Spain — Madrid

Food and Markets Around the World for Travel Photo Thursday

Posted by on Nov 8, 2012 in Canada, Food, Korea, Myanmar, Nova Scotia, Spain, Spain -- Madrid, Thailand, Thailand - Chiang Mai, Travel Photo Thursday | 53 comments

Welcome to another week of Travel Photo Thursday. As we move from the heat of the summer into fall Β and now winter, my mindset seems to shift to food. This is the time of the year that I will cook up a huge pot of vegetable soup and eat it everyday until it’s just a memory. Food is also a welcome indulgence when I travel, and I love trying the local fare. This week I am sharing food and markets discovered in my travels.

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Out of this world Nova Scotia lobster….

Actually, I have to ‘fess up here. I bought this lobster at Costco here in Daejeon, but it is imported from Nova Scotia. If you ever go to Nova Scotia, don’t miss the experience of our local delicacy. Seafood restaurants abound. The other alternative is to buy live lobsters at the local pound and cook them yourself. Easy to do if you have a large pot and a stove.

A Taste of Nova Scotia in Korea


Spanish olives…….hmmmm.

If you are in Madrid, the Mercaso San Miguel is a must see. Just steps from the Plaza Mayor, your taste buds will love you!

Olives, Olives and More Olives at the Mercado San Miguel


Spain’s churros and hot chocolate…

I don’t think anyone can understand how good they are until….you know πŸ™‚


Jeonju Bibimbap (Korea)…

Every region of Korea is famous for different dishes. This one hails from the historic city of Jeonju. Don’t worry about the egg. The dish is very hot, and the egg cooks as you stir the rice, veggies and egg together.

Jeonju Bibimbap


Northern Thailand’s famous Khao Soi…



China’s Peking duck…

, or as it’s known these days…Beijing Duck. One of the best meals I had in China, and so cheap!

Peking Duck (or as it's politically more correct name...Beijing Duck


Budapest’s Great Hall…the largest indoor market in the city.

Easily accessible by tram, with a fabulous river view. In addition to all the great food, you can find fab, reasonably priced souvenirs. I loved the painted egg Christmas ornaments. If you’re in the market for authentic Hungarian paprika, look no further. The secret is, go to the back of the hall where you’ll find vendors with carts. You’ll find the best and cheapest paprika here. I bought mine from a lovely lady who could have passed for about 80. πŸ™‚

Budapest's Great Market Hall


Market ladies in Myanmar selling their goods.

Market Ladies 2, Myanmar

Market Ladies, Myanmar

The flower lady in Myanmar…


Flower Lady, Myanmar


And finally, no foodie post would be complete without my favorite…Thailand’s famous Som Tom Salad…

The Best Som Tom Salad in Chaing Mai


Do you have a favorite market or food that you would travel far and wide to taste again and again?


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Through the Sandbox Lens #38, Changing of the Guard, Royal Place, Madrid

Posted by on Feb 3, 2012 in Spain -- Madrid | 4 comments

If you are ever in Madrid on the first Wednesday of the month don’t miss the Solemn Changing of the Guard at the Royal Palace. Free admission makes the event very appealing to any travelers, budget or otherwise, and spectators can enter the grounds at around 11:30 am. Best to arrive early for a good viewing location. The ceremony is very colorful with soldiers on foot and horseback.

Of course, what would the ceremony be without a military band…


Royal Palace, Madrid (Changing of the Guard)

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Mercado de San Miguel — Madrid, Spain — Sampling Food and Drink in a Spanish Market

Posted by on Feb 1, 2012 in Destinations, Spain, Spain -- Madrid | 6 comments

Just steps from Madrid’s busy Plaza Mayor, I was excited to step into Mercado San Miguel on a chilly Sunday morning to experience what was being offered at the market’s various food and drink stalls.

Outside the Mercado San Miguel…

Mercado de San Miguel, Madrid

I arrived shortly after 10am, so I was able to do a leisurely stroll through market…


The fish vendor…


Fish on Display -- Mercado de San Miguel, Madrid, Spain


Martini, anyone? (Maybe after lunch…)


Martini, anyone? Mercado de San Miguel, Madrid, Spain



Yummy Spanish Baguettes…(I wanted to jump over the counter and grab one!)

Spanish Baguettes at the Mercado San Miguel



I fell in love at the olive “stand”…

Olives, Olives and More Olives at the Mercado San Miguel



By 11:00am the crowds were thick…


Market Crowd at Mercado San Miguel



Time to eat! I wanted one of everything and finally decided on….

Wine and Tapas at Mercado de San Miguel, Madrid, Spain


Clinging to those “little sticks” were some of the finest olives I have ever tasted. The flavor just popped when I bit into each one. Fresh mozzarella cheese wrapped in sun dried tomatoes and savory pickled onions all added to this tasty delight. The wine was a Spanish Rojas Reserve (nice body!) and look at those “legs”


Smoked Salmon with Fresh Mozzarella, Mercado de San Miguel

Fresh and so tasty! Every mouthful was a taste sensation!


Wine chilling…..

Wine Chilling -- Mercado de San Miguel, Madrid, Spain

Tapas prices ranged from 1 to 5 Euro, and wine was 3 – 4 Euro/per glass. The market opens daily at 10am. You can find out more at their website…Mercado San Miguel

The website is in Spanish, so you’ll have to use Goggle translator, and I have found that it doesn’t always load properly, so do be patient πŸ™‚



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