Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Tapas in Madrid

Following the lesson we learned in San Sebastian years ago, we booked a Tapas Tour (English speaking) for our first night in Madrid.  Not only did it keep us awake and engaged but a walking tour is a great way to familiarize yourself with a new city and some of the local food delights of the area.

In Spain, dinner is commonly served late, between 9 - 11.  So after a siesta, many locals will stop by one of the small tapas establishments and have a drink and an appetizer.

 We met our guide near the Plaza Mayor, by day he works for the British Embassy!  
He explained that the word Tapas comes from the Spanish word tapar "to cover". 
Small plates were set on top of a glass of sweet sherry or in our case,
sweet vermouth, to keep the fruit flies from settling.
Eventually small appetizers appeared on the plates.  

This restaurant specializes in Jamon Serrano....
thinly sliced dry cured ham.

One of our favorite tapas restaurants specialized in mushrooms......

.....filled with chorizo, garlic and parsley, 
and sprinkled with lemon olive oil
on a very hot grill.

We went back the next day for another round! 

Tapas may be cold like olives & cheese,
deep fried croquetas or calamari 
or served piping hot like these garlic gambas "shrimps".

After 5 or 6 stops we could not imagine 
going for dinner....
When in Spain .... Tapas is the way to go! 

Notes:  We stayed at El Jardin De Serrano
right on the Plaza de la Independencia
It was perfect, fantastic service, Hop on/off bus stop,
Who's who Night spot, shopping district!

1 comment:

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

LOve this! I want to know where to find mushrooms like that... they were little mushroom casseroles.
Keep posting!