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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:

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.

Sep 08, 2014
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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.

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".

Sep 05, 2014
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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.

Sep 05, 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'm thinking of two recent experiences in Madrid; both pleasant and both different.
Cuisine from northern Spain: La Maruca.
Cuisine from southern Spain: Surtopía

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

Lakasa by César Martín

DSTAgE by Diego Guerrero (2 Michelin stars
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Arriba by Ramón Freixa (2 Michelin stars) at Platea Madrid, new trendy food court.

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

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.

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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Best cochinillo/suckling pig in Madrid?

The real specialty of Aranda de Duero is the lechazo (lamb) although the roast suckling pig is usually also excellent. My recommendation is:

Jul 16, 2014
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Traveling through Spain this summer

Brief tips for Madrid
* Michelin-starred restaurant other than DiverXo, and open in August: Kabuki Wellington.

* Nice restaurant open in August: Viridiana. Eccentric chef Abraham García does one's own thing.

* Tapas for foodies: tour # 1.

Jul 09, 2014
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Diego Guerrero opens a new restaurant in Madrid

Diego Guerrero is the former chef of Club Allard. His project DSTAgE (Days to Amaze Smell Taste Grow & Enjoy) is a restaurant with no open menu, with two tasting menus to choose from, working with 10 dishes at a price of 88 euros or the other option with 13 dishes working for 118 euros.
DSTAgE is a restaurant with a new concept: open kitchen, Diego Guerrero will be teaching cooking classes with some of his fellow chefs.
Web under construction:

Promo video:

Jul 01, 2014
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Trip Advice Pls! Madrid, Logrono, San Sebastian, Barcelona.... Mugaritz, Akelarre

< Eating locally on Cava Baja where we are staying - any recs? >

Julián de Tolosa for steaks.

La Posada de la Villa for 'cordero asado' (roast lamb) and classic Spanish dishes.

Do a tapas crawl on your own (see tour # 12):

Jun 08, 2014
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NYC Spanish-speaking foodies looking for Madrid, Seville recs

Assorted suggestions for Madrid.
Classic Basque cuisine: Taberna Gaztelupe

Andalusian cuisine: Surtopía

Shellfish: O'Pazo

Authentic paella by a Valencian chef (open for lunch only): Que Si Quieres Arroz Catalina

Cuisine of Madrid: Casa Alberto

May 24, 2014
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Best cochinillo/suckling pig in Madrid?

Head to El Senador on Plaza de la Marina Española (nearby Plaza de Oriente)

May 19, 2014
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Akelarre, Arzak, Martin B, Mugaritz

Azurmendi, a newbie amongst The World's 50 Best Restaurants 2014

Apr 28, 2014
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Help me narrow down the Madrid list

Restaurants. From your list I'd pick three assorted experiences:
* O Pazo. An unforgettable seafood experience.
* DiverXO, well-deserved 3 Michelin stars.
* Sacha is a bistro which never goes wrong, its pickled oysters, its marrowbone with sauce…

Tapas bars:
* Either Laredo or Catapa, both in the same area.
* Puerta 57, Barra Cibeles. Excellent for classic tapas.
* La Venencia for sherry tasting.

Self-guided tapas tours:

Apr 19, 2014
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Madrid, BCN & Granada - recs for non-foodies (but still good local food)

Self guided tapas tours in Madrid

Apr 02, 2014
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Food Blogs - Madrid, Seville, Granada, Barcelona

Here's an updated map of self-guided tapas tours in Madrid:

Mar 20, 2014
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Dinner with children in Madrid

Madrid is kid-friendly, don't concern about this. You can easily find casual restaurants for families. E.g. a chain called Gino's which runs from 1pm at midday and from 8pm for dinners.

Mar 20, 2014
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Barcelona/Madrid Honeymoon in May

Tapas routes in Madrid:

Mar 15, 2014
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Madrid Dinner Questions

Best jamón? Try the Joselitos Trilogy at Álbora on Calle Jorge Juan 33 (Salamanca neighborhood)

I strongly recommend the chipirones encebollados (squid with onions) or the bacalao al pil-pil (cod) at Dantxari

Mar 15, 2014
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Suggestions near hotel in Madrid

There are lots of bars and cafes in that area. Some suggestions:
Small bistrot: La Tragantúa

Cheese, jamón and wine tasting: Casa González on Calle León 12.

Snacks at DOCC on Calle del Prado 28.

Hot chocolate & churros at Chocolat Bar on Calle Santa María corner with Calle San José:

Mar 15, 2014
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Critique my list & need some help for Barcelona, San Sebastian, Rioja, Madrid

Paella y Olé (what a ridiculous name!) at stalls 9-10

Feb 11, 2014
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Allergy-friendly Spanish food

You'll love the 'escalivada' with tuna.



Sepia con all i oli (grilled cuttlefish with garlic mayonnaise)

Tortilla de patata (egg, fried potato, onion)

Feb 09, 2014
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It's a good restaurant but I like better something "with more personality".

Feb 08, 2014
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Miscellaneous eats for 3 days in Madrid:

Taberna Gaztelupe on Calle del Comandante Zorita 32. Classic Basque cuisine.

Tapas at StreetXO and Imanol. Gourmet Experience, El Corte Inglés, 9th floor, Plaza de Callao.

Cordero asado (roast lamb) at La Posada de la Villa on Cava Baja 9.

Feb 08, 2014
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