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September 26, 2019

Restaurant: TGI Fridays, Madrid!

So, therefore, after posting about the monuments and sights of my beloved Madrid will go into the places of shopping and restaurant with a series Restaurant: XXX Madrid or Shopping: XXX Madrid. Hope you enjoy them and do try them when visiting Madrid the food and shopping is an experience to behold in lovely Madrid. For lack of creativity ,I will copy this first paragraph into the subsequents posts! ::)

Now this goes way back in my Florida USA days, and when came to visit my Madrid did not see any of them talking back to the 1970’s. Over the years gotten use to them in America and was a great place to hang out. Eventually, caught up with them when visiting my other love Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in 2004 and see it right next door! I stop by once in a while and this time with the boys made a stop in another location.

My latest coming into this chain was with my sons at Calle Vírgen de los Peligros , 1 corner with Calle de Alcalá 21 . Near metro Sevilla and close by to Puerta del Sol

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TGIFriday’s began as an American chain of restaurants founded in 1965 and currently has more than 900 establishments in 60 countries. The first establishment was opened on March 15, 1965 by Alan Stillman, an entrepreneur from the East Side of Manhattan ,New York who had designed a hospitality business where single people in the area, and especially women, could socialize in an informal environment. He bought and reformed a First Avenue pub, and changed its name to «TGI Fridays » or Thanks God is Fridays!

In 1975, when the brand already had 12 stores in nine states, the Carlson Companies group took over T.G.I. Friday’s. In 2014, Carlson Companies sold the multinational to the investment fund Sentinel Capital and now TGIFridays is part of Grupo VIPS.

T.G.I. Friday’s is characterized by its restaurant, especially oriented to American cuisine, as well as its bar with a selection of cocktails and alcoholic beverages. The group does not specialize in a specific product, with a menu that includes starters, hamburgers, ribs, chicken wings, red meat and tex-mex dishes. The company is especially known for its cocktails, whose offer varies by country

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It was in 1992 when TGI Friday’s landed in Spain specifically in Madrid with the inauguration of the first restaurant in the La Esquina del Bernabéu shopping center, right next to Santiago Bernabeu stadium of my Real Madrid. It was here that I tried it first in Madrid. The area is now under renovation and believe the resto will be moved. Today it has 15 restaurants in Spain.

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Official TGI Fridays at Calle Virgen de los Peligros

Tourist office of Madrid on TGI Fridays

There you go a bit of Americana in Madrid! And yes we need to stop by once in a while too, sorry lol! Enjoy Madrid, a world city and TGIFridays as well !!!

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

September 26, 2019

Restaurant: Ham Museum! in Madrid!

So, therefore, after posting about the monuments and sights of my beloved Madrid will go into the places of shopping and restaurant with a series Restaurant: XXX Madrid or Shopping: XXX Madrid. Hope you enjoy them and do try them when visiting Madrid the food and shopping is an experience to behold in lovely Madrid. For lack of creativity ,I will copy this first paragraph into the subsequents posts! ::)

No no, you won’t come here to see beautiful displays of hams, but you will come to taste them , a lot!! This is a restaurant call the Ham Museum or Museo del Jamon. It goes from the fact the hams are hanging along the walls for display sort of…

If you are passing by Madrid you certainly cannot miss a visit to its most famous and the tastiest of all museums in Madrid; the Museo del Jamon or the Ham Museum, which is actually a typical Spanish tapa bar full with Spanish hams and therefore called the museo del jamón. A Madrid institution since 1978 that has since continue with a great success due to its great selection, quality and prices. Today the third generation of the business continue the proud example of its grandparents founders;. From Madrid to heaven passing by the Museo del Jamón.

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The best thing to do while visiting the Museo del Jamon is to stand at the bar and order your food and drinks directly from the waiters. The bar can get packed at times so you might have to squeeze in to place your order and make sure you will get noticed as normally the general rule is who first shouts the loudest gets drinks first too. It is still a great bargain though because most of the dishes are fairly cheaply priced and with each drink that you order you will always get a free tapa as well.

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I always make a stop in one of them while in Madrid and this time with the boys was a lot of fun introducing to the bar counter on foot ordering lol! They love it!!! And will be back. There are 5 different Museos del Jamon in Madrid, the three most centrically situated are on the Gran via no. 72, Carrera de San Jerónimo 6 (the one we visit this time) and Plaza Mayor no.18. All worth your trip there , enjoy it and this is Madrid!!!

