MadrEAT – Fiesta de comida

I did something last night that one is not supposed to do in Madrid – I went to sleep at 11:30 p.m. on a Friday night.  Madrid is famous for their late nights with dinner being served at 10 or 11:00 p.m. and clubs not getting busy until 2:00 in the morning.  But, I just couldn’t hack it.  A bunch of wondering around last night tired me out and set me up for some quiet time walking around the streets of La Latina this morning with hardly another soul on the streets until about 10:30 a.m.

Today’s main event was an annual food festival, madrEAT, which is held in the Plaza de Pablo Ruiz Picasso near the Santiago Bernebeau stadium in the financial district.  It also gave me a chance to hop on Madrid’s metro which is clean, convenient, and inexpensive.  A ten-journey ticket costs only 12.20 euros and can be shared by multiple people.

It was somewhat ironic that one of the “hot” items this year were gourmet hot dogs.  This is not dissimilar to the craze in London last year over Five Guys burgers.  I guess every food is exotic somewhere.  It was not, however, as ironic as small village Irishmen drinking Coors Light in their local pub which I witnessed back in September.  The other popular item was squid with at least five stalls and trucks selling them to long lines of people.

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It was a beautiful day and a crowded event by 2:00 p.m. in the afternoon.  Lots of families and locals enjoying a nice relaxed Saturday.

Now, I’m simply waiting for a paella at a local restaurant and then it will be time to find a place to watch the Barcelona game and, hopefully, the UK Wildcats in their SEC tournament match.

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