Wednesday, November 2, 2011

HAMMING IT UP


The Beaux-Arts Mercado De San Miguel is one of the oldest covered markets in Spain. The stunning iron and glass Mercado opened in May 1916, a monument to modernism and reminiscent of the famous Les Halles in Paris. The Plaza, long known as the market for Madrid's homemakers and servants since the early 19th century, became the victim of emerging local markets and fell into disrepair. An extensive restoration began in 2003 and today the building is once again a bustling mecca for foodies.  
We happened upon the market our first day in Madrid, starving and jet lagged, we literally followed the crowd and got into a queue with locals for a few slices of Spanish ham and a hot baguette-heaven! Over thirty vendors line the Mercado selling everything from fresh cheese to champagne. I noticed beautiful tapas of salmon, cod and tuna at La Casa del Bacalao and vowed we would be back for cocktails. We found our way back to the market the next evening, grabbing a few bar stools and a pitcher of fruity sangria. The canapes were so delicious, we never made it to dinner!  


10 comments:

Splendid Sass said...

Ok, this is enough to make me gain a few, but it looks well worth it! Beautiful images, as always, Barbara.
Teresa
xoxo

THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE said...

Oh I would never make it to dinner either! Looks splendid. It's on my list of places to visit. Hoping to get there this summer :) xoxo

Splendid Market said...

A cone of chorizo a glass of sangria please! After our trip there, I am really a convert to the tapas lifestyle, it is a more interesting way to dine. Great images!

The French Tangerine said...

Such gorgeous images.. makes me wish I was there! I don't even like ham, but that Spanish ham sounds wonderful!
What a great trip!
Jan

Acquired Objects said...

You've sold me I'm going to Spain next! I've never been there but from your images it looks wonderful. I just came down for to grab a sandwich but now I know what I want something from that market.

pretty pink tulips said...

Looks like a marvelous time!!! Madrid is on my wish list!!!

xo Elizabeth

The enchanted home said...

AMAZING!!!!!!! This place looks out of this world, I would have a field day in there, would have to probably make a daily stop:)
Must have been amazing, and cannot imagine anywhere else I would want to enjoy a pitcher of Sangria than Spain!

Punctuation Mark said...

that place so cool... i can only imagine all the delicious foods you can find there!

Chic Coles said...

Wow does that look like fun.You must have been in haven.

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