Hola friends! It’s been a few months since we’ve seen each other! Summer and fall flew by without a word from us, but we’re still here. We’ve been living life…travelling, laughing with friends, working, and of course double dipping!
We’re hoping you’re still down to double dip with us in 2015. But before we flip the page to next year, we want to share our most recent adventures in Spain with you! We traveled to España at the beginning of December. We were Spanish majors, so Spain has been the top on our list of places to visit and it did not disappoint. We stayed in Madrid, explored the royal palace and a castle, shopped, and ate the most amazing tapas ever. Here’s a recap of the top double dips:
Ana la Santa…we visited this restaurant a few times. It was that good. It’s located in the heart of Madrid, but is off the beaten path in a quaint plaza that was decorated with shining lights for Christmas. It definitley got us in the holiday spirit!
Above was our first bite of the trip; ahi tuna, avocado, chipotle aioli, and fried onions on top, with a crispy corn tortilla (i.e. real tacos!). After one taste we knew we were in for some good eats!
Esti loved the tacos.
We also had creamy split pea soup with creme fraiche. Since it was winter in Madrid it was chilly at night. This soup was just the thing to keep us warm. Fresh flavors and such vibrant colors!
Above is the Mercado de San Miguel, a large market that has vendors who sell everything from tapas to fresh fish to wine and coffee to christmas ornaments. It’s a foodie heaven.
At night the market was glowing. It looked magical, especially with the bright hanging lanterns that lined the streets.
We discovered a cute and delicious bakery called Harina (which means “flour” in Spanish) located outside of the Parque del Retiro, Madrid’s large urban park. All the bread and treats are made at the restaurant. The scent of cookies is enough to lure you in!
We indulged in a treat at a Haagen Dazs shop. These shops are located all over Europe and are similar to Ben&Jerry’s in the U.S. It was a fun stop.
Roasted vegetables with sea salt flakes and pressed olive oil are very common in Spain. The plate above consisted of vegetables from Catalunya (a region in northern Spain); asparagus, grape tomatoes, egg plant, zucchini, small corn, and onion.
This was one of the best bites we had; monkfish curry with asparagus, cashews, and poppy seeds. And how cool is the bowl it was served in?!
We had a cappuccino every single day. Europeans know their coffee!
The last night we went to a mediterranean restaurant and ordered ahi tuna with a mango chutteny. The flavors together were awesome!
And of course, no meal is complete without something sweet. This is crema catalan. It’s similar to creme brulee and is topped with cinnamon and a few berries. So good!