what is that???

food

IMG_2260The first time I saw it I asked: what is that? and the answer was: a sweet from Middle East made from sesame paste and sugar. Basically that´s all and can found other varieties with nut fruits or fruits. The texture is oily and crumbly. Is a sweet very sweet… a sweet very sweet… so I recommend take it with tea or coffee. I prefer tea.

In the picture she is cutting my piece jijijijiji…. halva with pistachios 🙂

If you like sugar I really recommend it, if you don´t at least try halva. It worths, I swear!

This halva is from Whole Foods, New York.

Comida en los vuelos

español, food

Una de las cosas que me gusta de volar son las sorpresas de la comida que dan a bordo. A veces buenas sorpresas a veces casi siempre  no sé si reír o llorar. En internet dicen que el costo del alimento por servicio en clase económica es de un dólar o menos. Sólo rumores, nada oficial.

En mi vuelo de Santiago con conección en Brasil tuve desayuno y almuerzo.

Me gustó más el desayuno de Avianca Brasil y los sobrecargo de vuelos fueron más simpáticos. El pan de Avianca estuvo frío, pero qué puedes esperar en económico (?). Pero me gustó más que el primero porque me dieron frutas y elección entre un sándwich de jamón y queso o fiambres con queso. Elegí la segunda elección.

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Me dieron almuerzo sólo en mi vuelo desde Madrid a Sao Paulo. La buena sorpresa fue que el pan estaba caliente y el sabor de la salsa estuvo bien. También tenían pasta pero nunca elijo pasta a bordo de vuelos. ¿Por qué? Siempre están sobre cocidos. El postre fue una especie de crema de limón (no mousse). Sólo le di una probadita.

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My in flight food

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One of the things i like about taking flights is the surprise of the food on board. Sometimes nice surprises sometimes mostly just wanna laugh or cry. In internet they say the food cost in economy class are one dollar or less. Just rumours nothing official.

In my flight to Santiago with connection in Brazil i had breakfast and lunch.

I liked more my b-fast at Avianca Brasil and also the crew was nice. The Avianca bread was cold, but in economy what you can expect (?). But i liked most than Air Europe one because they give you fruits and the choice between ham and cheese sandwich or cold cuts with cheese. I chose the second one.

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I had lunch only in my flight from Madrid to Sao Paulo. The good surprise was that the bread was hot and the flavor of the sauce was nice. They also had pasta but i never choose pasta in on board meals. Why? always are over cooked. The dessert was a kind of lemon cream (no mouse). I just tasted it.

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Mi dulce Madrid

español, food

En el área de Sol, justo frente a una de sus salidas (no recuerdo cuál) tienes la famosa y tradicional pastelería “La Mallorquina”. Desde 1894 ha estado ofreciendo sus pastelitos, galletas, chocolates y cualquier cosa que sea dulce. Turistas, locales e importantes personales españoles fueron o son sus clientes. ¿Cómo una pastelería sobrevive por tantos años? a veces me pregunto. Bueno, sé que respuestas estás pensando ;). Porque son deliciosos, por su calidad. Probé su torta con crema (nata) y sus galletas. Crecí en un país con una dulce herencia española y alemana y tengo que decir que estaban deliciosos! La textura del bizcocho es un poco más compacta que las chilenas, pero mantiene su humedad. Son húmedas, no mojadas! Por lo general uno pinta con almíbar los bizcochos cuando los cortas en capas para luego rellenarlos, por lo menos en Chile es así pero éste, pienso que son los huevos o el tiempo de horneado que da esa rica textura y sabor, no a huevo, no demasiado dulce, seco o pasado a mantequilla. Este es el resultado de la tradición y me encanta. Las galletas también estuvieron muy ricas. Claramente es una pastelería donde pagas un poco mas del promedio, pero si tienes un poco de otra, deberías probar uno de sus dulces aunque sea una vez. La próxima vez que vaya a Madrid probaré las bambas, una especie de berlín relleno de crema.

