I'm sad to say my amazing week with my parents has come to a close and they are now on their way back home. It truly was one of the greatest weeks I could've imagined showing them around Madrid, and getting to explore even more of this country that I had yet to see, and it went by way too fast. I could tell all about everything we did while they were here, but that list might get way too long and lull some of you to sleep, so I figured I'd post what people actually want to see: pictures of some of the incredible food we ate. In celebration of recently launching a food instagram account (follow me at @travelingeatz), I have recently taken a liking to capturing the most appealing photos of the food I eat so I can practice my photography skills and also remember what was on my plate since I tend to devour the best meals quite quickly. I picked some pretty good restaurants during our time in both Madrid and Barcelona, and here are some of the highlights from our faves.
We picked a slightly special destination for our last night together at the Goya in the Hotel Ritz, which was about the classiest dining experience I've ever experienced. I ordered the salmon (ecstatically) which had a mustard coating and tart flavors alongside it, with a spinach purée.
At our favorite Barcelona restaurant, Tragaluz, we all raved over our entrees but the dessert really takes the cake after this experience (lol). Pictured above you see the creme brûlée with a sweet raspberry garnish, flavors that went together flawlessly, and pain perdue that was perfectly crispy on the outside and paired with cinnamon ice cream. Both absolute winners.
Our hotel had a rooftop restaurant that we found ourselves taking advantage of every day while in Barcelona. With 180 degree views of the city, how could you resist?! They also had this awesome lobster Cesar salad, which isn't usually my salad of choice, but this one rocked. They put a bed of guacamole underneath the lobster, something I questioned at first, but turns out it's a stroke of genius. The guac actually tastes wonderful with every bite of the salad and lobster!
Same rooftop, different meal of the most perfect fruit salad I've ever had. Also featured in the background was my dad's veal sandwich with fries.
At one of our favorite Madrid restaurants, Bodega de Los Secretos (HIGHLY recommend this one), we indulged in an apple cake with creamy ice cream that was another heavenly end to a wonderful meal. Spaniards really know how to do dessert I've learned.
On the most beautiful day in Madrid we walked through the botanical gardens and Retiro before ending up at the garden of the Hotel Ritz for the most pleasant lunch we could've imagined. Among the amazing dishes we ordered are the potato-wrapped prawns and my delicious salad with goat cheese, candied walnuts, raspberries, and a sweet vinaigrette.
My family doesn't skimp out on risotto whenever it's offered on the menu, and at Bodega de Los Secretos they managed to stay true to their Spanish cuisine while enhancing their rice dishes to be more creative and contemporary. This was the perfect fall rice dish made with pumpkin and gorgonzola.