It has taken me a couple of weeks to get my act together since returning from our journey to Spain. There are few things greater in life than an amazing vacation spent with people that you feel that you have known all your life. We spent a majority of our time in the city of Madrid with day trips to Toledo, Segovia, Chinchon, El Escorial. We enjoyed Madrid’s National Art Museums which included Del Prado and Reine Sofia. For soccer fans, we toured the Real Madrid stadium (Wow!). We enjoyed an evening of traditional Spanish flamenco dancing (Wow, again). We rode a subway in Madrid at 1:00 a.m.. The city was just getting cranked up for the evening. We drank coffee, enjoyed cold vermouth, the husband ventured out of his comfort zone and enjoyed baby eels, octopus, squid and barnacles (Yes, they are exactly what you think the shells that you scrape off the side of a sea wall or your boat containing a snail like creature), Spain was unbelievably hot and unbelievably beautiful. The list goes on and on. Since, I can only hold your attention to the post for a limited time-here are the highlights.
Let’s start with Madrid.
Madrid is the capitol and the largest city in Spain. Located in the central part of the country Madrid is home to roughly 6.5 million people. A cosmopolitan city that has preserved the look and feel of its history and architecture.
The Spaniards have never met a stranger. Their strong sense of hospitality, warmth and friendliness is contagious. They welcome you into their families with hugs and besos (kisses) on both cheeks. And then, STOP THE PRESSES! They feed you.
What would wine tasting be without cured iberico hams, chorizos, salamis and slices of manchego cheese?
I had the pleasure of watching our host prepare a family style paella without fancy ingredients and a special pan. I photographed the process and did my best to capture the recipe with pen and paper. This is a family recipe that is handed down from mother to daughter and I am going to give it my best shot in my next post to share it with you.