If you have followed me for awhile now, this won´t be news.. but.. if you´re new to this blog, allow me to share this one not so “tiny teeny little thing” about me:
I LOVE TRAVELING.. just as much as I love desserts!
Desserts in Madrid the capital of Spain
So when I get to combine my two passions, I become a very excited woman-like-girl with loads of jumping, giggling, smiling and non stop talking going on!
My husband can vouch for this (thank God he still loves me..lol)
Recently we visited Madrid. This was my 8th visit to this amazing city. Although we live in Spain, we live on one of the Canary Islands, called Gran Canaria. To get to the mainland where Madrid is, we need to take a flight and that flight takes 2 hours and 45 minutes.
Needless to say I often get cabin fever living on an island (how many beaches do you really need..?) and one of the places I love to go to is Madrid.
Let me tell you something.. if you haven´t visited this magnificent city yet, you´re going to love it. TRUST ME!
I mean just look at this photo above! If you love architecture of old, beautiful buildings, you´ll fall in love with this city straight away…
See what I mean?? Aren´t these buildings just beautiful!!!
Two things though:
- There are loads of people roaming the streets of this city, habitants, tourist, they all flock the streets during all hours of the day.. So if you don´t like (loads of) people, this city is not for you.
- Madrid during the Summer is unbearably hot.. winter can be freezing too. It´s best to book your trip during Spring or Autumn.
My blog is about DESSERTS and although I´ve added this new section called “Around the World” I wanted to make sure that each and every blog post I write about my travel experiences, incorporate what this blog is really about..
..so I asked Montes (a Spanish native) from Manzana y Canela (she blogs about desserts in Spanish) if I could share her Chestnut and Chocolate Cake Recipe. She said YES and I hope you love the idea of pairing chestnuts and chocolate as much as I do…
Chestnuts are huge in Autumn in Spain. The Spaniards especially love them roasted on an open fire! To be honest, the first time I ate an actual chestnut was here in Spain.. before that I thought they were only good for squirrels.. lol.. really.. *embarrassed smile*.
F.Y.I.: the smell of feshly roated chestnuts is amazing!
Another typical sweet treat in Spain, also very famous in Madrid, is CHURROS & CHOCOLATE! Churros are piped strips of dough, fried in hot oil using a pastry bag. The “Chocolate” I´m referring to is a hot chocolate drink but much thicker than the hot chocolate were used to, it´s more like a hot liquidy chocolate pudding. You dip the churros into the chocolate and then eat them *big smile*.
The Spanish love having this for breakfast. Truth be told, on my very first trip to Madrid when churros & chocolate were still new to me, hubby and I had them for breakfast every single day of our trip…
Needless to say I needed to loose a few kilos (or pounds where you live) when I returned home……
Then ofcourse no travel post would be complete if I didn´t share some photos of my family in Madrid too..
Exhibit A: My very sexy Spanish hubby and my son, Luca, the cutest boy in the whole wide world (a very proud Mommy that I am)!
Exhibit B: Teagan, my teenage daughter. Don´t worry we get along on most days *smile*. Seriously.. I love this girl with all my heart!
I hope I´ve inspired you guys to start saving, book a trip, do research.. anything.. to visit one of my most favourite cities in the world..
M A D R I D
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