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Food, Food, Glorious Food!

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If you are feeling hungry at the moment, DO NOT read this blog now, you have been warned! This was a foodie day and it was AMAZING!

"In everyday life there is always manana. There is no urgency"

Foodie moment

Today we visited the San Miguel Market in Madrid. We had seen it a few days before but it was overwhelmingly full at the weekend, so we waited until a week day so we could peruse foodie heaven at our leisure. The market wasn't cheap but the food was fresh and smelt amazing. You could buy meats, cheeses, paella, fish, oysters, pintxos, cocktails, olives, macaroons and any type of wine . The choice is huge! We had some croquettes (king prawn and chicken ones), a Jamon Iberico (the best ham in Spain) hotdog, little salamis and a yummy Rijoca red wine (not our best though...keep reading!). Yummy market food!

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So, fresh after our Tapas tour the night before we decided to get all Spanish and have some afternoon drinks and tapas at our new favorite local 'Malaspina'. We sat at the bar (you get cheaper drinks if you're at the bar, it goes up on the tables and up again if you're at a table outside) ordered a drink each and got the same delicious tuna and potato salad as the day before to enjoy for free. We hadn't even finished our drinks and two pieces of bread with smoked salmon and lettuce appeared in front of us! We then ordered another drink and were given a slice of Tortilla each.... I LOVE FREE TAPAS!!! I am writing to the Australian government immediately to make it law in Australia!

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We chose a popular restaurant from Trip Advisor which was near our hostel, Venta El Buscon. The review recommended the 'Parrillada de Carne' which was a meat platter for two which included Steak, Ribs, Chicken, Chorizo and Sausage. Mark was in meat heaven!!! This came with a big salad and of course...chips! We also had a bottle of our new favorite wine (see below) and finished our meal with a free shot! We rolled out of there satisfied and VERY happy!

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Cultural moment

Spain has a certain pace of life... and our tour guide put it really well.... 'Manana', everything is done 'Tomorrow'. This is the case with the building of monuments, which are often not finished until well after the person who commissioned it is dead! It is the case with their jobs, where their family, personal life or even lunch break takes massive precedence over finishing what they are doing. I do love that they prioritise family and 'living', Australians work far too much and forget to 'live' with the money they earn, but in the same way I would hate trying to get something done here, and I can kind of understand why Spain is suffering in the recession!

Wow moment

Today we visited the Parque del Retiro in the middle of Madrid. It was stunning weather and there were people sunbathing and rowing boats. We also visited the Palacio de Cristal whilst at the park, which was a nice, if a little strange!

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What we learnt today

Today we found our favorite Spanish wine so far! It was called Ramon Bilboa - Limited Edition from the infamous Rioja wine region. It was amazing! As good as the wines Eric feeds us from McLaren Vale, yup i said it! Plus for only €2.50 a glass or €14 a bottle in the restaurant you can't go wrong!! Wish we could get it at home!

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Posted by travellinglise 11:21 Archived in Spain

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Fortunately I HAD eaten ;)

by Barbara Stewart

You look happy! All that food is making me hungry! I love reading your comments and looking at your pictures! It all looks great!

by Jessika

I'llbe the judge of that,, bring me a bottle home. Salute'

by Eric foster

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