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September 29, 2019

Restaurant: La Fiebre, 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! ::)

And while in my beloved Madrid and a game of Real Madrid was on, needed a quick place to see with good ambiance. Nothing better than to ask the locals at the bar as well as the BB apartment we were staying. 100 Montaditos and LAPEPA. !And the verdict was go to La Fiebre! Ok so not been there before but did not want to take a long trek to my usual places near the stadium so we went for it La Fiebre it was! And what a great time we had!!!

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The moment we walk in immediately the conversation started , well sort of. I just say I wanted to see the game of Real Madrid vs Valladolid that was on that night! Right away the staff came over us and a nice looking lady and very kind took me and my sons to the back , the VIP room lol!! TV on all walls nice low level seats small tables slighlty lit we were in heavens!!! Soon ,thereafter a couple of groups of 4 came in as well and before you knew it the uuhh and ahhh were going all over the place lol!! And the pints too mind you lol! And the game was badly played and we tied 1X1!

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La Fiebre (the fever) is at Calle del Principe just before Plaza de Santa Ana which  is a great tourist attraction for those who come to eat at this bar after a long walk. The La Fiebre is a great get together and excellent football/soccer/sports screen TV all over to watch the games. In addition, their generous empanadas, their tasty nachos and their perfectly elaborated tapas are among those dishes that should not be missed at La Fiebre. Do not miss the opportunity to try their good cold beer which we did with Paulaner, Guinness beers. This place has extraordinary frapes too among its drinks, and a nice selection of non alcoholic drinks as well. . The warm atmosphere of this place allows you to relax after a hard day at work or just a long walk in the city!

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We were charmed by the exterior decor, and the interior was even better! Very cozy bar with sofas or chairs to sip a cocktail, eat small dishes or desserts. Cool and relaxed atmosphere. Super nice place, nice atmosphere and nice waiters. A pleasant time spent in this small bar very cozy and warm. Note, the 2 tables of the entrance on the sides very nice to feel the atmosphere of the street and very romantic me think!

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It has no webpage, Calle del Principe 16-18 is it and the Yelp reviews will help the others as I am convince already La Fiebre is a great place. Yelp reviews on La Fiebre

Been on a nice architecturally and historical area of my beloved Madrid and an interesting street, let me dwell a bit on the history I like here please

Its fine layout unites two of the most beautiful squares in Madrid, the Plaza de Canalejas with that of Plaza de Santa Ana, two exquisite enclosures that endure the passing of the years with ease. Calle del Principe is destined to unite forever a path full of history, a delicious walk that encloses, in one of its corners, a legend of love and spirits.

The first thing that I like to clarify is to which prince is dedicated this discreet street although you will not have it so easy. With the Calle del Principe there are several theories as its name. One is that it is due to Felipe II, or that it was named to commemorate the birth of Felipe IV, however, other writers say that the route was dedicated to Muley Xeque, Prince of Fez and Morocco, known as the Black Prince.

To give no doubts , we are going to resort to our most universal writer, Miguel de Cervantes, who when writing the Viaje del Parnaso or Journey of the Parnassus, at that time he lived rented house in Calle de Huertas and tells us that he lives next to the Palace of the Black Prince. Therefore, it seems that the last hypothesis, thanks to the writer’s note, is the one that charges the most truth!!

In it the Corral de la Pacheca and the Corral del Príncipe were located, the latter in the place where the Teatro Español (Spanish Theater) is currently located! Nice history of my beloved Madrid!

So, therefore, do visit La Fiebre and Calle del Principe in lovely Madrid! And remember, happy travels , good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

 

 

September 29, 2019

Restaurant: Alboraya and Los Alpes, 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 I will tell you about two historical and emblematic places of my beloved Madrid. They are in tourist prone center, but a short ride away by metro will take you to these two landmarks of Madrid. Let me tell you a bit about them in my blog, hope you enjoy it as we do

The Heladeria Los Alpes (ice cream parlor the Alps) was founded in 1950. The founders were a marriage of Italian and Spanish and today, their grandchildren continue to run the business and follow the original Italian recipe of their grandfather improved by the second generation of the family.

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They make more than 80 different flavors and select the raw material from those places where it is best: lemons, from Murcia. the hazelnut, from Reus, the pistachio, from Sicily. Everything is fresh and without preservatives . Excellence and personal self-demand have made Los Alpes one of the best traditional ice cream parlors in the entire Comunidad de Madrid. Wide variety of ice cream and also horchatas, slushies, milkshakes, waffles, tiramisu etc

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Their address at Calle Arcipreste de Hita,6 almost behind the Calle de la Princesa before reaching Faro de Moncloa. metro Moncloa (the closest) and Arguelles takes you here. We were up in the area and I wanted to take my sons here so we walk from Plaza de España up Calle de la Princesa to just before you see the Faro de Moncloa turn right into Calle de Fernando el Catolico and then left into Calle Arciprete de Hita to the store on your right hand side. If you take the metro line 3 to Moncloa come out and go away from Faro de Moncloa on your left hand side is the Calle Fernando el Catolico take left and then left into Arciprete de Hita. Enjoy it as we did!!!

