Some news from Spain LVI

Once again back with the news of my beloved Spain. It has been nice in Madrid, 62F now lows of 40F no rain in sight and the same for the rest of the week. And now some news about my beloved Spain!

The black truffe or trufa negra in the province of Soria is the best. Now December 4-5 will host the I Concurso Internacional Cocinando con Trufa,or the first international contest on cooking with truffles an initiation of the council of Castilla y León . It will bring together the best chefs experts on the delicacy; there will be 15 teams of which there will be a consecrated chef and a cooking school student. Some of the chefs will be Rishi Naleendra of Sri Lanka, one star Michelin; Diego Galicia of Mexico considered one of the best chefs of the year by Food & Wine magazine; Kimberly Lallouz,of Montreal, Canada, and the Spanish Aitor Martínez Ros and Iván Sivera Saura. To win the prize they will need to make a creation in 90 minutes;only the 5 best will compete the next day in the final with a cook-off of 120 minutes and a hot and cold entry. The jury will be an important one as well led by Rafael Ansón, president of the Real Academia de la Gastronomía, or Royal Academy of Gastronomy where members have several stars Michelin like Mitsuharu Tsumura, chef of Maido, considered the best in Latin America or Sanjeev Kapoor, the star of Indian cuisine.  Others will be the Spaniards Oriol Castro and  Alberto Chicote . All representation from 24 countries and 5 continents.  In the province of Soria you find the biggest farming of truffles in the world!!! More here:

Some more delicacies from Spain is the pigeon, with a greasy skin, and thin meat and easy digestion. Some of the best places to eat it in Madrid ,my opinion, are at :

Piñera, calle Rosario Pino,12, full ration 26€ half 14€ ;

La Paloma, calle Jorge Juan 39 from the hunting grounds and done with thick salt for 33€;

Desencaja, Paseo de la Habana 84, roasted in charcoal with mushrooms and endives for 26€;

Arzàbal Avenida de Menéndez Pelayo 13 and branch at calle Santa Isabel 56 roasted on vegetables sauces for 21€;

Tablao Corral de la Moreria, calle Moreria 17, a great show of flamenco still and with risotto rice for 29,80€;

For a wonderful funny show if you speak Spanish see the Los Morancos doing their satirical laughs at everything Spanish and current news to sports to politics.  Antonimos; a funny intelligent show to see until December 27 in the Teatro Nuevo Apolo, Plaza de Tirso de Molina, 1.

Quick, if you are single and looking, coming to Spain stop by these places some new some old never change really; action by here:  Playa d’en Bossa (Ibiza) Calle Alfileritos (Toledo) Casco viejo de Bilbao Centro histórico de Málaga Barrio Monte Alto (A Coruña)  El Tubo (Zaragoza)  Calles María Cubí y Santaló (zona alta de Barcelona) Barrio de Ruzafa (Valencia) Malasaña (Madrid) Casco antiguo de Badajoz.

Have you heard of María Calderón (1611-1646)? well it was a popular artist of the times and a lover of king  Felipe IV, of which was the mother of their son Juan José Austria (amongst many by the king). She was known as the «La Calderona» because she was the adopted daughter of writer Calderón de la Barca. To this women, the writer  Jaroslav Vrchlický (1853-1912),known as the Czech Víctor Hugo, dedicated the drama «María Calderón». It was done not like a drama but a musical and funny that will be play at the Teatro Alfil theater . She had many lovers such as duke of Medina de las Torres as well as the king making jealous the queen  Isabel de Borbón; she was taken her son away and forced to entered a monastery ,this and other details are shown in the play produced by David Ottone. More in Spanish here:

You have CARMEN by Benjamin Lacombe until March 4 2018 , a novel written by  Prosper Merimee to do an artistics interpretation of history. Benjamin Lacombe has already done books on Madame Butterfly, María Antonieta , and Frida. The show is broken down into three parts that correspond to the first 3 chapters of the work by Mérimée.  There are 23 illustrations exposed running in chronological order the narrative. Museo ABC ,calle Amaniel 29-31.Tel. +34 91 758 83 79; reach it on Metro  San Bernardo ( 2 and 4) Noviciado (líne 2) Ventura Rodríguez (líne 3) Plaza de España (línes 3 and 10). More here:

 You have now the Circo del Sol until January 8 2018 in the Carpa Blanca del Circo del Sol, Avenida de Portugal s/n. Fridays and Saturdays 18h30 and 22h, Sundays 17H and 20h30 ,Mondays Wednesdays and Thursdays at 20h30.  Prices from 28€. you can buy tickets at  El Corte Inglés (, 902 40 02 22 ,and at stores), (, 902 488 488 -teatro-, 902 22 14 24 -offices of bank  Bankia, Caja Navarra, Ibercaja, Grupo Rural ), , and at their webpage

Alcalà de Henares is ready for Christmas with a giant Papa Noel of 10 meters and more than 25K m2 at the Recinto Ferial de Alcalà ; activities like a roller coaster for all ages, ice rink biggest in Spain, and a space of rides of more than 5K m2 . All until January 7 2018; at Ronda del Henares, 19 and Plaza de Cervantes. More info here:

And you have the tapas route second edition or the II Ruta de Tapas a Fuego Lento by Crock-Pot & Oster, this time in the area of  Retiro-Boulevards of Ibiza. There are 16 bars and restaurants to offer tapas at a price using only pressure cookers of  Crock-Pot  slow cooking, a trend in Spain today. You can try a small casserole of callos madrileños  at the Marísquería Sanchís or calamars in its ink at Tagomago,  to an international mole poblano Mexican at Madridaje and a wonderful zamburiñas in pepper sauce at Atlántico-Casa de Petiscos.  The prices are from  2,80  to 5 euros. Good for November 23 and December 10th. Some others are  Casa Martín  with meatballs , Casa de Fieras and its tuna, bacon iberico confit at Castelados, Strogonoff at Triana, bull tails at Kulto or small pork rolls at Don Eusebio; and more. On the road at slow fire or  “A Fuego Lento”. All details info here Fuego lento Retiro

Enjoy Spain , everything under the Sun. Cheers

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2 Comments to “Some news from Spain LVI”

  1. Good to see so many exciting thinks going on in my country. Not sure about eating pigeons, though! 😁

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