Madrid…olé!!

I made it to Madrid this morning and it’s huge and awesome!!

steps at the metro station in Madrid

cute little pool on the 15th floor of my hotel. Thanks capital one points!!

these guys are all holding strings that are attached to each corner of the sheet their goods are on… To make a quick escape I think. They did that in Italy too and ran when the cops came.

the cave restaurants… I’ll be there tomorrow

art class

very cute side streets

the Royal palace

the church across from it which I think is written into dan browns new book, origin

and he wrote about this altar also!

changing of the guards

beautiful fall colors

ok this place!!! Mercado de San Miguel. Amazing!! You can get tapas for 1€. And they are all gorgeous! I ate my way through this place. A woman in Lisbon told me about it.

olives olives olives

drinking wine in the market at noon

sausages to go

A type of baklavah… So flipping good

oh my gosh…. Burrattas with blueberries and almonds…. To. Die. For.

nasty fish

i might get brave tomorrow

barnacles!

pulpo for dinner!

famous churro and chocolate place!!

and then I found a place who sold tickets to flamenco at the last minute for 11€. It was absolutely amazing! Spanish guitar, a guy singing who sounded like the guy in Gypsy Kings, and three amazing dancers. The guy moved his feet so flipping fast it was a blur!

I saw flamenco…. In Madrid…. In Spain!!!

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So I went to Marrakesh tonight…

But people who I work with are saying… Yeah right.. Just saw you a couple of hours ago. I went to the Moroccan restaurant in Portland called Marrakesh! So yummy!

My friend Sean was in town from Seattle and I gave him a list of restaurants to choose from. I was secretly hoping that he would choose Marrakesh because I have found after living here for a year that the restaurants that have the most flavor are the ethnic restaurants. I would say that that goes for anywhere in the world. Recently I have become a lover of different spices. Ethiopian, Lebanese and Iraqi food are some of my most recent favorites. I can now add Moroccan.

I was also very excited to go to the restaurant because they have belly dancing. Sean came to my house tonight and announced that he was very excited to participate and he even shaved his belly for the occasion. I’m still pretty sure he was joking… I think.

And now for some of the pictures of the food. Five courses for $21.95. Such a great restaurant!

The waitress washed our hands at the table before our meal.

B’stilla Royale… Filo dough with powdered sugar, filled with ground chicken. Yummy!! We also had a salad and lentil soup.

Eggplant and lamb….to. die. for.

She sprinkled essence of Orange Blossom on our hands before we drank tea with a fruit dessert that was mixed with cinnamon and cardamom.

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