Madrid – Adventures in Pubs and Bites

Within a few hours of the rail, we went from Granada to Madrid.  Compared to southern Spain, honestly it felt like misery.  It was cold 40s-50s with pouring rain.  In fact it literally rained all day the first day we were there.  Luckily we found a small burger joint called Neilla’s near us.  It was crowded, but it was cheap and it wasn’t McDonald’s.

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Tony was so hungry he got himself a deluxe burger and a chicken sandwich.

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I got a smoked salmon salad but I haven’t figured out how to say dressing on the side in Spanish yet =(

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The apartment we were renting was near Retiro Park. I had dreams of running before it decided to infinitely rain and I got sick.  Anyways one of the perks of renting an apartment is that we got to save some $$$ by making our own meals.  Sadly the clementines didn’t compare to the freshness of Barcelona and Valencia, however, the freshly baked bread was delicious. It’s a shame there’s no good baguette places in Boston!

Madrid at night

Anyways, around rush hour, Madrid Puerta Del Sol area gets packed with commuters, tourists, and performers.

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One evening in search of some fried bites we checked out Malaspina, sorta steam punk looking bar with a touch of modern Spain.

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Upon ordering we were greeted with this cheesy ham bites.  This sampler wasn’t enough so we ordered a few more.

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We also got these tomato toasts that were kinda nasty IMO, but this potato tart that came with it was tasty.

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The final disappointment of the night was calamari.  It was fresh but the batter could have used some more flavor.  Our stomachs felt very disappointed by the bites, which was a shame since the place had 4 stars on TripAdvisor.

Luckily, you can’t disappoint with wine.  The wine is always good!

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On another night we checked out Fatigas del Querer, another pub in the Sol area of Madrid.  I normally despise staying in city centers but my mom didn’t want to travel out into a more neighborhood hang out, so there we were.  Around 10pm there was about a 45 minute wait.  We hung out by the bar, drank some yummy sangria.  The food here was slightly better.  Tony ordered a fake paella,  and I got a hefty piece of steak.

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As for my mother?  She stayed on the liquid diet 😉

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