fourquet, which has wine tastings on Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm.

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Categories: Bares Madrid, Gastronomía Madrid

Habsburg Madrid

By | 20 May, 2014 | 0 comments

Madrid de los AustriasIt receives its name from the dynasty that set the Spanish capital in Madrid back in 1561, with king Felipe II at the head. It was the Madrid known to those kings, although the area of the current district of Las Letras was not then included and today would correspond to the districts of Sol and Palacio, in other words, the central district.

It is the heart of Madrid, with Plaza Mayor as a reference point, but also the streets of Calle Mayor and Calle Arenal -precisely where our hotel is located- drive you to Plaza de Oriente going past picturesque spots that are well worth seeing.

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Categories: Cultura Madrid, tourism

A Night of Theatre in Madrid

By | 8 May, 2014 | 0 comments

Teatro Real MadridMadrid is one of the cities in Europe with the biggest passion for the theatre, with an offer that encompasses great stage productions all the way to interesting proposals on small alternative stages.

The Lavapiés district is the home of Teatro Valle-Inclán, which belongs to the Centro Dramático Nacional (National Drama Centre), as well as Teatro María Guerrero, whose building is worth a visit in itself thanks to its modernity and clean lines in this diverse and multicultural district of Madrid. With a carefully selected programme, with works by directors such as Juan Magoya, Anglélica Lidell or Gerardo Vera, it is a reference in today’s drama scene in Madrid.

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Categories: Cultura Madrid, Eventos Madrid, Teatro Real

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