Tierra Burrito Bar

What do you get when you combine fresh, affordable food, craft beers and two cool central Madrid locations? You get Tierra Burrito Bar. Anyone familiar with the Southwestern part of the U.S. knows how much we love our Tex-Mex food. For me, stepping into Tierra was like taking a short trip back home because before Tierra, getting a decent burrito was practically impossible in Madrid.

Tierra Burrito Bar at Calle Sagasta

Tierra Burrito Bar at Calle Sagasta

Tierra is like the cool, hip sister of the U.S. based Chipotle restaurant. You start by choosing between a burrito, 3 corn tacos or the naked burrito (burrito bowl) and then go on to select your ingredients of choice (chicken, beef, pork or vegetarian). From there, you can choose to include rice, beans and a variety of delicious sauces ranging from mild to the spiciest sauce that is made from habanero peppers and jalepeños.

A delicious burrito with a side of guacamole from Tierra Burrito

A delicious burrito with a side of guacamole from Tierra Burrito

But what makes this an especially great place to go is the laid-back setting. They’ve taken great care to make it a cool place to hang out, and in true Spain style, you don’t feel rushed. The kitchen is open all day and the location in on Calle Sagasta is a great option if you’re looking for a casual and affordable place for large groups. Another reason to check this place out are the prices, a burrito and drink will set you back about 8 euros, a bargain! Currently, there are two locations, the original Tierra is in the neighborhood of Moncloa and the newest location is in Chamberi, near Alonso Martinez.

When: Open Monday to Thursday from 12:30pm to 12:30am

Fridays and Saturdays from 12:30pm to 2:30am

Sundays from 12:30pm to 12:30am

 

Where: Calle Guzman el  Bueno 52 (Metro Moncloa or Islas Filipinas)

or the second location at Calle Sagasta 30 (Metro Alonso Martinez)

 

Madrid’s best market: Mercado de Motores

Image via Facebook

Image via Facebook

Toot toot! Old trains mixed with vintage clothes and hot dogs.

Once a month, El Mercado de Motores (meaning the Engine Market) takes over an old train museum in downtown Madrid for a unique flea market experience. Independent collectors and designers set up vintage stands right alongside Madrid’s old trains which are intact and on display, adding a true feeling of 20th century charm.

The market started out as a community-led effort to popularize second-hand goods. Now it sells everything from current designer items, chic furniture, rare art and even retro pieces, plus tons of outstanding food and free live music.

A live jazz band welcomes you in.

Just one of the live music acts at the mercado

Just one of the live music acts at the mercado

A café hugs the entrance, where you can grab a coffee, a beer, or a sweet pastry as you begin to walk along its tracks.

Amidst the stands you’ll find handmade leather shoes, independent designer clothing, vintage jewelry, antique furniture and much more.

Handmade leather shoes

Handmade leather shoes

Vintage furniture

Vintage furniture

Vintage Clothing

Vintage Clothing

One of the other highlights of the market is its outdoor ambience. Sample from all types of food stalls, some selling regional Spanish dishes such as paella and fabada (Asturian white bean stew) and find a place to sit. Here’s when you should start to linger and enjoy the lively ambience with friends and family, listening to live music as it spontaneously comes on.

The ambience outside

The ambience outside

Paella cooking

Paella cooking

Fabada Asturiana

Even the young ones are invited.

Little ones welcome

Little ones welcome

Another view of the outdoor space

Another view of the outdoor space

Then you have the good old hamburgers and hot dogs, but Spanish style–they’re both tasty and pretty.

Hot dogs

Hot dogs

Hamburgers made to order

Hamburgers made to order

Make it with cheese please!

Make it with cheese please!

And, of course, you’ll find jamón serrano baguettes accompanied by a glass of red wine–my favorite outdoor treat.

Jamon Serrano

Jamon Serrano

After eating through fideau (a traditional noodle dish from Valencia) and finishing your beer or Asturian cider, feel free to move on to the cocktails. Don’t hold back.

Fideau

Fideau

Nice cold beers

Nice cold beers

Austrian Cider

Austrian Cider

People enjoying the tables outside

People enjoying the tables outside

Grab a gelato on your way out.

Gelato

Gelato

Or hope on a new bike!

Bikes

Bikes for sale

Other Markets of Madrid: 

Although El Mercado de Motores is my favourite, check out all the other new markets of Madrid here:

The New Markets of Madrid

El Mercado de la Boca: A design haven for young and independent creators

Lavapiés and its Market: The Real Food Emporium!

Adelita Market: community exchange

Mercado de Motores: 

Where: Paseo de las delicias, 61

Metro: Delicias

When: one weekend per month, Check their Facebook page for specific dates

Next Dates: Saturday & Sunday, December 7th and 8th, 2013

Hours: 11:00-22:00

Find out: about future dates and events, check out their Facebook page

 

Thanksgiving in Madrid

Image via Rubaiyat

Image via Rubaiyat

Just because you’re in Madrid, doesn’t mean you have to skip out on a delicious Thanksgiving meal. Thanksgiving has become a pretty well known yearly event here. A few years ago, you could hardly find anyone serving Thanksgiving meals, unless they were pre-arranged with the Expat clubs. Now, there are a variety of restaurants (and price ranges) where you can go to get your Thanksgiving fix. For all of these restaurants, it is highly recommended that you CALL AHEAD and make a reservation. Whether you’re want to go for a nice dinner out or are searching for some last minute Thanksgiving ingredients, we’ve got just the list of places in Madrid where you can find just what you are looking for.

