Madrid, 1/6/12

January 6th is Kings Day, which we were told is as important as Christmas in the US. We were worried about things being open, but there were actually a lot of people out!

We started the day with a slice of Roscon de Reyes, the typical pastry served on kings day. This is the only one I’ve ever had and I can’t say I’m dying to try it again…

One of Matt’s friends had recommended that we try a restaurant called Bazaar in the Chueca neighborhood, so that’s the direction we headed after breakfast.

Bazaar had a menu that looked international at first, but it definitely had a Spanish flair.

Matt got the spaghetti with mushroom sauce. The spaghetti itself was nothing special, but the sauce was fantastic. The picture doesn’t really do it justice.

I got the veel cheek cannellonis with a Pedro Ximénez sauce. The creamy sauce was a little sweet, which went great with the rich veal.

We got some kind of nut bread with chocolate for dessert. Not our favorite.

For dinner much later that night, we ended up back in Chueca at a restaurant called La Vinoteca.

Matt got some patatas bravas. These seemed to be roasted instead of fried, which was a nice change.

I got a couple of tostas: On the left, fried calamari with spicy aioli, and on the right, morcilla (my new favorite) with apple chutney.

After dinner, we went to a cocktail bar that Matt had read about called Le Cabrera. We had a saffron cocktail that honestly tasted a little weird at first, but it really grew on me. Now I’d like to start making them at home!

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