Madrid : Ni Subo Ni Bajo

Madrid: Ni Subo Ni Bajo (Taperia Gallega, Chamberi)

Another excelent food place locate in my neibourhood.

From Galicia with love…A cozy place with simple design and terrace. Yesterday I had lunch there and made a quick sketch from one of the servers. Ni Subo Ni Bajo is a Galician restaurant with delicious food and fresh products from the sea (chopitos, calamares,etc..), also rabo de toro, chuleton gallego, morcilla de arroz, croquetas de jamón (that I specially DON’T recommend, croquetas for Brazilian people is a totally different thing, they look like the same, but believe me, they are not) but they have a very good wine from Galicia, and beer, of course.

Now they have tables outside where you can enjoy this beautiful weather and ambiance.

Address: Calle de García de Paredes, 35, 28010 Madrid

As I always say I love Madrid!!!!

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Madri: Ni Subo Ni Bajo (Taperia Gallega, Chamberi)

Outro excelente lugar de alimentação localizado na minha vizinhança.

Da Galícia com amor..Um lugar muito simpático com um design simples e terraço. Ontem  fui almoçar por lá e aproveitei para fazer um croqui rápido de um dos atendentes. Ni subo Ni Bajo é um resturante Galício com comida deliciosa e produtos frescos do mar (chopitos, lulas, mexilhões.etc..), rabada, chuleton (carne) galego, morcilha de arroz, croquetes de presunto (que eu especialmente NÃo recomendo, para nós brasileiros, croquetes são  complemente diferente dos espanhóis) mas eles têm vinhos galegos de boa qualidade e, cerveja, claro.

Agora que estamos em clima de verão chegando, pode-se aproveitar o clima maravilhoso e ambiente gostoso nas mesas da calçada.

Endereço: Calle de García de Paredes, 35, 28010 Madrid

Acomo sempre digo, Adoro Madri!!!!!!

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Madrid : San Isidro’s Party (Fiestas de San Isidro)

Madrid: May 11-15th, 2018

We’ve been there last year. In May, this year will be from 11 to 15th, Madrid holds the Feast of Saint Isidore the Farmer, the patron saint of the city and of all farmers.

Saint Isidore is said to have worked over a hundred miracles. His steps can be traced across part of the city in one of our guided tours.

His contemporaries claimed that Saint Isidore had a special talent for finding fresh water. In fact, the feast in his hon

our focuses on water. The festival takes place in Pradera de San Isidro Park and the adjacent streets, where chulapas, chulapos and goyescas (people dressed in traditional Madrid costumes) drink ‘the saint’s water’ pouring from a spring next to the Shrine of San Isidro.

Weather permitting, people eat doughnuts and drink lemonade at Pradera de San Isidro. In Madrid, lemonade is made with wine, lemon, sugar and diced fruit (usually apple). Doughnuts can be tontas (with egg), listas (with egg and powdered sugar glaze), Santa Clara (with a layer of white meringue) or French (with almonds).

As I always say I love Madrid!!!!

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Madri: 11-15 de Maio, 2018

Estivemos na Feira de San Isidro no ano passado. Este ano, em Maio, de 11 a 15, Madri celebra a Festa de São Isidoro o Camponês, o santo patrono da cidade de Madri e de todos os trabalhadores rurais.

SRapallo, Xale, watercolor Madrid, 2018.
SRapallo, Xale, watercolor Madrid, 2018.

Dizem que São Isidoro realizou inúmeros milagres. Seus passos podem ser retraçados pela cidade acompanhados por guias turísticos.

Seus comtemporâneos clamam que São Isidoro tinha um talento especial para encontrar água fresca. De fato, a festa em sua homenagem foca a água como elemento principal. O festival acontece na Pradera de San Isidro e nas ruas adjacentes, onde chulapas, chulapos e goyescas (madrilenhos vestidos em trajes típicos) bebem a “água santa”numa fonte perto da Capela de São Isidoro.

Se o clima permitir, as pessoas fazem picnics; comem doces e bebem  limonada na Pradera de São Isidoro. Aqui, limonada é feita com vinho, limão, açúcar e pedaços de frutas (geralmente maças). O doce típico chama-se tontas, uma espécie de doughnuts (com ovos), listas (com ovo e glacê açucarado), Santa Clara (merengue) or Francês (com amêndoas).

Acomo sempre digo, Adoro Madri!!!!!!

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Madrid “1.8”: Plaza Mayor

MADRID 1.8

In February crossing Plaza Mayor I was surprised to see something colorful and beautiful floating over the Plaza Mayor. I later discover it was an installation of Janet Echelman, an American artist depicting the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in 2011. It symbolizes the fact that we are all connected between the Earth’s natural systems. She was one of the artists invited to celebrate the 400 years of the Plaza Mayor. Studio Echelman generated the 3D shape of the sculpture using groups of tsunami wave height data throughout the Pacific Ocean. The resulting vibrations momentarily accelerated the Earth’s rotation, shortening the day’s length by 1.8 microseconds, which became the catalyst concept of sculpture “1.8”.

