We’ve all been on family holidays to Spain at some point, I’ve visited most of the East coast including Barcelona and while I’ve really enjoyed it, it’s never really felt that much of a ‘Spanish’ experience (probably because its overrun with Brits). So we packed our bags and headed over to Madrid. Where else other than the capital city to sample authentic culture? It’s an easy route from most London airports and also quite cheap.
It was a quick 20 minute taxi from the airport to our rented apartment in the La Latina neighbourhood. We ditched our bags and headed straight out to a bar round the corner for a couple of beers (and bar snack – Pintxo – naturally).
On Saturday we decided to hit the famous Mercado San Miguel just near the Plaza Mayor. Go with a very empty stomach as you will want to eat everything, and we did! First off we made a quick stop at the Mozzarella bar for some really very good Mozzarella /Burrata on thin slices of bread.
We then went to the grilled meat stand and had the most succulent Black Angus beef and Iberico Pork, which was cooked in front of us and eaten with some bread and onion relish. Mouth wateringly good.
After we stopped for a cone of Jamon…
And a plate of anchovy fillets marinated in oil, lemon and garlic. These were so fresh and went perfectly with a nice crisp glass of white wine.
After taking a quick breather in a bar opposite we headed back towards Plaza Mayor noticing a little Calamaria with a big queue. This sort of thing usually repels most people. To us it screams join me! We were rewarded with the best Calamari roll we have ever eaten. Two ingredients: Calamari & bread roll. No mayo. No butter. No lemon. And it was glorious.