Category: Eating

Cafe comercial

Café Comercial, Madrid: churros with the lit crowd

One of Madrid’s most emblematic and traditional cafés, Café Comercial has remained unchanged for much of its 126 year history, with the first credit card machine installed only in January 2013 after many years of valiant resistance.  A favourite among…

Cakes from Escriba, Barcelona / Pastelería Escriba, Barcelona

Escribà: Exploding Cakes at Barcelona’s Weirdest Bakery

The Escribà bakery in Barcelona is easy to miss, from the outside at least.  This family-run Catalan bakery and choclatier’s main store, on Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, has a tasteful window display of proper (if a little kooky) birthday…

Isidre Gironés en La Boquería

Boqueria Market Tour with a Barcelona Master Chef

We meet Isidre Gironés at the busy entrance to La Boqueria, just off Barcelona’s main tourist drag of Las Ramblas.  The proprietor of the world-famous Ca l’Isidre is easy to spot among the scruffy travellers: he is the only person…

Berenjenas con miel

Market Square Tapas at C’an Rafa (Ciutadella, Menorca)

The ancient capital of Menorca, Ciutadella is one of our favourite places in the Mediterranean.  This was the island’s most important settlement right the way through from the 13th century up until the English invasion of 1714, and Ciutadella’s narrow…

la ardosa madrid

La Ardosa, Madrid: spiritual home of the croqueta

A few weeks ago we told you about Casa Camacho, and about how Casa Camacho to Vermouth is like the Batcave to Bruce Wayne.  If billionaire vigilantes hung out in Madrid’s fash barrio Malasaña, that is.  And if they did, they…

Patatas bravas, Camino London

Bigg Daddy: The man who brought tapas to a million Londoners

Richard Bigg, founder of some of London’s best-known Spanish eateries including tapas restaurant Camino, is a man who knows his amontillado from his oloroso.  This is the man who has brought sherry to the mean streets of the city, without putting a foot wrong: the Camino restaurant empire (widely…

Marmitako collage final

Marmitako! An authentic Basque recipe in 7 easy steps

Some say that the origin of marmitako – a highlight when it comes to Basque food – was among the fishing boats of northern Spain. Fishermen would spend days or weeks at a time out in Cantabrian and Atlantic waters…

Casa Camacho

Casa Camacho: neighbourhood cool in Madrid

  Casa Camacho is one of Madrid’s best authentic bars, and one of Malasaña’s old watering holes par excellence.  Popular with the kind of cool kids who would rather die than get a trendy haircut, Camacho is THE place for…