SRapallo foto Madrid 1.8 dia.
SRapallo photo Madrid 1.8 daylight.

The Plaza Mayor’s northern wall stretches along Calle Mayor, the street that connects Puerta del Sol west towards Calle Bailén and, consequently, the Royal Palace, Almudena Cathedral and Puente de Segovia. Follow any of the alleys south off this grand square and you’ll discover the Old City.

The most typical Madrid attractions are concentrated around the Plaza Mayor in the “Austrias” neighborhood. Discover Madrid food at classic restaurants like El Botín or Casa Lucío, see flamenco at any number of nearby venues, or get a glass of Vermouth, Cava or wine on the ever more hip Cava Baja street where locales old and new bustle all nights of the week. Los Austrias is a great neighborhood to amble along old winding streets and lose yourself in historic Madrid. I love Madrid!!!!

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MADRI 1.8

Este ano, em fevereiro, deparei-me com algo inesperado ao cruzar pela Praza Mayor. Uma coisa linda e colorida flutuando no céu  ao centro da Plaza Mayor. Depois vim a saber que tratava-se de uma escultura flutuante da artista plástica norte-americana Janet Echelman –  uma das comemorações dos 400 anos da Plaza Mayor em 2017, obra instalada foi intitulada Madri 1.8. O conceito da obra provêm de conjuntos de datos científicos do terremoto e do tsunami que atingiram o Japão em 2011. Simboliza o fato de que todos estamos conectados entre os sistemas naturais da Terra. Studio Echelman gerou as forma em 3D da escultura utilizando grupos de datos da altura das ondas do tsunami ao longo de todo o oceano Pacífico. As vibracões resultantes aceleraram momentâneamente a rotação da Terra, encurtando a longitude do dia em 1.8 microsegundos, o que se converteu no conceito ca

SRapallo foto Madrid 1.8 noite.
SRapallo foto Madrid 1.8 noite.

talizador da escultura “1.8”.

A Plaza Mayor acompanha as antigas mulharas nortes acompanhando a Calle Mayor, que são as ruas que conectam a Puerta del Sol a oeste à Calle Bailén e, consequentemente, ao Palácio Real, Catedral de Almudena e Puente de Segovia. Siga pelas ruas ao sul da praça para descobrir a cidade antiga.

Ao rededor da Praça Maior concentra-se o bairro “Áustrias”, aonde se localizam os restaurantes mais antigos de Madri, como El Botín ou Casa Lucío, danças flamengas e um grande número de bares onde servem o Vermouth local, Cavas e vinhos. Vale a pena um passeio pela Cava Baja, rua onde convivem os bares antigos com os bares mais modernos. Há muito movimento por ali todos os dias da semana, o lugar é “non stop”.  É um bairro tradicional e convida ao visitante a perder-se pelas ruas históricas de Madri. Adoro Madri!!!!!!

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Easter Celebration in Spain : Torrija

Locally known as Semana Santa (Holy Week), Easter is the most important celebration in Spain, and stands out for its epic brotherhoods’ processions and unique, age-old traditions specific to each region.

Srapallo, watercolor, Casa de las Torrijas, Madrid, 2018.
Srapallo, watercolor, Casa de las Torrijas, Madrid, 2018.

The atmosphere that characterizes the festivities is usually solemn, the picture spectacular, and everything seems fully immersed in emotion. Don’t let yourself be fooled, though – this is still Spain, which means neither the strong religious beliefs nor the somberness of the moment can hide the nation’s fervor for pomp and lively fiestas.

These being said, let’s take a closer look at the distinctive customs and traditions that accompany Semana Santa in various Spanish provinces.

Here, the most important Catholic holiday is commemorated with a week full of color, art, religious fervor, and extravagant processions. The most spectacular events take place in Malaga and Seville, where the streets are taken over by flamboyant parades and intricate religious displays depicting biblical scenes.

Like everywhere in Spain, the festivities begin on Palm Sunday (Domingo de Ramos) and last until Easter Monday (Lunes de Pascua), with the most dramatic and passionate parades held on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.

While the Semana Santa festivities in Andalusia are the most spectacular, the ones in Castile and León are often regarded as some of the most authentic, solemn, and austere in the entire country. Among the cities that hold remarkable processions are León, Zamora, Salamanca, Toledo, Avila, Segovia, and Valladolid.

This scrumptious calorific treat is traditionally eaten in Spain over Easter.

Madrid-based food blogger Anneke Kooijmans shares a recipe for the classic Spanish Easter dish Torrijas with The Local which she describes as “like French toast, but different…”

Srapallo, watercolor, Torrijas, Madrid, 2018.
Srapallo, watercolor, Torrijas, Madrid, 2018.

TORRIJAS
(Serves two)

Torrijas are a Spanish Easter dessert, they are like French Toast, but different.

