TABERNA LA BOLA’S CANDIDA SANTOS, QUEEN OF HEARTS & FLAVOR (Part I of the La Bola Series)

TABERNA LA BOLA’S CANDIDA SANTOS, QUEEN OF HEARTS & FLAVOR (Part I of the La Bola Series) »

25 Mar, 2019
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LA BOLA won’t cook unless with the best of ingredients. And the most important ingredient of all is the love with which generations of the LA BOLA clan cook for their guests. Is it any wonder that LA BOLA's famous cocido madrileño has outlived the Savoy dynasty who, in the person of Amadeo I, came to Spain to rule at the same time that Candida Santos founded Taberna LA BOLA in Madrid (1870).

LA BOLA, THE AWARD WINNING TAVERN (Part III of  the La Bola Series)

LA BOLA, THE AWARD WINNING TAVERN (Part III of the La Bola Series) »

25 Mar, 2019
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Excellence begets award. That should clue you in on how good the place is for traditional Spanish cuisine!

A Second Opinion: Beyond “Topicos Tipicos” in New Age Spain!

A Second Opinion: Beyond “Topicos Tipicos” in New Age Spain! »

6 Apr, 2018
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I am anything but Spanish and perhaps that's why I can be somewhat objective about the way Spaniards tend to be depicted, saddled as they are with "topicos tipicos" that tend to arise in a discussion about Spain: flamenco, bullfight, tapas, paradores nacionales. . .

SPAIN: EATS A TREAT

SPAIN: EATS A TREAT »

10 Dec, 2017
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There’s very little people around the world don’t know about “touristic” Spain. And so I’m amazed that many visitors are still amazed that one could have quality vacation in Spain cheaply. Especially when we’re talking about eats!

COCINA MADRILEÑA AT LA CLAVE: THE WAY TO MADRID’S HEART IS THROUGH THE STOMACH

COCINA MADRILEÑA AT LA CLAVE: THE WAY TO MADRID’S HEART IS THROUGH THE STOMACH »

22 Sep, 2017
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One of the infallible ways to get to know the real Madrid is through the stomach? You bet!  For example, to feast on the Cocido Madrileño (Madrid stew) is to savor the history of Madrid

FAST FOOD IN THE SOPORIFIC LAND OF THE SIESTA

FAST FOOD IN THE SOPORIFIC LAND OF THE SIESTA »

27 Jan, 2015
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“There aren’t many things as radically antithetical to the essence of the Spaniard as fast food restaurants”