Restaurants serving Thanksgiving dinner in Madrid

(Click the names of the restaurants to be taken to the website)

Carmencita Bar 

This neighborhood hang-out is owned and operated by an Americana who now lives in Madrid. This cozy restaurant has now become a favorite for their brunch menu, but they also offer Thanksgiving dinner as well as take-out turkeys in case you are hosting Thanksgiving at your place.

San Vicente Ferrer, 51

915 23 80 73

Restaurante Cornucopia

This restaurant has offered a traditional Thanksgiving meal for years. Its pretty spacious and accommodates strollers/wheelchairs. They also have an English-language website.

43Euros per person

Calle Navas de Tolosa, 9

91 521 3896

Image via Clarita Restaurant

Image via Clarita Restaurant

Restaurante Clarita

Restaurante Clarita has a contemporary feel and makes for a good choice if you’re looking for a grown-up dinner that’s not overly fancy. Their Thanksgiving meal includes pumpkin soup, turkey, green beans, cranberry sauce and mashed potatoes.
35 Euros per person plus beverages

Corredera Baja de San Pablo 19

The Hard Rock Café

The Hard Rock Cafe is great for large groups, especially those with kids as you’ll find plenty of space for strollers and they have high chairs.

Paseo de la Castellana, 2, Madrid

914 36 43 40

Pecado Carnal

This restaurant has various locations in Madrid and specializes in grilled meats, but their restaurant in the Chamberi neighborhood offers an all-you-can-eat Thanksgiving menu.

Calle Covarrubias, número 24

914 456 886

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Image via Rubaiyat

Rubaiyat

Rubaiyat will offer a special Thanksgiving menu that includes appetizers, cream of corn soup, turkey with all of the fixings and pumpkin pie.

55 € per person (wine included)

Calle Juan Ramon Jimenez, 37

913 59 10 00

New York Burger
Here, you’ll find some of the best burgers in Madrid. In honor of Thanksgiving, they are doing a special turkey burger menu which includes cranberry sauce and potatoes. There are two locations, one by Retiro Park and one near the Santiago Bernabeu stadium.

Calle General Yagüe, 5

Paseo de Recoletos, 4

Image via The Ritz

Image via The Ritz

The Ritz Hotel

Should you want the ultimate in luxury, you need look no further than the Ritz. This year, they’re offering pumpkin soup, turkey with sweet potato puree and blueberry parfait

€59 per person (beverages not included)

917 01 6767

Plaza de la Lealtad, 5

Where to find Thanksgiving ingredients

Taste of America

This has become one of the most reliable places to find Thanksgiving items. Here you can find everything from ready-made pies to Stove top Stuffing. This is their busiest season, so call ahead and reserve your items. You can also order online and have them delivered.

El Corte Ingles

El Corte Ingles is a convenient option simply because they have various locations throughout Madrid. If you want to cook, you can find uncooked, cleaned turkeys at any El Corte Ingles grocery stores, also called Hipercor.

El Sabroso

If you want to skip the hassle of cooking a turkey, you can order a roasted turkey at El Sabroso, but make sure to call ahead to ensure availability.

Sabores del Mundo

This store has an abundance of ingredients from all over the world. Here you’ll find everything from canned pumpkin to curry spices. They also offer delivery in case you are not able to go to their physical location.

 

 

 

Celebrating Madrid’s local wines

Semana de Vino de Madrid

Semana del Vino de Madrid

Many people know about la Rioja, Spain’s famous wine region, but did you also know that there are many great wines grown in the community of Madrid? During the next few days, the Semana Del Vino de Madrid (Madrid Wine Week) is helping locals and tourists alike re-discover the wines grown in Madrid’s own back yard. Now through November 24th, this event will feature lectures on organic wines, wine tourism and other activities and will take place at the Centro Cultural Conde Duque.

The event will feature 14 wineries as well as 34 featured caterers all that come from local venues. Part of what makes this event special is that it takes place in the Conde Duque neighborhood, known as the more sophisticated area of the larger district of Malasaña. Attending an event like this will allow you to see Madrid at its best, in a friendly and fun atmosphere.

When: Now through November 24th, check the website for specific hours

Where: Centro Cultural Conde Duque located at Conde Duque 11

Metro: Ventura Rodriguez, Plaza de España, San Bernardo or Noviciado

Entrance to this event is free

For more information, check the website

 

 

Madrid en Danza 2013


If you have yet to see any of the shows from the Madrid International Dance Festival, there is still time! This festival brings together 23 dance companies from around the world and is a must-see for any fans of dance!

The  event brings together a variety of difference dance styles, combining classic and modern dance that  includes everything from ballet to flamenco. There are shows every night in various venues throughout Madrid. The festival concludes on November 24th with a family-friendly dance show featuring the Gelabert Azzopardi Dance Company. Other participants of the festival include: Janet Novas , Iker Arrúe , Lesley Telford , Sharon Fridman , Lucio Baglivo , Manuel Linan , Mónica García , Rocío Molina , Lina Polyana , Elias Aguirre , Pablo Esbert and Jean Philippe Dury , Cesc Gelabert , Teresa Nieto , Sara Calero , Daniel Doña , Rafaela Carrasco , Nova Galega de Danza , Sonakay , Daniel Abreu , Carmen Werner and Nova Galega de Danza , besides Dairakudakan companies ( Japan ) , Angelin Preljocaj , Compagnie Dernière Minute Pierre Rigal (France ) , Akram Khan Company (United Kingdom) and Tao (China ) .

For more information, check the official Madrid En Danza festival webpage.

When: Every night from now until November 24th

Where: A variety of different venues in Madrid