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El plato típico de Madrid, el cocido

By | 8 August, 2011 | 0 comments

Every city and town in the world can boast about a traditional specialty or dish that they are particularly proud about. In the case of Madrid, it is “cocido”, which translates something like “boiled”. It is the Spanish version of the old European broth with boiled vegetables and meat that is the base of so many country’s winter staple meals. However, cocido is something special!

There are many restaurants in the city that specialize in the real cocido Madrileño or Madrilian cocido. However, be warned that cocido has an acquired taste, and it’s not for everybody’s taste. A cocido meal basically consists of a broth with pasta, the broth is the result of boiling chickpeas, potatoes, meat, bones and a chunk of pork’s fat. The main course is a plate with the chickpeas, potatoes, meat and fat.

One of the most famous cocido restaurants in town is Taberna la Bola in Calle Bola, 5in Metro Santo Domingo. This restaurant has been serving cocido in clay pots for over 200 years. The decoration is also a must-see, old wooden tables complete the effect of this wonderful traditional restaurant.

Casa Carola in Calle Padilla, 54, Metro Lista, is another great restaurant for cocido. They serve it at lunch time, and in the evenings you can enjoy big platters of typical Spanish food to share.

Casa Jacinto in Calle del Reloj, 20 is quite central just off Plaza de España Metro station. In this restaurant you will find a short but strongly traditional menu that includes cocido as well as other very typical Spanish dishes.

Espectáculos en el Teatro Häagen-Dazs-Calderón de Madrid

By | 8 August, 2011 | 0 comments

The Häagen-Dazs-Calderón theatre previously known as Teatro Calderón is a theatre situated in the Calle Atocha, just off Puerta del Sol and not very far from Hotel Victoria4. The theatre was inaugurated in 1917 with a different name, Teatro Odeón, finally it’s been in recent times that the interest of the brand Häagen-Dazs for the culture in Spain has led it to sponsor many plays and productions and the theatre that has become to be known as Häagen-Dazs-Calderón. read full article

Fandango para Traviata en el Teatro Fernán Gómez

By | 19 July, 2011 | 0 comments

Fandango is a typical Spanish style of dance, usually accompanied by guitar, castanets and hand clapping. It originated in the southern region of Andalusia, and as with all the flamenco styles the rhythm and the music brings memories of Moroccan and north African styles.

This July from the 6th till the 17th, those lucky tourists who will be in Madrid, have the chance to see a great show by Salvador de Tavola, an opera that using fragments of Verdi’s work and with Fandango influences, tells the story of two lovers. These two are are a courtesan and rich man.

This piece is a real work of art for all of those who love fandango, with its deep cries of sorrow and all of that feeling that gets conveyed in the music, the dance and the songs.

Salvador Távora is theatre actor and director that is best known for his efforts to bring outdate the world of flamenco, more like adapting flamenco to the modern taste.

The theatre chosen to show this wonderful opera ins Teatro Fernán Gómez, known formerly as Centro Cultural de la Villa. It is situated just under the Plaza de Colón, very close to the city centre and with very good underground and bus connections.

The ticket price is 25 Euros and only 20 Euros on the “Día del Espectador”, Wednesdays. The Teatro Fernán Gómez is an art and cultural centre, besides the theatre shows they usually have different art exhibitions an an arts café. So, why not visiting the theatre and seeing if there is something interesting to see?

El típico cocido madrileño

By | 16 July, 2011 | 0 comments

The typical Spanish dish is called cocido, that translate something like “boiled”. It is in fact a boiled mix of potatoes, chickpeas, meat and lard. Not your typical high cuisine gourmet dish, but it is a dish with a long tradition in Spain, and it is very delicious once you try it. This dish is served in two courses, the first one is a light broth with pasta, followed by a plate with potatoes, chick peas the meat and the lard.

One of the best cocidos is served in Restaurante la Bola, in Calle Bola 5. This restaurant open at the beginning of the 19th century. It started offering cocido in an individual clay pot and cooked on a coal stove. Today La Bola features wooden benches and a decoration of older times that contribute to its wonderful atmosphere. Today, it still prepares cocido in clay pots, and also offers callos, a local specialty made of spicy beef tripes, and roast lamb. They also have a big selection of wines and home-made desserts.

Casa Carola in Padilla 54 is a mix of the modern and the traditional. At lunch time they serve traditional cocido and in the evenings their motto is “sharing” so all the dishes are served in platters for sharing with traditional food and some more modern bits.

Malacatín in Ruda 5, in the area of la Latina, is the king of cocido madrileño, Madrilian cocido. Their other specialty is custard. The restaurant is decorated in very Spanish motives with bullfighting posters and old posters.

La zarzuela en Madrid

By | 9 July, 2011 | 0 comments

Like every year the Madrid Council organizes a series of cultural activities to make the heat of the summer a bit less heavy-going. Zarzuela is again present in this year’s edition of Veranos de la Villa, the umbrella name that covers all the artistic and cultural activities sponsored by the council.

Zarzuela is a Spanish genre of musical theatre, something in between an opera, a musical and a theatre play. The main attractive of zarzuela is that the stories are stories from real people and from the lands of Spain. Many of the zarzuelas are set in 19th century Madrid, but many others also represent beautiful scenes of typical Spanish festivals of other areas.

The dances and the music used for zarzuelas are all inspired in the traditional musics, songs and dances of the local folklore. The shows are usually very colourful.

