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)

 

Tapapies 2013

Tapapies 2013

Tapapies 2013

One of the most anticipated tapas events in Madrid is here! From now until October 27th, various restaurants will be taking part in the third annual Tapapies event. What makes this tapas event different is that it takes place in the vibrant and diverse neighborhood of Madrid, Lavapies.

Each of the participating restaurants have put together their own specialty miniature-sized dish and offer it for only 1€ or 2€ for a tapa and an Estrella Damm beer.  All together, there are 75-featured tapas with influences from more than 20 different countries! In just one night, you can take a culinary trip around the world! As if the food were not enough, what also makes this event unique is that there are local art exhibits, live music and theatre performances included during this 11-day celebration.

For a map of the tapas and corresponding neighborhoods, click here.

Below, you’ll find a few of the tapas that we can’t wait to try and the information on where to find them!

Sueño Olímpico

Sueño Olímpico

Sueño Olîmpico (Salmon tartar) 

Where: This tapa can be found at Su&Si

Located at: C/ Argumosa, 30

Telephone: 915287085

Hours: Open Monday to Sunday from 1pm to 4pm and from L-D: 13:00 a 16:00 from 8pm to midnight

Costillas

Costillas

Costilla con Salsa Barbacoa y Arándanos (Ribs with Barbecue sauce and cranberries)

Where: Portomarin

Located at: C/ Valencia, 4

Telephone: 915396057

Ventresca

Ventresca

Ventresca con Pisto Manchego (Tuna Belly with Pisto Manchego)

Where: La Casa de Las Tostas

Located at: C/Argumosa, 29

Telephone: 915283002

Hours: Open Monday to Sunday from noon until 1am.

Fatay

Fatay

Fatay  (Arab empanada)

Where: Benteveo 

Located at: C/ Sta. Isabel,15

Telephone: 911398503/637165017

Hours: Open from Tuesday to Sunday from 1:30pm a 4:30pm y 8:30pm a 11:30pm Closed on Mondays

Taco

Taco

Taco de Patata Trufada con Frijoles  (Truffled Potato and bean taco)

Where: Antigua Taquería

Located at: Cabestreros 4

Hours: Open Sundays to Thursday from 8pm to midnight

Fridays and Saturdays from 8pm to 2am

 

 

 

Summer GastroMad is here!

Muñagorri restaurant participating in GastroMad

Muñagorri restaurant participating in GastroMad

If you love good food, but are watching your Euros, this is a great time to be in Madrid! From now until July 28th , Madrid is hosting the Summer GastroMad as part of the Villas de Verano festival. GastroMad includes some very well known restaurants right in the center of the city, many are even located in the exclusive Salamanca neighborhood . As part of GastroMad, participating establishments can offer either a 3€ tapa (and be featured as part of the Madrid Tapas Route) or they can offer a 25€ set dinner menu.

Tomato Provencal

The Tomato Provencal tapa

Restaurants on the Madrid Tapas Route have put together a signature tapa for their restaurant/bar and serve it along with a Mahou beer for just 3€.  These are not your average tapas, some of the featured dishes include things like :

-Black pudding wrapped in apples and toasted almonds at Los Galayos

-Tuna Carpaccio with Citrus Vinaigrette and sprouts  at Según Emma.

-Breaded zucchini stuffed with provolone cheese and bacon at La Montaderia .

-Tomato Provencal at Muñagorri Restaurant.

There are more than 40 establishments are participating in this year’s Summer GastroMad. As an added bonus, you don’t even have to pay for transport! If you’re doing the tapa route, you can pick up the map at any of the participating locations. Make sure ask your server to stamp your map and you can use that as your ticket for free boarding on Madrid’s tourism bus., what a deal!

