Welcome back! Like I said before, my Spain posts will be divided up into different parts. Madrid was such an amazing city that I can’t convey all of it’s beauty and culture in just one single post!
This time, I’m going to be talking about three of my favorite things: eating, drinking, and being merry! In my last post I mentioned that if I could pick any phrase to describe Madrid it would be “Eat, drink, and be merry.” There should be a big sign that says that in the arrivals section of the airport, right next to Bienvenidos a Madrid!
Well I did all those things while I was there. I ate all the food that came my way (of course, paella was on that list, and we did get to go on a wonderful food tour!) I drank to my heart’s content. I am not much of an alcohol drinker myself, but since I was of age and I was in Spain, I said why the hell not! I drank sangria (the drink you go to Spain for), and this sangria tasted like juice. The best one I that I had was from the Mercado de San Miguel and was only three euros! I noticed while there that the drinking culture was far more lax, as I saw people casually drinking glasses of wine with their lunch meals! How great is that!?
We went on an amazing food tour while on our trip as well. If you ever find yourself in Madrid, go ahead and book yourself a tour with Madrid Food Tour! We went on a Tapas, Taverns, and History tour, which was by far my favorite part of the trip. We got to bar hop and eat amazing tapas, all while learning about the history of Madrid. I think the best part of the trip was the fact that we got to try foods in restaurants that we would have never thought of walking into. Some of the best food in Madrid, like in any city, goes under the radar if you’re not a local. So what was so great about the food tour was the fact that we got to experience the food of Madrid the way a local would! What more could I have asked for?
The culture of the city is, in my opinion, centered around food! Now, as a self-proclaimed foodie, I felt right at home in the motherland. Tapas are served at every meal, making it easy to strike up conversation with the cute guy next to you over some excellent sangria and delicious jamón.
Side note: I call it the motherland because I’m half Puerto-Rican; it’s the land of our “mother tongue,” and just a very cool experience for me as a half-hispanic young woman.
So if you haven’t already noticed, I highly encourage that you to book a flight to Madrid ASAP, and go eat some food! EAT EAT EAT! Did I mention that you should eat while you’re there? Oh, and drink some sangria for me! Just like the unofficial slogan of the city, eat, drink, and be merry!
The Spaniards enjoy life. From what I noticed, they don’t deny themselves of the simple pleasures in life, whether they’re drinking a little wine at 11am, or sitting outside and enjoying a good meal. So let’s take a tip from their book and enjoy what beautiful and pleasurable things life has to offer!
The oldest restaurant int the world!
One of my favorite tapas on the food tour! It was a roasted mushroom with garlic, oil, parsley, and smoked sausage in the middle.
Me after eating a delicious meal.