Movie Premiere in Madrid

A gritty and vivid film is coming to Madrid on February 26th: “A Prophet” narrates the story of a young illiterate Muslim who is sentenced to six years in a French prison. Once inside, his struggle for survival lands him an important and dangerous position inside the prison’s mafia. Part suspenseful thriller, drama and social commentary, the movie has won the Grand Prix at the Cannes film festival and currently represents France in this year’s Oscars.  Directed by Jacques Audiard and starring Tahar Rahim, this is of the year’s must see movies. One of the first cinemas to show the film will be Cines Princesa.

By Daniel Sznajderman

Photography from Soledad Cordoba

For truly interesting and visually stunning photography visit the Galeria Blanca Berlin and see Soledad Cordoba’s exhibit “Un Lugar Secreto” (a secret place). The work of this young Asturian artist involves performance photography—that is, she involves her own body and actions into her work. The pictures involve distinct elements, such as animals or plants, which are visually within and outside the artist’s body. The result is a series of magical, surreal and often disturbing photographs that are extremely well made. The exhibit will be on display until March 27th.

By Daniel Sznajderman

Quality Movies for Rent at Ficciones

If you thought Transformers was two and a half hours of metal parts clashing into each other and that Snakes on a plane was terrible even for an intentionally bad film, then Ficciones is the place for you. This small video rental store in Tirso de Molina is a sanctuary—no, the Mecca—for movie lovers. Here you will find an astounding variety of quality films from any period and country, and what’s more, they are categorized by their place of origin and director: cinema a la carte! Becoming a member is free and rentals are around 3.50 euros per movie. There is another Ficciones in Malasaña, for more information click here.

By Daniel Sznajderman

Let the Curry Flow at Anarkoli Indian Restaurant

What immediately comes to mind when you hear the words Barrio de Lavapies? Immigrants, colorful buildings, dirty zigzagging streets, drug peddlers and a whole lotta Indian food would be the probable answer of many people that have been to this popular neighborhood. This particular article focuses only on the last point (sorry there, drug seekers). There are enough Indian restaurants in Lavapies to fill its streets with waves of hot curry and ride them with naan surfboards, but if you find having a huge amount of choices to be rather overwhelming I’d like to humbly recommend a sure thing: the Anarkoli Indian Restaurant. Located in the neighborhood’s main street, it is a place to have a feast of traditional and odd Indian dishes full of that which characterizes Indian cuisine outside of India: intense flavor and ever present spice.

The restaurant is clean and simple with one room that serves as a  bar and waiting place for takeout orders and an ampler room for dining. The brick walls hold various posters and paintings of Indian religious figures and of the country itself, but these are not too overwhelming in number or variety—the food is what you should be concentrated on anyway, and the food is good. If as mentioned before you have a problem with having too many choices then bad news with the menu, this place has almost too many dishes to count. To give some idea and direction the menu is sectioned so forth: entrees (2.95 to 4.95), tandoor oven cuisine (5.00 to 13.50), chicken and lamb dishes (6.95 to 8.25), vegetable plates (3.95 to 5.50), the all inclusive two person meal (approx 32 euros) and a large selection of breads (3.50 each).

Notable entries include the traditional meat somosas and the spicy lentil soup, the latter goes well with some naan bread, which is offered in its traditional form but also with garlic, meat and cheese. You can also order the peshwar naan which comes doused with almonds, coconut and sugar—though that hardly classifies as a side dish anymore! Chicken and lamb options are ample, with dishes such as mango chicken, and the explosive paneer tikka which comes as a mix of meat, cheese, yogurt and spices. For 13.50 euros there is a mix grill plate that combines chicken tikka and tandoori, lamb kebab and fried king prawns.

For those who can only think of innocent animals being slaughtered when reading this list of recipes, don’t worry—there’s stuff for you cow huggers as well. The malai kofta is a cheap dish of potato balls with almond cream, while the mitar paneer has fried cheese, onions, tomatoes and peppers. If you’re a curry lover (you know, the kind who can’t help always getting curry despite having other dishes to choose from) there are plenty of curry options when it comes to the type of meat, rice and spice level. These are usually 8.00 euros each except the mixed curry that comes at 12.50 and the vegetarian at 5.00 euros. Well, there you go—next time you are walking in Lavapies on a sunny day or are itching for Indian food, drop by Anarkoli.

Lavapies 46
91 467 60 00
Metro: Lavapies or Tirso de Molina
Open daily from 12:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.

By Daniel Sznajderman

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El Corral de la Morería: Flamenco and Spanish Cuisine at its Finest

El Corral de la Morería: Flamenco Show in Madrid and Spanish Cuisine at its Finest

El Corral de la Morería is Madrid’s best known tablao (or flamenco) show, offering arguably the best flamenco performances in the city. Flamenco isn’t its only strength: the food has earned the hard to get recognition of the Michelin Guide. The flamenco spectacle runs from 22 to 23:30 and then again from 24 to 1:30 in the morning—the musicians are first rate and the dancers are amazing, most are young artists that have risen to be among the best of their generation.

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As for the food, the menu has a wide selection of exquisite Spanish delicacies than can be ordered á la carte or by fixed menu. It is an expensive place—the cheapest starter is 17 euros and fixed menus can cost up to 99 euros—that also charges 34 euros as cover charge for the show. But being honest: is one of the best tablaos of the city.

El Corral de la Morerira
Calle Moreria 17
913 651 137
Metro: La Latina
Hours: Opening Monday through Sunday at 8pm. First show: 10pm-11:30pm / Second show: 12am-1:30am

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By Daniel Sznajderman