Spain: Madrid Part 1

La capital de España...

I successfully managed to sunburn my face, visit el Museo Del Prado, took a trip to Toledo, drank the BEST strawberry mojito, ate (and ate and ate), and became exhausted with all of the tourist visits. Probably one of the only cities where Jose and I participated in the most "touristy" activities. This includes a bull fight. !!!. But that will be for part 2.

There were so many churches. The beauty, architecture, and detail on every wall was breath taking.

I can't say it enough: I'm in love with European architecture!

And then we stumbled upon a bachelor party...

Except the only skirt you'll see in their bachelor party is the one on the groom. Luckily we were with Borja's Aunt (a Madrid native) who explained what was going on. Bar hopping? Pfft. That's for amateurs. In Spain, the groom dresses up in drag (color coordination might be a preference) and struts his stuff while his friends take photos and blow whistles to draw attention.

Gotta admit... quite entertaining :) Though it looks like this particular groom had a stylist on hand. Just look at that outfit and color coordination! I guess if you're going to embarass yourself, might as well do it with style...

Happy Monday :)

A Starchy Heaven in Madrid

If you've ever been to Spain, you have found out that their tortilla is not the tortilla we have here in the states. In fact, it's specifically called Tortilla Española, i.e. Spanish Potato Omelet, i.e. Starchy Heaven. Though the Latin American tortilla is a starchy heaven to me as well (the FLOUR ones of course! MmmMm).

You may have seen some of Jose and I's adventures in Spain (here & here)... but there was one day that I just wanted to really capture the things we did. Try that. If you're interested in photography, put that intricate photoshoot on hold and just try capturing something you do at home. Savor the details that are easily missed :)

While in Madrid, we stayed with Borja's Aunt - Gloria. Jose was set on learning how to make the tortilla Española and Gloria was ready to teach.

First, a LOT of fine potato slicing....

I jumped in for a split second to help..

...and jumped right back out to let Jose & Gloria handle business ;)

Added some salt..

And into the hot olive oil skillet they go!

Or *swimming* in oil, I should say. Slow cooking :)

Get tender for me papitas!

The cooked potatoes join their bowl of whisked eggs..

Then go back for more cooking!

And this is where you earn your Chef jacket. Flipping the cooked mixture on to a plate...

Friends. Please make sure you use a plate that is bigger than the skillet. The idea here is that you need to cook the other side of this omelet concoction.

Chef jacket? Check.

Now the uncooked side gets to go in for a tan...

And one last flip! Ohhh.. the suspense!!

Just to make sure everything is cooked :)

This next step is absolutely important.

Find a spot other than your kitchen table.

Set it up..

Throw in some yummy jams. <-- I say "jummy jams" or "yummy yams" if I say that too fast.

And enjoy, enjoy, enjoy.

Actual recipe: Here

Cheers to food. And Spain. And starches. And to awesome husbands who cook said starches.

Happy Valentine's weekend!!