This year the show will take place in Jardines de Sabatini, not far from the centre. The open air stage will host two different zarzuelas, Agua, Azucarillos y Aguardiente, (Water, Sugar and Brandy) and La Verbena de la Paloma (the Virgin of Paloma Festival), both set in 19th century Madrid.  The former paints a picture of the inhabitants of Madrid of all classes, all mingling together during some celebrations in July. While the latter one tells the story of the old wealthy man wanting to find a young wife, while the young lad in love with the lady does all in his power to stop him.

These zarzuelas are among the best known of all, a great way of finishing a wonderful sightseeing day in Madrid.

La magia en la Biblioteca Nacional

By | 9 July, 2011 | 0 comments

The National Library of Spain (BNE, Biblioteca Nacional de España) is hosting from 16th of June to September 4th 2011an exhibition of the best books of magic tricks, juggling and illusions.

The BNE, located in the Paseo de Recoletos 20-22, is open Tuesday through to Saturday from 10 to 21 hours. Sundays and bank holidays, the centre is only open in the mornings from 10 to 14 hours. Access for all visitors is completely free.

This exhibition, part of the program Magical Madrid (Madrid Mágico), displays nearly a hundred items that are stored in the National Library’s own collection and from the Amieva collection.

Hypnotism, fortune telling, escapism, mental techniques, different card games, illusionism, and all kinds of tricks are presented in various publications intended mainly for professionals.

Along with the valuable books you can also enjoy an extensive collection of photographs, posters, hats, stickers, cards and other instruments used by magicians throughout history. In addition, the organizers of Magical Madrid have arranged a series of lectures to be delivered by prestigious Spanish magicians, such as JuanTamariz.

Salón Internacional de Moda de Madrid

By | 8 July, 2011 | 0 comments

The countdown has begun. The capital of Spain is getting to receive, with all the glamour it deserves a new edition of the Madrid International Fashion Fair (SIMM), which will take place from 1 to 3 September, 2011.

The event will be held in the facilities of the exhibition centre of Madrid, IFEMA. Opening times are 9.30 to 19.30 during the three days.

Access to the biennial meeting for fashion professionals only costs 30 Euros if visitors do not pre-register on the event’s webpage. Nearly19,000 professionals of the fashion sector have already registered for the event, of these about 1,500 are from 61 different countries around the world. In total, there will be more than 300 exhibitors responsible for representing over 500 brands, and they will introduce the spring-summer collections of the 2011-12 season.

In addition, to accommodate new and upcoming designers, the organizers of the International Fashion Fair in Madrid have created the space EGO, where 22 new artists will exhibit their innovative and risky new designs. In this issue they will pay special attention to collections of swimwear, clothing and accessories to use around the beach. Also there will be a special guest in the event, the fashion of the Balearic Islands,  that will bring to the Spanish capital the most fashionable and chic designs of the moment.

El Museo de La Roja en Las Rozas

By | 7 July, 2011 | 0 comments

It happened on August 28, 1920. On that historic date 11 players wore the Spanish shirt for the first time. With  Zamora as the goalkeeper and Arrate and Acedo in the lineup, the team went to the seventh Olympic Games and the match was played in the stadium of La Butte, Brussels.

This anecdote is just one of the brilliant and unforgettable stories that you will find in the Museum of Spanish football, which opened in December 2010 at the Soccer City of Las Rozas, la Ciudad del Fútbol.

The Museum of the Red Team, the Spanish national team, can be visited from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 7 pm and the ticket price is 12 Euros for adults and 8 Euros for children.

Among the most valuable pieces on display in the museum’s collection is the Gioconda of Football, the football that was used in the first World Cup final, that of Uruguay 1930.

Obviously, it is the Euro 2008 Cup and the World Cup 2011 in South Africa, the last trophy won by the national team, the trophies that attract all the flashes and almost all camera lenses.

Los Black Eyed Peas aterrizan en el Vicente Calderón

By | 6 July, 2011 | 0 comments

The Vicente Calderon stadium will change its usual stripy appearance as the Atletico de Madrid home tiding away temporally footballs and red and white shirts. The occasion calls for it. On Thursday, July 14, 2011 the Atletico Madrid’s stadium, Vicente Calderon will host a concert by one of the most important dance groups on the international scene: Black Eyed Peas.

The event will begin at 10 pm and tickets can be purchased from 40 Euros. Located in Paseo Virgen del Puerto, number 67, the easiest way to get to the Vicente Calderon is by the Metro underground travel network, using Line 5 and getting off at Pirámides. read full article

Antonio López expone en el Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza

By | 5 July, 2011 | 0 comments

Antonio Lopez is one of the most sought after artists in the world. His artwork is worthmillions for its quality and because he is one of the pioneers of realism in Madrid. Now much of his work can be seen in the  Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, which opened this brilliant exhibition on 26 June that will stay open until September 25, 2011.

This magnificent art gallery can be visited from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 19:00. The museum is closed Mondays.

The ticket price varies greatly depending on the type of collection you want to visit. To view the permanent collection the general rate is 8 Euros (can be bought online for 7 Euros) and the cheapest one is 5.5 Euros.

The entrance fee for the temporary exhibitions is 8 Euros, online tickets can be bought at 7 Euros and  reduced tickets are 5.50 Euros. There is also the possibility of purchasing a combined ticket that will give you access to absolutely all exhibitions at a price of 13 Euros (12 Euros online), and 7.50 Euros for reduced tickets.

Madrid urban views shaped by Antonio Lopez are pure art. His realism is so magical and so creative, that you have to get an inch close to his canvases to make sure that it is not a photograph but a painting.

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