My in flight food

food

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

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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

food

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.

 

Going back

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Today i´m goin back to the country i live, Chile. Chile is good, has beauty in their desert, mountains, little towns, landscapes and more. But with the years, i don´t feel me that connected, hummm. I´m sitting here, in the middle of Madrid, wandering don´t have to take my flight. Guess is the wanderlust in my soul. I used to work on a cruise ship and everyday i used to hear people saying: “i wish i´m at home” or “almost going home!”, but i thought: “i wish i finish my contract in this country and stay weeks there”. Is not that i didn´t want to see my family, i love them so much, but i wanted keep travelling around.

Once i heard that the people whom don´t know where they belong in the world are called “world´s citizen”. Are you also one? Everytime people ask me about my nationality i always (!) answer “korean” + “but i live in Chile”. This is inmigration. You have a saying: “you belong where you heart is”. I don´t know the exactly translation.

They say you belong where you heart is. I don´t know the exactly translation. At the moment my heart belongs just to me, however i found the cities i wanna stay. Make me feel comfortable, secure, confident. Madrid and Rome have something that i can´t explain clearly. Whatever is it, hope i can found the answer soon.

 

 

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. 

 

Aún estoy en Madrid

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El otro día pasé por el centro cerca de Sol y me encontré entre tanta oferta de fast food y comida para turista, un lugarcillo donde aún sirven comida casera sin que llore el bolsillo. Un menú a 10,50 euros. Nada mal para la zona donde se encuentra. Precio-calidad se corresponden.

Primero me han dado una ensaladilla de papas y morrón, supongo que venía junto al menú. De primer plato me he pedido un gazpacho andaluz (si has visto nuestro instagram -@theundercoverpig- habrás visto la foto primero 😉 ) y de segundo un cocido madrileño -yummy-. La verdad andaba buscando callos a la madrileña que me encantan, pero por lo visto, ese día nadie lo quiso poner en el menú. Para la otra será. De postre un café fue ideal para ese día. La atención fue muy amable. Los que atienden son ya personas mayores.

El restaurante se llama “La Farola” y dice que data de 1864. Queda en calle Tetuán 20, a tres minutos desde la salida de metro Sol.

 

Sunday in “El rastro” flea market

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“El rastro” is a flea market that has maaany years and opens every sundays and holidays from 9am to 3pm alonside Plaza del Cascorro in Madrid, but at 3pm you still can buy some things because plenty of the stores are starting to close. If you don´t like crowded places i recommend you walk by the sidewalk.

You can find all kind of things! You want toys? leather goods? crafts? clothe? jewelry? etc,etc? this is your place and you can discover more stuffs. After walking and walking you get hungry, in the area you have restaurants, bars, coffee shops to have a break. However the menu prices are higher than other areas. I saw menus between 15 and 16 euros, having in other parts menus between 10 and 12 euros. Suddenly you want a tattoo or piercing? No problem. By de sidewalk you have some tattoo shops. I don´t know if they are good tattooing but you have the choice.

You can have a look one Sunday morning in “el rastro”, it worths. If you didn´t find what you wanted at least you can say you have been in “el rastro” of Madrid. Have a nice Sunday!

You also can found thimbles for collectors and creepy stuffs like this little deer.