6a00d8341cb24853ef00e54f50e0a48833-640wiFor the latest instalment of "My Madrid", I have invited Haroula Spyropoulos, a Fulbright Fellow who comes from Chicago to take part. Haroula is curently involved in teaching, writing and working on a film project, which was part of the reason for her getting a grant to come to Spain. She has worked in the theatre world all her life (in Chicago) and has also lived in LA, working for a production company. She lives in c/Huertas in Madrid, right next to her favourite part of the city – Plaza Santa Ana. I hope that she will shortly be contributing to Mad About Madrid – watch this space!

Favourite Bar/Cafe: Cuevas del Sesamo on c/Principe

Favourite Dish: Cocido Madrileño

Favourite Tapas: Patatas bravas

Favourite restaurant: for Spanish food I like Maceiras on c/ Huertas –
they have the best patatas bravas and sangria. For non-Spanish food I
recommend Thai Gardens on c/ Jorge Juan, or De Maria for great
Argentine steaks.

Favourite Shop: Well, Zara, of course!  I like Scooter as well, on c/
Jorge Juan, and Top Shop in Sol
Favourite Season: Haven’t been here long enough to experience all of
them, but I prefer spring thus far

Favourite Barrio: ‘Las Letras’ or Huertas. I like that it has
historically been the theatrical and literary center of the city

Favourite Building: Palacio Linares

Ideal night out: In Malasana walking from one place to another

Great Music: Populart on c/ Huertas and Sala Clamores on c/
Albequerque for jazz, Cardamomo on c/ Echegaray for flamenco and
fusion

Favourite Clubs: I always like Mondo. Coppelia for techno/electronic.
Pacha for dancing…
Favourite Walk: Along Cava Baja in La Latina or Alcala to Retiro

Favorite Book about Spain: ‘Death in the Afternoon’ by Hemingway

Best Day Trip: Toledo

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