Official Museo del Jamon at Carrera San Jeronimo

There you go a dandy and very easy to get into it for the first timer or so to Madrid eating/drinking out its a ritual and a must:love it!!! Enjoy the Museo del Jamon in my beloved Madrid!

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

September 26, 2019

Shopping:Restaurant: VIPS and MediaMarkt in Madrid of course!

So, therefore, after posting about the monuments and sights of my beloved Madrid will go into the places of shopping and restaurant with a series Restaurant: XXX Madrid or Shopping: XXX Madrid. Hope you enjoy them and do try them when visiting Madrid the food and shopping is an experience to behold in lovely Madrid. For lack of creativity ,I will copy this first paragraph into the subsequents posts! ::)

Once again I am combining Restaurant and Shopping in one post but for a good reason. I know these brands from even my living in Madrid. VIPS is very well represented in Mexico (where I have visited them too!) ,and for good reason as you will see soon. These stores had a electronic/ high tech look and a cafeteria next to it. The concept was carried into Spain but recently they have been remodeled into just restaurants. MediaMarkt opened in France where they did not do good but in Spain they are growing and the one we visited was open just a couple years ago. They are into electronics/high tech only.

Grupo Vips is a Spanish multi-brand and multi-format group in the restaurant and commerce sector. Integrate restaurants and cafes. The company manages a total of seven chains on property or under franchise: VIPS (cafeteria-restaurant and store), VIPSmart, Ginos, The Wok, T.G.I. Fridays, Starbucks Coffee and Wagamama in Spain, Portugal and Andorra. In addition, the group has a sandwich, salad and other vending machine selling products, British Sandwich Factory (BSF).

In 1965 the Mexican entrepreneur Plácido Arango returns to his father’s land (Spain) to establish the new supermarket model that, together with his brothers, he had created in Mexico in 1958, the Aurrerá Supermarkets.In the growth of the supermarket chain, in 1969 he extended to Spain the new concept of restaurant and shop under one roof called Vips (and this is where I got to visit them in Madrid) and that was triumphing in that country. In 1975, the entrepreneur sold the 23 Spanish Aurrerá supermarkets to Galerias Preciados but did not include the sale of Vips restaurants to the department store chain, being the origin of the current business group still controlled by its founder. In October 2018, the Vips Group is acquired by the Zena Alsea group.

Alsea is a Mexican company dedicated to the representation and operation of global brand restaurants in Mexico and Latin America. It manages some restaurants such as Domino’s Pizza, Starbucks Coffee, Burger King, PF Chang’s, California Pizza Kitchen, Vips Restaurants, Italianni’s, The Cheese Cake Factory and Chili’s in Mexico, Vaca Argentina, Archie’s in countries like Chile, Argentina, Colombia and Spain. In 2013, it signed a contract to bring the PF Changs brand to Brazil and the exclusivity was signed to bring the well-known casual dining brand The Cheesecake Factory exclusively to Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Colombia and Peru.

They are family places with a nice menu and good prices where there is a blend of international foods. We tried the VIPS this time at the Calle de Alcalà 200 almost across from the Monumental Las Ventas bullring!

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Official VIPS Spain Resto locator

MediaMarkt is a chain of large stores, dedicated to the sale of household appliances, computers and consumer electronics, belonging to MediaMarktSaturn Retail Group, a subsidiary of the German group Ceconomy. The first establishment opened on November 29, 1979 in Munich. Currently, it is the largest European consumer electronics retailer. The first Media Markt store in Spain was opened in 1999, in San Sebastián de los Reyes ; in the Centro Comercial Megapark shopping center. MediaMarkt has 87 physical stores in Spain today.

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MediaMarkt opened on May 11, 2017 a new store in the central Plaza del Carmen. This is the store we visited just for nostalgia’s sake. We had visited them in France and with its sister stores Saturn also of German origins. Now gone from France and Spain. However, this store is in a very busy commercial area even if when we were there it was almost empty. There is a lot of competition in this field all over. The best about is near Puerta del Sol and plenty to see and do so give it a shot and compare your prices.

Official MediaMarkt in Spain on the Plaza del Carmen store

And for a one two punch of shopping and quick inexpensive cafeteria this is it even if not close by you can plan your day of shopping at MediaMarkt and eating at VIPS closer resto. Hope you enjoy this combination. And enjoy my beloved Madrid!

Remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

 

 

 

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