When Greg and I want to go somewhere where we can really escape and relax, without doubt, Spain is the place for us. Always great friends, food and weather, Spain never disappoints us. To escape the many things of New York, especially the weather, we bought the tickets with the idea in mind to also celebrate my birthday there. My very good friend Miguel welcomed us in his flat in Madrid located in the city center.
The spring landed in Madrid much earlier than in NYC and we felt it in the air, trees, people and of course you could see it in our faces. People in the street talking and smiling at you…I had an ambiguous feeling while I was walking in street. It made me feel so strange and weird to be in Madrid as a tourist. For a moment I felt angry and jealous that I was not living in Spain anymore. The feeling went away when I let myself enjoy and embrace what I have now, the moments with Greg while there. I felt rejuvenated, relaxed and going with the wonderful breeze that took us in the coolest corners of Madrid.
So the first day we arrived in Madrid, we were alone. My best friend Graciela was away so we started walking toward Principe de Vergara towards Puerta de Alcala and stopped to this beautiful dessert store where we bought this delicious, and indescribable peace of art that melted as soon as it landed in our mouths.
I am always touched and my heart beats irregularly when I start to talk in Spanish. I said to the girl behind the counter that I lived in Spain for so many years and I just love this city. She smiled and handed me another dessert, my favorite one during la Semana Santa (Easter) called, Torrijas.
And then of course we headed to La Latina where we had our first stop and first Salmorejo in La Perejila. La Perejila is this coolest place in Cava Baja area of La Latina. It is very small place and it always full. They serve food until 1 am in the morning. Each time we go to Madrid our first stop is there.
For those that do not know what Salmorejo is, you don’t know what you are missing. Salmorejo is a very thick tomato, garlic and bread soup, garnished with Jamon Iberico and eggs. It is usually shared among friends but this time Greg and I decided to get two, one for each of us.
We stuffed ourselves with Salmorejo, pan con tomate with olive oil, Jamon and Croquetas de Jamon. We washed it down with Vino tinto, Sangria and licor de Jerez.
We finished dinner the Spanish way with Tinto de Verano (it is simpler than sangria, normally made up of 1 part of red wine and 1 part gaseosa. Gaseosa is a general term for sodas and carbonated drinks, but the preferred mixer is a mild-flavored, low-sugar, carbonated lemonade, of which La Casera is the best known brand).
As all this was not enough we headed to El Mercado de San Miguel where we had our Vermouth and un chupito de Yogourt con fresa y mango.
Barcelona was the next place we headed to immediately the next day. So stay tuned for some cool places in Barcelona, which I do hope will be the next city we plan to live in. Ole….