When: From now until the 28th of July

Where: More than 40 restaurants in the Center of Madrid

For details on restaurants, click here 

Microfusa Festival – A Night of New Music

The Microfusa Festival, which supports young and alternative musicians and bands, will return to Madrid July 2nd. The venue will be the funky Sala Caracol, a noted music venue and weekend destination for Madrid’s young and lively adults. Starting at 19:30 p.m., 3 emerging bands will let loose with the hopes of increasing their following and making their audiences boogie on down. The festival’s headliner, Cycle, will kick off the night with their distinct electronic/rock sound. Most of what you’ll hear is from their newest album, Sleepwalkers. Next up is Olimpic, a band from Bilbao with a more trans-jam feel, but also electric. Closing the festival is Notes from Underground. Their new album, Crossing the Rubicon, is already making a splash with its unusual combination of electronica and “industrial” heavy metal.

The Microfusa School, an institution that teaches its students about the digital technology behind recording and producing music, puts this festival on every year. To be a student at the Microfusa school is to step into the ever-evolving world of musical technology. Founded in 1987 as a “sound laboratory, ” the institute is now Madrid’s most known space for audio experimentation and musical creation. The school also produces and sells its own musical accessories, usually with cheap prices for those on a college budget. All in all, the Microfuse School is without a doubt Madrid’s most well versed organization in musical production. What does all this mean regarding the festival? That people with refined musical knowledge and taste selected the lineup for Microfuse 2010– so the festival is bound to be a night brimming with good sound.

For free admission to the festival, print out an invite online (1 invite is valid for 2 people).

When: Friday, July 2nd at 19:30 p.m.
Where: Sala Carocol
Address: Bernardino Obregón, 18
Cost: Free with Invite

By Chloe Nash

La Carlota: Quick, Healthy and Tasty Meal

La Carlota is located in the calle Paseo de recoletos, half a block away from the busy streets that are always being drilled at and remodeled—Calle de Alcala, Serrano, Paseo de la Castellana. To say this small mostly tostas place is in the middle of Madrid is an understatement: it’d take you about the same time to get to Plaza Cibeles, Gran Via, the Prado and Thyssen Museums, the Retiro Park and the Chuecas district from La Carlota. This busy and business-y spot is why the customers of this breakfast and lunch are mostly shirt and tie workers enjoying their lunch or break. And that’s what this place caters for: it’s casual and quick, offering small dishes or a filling lunch, unless you just want to enjoy a good coffee and read the complementary newspapers.

If you walk a few steps up the same street you’ll run into a Delina´s, the franchise that offers a variety of mostly healthy sandwiches, soups, salads, yogurts and the like. Now Delina´s isn’t bad, but for the twelve euro meal you’ll have to spend to be satisfied there you get much cheaper and tastier options at la Carlota. By tastier I don’t mean greasier either because practically all of the food here is  healthy (think soft bread soaked in olive oil, tomato and mozzarella toasts and stewed lamb with cuscus).  The menu breakdown is simple: normal salads come in medium and large bowls and are 6 or 6.50 euros each, juiced up salad dishes are 7 euros, all tostas are 2.90 euros, soups are 4 euros and main dishes cost 7.50.

The tostas in this place are amazing, especially if you´re not looking for a huge meal. Always using fresh warm bread, some of the favorite toppings Iberic ham, mushroom and blue cheese, salmon with peppers or eggplant and olive oil. Think a salad can´t get you full? You´ll have to think again once you´ve had the bowls here, which include all types of veggies you can think of. The daily specials—or weekly or monthly, they don´t change the specials too much here—are excellent: the cuscus with stripped juicy lamb and chicken and the calamari and rice dishes are quite popular. One thing strangely not written on the menu is the tasty unchanging desserts: chocolate cake, tiramisu and the highly recommended yogurt with forest fruits.

So for a coffee, snack, salad or full meal in the middle of the city, look for the small restaurant with a big orange carrot as its logo—you won’t leave unsatisfied.

La Carlota
Paseo de Recoletos, 11
Metro: Banco de España / Recoletos (renfe)
Hours: Monday´s through Friday´s from 9:00am to 16:30 p.m.

By Daniel Sznajderman