Official Heladeria Los Alpes

Tourist office of Madrid on Heladeria Los Alpes

And for reviews on it have it in English for Yelp: Yelp reviews on Heladeria Los Alpes

Now this is a very old drink even from Egyptian times ,in Spain, the origin of Horchata, comes from the city of Alboraya, in the Comunidad de Valencia. It is a typical sweet drink that is usually accompanied by fartons that regulars like to eat by soaking them before in the horchata. It is the tigernut or chufa as we call it in Spain, very popular and we love it each time there. Very refreshing in Summers.

The best is Horchatería Alboraya. Two addresses in Madrid: Calle de Alcalá, 125 (where we tasted right off metro Principe de Vergara metro lines 2 and 9) and Avenida Felipe II, 26 (where we saw it too). The tradition of this place begins with the grandparents, who cultivated their first tigernut in Alboraya in 1960. Then, the next generation founded the first Alboraya tiger nut milk factory in Madrid. Their motto is to develop the best tiger nut milk from the fields of their grandparents and to offer the best artisan ice cream in the city. With great ice creams like the traditional meringue milk flavor, or smoothies like the fantastic mango flavor. Today, the third generation aspires the same work by working only with quality products filled with flavors.

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This is great just where I grew up not far really, not far from Retiro Park on the famous Calle de Alcalà (mine!) and a family tradition at its best. It is just on the other side away from Puerta de Alcalà and not too many visitors go this way but they should, the real Madrid awaits you. And institutions like this one, the very best of Spain in Madrid.

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Official Horchateria Alboraya

Tourist office of Madrid on Horchateria Alboraya at Alcalà

And for reviews on it have it in English here: Yelp reviews on Horchateria Alboraya

And there you go an awesome one two punch in two opposite poles of the wonderful city of Madrid. The Los Alpes and Alboraya are perfect examples why life in Madrid is a dream and visiting an event each time. Hope you enjoy the post and do come for a taste of the real Madrid. You know what I said, From Madrid to heaven and a hole in the sky to look down on it every day!YES!

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

 

 

 

September 29, 2019

Restaurant: La Rollerie, 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! ::)

Well, here is another first. While walking in my beloved Madrid and looking for changes to the landscape and places! we ,notice this place passing by going towards the Puerta del Sol from our apartment BB in Plaza de las Cortes.  We first notice and then on another day came back to try it. It was a pleasant surprise even if the prices are for the tourist incline in my opinion, the quality and the service is tops. The La Rollerie chain is something I would try again! And their latest address at Carrera San Jéronimo is super!

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The La Rollerie of the Barrio de las Letras holds a surprise, a greenhouse in which you can breathe peace and in which you can choose your favorite corner under its vines, in the greenhouse, in front of the fountain or on its rocker. Our place the property at Carrera de San Jeronimo, 26, their newest property!

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There are already four La Rolleries in Madrid all with the same menu, same offer that goes from morning to night, own workshop, and a great novelty: a space so green and relaxing that you will not believe you are in the middle of Madrid hectic noisy days.

Our visit took place in what was the classic store of the Spanish Musical Union, it is a large place on the corner with stained glass windows, lamps and ceiling lamps of 1925 that remain exactly the same now that the instruments have left room for the pastries, the workshop and the kitchen of this new restaurant and cafe.

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Same menu and offer as in the rest, and that goes from morning to night, including breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner, but served in a space very different from the others. On the first floor (street level) of the premises, the flagship trees of La Rollerie and a large central bar to eat attract attention. And, above all, the tubas of an old organ behind the counter that belonged to the old music store.

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The second floor, converted into a Provencal garden and courtyard, into a botanical garden, with a roof of vines and transformed corners flower kiosks. The tables are all different and, one of them, has even a swing. It is a chic oasis where you can isolate yourself from the noise of Madrid. Four types of brunch every day of the week taken on a swing surrounded by flowers! Sublime, a must to visit.

official La Rollerie on Carrera de San Jeronimo

My favorite Yelp reviews on La Rollerie of Carrera de San Jeronimo

And there you go another dandy place to spend a wonderful time in Centro Madrid. However the decoration and vegetation will transport you to the countryside, good food ,good service indeed we will be back price included! La Rollerie is worth it

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

 

 

 

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