Back from a weekend in Madrid I just have to share my favorite tapas and a few foodie impressions with you:
Favorite tapa: deep fried little green peppers sprinkled with sea salt. So simple but so good!
Next best - big green olives stuffed with mussels and roasted red peppers. My secret and please don't tell on me: I much prefer Spanish olives to the ones we get here in Provence.
What a beautiful advertisement - a bakery close to the Royal Palace
The hands of the baker
and valet service for their client's best friends....
Ice cold Fino Sherry served out of a kettle by the charming "patronne" of the "El Patio" tapas bar where we also ate
the freshest and very simply grilled fish and
melt in the mouth Jamon Iberico that we had already seen at one of Madrid's best foodie destinations the fabulous
San Miguel market hall
where the ceiling hangs full of this delicacy.
But take note of the price: € 18.50 for just 100 g - it is worth it though...
Tapas bar El Patio: 1 Calle Arlaban, Madrid - not only an excellent and informal place to eat (lunch and dinner) but also the place for bullfight aficionados. The place is like a bullfight museum (even the ceilings are full of bullfight posters) and the owners speak very good English in case your Spanish (like mine) isn't all that great.
Bullfight memorabilia at "El Patio"