ON THE TOWN

Restaurants and bars, movies, theater, dance, sports arenas, even the home… Keep abreast of what’s going on where, and how you can have the greatest fun.

HIDDEN CUISINES OF MADRID, A THREE-PART SERIES: (3) LA NEGRA TOMASA

This year La Negra Tomasa celebrated their 20th anniversary, and it’s not hard to see why they have stayed in business for so long. With live music and mojitos flowing every night, La Negra Tomasa is the place to be for a fun and delicious night out in Madrid.

HIDDEN CUISINES OF MADRID, a Three-Part Series: (2) Khachapuri

Hospitality is one of the defining ingredients of Georgian culture, and is most vividly expressed at the dinner table. The Georgian tradition of the supra, or feast, is one of familial bonding fielded by the consumption of large quantities of rich breads and cheeses. AND wine. For Georgia has been home to grapevine cultivation for over 8000 years and boasts the oldest living evidence of wine production in the world.

ENTERTAINMENT IN NEW YORK EN ESPAÑOL

The 2017 - 2018 season of Spanish language entertainment in New York was superb. Read on!

HIDDEN CUISINES OF MADRID, A Three-Part Series: (1) Cafe Bar Tambayan

Entering Cafe Bar Tambayan is like stepping into a small slice of the Philippine Islands. The place is alive with authentic Filipino culture. People of Filipino heritage sit around the bar to eat, drink, watch an Arsenal match and reminisce about their homeland. The walls are adorned with Philippine ornaments, not least posters of popular Filipino movies and tropical tourist spots. The combo cost €6.00, the cheapest meal in town! Exquisite too!

EIGHT FOODS TO TRY ON YOUR NEXT TRIP TO MOROCCO

I will be the first one to admit that I am not a very adventurous eater. However, during my short stay in Morocco with a Moroccan family, I was taken on a culinary journey and encouraged to try so many new and traditional dishes that I never would have experienced had I been on my own. Here are my personal recommendations on eight foods you have to sample on your next visit to Morocco.  Be adventurous and try the amazing things the country has to offer!

GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “HOW TO GET RICH: TRY SPAIN’S NATIONAL LOTTERY,” 15 November 1963

The irrepressible tendency of citizens to risk a bit of their hard earned cash in the hope of gaining a sizeable piece of real estate in the Milky Way has been turned to good advantage. In the form of National Lotteries it provides the only form of taxation where the tax payers queue up to contribute their share of the National Expenditure and get quite a thrill out of doing so.

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “CHRISTMAS CUSTOMS HERE,” 19 December 1986

Thirty-two years ago, this lovely article was published in Guidepost. Age hasn't dimmed its vividness. And Spain at Christmas, as the writer described it, still is very much the same despite Santa Claus, the Christmas trees and the Christmas lights which, on the other hand, are welcome imports. FELIZ NAVIDAD everyone!

AFTER WINNING THE KARATE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SPAIN IS NOW EYEING OLYMPIC GOLD MEDAL VIA SANDRA SANCHEZ

What’s making Spain so excited is the vision of an Olympic gold medal less than two years from now. Spain thinks Sandra Sanchez’s winning the Karate World Championship this year will make Spain’s winning the Olympi gold that much surer, what with morale running high and the skill that the Spanish karateka keeps on piling up over time

BLACK FRIDAY IS ON & CYBER MONDAY IS LOOMING. ARE YOU READY?

It’s the run-up week to Black Friday and some brands aren’t waiting till the Day is here at last. For these early birds, it’s actually BLACK FRIDAY WEEK, starting on the 19th of November this 2018. Others aren’t content with a paltry week. Black Friday is the THE WHOLE MONTH OF NOVEMBER affair! Whatever the date and the period, keep your eyes peeled for exciting bargains!

THE LIONS AT THE CONGRESS OF THE DEPUTIES AND THE COMEDY OF MISTAKEN IDENTITY

The lion who’s missing a joystick at the Congress of the Deputies, known popularly as Daoiz, is Atalanta really and she has no business sporting a manly member!

HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW: YOU CAN’T HEAT UP THE PLANET AND STILL BE THE WORLD’S TOP CEO

Would Pablo Isla of the global fashion giant Inditex be Best Performing CEO in the world if his company weren’t eco-friendly? Surely not! Performance on environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) issues makes up 20% of a CEO's overall score per Harvard Business Review. It's about "CEO activism", crucial in Isla's achievement of the title of the world's Best CEO in 2017 and 2018

A COLORFUL PLATFORM FOR EMERGING FILMMAKERS AT THE FESTIVAL DE CINE DE MADRID

If this is the first you are hearing of the Festival de Cine de Madrid, then you have already missed it. But for cinephiles and casual movie-goers alike, last week (23 October 2018) marked the end of a two-week-long indulgence into the colorful world of emerging independent cinema in Spain and from around the world. In a culmination of international and Spanish films, the Festival allows the adventurous moviegoer to explore titles beyond the realm of the oversaturated slate of Hollywood produced films and discover cinema that would otherwise fly below the radar.

SPAIN: HUGE SYNTHETIC DRUG LABORATORY BUSTED

It would have been the biggest synthetic drug laboratory in Spain!

IT’S THE DAY OF ALL THE  SAINTS IF IT’S THE FIRST OF NOVEMBER

Spain is gearing up for the festivity that is somewhat confusing. It’s a feast that’s celebrated in a very personal way. A special day for communing with the deceased relatives, telling them they haven't been forgotten. But wait a minute, what they're actually celebrating is All Souls Day which in Spanish is Dia de los Muertos, i.e., Day of the Dead, and, strictly speaking, it falls on 2 November! People celebrate ALL SOULS DAY on 1 November which is ALL SAINTS DAY. So there's a bit of confusion here. . .

WHY LIVE IN SPAIN? TEN REASONS!

Sure, Spain is known for all that sun. Summer weather persists all year round in places like the Canary Islands. But Spain is actually a land of contrasts and a country blessed with almost every imaginable natural and cultural treasures. Never mind the Spaniards' alegría de vivir!

THE REAL MADRID

Any and everything about the fascinating capital city of Spain — and the Autonomous Community of Madrid — from its rich history through its vibrant present to what the future holds, recounted from every angle imaginable.
This category, however, goes beyond Madrid; it embraces stories of what occurred, are occurring, and will probably occur in the Spanish nation whose capital is Madrid.