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la pascua judía

Last week, while I was sick, Dan ventured up to the only place in all of Madrid to buy kosher food for Passover – the Corte Ingles at Nuevos Ministerios.  He came back with a huge box of matzo & matzo meal to last us through many delicious pots of matzo ball soup.  We made a quick batch of matzo ball soup that very first day, but were anxious to make a whole Passover meal like we had done last year in Boston.

Friday afternoon, when I was feeling slightly less sick, we made our own chicken stock, slow cooked the matzo balls and made matzo chicken cutlets.  The dinner was amazing and we finished it off with these flourless double-chocolate cookies (note: I used walnuts) I had had my eye on.  Everything was so yummy and the soup definitely helped with my speedy recovery:)

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{view of the main dance floor of kapital from a few floors up}

Hello readers!  I’m so sorry for the sabbatical I’ve taken for nearly the entire month of March from blogging! It seems I have hardly had time to do anything, but with my 15 page analysis of the Peruvian economy during the 1990s out of the way, I have a clear mind to start writing again… at least before I start studying for my exams next week!

The week in between my trip to Lyon to visit Lauriane and my trip with Dan to Paris was Northeastern’s Spring Break.  A bunch of my friends had visitors, so it was nice to get out in the city and show them around a little bit.  I haven’t had visitors in a while and have been busy with school, so I haven’t had too much time to explore Madrid as of lately.

That weekend we had our first botellón (read: outdoor pre-game) of the year, though it was a little too cold for me, and then headed to Kapital.  Kapital is the famous seven story club in Madrid just steps from el Parque de Buen Retiro, Museo del Prado, etc.  It was really fun, but my feet were killing me after walking up and down the stairs in pumps all night.  Even though its mostly for tourists it was still a great time since I haven’t been since we were in Madrid for the weekend while living in Sevilla two summers ago.  It was just how I remembered it, and I’m so happy that our friends that were visiting got to see the craziness of Kapital as well!

On Sunday, Dan and I tried our best to make hamantaschen, traditional cookies for the Jewish holiday of Purim, but with no success at all.  We were praising ourselves for forming them so perfectly, but after just ten minutes in the oven they had turned into flattened, messy pancake-versions of themselves.  I wasn’t too discouraged though, since one of my favorite food bloggers at smitten kitchen has been having the same issue for years!  Fortunately, they were still absolutely delicious, especially with the jams from la Vieja Fabrica in Sevilla, which I’ve had a love affair with ever since my first breakfast at Rosa & Carlo’s house two years ago.


But, back to the visitors… we enjoyed these hamantaschen pancake cookies that night after a meal of the most delicious Vodka sauce I’ve ever had in my entire life!  Gabby’s dad was also visiting us for the weekend, so when she asked him to make her vodka sauce for dinner, he offered to make it for the rest of us as well!  It was absolutely amazing, and I can’t wait to get my hands on that recipe with fresh parsley and shallots thrown into the mix.  Thanks so much, Tony!

Other than that, I spent most of the rest of my time doing homework, while the visitors frolicked around Madrid, but I did make it over to El Tigre again for some delicious tapas with a few friends the night before leaving for Paris!  I love having visitors, but it was nice that none of these ones were staying with me.  Sometimes I feel overwhelmed having to do something fun every hour of the day, but it certainly makes it worthwhile for the tourists!  Hope everything is great at home and that you’re all enjoying the nice weather!  Ciao, amores:)


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Last night, Dan and I enjoyed the delicious homemade dinner that we wished we had had time for on Valentine’s Day.  It was so fun to cook a great meal together; back in Boston this was at the very least, a weekly occurrence.  Cooking is something that we both really enjoy, so it has always been fun for us to try out new recipes together.

Last night was no exception!  We tackled a recipe I’ve been dying to try for a while and one of my favorite foods.  We started off with cocktail shrimp and an arugula spinach salad with oranges & a citrus vinaigrette.  The inspiration came from this recipe, which I definitely plan on making this summer.  That was followed by the star of the show, Baked Lobster Mac and Cheese.  I chose this recipe because it’s Ina Garten’s recipe from the Barefoot Contessa, just adapted for two people instead of six.  Even after cutting the recipe size significantly it was still a ton of food, but leftovers are always welcome on Sundays here in Spain (since NO grocery stores are open).  Of course, we had to have dessert, so we finished with Strawberry Shortcake.  I made the shortcake using this recipe and tossed the heart-shaped strawberries in balsamic vinegar to give it an added flavor.  I know what you’re thinking, no chocolate?  But between the Valentine’s Day packages from Rina and my mom and the Cadbury chocolate that Mikey brought us back from London, I’m all chocolate-ed out… if you can believe that!

We spent the night drinking white wine, watching another Woody Allen movie and enjoying this delicious meal.  I guess I can stop celebrating Valentine’s Day now, but I’m still planning on making heart-shaped sugar cookies this week thanks to some of the American Valentine’s things Rina sent me:)

Hope you all had a great weekend!  We’re off for a run to work off the pounds of macaroni and cheese we ate for dinner!  Ciao, amores:)

P.S. Dan putting the lobster in the boiling water!!!

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celebraciones para mi cumpleaños

I’m here to finish the story of my birthday weekend.  I know, I left you guys hanging by saying there was more to come, and then never updating you, but the thing is, with 30+ hours of class this week, I just couldn’t quite find the time!  Anyway, back to the birthday!