Ingredients:

250 milliliters milk
Zest of one lemon
¼ bar of French bread, in thick slices
1 egg, lightly beaten, in a shallow bowl
Good quality olive oil
¼ cup sugar
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
½ cup water
1 tablespoon honey
Kitchen towels

I hope you enjoy and Happy Easter!!!!!

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Eremita de San Frutos (Saint Fructus) – Sepúlveda/Segovia

There are only reminiscing of the church itself. Saint Fructus (Spanish: San Fruitos, Frutos, Fructos) was a Castilian hermit of the eighth century venerated as a saint. Christian tradition states that he had two siblings, named Valentine (Valentín) and Engratia (Engracia). They all lived as hermits on a mountain in the region of Sepúlveda. Engratia should not be confused with the 4th-century Portuguese martyr of the same name.

Born in the 7th century to a noble family of Segovia, Fructus and his two siblings sold their family possessions after their parents’ death and gave the earnings to poor. Wishing to escape from the city and the turbulent times, they established themselves on the rocky terrain near the village of Sepulveda now known as the Hoces del Duratón, where they lived apart from one another in caves that ensured them complete solitude.

Tradition holds that Valentine and Engratia were later martyred around 715 by advancing Moorish forces, and that Fructus died of natural causes in the same year at the age of 73.

Legends

A legend states that some locals, wishing to join Fructus in his retreat to his death, traveled there, only to be pursued by Moorish forces to the very door of Fructus’ hermitage. Fructus attempted to convert the Muslim soldiers, but without success. The legend goes on to state that Fructus drew a line across the earth, asking that the Moorish forces not cross it. When they ignored him and attempted to cross, the earth miraculously opened up to swallow them up, at a crack in the rock now called La Cuchillada. From that point on, the Moors did not bother Fructus.[2]

Veneration

They are venerated as the patron saints of Segovia, where their relics are enshrined and are recognized as saints of the Orthodox Patriarchate of Rome.

Fructus, Valentine and Engratia are commemorated on 25 October by Western Rite Orthodox communities, and in the Roman Catholic Church.

Their relics were conserved in the hermitage of San Frutos from the 8th century to the 11th, when they were translated to Segovia Cathedral. The area of Fructus’ hermitage suffered various political and military vicissitudes; this area was conquered by Fernán González before being annexed by Al-Mansur Ibn Abi Aamir in 984. It fell to Christian control once again in 1011 through the efforts of Sancho García of Castile, and in 1076 was repopulated by Alfonso VI of Castile. By the 1070s, the Benedictines had established a church in honor of Saint Fructus in the area, as well as an adjoining monastery.

On the night of October 24 is celebrated the procession in honor of Fructus known as the Paso de la Hoja (“Turn of the Page”). A sculpture of Fructus rests in a niche in this cathedral. This sculpture has Fructus holding a book; according to local legend, it is the “Book of Life”: when Fructus turns to the last page, the world will end.

Fructus’ feast day is celebrated with music and contests, and devotees also celebrate his feast day at the park of Hoces del Río Duratón, where they accompany a statue of Fructus.

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St Valentine’s Day in Spain

It’s not a traditional holiday in Spain, but most of the places in the world celebrate it with the traditional bouquet of flowers and romantic diners. the closest concept about it is from people of Valencia and their most romantic day of the year is, in fact, October 9th, when they celebrate both; the Day of the Valencian Community (Sant Valentin) as well as the Day of Saint Dionysius (Sant Dionís), locally known as the patron saint of lovers. This is a public holiday marked by many festivities and colorful costume parades held in the main plaza of every town and village.

A distinctive tradition on the Day of Saint Dionysius is the custom of offering ladies a Mocadora (Mocaorà) as a sign of love and appreciation. This traditional gift consists of a nice package of marzipan figurines handcrafted by local confectioners and then wrapped up in an elegant piece of silk.

In the Land of Cervantes, you don’t need a reason to get caught up in the fire and romance of Spain. The whole country is teeming with spectacular parks and gardens that inspire love.

Here is the recipe.

INGREDIENTS
150 grams of ground almonds
135 grams of sugar glass
1 egg white
30 grams of mashed potato
Pastry dyes and flavor extract of each fruit. Cocoa powder
If you have too much thickened water
Some pine nuts to decorate

Start boling a potato and make a very fine mashed potato. Set it apart to use later. Beat the egg white to the point of very compact snow. Until the container is turned over, it stays well attached and does not fall. Add the icing sugar and mix well taking into account that the point does not get off. Add the mashed potato and almond flour and knead well. Distribute the dough in as many portions as we want to make different figurines and add to each portion the fruit dye, the flavor extract and let it rest for a while before making them. Take the dough and mold with the fingers the desired figures. Place in a tray and let dry a few hours and if you want to follow the tradition, wrap them in a neck scarf and give them away. If you have more dyes and flavor extracts, you can make pears, lemons, oranges, strawberries … Go on, you are totally allowed to just play with them and make fruits for the ones you love!

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