16 May 2005

A step back in time...

Madrid is a bustling, on the go city where people, literally, do not stop. But if you ever want a break, be sure take it at Casa Lhardy on C/ San Jeronimo near Puerta de Sol. There is something so utterly charming about this shop, from the dark wood, to the silver samovars (serving consomm├ę!), from the uniforms to the friendly chatter (and free samples of goodies!). I thought I died and went to heaven. In 4 days I went back 3 times, I loved it that much. While everything I had there was delicious, they had the most kick ass croquetas in town (and I get them everywhere as a test of the kitchen's prowess). They are my new gold standard. In fact, no photos of them cause I scarfed them down faster than you can say croquetas!


The shop that time forgot...


Hojaldritos @ Casa Lhardy


Hojaldritos up close and sooo flaky!


I do not have a sweet tooth, I love these, need I say more?


Palmares, plain or choco?

09 May 2005

La Vida Loca

FINALLY! I am back after a week of computer problems, almost chucked the thing out the window several times....

And so much to share! My husband, Sean, and I spent a fantastic long weekend in Madrid and whilst we did several fantastic cultural things, these were of course all scheduled around food.

What I love about the Madrile├▒os is their respect for an animal, thereby eating all of an animal rather than just the bland breast for example. And their willingness, in fact, sheer enthusiasm for bits of an animal that might make weaker mortals blanch made me feel right at home. One of my favourite tapas bars was called La Oreja de Oro (or Golden Ear), c/Victoria 9. I'll let you guess what the house specialty is...


Golden ears, yum! Posted by Hello

Aren't they beautiful? A glistening combination of crunch and chewiness, accompanied by a hint of smokey paprika, oh my.

So many others to report, more later...