Next up on my tour of Spain, the capital, Madrid. This city can be summed up in three words – vibrant, stylish and atmospheric.
Right in the centre of Madrid, next the the Plazo Major, is a great food market, Mercat de la San Miguel. This is a great place to pick up pinchos, cheeses and a selection of meats. Obviously, the thing that caught my eye was the patisserie / bakery toward the back of the hall – Horno San Onofre:
- Corazon Pequeno – the small hearts. This was a delicious vanilla biscuit covered in strawberry jam and then a layer of icing to give it the smooth looking texture
- A selection of Caracas – including pistachio, sesame seed and honey
- Cocados – a very dry coconut biscuit made with condensed milk and eggs
- Tejas – very similar to a tuille, this one using my favourite – peanuts!
- A simple cookie – though it was very hard and crispy
A trip to Madrid is not the same unless you spare at least half a day to spend in the glorious Parque de la Retiro – a huge park to the side of the city. After a couple of hours sunning, we decided to head over to Madrid-Ibiza, a very non-tourist section on the other side of the park to grab some snacks. Whilst there, we discovered two fantastic local bakeries whose selection of goodies got us very excited!
First up, was Álvaro Artesanos, a gorgeous bakery who had a splendid looking variety:
Next we came across Levadura Madre (aka. yeast mother), who also surprised us with the amount of biscuits on offer. Though due to poor Spanish on my part, we ended up with three of the same biscuits rather than a selection! However, the one pictured below was a lovely strawberry flavoured sanwich biscuit: