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3 weeks in Spain - recommendations

La Latina Pincho Week (May 28 - Jun 14) in Madrid.
From May 28 to June 14, get a pincho (tapa) and a small beer for just €2.50 in many bars in La Latina! Info:
http://www.timeout.com/madrid/bars-an...

2 days ago
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Madrid dinner at 6-630pm possible? Any recommendation?

As I said, according to the website, Samarkanda is open from 1pm to 12pm.

May 24, 2015
JuanDoe in Spain/Portugal

Madrid dinner at 6-630pm possible? Any recommendation?

Samarkanda is located inside the station overviewing the tropical garden. It is open Monday to Saturday from 1pm to 11:59 pm
http://www.restaurantesamarkanda.com/

May 24, 2015
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Looking for great traditional and modern food in Madrid

Suggestion for a traditional tapas crawl at mid-day in no fancy bars (La Latina).

* Ración de sardinas a la plancha (griddled sardines) at Bar Santurce at Plaza General Vara del Rey 14.
http://www.barsanturce.com/fotos

* 1/2 ración de caracoles (snails in chorizo sauce) at Casa Amadeo on Plaza de Cascorro 18, La Latina.
http://esphoto500x500.mnstatic.com/ca...

* Tapa de cocido (chickpea stew tasting) or callos (tripe Madrid style) at Malacatín on Calle de la Ruda 5, La Latina.
http://www.malacatin.com/index.php/en...

* Ración de navajas (razor clams) at Bar Cruz on Plaza de Cascorro, corner with Calle Maldonadas.
http://empujaconpan.com/wp-content/up...

May 01, 2015
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Madrid miscellaneous questions

Since I am a local, my favorite --and usual time to most people-- to take some tapas is at mid-day (1.30pm - 3pm), if at evening, from 8pm to 10pm.

Apr 27, 2015
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Tasting menu in San Sebastian - Not Arzak, Mugaritz...

What about a dining room overlooking the sea at mid-day on a Sunday?
http://www.restaurantenineu.com/en/re...

Apr 26, 2015
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San Sebastian vegan and seafood pinxtos?

You can enjoy the anchovies at Txepetxa
http://www.todopintxos.com/bares/bare...

Tomato salad and potato omelet at Néstor
http://www.todopintxos.com/bares/bare...

and much more:
http://www.todopintxos.com/pintxos/pi...

Apr 26, 2015
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Madrid Locals Tips

La Cesta, nearby the AC Recoletos, is the best option. They offer LUNCH til 4 pm and dinner from 8.30 pm. There are some bites to eat between meals at the bar.
http://lacesta.eu/

Apr 07, 2015
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Madrid Locals Tips

Well, in Madrid in July from 4pm to 6pm will be in full sun on a hot summer afternoon. Probably what you fancy will be ice cream. Anyway, head to Platea Madrid food court on Calle Goya 5, facing the Plaza de Colón.
http://experience.plateamadrid.com/patio

Apr 07, 2015
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Barcelona and Madrid help

My favorite hidden gems in Madrid:

Lakasa
http://lakasa.es/the-menu-english/#10...

Surtopía
http://www.surtopia.es/

Bacira
http://www.bacira.es/

… and my ever favorite: Sacha
http://www.gastromondiale.com/2012/05...

Mar 22, 2015
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Craft beer in Spain?

Feb 27, 2015
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Madrid on a Sunday - what's open?

Cornucopia on Calle Navas de Tolosa 9 (nearby Gran Vía). Open daily and they speak English.
http://www.restaurantecornucopia.com/...

Oct 20, 2014
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Memorable meal in late November, anywhere in Europe?

In addition to its superb cuisine, Akelarre has impressive panoramic views on the sea.
http://www.akelarre.net/public_home/c...

Oct 08, 2014
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What's opened this week in Madrid that an old Franco-Yankee guy will find as good food, not minding decor and location?

I understood "franco" as a synonym for "french". BTW, "franco" meant french in ancient Spanish language.

Sep 23, 2014
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Tapas in Northern and Western Spain

Every time I visit a Spanish city, one of the first things I do is look for its tapas bars. Naturally, it is impossible to have a thorough understanding of all, but I like to take some notes for future trips.
* PAMPLONA. La Estafeta and Chez Evaristo on Calle Estafeta, Baserri on Calle San Nicolás, El Gaucho on Calle Espoz y Mina.
* LEÓN. The tapas area is named Barrio Húmedo (Wet Quarter), can imagine the reason for its name. El Garbanzo Negro on Calle Castañones, Rebote and Latino on Plaza de San Martín.
* BURGOS. Two tapas streets: Sombrerería and San Lorenzo. El Morito, Mesón Burgos and Froilán on Sombrerería. La Comidilla de San Lorenzp and Casa Pancho on San Lorenzo.
* SEGOVIA. Tapa for free with your drink at José (Plaza Mayor) and El Sitio (Calle Infanta Isabel).
* ÁVILA. Bar Crisol a.k.a. Los Cuernos on Calle San Miguel, El Buen Yantar on Calle Vallespín, near Plaza del Mercado Chico.
* SALAMANCA. Casa Paca on Calle San Pablo, Bambú on Calle del Prior, Plaza 23 on Plaza Mayor.
* TOLEDO. Alfileritos 24 on Calle Alfileritos, La Abadía on Plaza San Nicolás, Ludeña on Plaza de la Magdalena.
* CUENCA. La Bodeguilla de Basilio on Calle del Agua, Mesón José and Fidel on Cuesta de San Francisco.

