Food is food! Well...sort of! During our travels, national cultural influences often provide unique dishes to sample. Some are spicy - others are not. In Spain, "uniquely" Spanish cuisine is different from the other national foods served throughout the rest of Europe. The history of invasions in the various regions affected the different cooking methods and ingredients available. In that regard, "Spanish" cuisine is more regionalized than in other parts of Europe. Sure, beef steak is beef steak wherever you go. But, how it is prepared, what spices are used, and what garnishes with which it is served, can make a world of difference in how it tastes. We sampled a number of different styles of food during our stay in Madrid; from the amazingly sweet churros dipped in chocolate, to roasted lamb slow-cooked in an ancient wood burning oven, to snacking on "tapas" ( Spanish appetizers which can be served either hot or cold) over drinks during a Flamenco performance. What a delight!
There are a number of large "mercados" (markets) around Madrid. This is the Mercado de San Miguel next to Plaza Mayor.
How about a 1/4 of a cow for supper tonight?
Some of the fish looked like they could eat us.
Pastry shops were almost on every corner.
...so is pasta.
Churros dipped in chocolate are decadent!
They come in different shapes and sizes.
And the chocolate was so good!
There is an unending supply of wine.
How many olives can you count?
Meats are plentiful.
Tapas (Spanish appetizers) can be served hot or cold
Somewhere amongst all those mushrooms is a steak.
The slow-roasted lamb was delicious.
Menu cover from the Botin Reaturant - oldest restaurant in the world according to the Guinness Book of Records.
Fried calamari, whether served in sandwiches or in snack cups like these, is quite popular
Carl and Lorraine Aveni are two retirees planning on traveling through Europe for at least one year.