Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Gastronomia in Madrid

By Rene Monzon, Painter
Madrid, Spain
Spanish [See Below for English]:
Madrid es una ciudad interesante pero sin temor a equivocarme el mejor reclamo con el que cuenta es su gastronomía. Sin desmerecer el típico cocido madrileño esta ciudad cuenta con una ventaja por encima de las demás: su cocina es un resumen de lo que se cuece en los fogones de las diferentes regiones de España.

Restaurantes Vascos, Gallegos, Castellanos, Catalanes, Valencianos, Andaluces... se integran en sus calles desde que en épocas pasadas los inmigrantes de otras regiones españolas decidieran asentarse en sus barrios. En cualesquiera de sus calles, en una esquina sin mucho renombre se puede disfrutar de un menú abundante a muy buen precio y con vino de la casa incluido. Por tanto, si no tienes mucho tiempo y quieres recorrer España gastronómicamente hablando, no lo dudes, Madrid es el lugar ideal.
El mercado de San Miguel se especializa en tapas variadas, la verdad que no hay una mejor que otra, la mayoría son deliciosas aunque para tomar cerveza seria alguna con anchoas, calamares a la romana...
En Botín es comida segoviana, carnes a la parrilla y lo mas delicioso es el cochinillo asado.
En la Bola el cocido madrileño, vale la pena ir en invierno, se quita el frio por un tiempo.
En el museo del jamón, está claro.
En San Gines el chocolate caliente con churros, es una maravilla, también es recomendable en invierno.
En el museo del jamon me gustan mas los de extremadura, cuando estan bien cortados la carne deshace en la boca.

Madrid is an interesting city but unequivocally the best claim the city counts on is its cuisine. Without detracting from the typical Madrid stew, this city has an advantage over others: its kitchens are a summary of what's cooking in the stoves of the different regions of Spain.

Basque, Galician, Castilian, Catalan, Valencian, and Andalusian restaurants are integrated in the streets since times past, when immigrants from other Spanish regions decided to settle in their neighborhoods. In any of the streets, in a corner without much popularity, one can enjoy an extensive menu at very good prices, with the house wine included. Therefore, if you do not have much time and want to go Spain, gastronomically speaking, do not hesitate, Madrid is the place.
  • San Miguel Market specializes in tapas. The truth that there isn’t one better than the other, although for drinking beer it is best had with anchovies, and calamari “a la Romana”.
  • In Botin, the food is Segovian, with grilled meats and the most delicious being the roast suckling pig.
  • La Bola, with their Madrid-style stew, is worth going to in winter, where the cold is removed for a while.
  • In The Museum of Ham, of course it’s pretty obvious what to expect. I rather like the ham of Extremadura, when they are well cut the meat melts in your mouth.
  • In San Gines the hot chocolate with churros is wonderful, and is also advisable to have in winter.

Here at The Locals Only we hope you enjoyed our first submission!! If this doesn't put you in the mood for Spanish food, we don't know what will! Tune in next time for a new submission. And big surprise, our first Location was not from Chicago!

The Locals Only Team

Saturday, August 2, 2014


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