Friday night after being in Segovia for the afternoon, I had plenty of time to relax, eat dinner and get ready before heading over to Kathryn’s house.  A few friends came over, and we sat around drinking champagne and playing my favorite drinking game. We then went to a really fun club called Coco right near Puerta del Sol for the rest of the night.  A few other friends met us there, and it was a really fun time.  Dan, Gabby and I even got Churros at San Gines when we left the club, and they were so amazing.  I don’t think I even looked up from the churros & chocolate until I had finished all of mine!

Saturday afternoon, I had an amazingly delicious brunch at VIPS with Gabby, Lauren and Kathryn.  We were all so hungry (despite the late night churros), and I was so happy that we were all awake and awake enough to make it over to VIPS together.  I relaxed for the rest of the day, watching movies and lazing around at Dan’s.

Kathryn and I made a delicious Earl Grey birthday cake (click for recipe) before I headed back to Dan’s for absolutely delicious fish francaise, homemade rice pilaf, and my favorite broccoli.  The rice pilaf was so easy to make – and who knew that classic rice pilaf flavor came from buttery-toasted spaghetti?

Kathryn and Gabby came over for champagne at midnight when I officially turned 22, but I actually popped the bottle 1 minute early, hehe.  Some other friends came over, and we just hung out and talked until it was too late for us to leave to go out.  It was a really relaxing night though and was perfect, especially after the long night we had the night before.

Sunday afternoon Dan took me out for a surprise birthday lunch to a great sushi place right around the corner from both of us.  We haven’t had sushi since we got to Spain, and I have been craving it so much lately.  We got a few different rolls and another crazy concoction of salmon filled with avocado and cream cheese and then tempura fried (read: absolutely amazing!).

Everyone came over for a little party afterwards to enjoy all sorts of cakes and sweets.  We had the Earl Grey birthday cake, cupcakes with Nutella buttercream (made by my roommate, Bea), bizcocho (made by my roommate, Eva), banana bread (made by Kathryn), and an assortment of different cake slices from Corte Ingles (thanks to Gabby and Lauren).  The birthday cake was sweet with just a touch of Early Grey flavor in every bite.  I think next time I would follow the Earl Grey method but use on of my favorite vanilla cake recipes instead though.  The bizcocho was definitely my favorite though; I’ll have to get the recipe from Eva!


All in all, it was an absolutely perfect birthday weekend.  There was a great balance between crazy and relaxing times, perfect for celebrating my birthday and taking advantage of the break between final exams and the new semester.  I’m so happy I got to spend time with all of my friends here for my birthday, and I even skyped with my parents and a few friends back in the US too. Thank you all so much for everything!  It was absolutely fabulous to spend my birthday weekend with you, and I hope you enjoyed it just as much as I did.  Gracias, amores:)

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Hello amores!  Just added a new feature to my blog.  You should see a new widget on the right under my Twitter feed called Recetas {Recipes}.  Per my boyfriend’s suggestion, I’ve added the link there in case you’re looking to find the recipe for one of the many delicious foods I’ve made since arriving in Madrid (including yummy birthday cakes).  If you’re confused, you can also click on the photo above.  Buen provecho!:)

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feliz cumpleaños, dan!

Dan’s birthday is so close to Christmas (it’s December 23!) that it usually gets celebrated the week before or nearly forgotten in all of the holiday travel mayhem.  Last year we made the most of it by staying in to have a great homemade dinner, cake, and presents in Boston, and I hope he had just as much fun celebrating this year with our families and friends!

{Mom in front of the carousel and christmas markets; Plaza Mayor}

We took my favorite walking tour of Madrid, starting at the Templo de Debod & Parque del Oeste, seeing the Christmas lights in Gran Vía, Puerta del Sol, & Plaza Mayor, and having a snack of jamón and queso at Mercado de San Miguel with our families before having dinner at the oldest restaurant in the world, Casa Botín.  The atmosphere was great inside and the food was excellent, as well, though I think there may be too much hype over the place.  Of course, we enjoyed ourselves, but I would have to say I’ve had better meals in Madrid, and though I’m glad I went once, I don’t plan on going back.

That wonderful time with our family was followed by homemade chocolate cake with white chocolate frosting (by me!)  and presents at our friend Kenny’s apartment.  It was great to hang out with everyone for the night before we all went our separate ways for Christmas.  Dan and I had flights early the next morning to Prague, so we decided against going to the club in efforts to call it an early night.  Another post coming soon about spending the Christmas holidays in Prague, which I started on just four hours of sleep… so much for going to bed early!

¡Feliz cumpleaños, amor!  Espero que te hayas disfrutado:)

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cumpleaños de las gemelas

Friday night I threw a party at my apartment for the twenty second birthdays of my two friends Kathryn and Lauren.  They were born one minute apart on the same day in the same year!!

We had a dinner of stuffed shells and spinach artichoke bread (you can find the recipe here for the dish, which I also made for Gabby’s birthday).  We also gave them their gifts, bracelets from a Spanish jewelry store, Uno de 50, which sells all sorts of interesting and unique bracelets, necklaces, earrings, etc.  Check it out here!

After dinner, some more friends came over, including German and French friends from class that we were excited to see, Lauren & Gabby’s Spanish roommates, and Lauren’s host brother from when she came to Madrid during high school.  It was great to have such an international  party as Rina calls it, haha… but really, it was a lot of fun!!  We enjoyed an amazing cake (click here for the cake recipe, frosting recipe, and homemade buttermilk recipe… since that’s another thing we can add to the list of ingredients Spaniards don’t use) and tequila sangria (read: instant hangover) before heading to Cats, a discoteca near my house that was a ton of fun!

Hope you enjoyed your birthday, chicas!<3


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