Monthly Archive: August 2012

Botin Restaurant & Suckling Pig


The third day do our trip was about seeing what we needed to before moving on to the next destination – in this case, the Palace Real. We focused on our final meal and we chose Restaurante Botin – the oldest restaurant in the world according the Guinness Book of Records. It is know for …

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Paella Like No Other


After two days travelling with little sleep, we woke the next day at 11:00 am and panicked. We only had two full days in Madrid. This will be a serious sight-seeing day. Took our long awaited stroll along the river at the Parque del Buen Retiro. Took the Metro out to the Museo de Prado. …

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Mercado de San Miguel

Late Saturday evening, we left the Plaza Mayor and stepped across the street following the lights that shone on a row of multicolored fruit. Once we stepped into the 19th century iron and glass structure, we knew immediately that this was the famous Mercado de San Miguel. Rows upon rows of vendors specializing in one …

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Sidewalk Cafes


We lunched at Santa Ana at one of the countless sidewalk cafes found in every square and along every street. Why can’t we have more street side cafes in Vancouver? People just walk around the chairs and tables here, so what if you have to narrow down to single file? We chose the Cerveceria Santa …

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Museo de Jamon

Madrid: Day 1 We arrived in Madrid just in time for lunch. Across from our hotel was the Museo de Jamon. Be still my heart! We must push pass the people three deep, eating ham sandwiches and drinking beer. On one side is a deli with every possible cut of ham. A row of cured …

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Cheese Souffle

Cheese Souffle right out of the oven

So, I did what any self-respecting foodie would do who had to use up all the food in the fridge before a big trip. Why make cheese souffle, of course.

Packed and Ready to Go

Madrid-Parque del Buen Retiro

We have spent months planing this trip and now we are finally going to hop on a plane bound for Europe. We’ll arrive in Madrid — I just checked the weather. A balmy 32°C. Ahhh! Just how I like it. I guess I can unpack that heavy fleece. Can’t wait for a stroll along the Parque del Buen …

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