En una junta que tuve con españoles, uno de los invitados dijo: “Recuerdo cuando mi madre me decía que en el camino para ir a la escuela ella y su hermana se paraban frente a “La Mallorquina” para respirar el rico aroma que salía de allí, así se iban “un poco más llenas””. Eso fue en los tiempos de postguerra, cuando en España el franquismo terminó. Fue triste escuchar eso, pero lamentablemente es la realidad de las generaciones que vivieron guerras y postguerras.

En fin, al parecer esta pastelería tiene para rato, así que planea tu viaje a Madrid y anda a probar sus pastelitos! Aunque te vayas a quedar uno o dos días, estoy segura que verás a “La Mallorquina”. Está en el centro del centro. Si no encuentras el lugar, puedes preguntarle a la gent de alrededor o de los kioscos. La gente hace lineas para comprar. 

My sweet Madrid

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In Sol area, just in front of one of the exits (don´t remember which one) you have the famous and traditional pastry shop “La Mallorquina”. Since 1894 giving to their clients delicious pastries, cookies, chocolates and whatever is sweet. Tourists, local people and important people were or are clients of this place. How a shop can survive so long? sometimes i ask to my self. Well, i know what answer are you thinking 😉 . Because are delicious, because their quality. I tried their cream cakes and cookies. I was raised in a country with spaniard and german “sweet” inheritance and i ´ve to say that are delicious! the texture of the cake is a bit more compact than in chilean ones, but keep their moist. Are moist not wet! Usually you put some syrup in the sponge cake when you cut it in layers, at least in Chile is like that but this one, i think are the eggs or baking time that give that nice texture and flavour, not eggy, not too sweet, dry or buttery flavor. This is the result of tradition and i love it. Cookies are delicious too. Of course you pay a higher prices but if you have a bit more coins in your pocket you should try at least once the products of “La Mallorquina”. Next time i´ll try the famous bambas, a kind of beignot filled with plenty of cream.

In one meeting with spaniards, one of the guests said: “I remember when my mom told me that in the way to the school they had to pass in front of La Mallorquina. They used to stop in front of it and breath the delicious sweet aroma coming out, just to have the stomach “a little bit more full””. That were the times after Franco´s rule. Was sad to hear that but is the reality of wars and post wars generations.

Anyway, it seems that this pastry shop is going to stay for a long, so just plan your trip to Madrid and try their pastries! Even if you are going to stay one or two days, i´m sure you are going to see it. It is just in the center of the downtown .If you get lost just ask to the kiosk people, everybody knows this place. People make lines in this place.

 

Still in Madrid

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The other day i passed by the downtown near Sol and i found between so many fast food restaurants and  restaurants for tourists a place where still serve homemade food with not killing prices. The lunch menu for 10,50 euros. Price-quality is ok.

At first they gave me a little potato-pepper salad that wasn´t written in the menu, so i guess was part of the menu service. For first course i asked gazpacho andaluz (maybe you saw the picture first at @theundercoverpig) and for second course cocido madrileño -traditional spanish stew with meat, white cabbage, chickpeas and served separately the broth from the other items). The true i was looking for callos a la madrileña but it seems nobody wanted to put that in their menus. Maybe next time. For dessert just coffee. The waiter was very nice and it seems workers there have many years working there.

The restaurant name is “La Farola” and it´s open sice 1864. Is located in calle Tetuán 20, three minutes by walking fom Sol subway station. 

 

Croquettes and beer

food, lifestyle

Near Sol metro station, next to El corte inglés you have a very very busy restaurant. Casa Labra is a place that tourists and madrid people go to enjoy their croquettes and codfish tapas. In one counter you buy tapas and in the bar you ask and pay your drinks. Is not that expensive like i thought. I had one caña (glass of beer) and three croquettes, 1 euro each one. Is not surprise to see people making line in this place.

Croquettes and bacalao are the popular one, also you can try banderilla – tuna with peppers-. If you want to sit, inside the restaurant at the back they have a place with chairs and tables but i think that the point is enjoy the moment like a local, standing next to the bar, no?

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                                   “The one who drinks well does what he should”