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Diverxo Restaurant

on Feb 28, 2014 in Eat and Drink | 0 comments

Diverxo Restaurant is currently the only one in Madrid with three Michelin Stars.  I am not particularly a fan of the Michelin Travel Guide system but in the case of Diverxo, I was amazed and pleased by the extraordinary culinary experience.  Diverxo has been operating in the city for many years (since 2007) and it has always been very popular.  However, since the third star was awarded it is almost impossible to get a table, well maybe I exaggerated, it’s about 3 to six months… David Muñoz is the Chef responsible for the success of Diverxo and it’s impressive that at his young age (32 Years old) he has gotten so much recognition.  David´s cuisine is a hard-core fusion between Asia, America and Europe.  Furthermore, David has his own way and technics for cooking which altogether makes it a risky proposition.  I thank him and his team for allowing me to take pictures during a...

Leka Leka Bar

on Dec 9, 2013 in Eat and Drink | 0 comments

Leka Leka Bar has recently re-opened on a new location (San Bruno Street, 3) in the neighborhood of La Latina.  Leka Leka is a great place to enjoy a drink, good music and a bite to eat.  As a full-disclosure to my viewers, I am a good friend of the owners of the Bar.  However, I try only to post experiences that I truly believe are worthwhile to tourists coming to visit Spain.  Leka Leka was originally open for many years in the district of Chuecas and now they have decided to try a new, fun location as La Latina. People can go to Leka Leka for several reasons, but I would like to tell you my reasons: first, their bartenders really know how to prepare cocktails and prices are fair.  Second, music is well taken care off and diverse.  And last, it has a great atmosphere where you feel welcome.  On this new location, they have prepared a separate area of the bar for various events, such...

Doña Paca Restaurant

on Jun 22, 2013 in Eat and Drink | 0 comments

Doña Paca Restaurant is located in Madrid and according to my father is the best place to eat: Tripe Madrid-Style.  However, you have many other delicious Cordovan dishes that have made them famous such as: the Bull’s tail stew, Salmorejo (purée consisting of tomato and bread) and a variety of delicious rice dishes (similar to Paella).  Doña Paca has been open for more than 15 years and it’s very popular among the locals in Madrid.  Many tourists when they travel like to eat at restaurants were the local people eat and Doña Paca would definitely be in that category if you wanna taste a true local flavor. The chef and owner, Maria Francisca Blanco, commonly known as Doña Paca, is an experienced woman in the kitchen and a passionate cook.  While chatting with her, I asked her for the secret of her stews (e.g. the Bull’s tail stew) and I found out that patience and time...

San Miguel Market – Madrid

on Mar 14, 2013 in Art, Eat and Drink, Shopping | 3 comments

The San Miguel market in Madrid is a premium food provider located at San Miguel Square next to Plaza Mayor Square.  It is an excellent place to get a bite if you are around the neighborhood.  You will probably only need 10 minutes to walk around the venue and take a pick at the stands (or stalls) inside the market.  Everything is pretty fresh and delicious, but be prepared to pay for what you get; it is not for everybody´s wallet. The structure of the market is made of Iron like they were made in Madrid a century ago.  However, San Miguel Market is the only one of its kind still standing and open today.  It was renovated several years ago and they incorporated crystal walls and wood to the stands.  I like how the complex looks as a whole in the square and how it blends with buildings surrounding it. It is a tradition in Madrid to go out for a quick drink and a bite before lunch during...

La Trainera Restaurant

on Jan 18, 2013 in Eat and Drink | 1 comment

La Trainera restaurant is one of the best classic fish restaurants to eat in Madrid.  Over many decades La Trainera has won its reputation by offering the freshest seafood in Madrid.  They literally bring you the fish directly from the sea onto your plate because they have their own boats, fish farms, fish markets and transportation. They try to simulate a fisherman’s boat-house with its sailor ambiance.  Therefore, do not expect a luxury type of look in this restaurant.  Local customers of La Trainera come for their fresh dishes…  The service is old-school and impeccable due to their staff´s experience and professionalism.  The restaurant has many private dining rooms of different sizes hence local politicians and business men tend to eat there. I would not say that it is inexpensive to dine there, but I truly believe that you pay for the value you get.  I have been going to La...