Spanish Tortilla – Recipe

This fun and tasty dish confuses most of us because when we hear tortilla we don’t usually think about eggs and potatoes, but Spanish Tortilla is found almost everywhere at all times in Spain, not just breakfast.  The Spanish enjoy eating the tortilla all day long and sometimes use it as tapas.  I still think…

Tapenade – Tapas Recipe

Olives are everywhere in Spain and they use them in a lot of great recipes. It goes great with bruschetta, or use it on salads and sandwiches for a quick Mediterranean bite. Tapenade is one of those easy, classic recipes to make when you want to clear the fridge f cocktail olives or spiced olives and herbs…

The Spanish Inquisition, Ham & The Catholic Church

During the later years of the Crusades the Christians started running out of money and went to the Jews to gets funds to pay for the holy war.  Once the crusaders pushed the Moores out of the Iberico Peninsula the Jewish lenders wanted their debts collected and this became problematic for the newly victorious Christians….

Chocolateria San Gines – Churros & Hot Chocolate Madrid

To Madrilenas churros and chocolate in the evening are akin to donuts and coffee in the morning. Chocolateria San Gines has been famous for making the best since 1894.  Dipping these crispy, hot churros into the warm, melted chocolate makes a perfect combination of sweet, hot and crunchy! Absolutely spectacular for chocoholics! Open into the late…

Jamon Iberico De Belotta – Pata Negra

Since the times of the Spanish Inquisition ham has become an important part of the Spanish culture and represents a lot more than food for Spaniards! After 400 years they got pretty competitive at growing and curing these big, black pigs mastering the art of creating Pate Negra.  Ham is so polular the Spanish dedicate…

Suckling Pig at Restaurant Botin – A Madrelenian Tradition

Central Madrid –  Just south of Mercado San Miguel Suckling pig roasted in a wood fired oven is an age old tradition in Madrid.  Nowhere is more famous for preparing them than the restaurant La Botin .  This restaurant has been in business since 1725 and is world famous for its suckling baby pigs.

Madrid

With its historic past, offers travelers of today a fun city full of museums, Tapas bars, art exhibits, fashion, and great food culture.  Stroll around Plaza Major and around the neighborhoods. Pop in for a glass of wine and tapas at Meson del Champignon or lunch at the vendors in the Mercado de San Miguel. Take the Spanish…