Archive | April, 2013

Sunday in Madrid

28 Apr

I had such a nice Sunday in the city.

This morning I went for an early run and the sounds of helicopters reminded me of the marathon today.  I rushed home and Santi and I walked to Bilbao to cheer on the runners and look out for a few friends.  It was inspiring to see the race but after a half an hour my hands and nose were so cold that we had to sprint back home.

And I felt inspired at lunch time to make this mushroom risotto, and it turned out so well–I think I’ll be making it again and again.

*That guy on the street is throwing me the dirtiest look ever, right?

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Martha Inspires

27 Apr

When it comes to the kitchen I’ll admit I’m not always the first person who offers to cook dinner, Santi makes nearly all our meals.  But lately I’ve been flipping through issues of Everyday Food on the train and feeling a bit more inspired to try my hand at new recipes.  The newest additions to my repertoire?  This ham quiche and eggplant parmigiana.

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Secret Garden

21 Apr

The botanical gardens aren’t a secret here in the city but I had never been before today.  This afternoon we visited the gardens and it was a like a walk out of a storybook with the sun, the flowers, and chirping birds.  We picked up a piece of apple crumble on the way to the gardens and shared it on a bench in the shade–I absolutely loved our picnic moment!

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Manzanares el Real

19 Apr

Last Sunday, inspired by Julie, we took a day trip to Manzanares el Real.  The day was beautiful and the castle and town were perfectly picturesque.  Eating a late lunch on a terraza was a weekend highlight.

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Best Beach

14 Apr

It feels like it’s been ages since Spring Break but we were in Nerja at the beach just a few weeks ago.  Looking through photos of our plates paella makes my mouth water…

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Out and About in Sevilla

7 Apr

Our time in Sevilla was marked by processions, processions, and then more processions.  We must have witnessed more than half a dozen processions and we also fit in a walk along the river and a morning visit of the Plaza de España.

And I lived a glorious 35 minutes in the Plaza de España after I talked our group into a row boating excursion around the square.  Yes, we were tourists to the max but it was the best time!


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5 Apr

Our first stop in Sevilla was the Cathedral, the world’s largest according to our trusty guidebook.

We waited in line to enter the church but the visit was worth the wait.  I loved the views of the city from the Giralda and I chalked the climb up the bell tower was as my exercise for the vacation.

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