My Madrid – Vicente Fernández

vicenteThe second person I have invited to write about My Madrid’ is Vicente Fernández. Vicen is a veterinary surgeon, father of two and is also my broher-in-law and good friend. He lives near the Casa de Campo, where his practice also is and is keen on the outdoors (climbing and skiing); he is also passionate about his food and wine – like any good Spaniard!

Favourite bar/café – Café de Oriente in Plaza de Oriente, a perfect venue to have a drink with friends in one of the most beautiful places in Madrid- opposite the Royal Palace.
Favourite dish(es) – Lechazo asado (roasted baby lamb), and any of the fish you usually see in the restaurants.
Favourite tapas – Tortilla de patata, pulpo a la gallega (Octopus) and oreja a la plancha (grilled pig’s ear).
Favourite restaurant – Currito in Recinto Ferial: Casa de Campo (my late father-in-law’s favourite restaurant, too).
Favourite shopEl Corte Inglés where you can find anything you need and don´t need!
Best time of year – All of them! Winter with blue blue sky and soft cold wind; Spring with rising mornings, Summer with long and pleassant nights, and Autumn with fresh skies and different colours surrounding you.
Favourite Barrio – Madrid de los Austrias. It represents the pure and real Madrid.
Favourite building – All the buildings surrounding The Royal Palace, the Plaza Mayor, and the buildings of Old Madrid.
Favourite day trip – Segovia and Avila. You can find culture, art, people and the best cuisine in the world here.
A perfect ‘night out’ in Madrid would … be a Thursday night in the summer, to avoid huge crowds, and walking around any of the street cafés in Central Madrid.
Favourite walk -weekend morning in el Retiro or Casa de Campo, Madrid de los Austrias and the Paseo del Prado.

My Madrid – Juan Dominguez

My Madrid is a new feature on the Mad About Madrid site, where I invite people who either live in Madrid or who know the city well, to write about things they like.

juanThe first person I have asked is Juan Dominguez, a 36 year-old director of E-commerce and Business Services in Ya.com, an internet company. He also founded Viajar.com, a leading Spanish online travel agency and has his own blog, e-life. Juan was born in Guadalajara but now lives in La Moraleja, a residential neighbourhood outside Madrid.
Favourite Bar/café Del Diego (c/ de la Reina), the best cocktail bar in the world, and I am not exaggerating a bit.
Favourite Dish(es) Jamón serrano, gazpacho, torrijas.
Favourite Tapas Tortilla de patatas, calamares, or anything in Bar Santander, in c/ Augusto Figueroa (Metro Chueca).
Favourite Restaurant – El Chaflán, in c/ Pio XII. It is expensive but it is definitely worth a visit. Other places that I like are Blue Fish, in c/ San Andres, (the girls who run it are so nice), and Caripén, in plaza de la Armada Española.
Favourite Shop FNAC or, if looking for gifts or furniture, Casa Julia in c/ Barquillo

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