Sep 18, 2014
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Tapas in Northern and Western Spain

There are LOTS of bars open every night.

Sep 18, 2014
JuanDoe in Spain/Portugal

Tapas in Northern and Western Spain

It is very easy for Logroño: Laurel street. My favorites: champiñón at Bar El Soriano, tío Agus at Bar Lorenzo, solomillo at Bar Donosti, matrimonio at Bar Blanco y Negro, orejitas (lamb ears in batter) at El Perchas…
http://www.callelaurel.org/en/pinchos...

Sep 18, 2014
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Best place for suckling lamb & pig and paella in Barcelona/Madrid/Sevilla/Granada?

Tapas in Madrid:
http://goo.gl/maps/weziE

Sep 17, 2014
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Monday in Madrid

Sep 12, 2014
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Recs for last minute trip to Spain? Stops in Madrid, Barcelona, Seville and San Sebastian

Tapas crawls in Madrid:
http://goo.gl/maps/weziE

Sep 09, 2014
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Trip Report in Photos: Madrid

El Gran Barril is the first name that comes to my mind whether it is to enjoy seafood in Madrid.
http://www.elgranbarril.com/home.html

Sep 08, 2014
JuanDoe in Spain/Portugal

Places to sample a range of good ciders in Asturias as well as a Cider House for Sunday lunch

As an introduction to cider in Oviedo, I would recommend Gascona Street (central Oviedo). It is better for a cider crawl than for a lunch or dinner there.
My recommendation for lunch is El Raitán on Plaza Trascorrales.
http://www.elraitan.es/platos.php

Sep 05, 2014
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Must eats near Atocha in Madrid? Plus dinner help.

My recommendation for Calle Argumosa is "O Pazo de Lugo".
http://opazodelugo.es/cont/galeria-fo...

Sep 05, 2014
JuanDoe in Spain/Portugal

tapas/dining after midnight in Madrid

Viavélez is an excellent choice not far from the Santiago Bernabéu stadium. Open on Saturday evening til 1:00 am.
http://restauranteviavelez.com/

Sep 05, 2014
JuanDoe in Spain/Portugal

What's opened this week in Madrid that an old Franco-Yankee guy will find as good food, not minding decor and location?

I'm thinking of two recent experiences in Madrid; both pleasant and both different.
Cuisine from northern Spain: La Maruca.
http://restaurantelamaruca.com/#
Cuisine from southern Spain: Surtopía
http://www.surtopia.es/

Sep 04, 2014
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4 lunches in Madrid in mid-Sept; interesting food, 100-120 E a couple (w. wine)

The hottest spots in summer 2014 are:

DiverXo by David Muñoz (3 Michelin stars), a must at new venue: Calle Padré Damián 23, NH Eurobuilding Hotel
http://diverxo.com/

Lakasa by César Martín
http://lakasa.es/

DSTAgE by Diego Guerrero (2 Michelin stars
) http://www.gastroeconomy.com/2014/06/...

Arriba by Ramón Freixa (2 Michelin stars) at Platea Madrid, new trendy food court.
http://en.plateamadrid.com/

Aug 05, 2014
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Barcelona and Madrid Honeymoon

El Gran Barril (Madrid) offers a first class shellfish in a place with a nice modern decor that is bar and restaurant. Although seafood is never cheap price does not reach the excellent but pricey O'Pazo. El Gran Barril also has good fish: pixín (monkfish) and merluza (hake); good Iberian ham, seafood rice (for two people) and meat (sirloin). Under € 100 pp
http://www.elgranbarril.com/home.html

Jul 26, 2014
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Family Meal in Madrid

I also love Sacha. Do not miss the "ostras escabechadas" (pickled oysters).

Jul 23, 2014
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Family Meal in Madrid

Thinking of a family meal and regional cuisine with a twist, I'd consider the acclaimed Cañadío, a restaurant from Santander that has opened a branch in Madrid.
http://www.restaurantecanadio.com/mad...

Jul 22, 2014
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DiverXO moves to new location

On 22 July, DiverXO opens in its new location in the Hotel NH Eurobuilding. Anyway, there will be just one week working before closing for vacation during the month of August. The urgency is required by Michelin, that to keep the stars in the 2015 guide requires that the new address is consolidated before close of editing.

Jul 19, 2014
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