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best week ever

After writing two posts this week, you’re probably wondering where this consistent blogging was during the majority of June and the first half of July.  Well, this post is here to answer exactly that question… or at least attempt to.

Two weeks ago, I had the best week ever.  In fact, it was so great that it made my amazing friend Jackie decide to stay to finish her senior year in Spain.  Even though I will miss her incredibly this fall, I’m glad she made the decision to stay because I know it’s what she really wanted and I know she’s going to have one million more of these best weeks ever in the year to come.  Congrats, Jack!

And I digress… anyway, here’s a photo list of all of the reasons why two weeks ago was the best week ever.  Hopefully I’ll get around to a blog post each about these events, but for now… I hope this will suffice.  Buen finde, amores:)

 

No hay dos sin tres. Spain makes history by winning the Eurocup final, having won the previous Eurocup and World Cup (& remember where I was all day before the game?)

Most successful Fourth of July picnic, celebrated at the picnic tables in Parque Oeste with many American and European friends.

Celebrating Nadine’s birthday with 6 for 3€ beers and then a picnic in the park the next day.

Red Hot Chilli Peppers Concert as part of Rock in Rio Madrid 2012. Life goal, check.

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enhorabuena, bea!

 

I spent this past weekend in Lisbon, Portugal with the girls, but first I’d love to share something else with you! The weekend before that was my roommate Bea’s last weekend in the apartment.  She just finished her last year of university and decided to go back to her parent’s house for the summer until she figures out her plan for the fall.

We celebrated with a final together in the apartment, of a wonderful piece of halibut that was from her town in Almeria, Spain.  Bea baked it in the oven and it was absolutely delicious, between the three of us we nearly finished the entire thing!  I also made homemade tomato soup and grilled cheese, which my two Spanish roommates loved.  I tried explaining that it’s really just a little kid’s food in the US, but I don’t know if I was too convincing.  I followed a delicious, easy tomato soup recipe that I also made here.

Bea also made a delicious strawberry shortcake.  We spent the whole night eating and talking, and it was so much fun.  I was planning on going out that night with my friends, but I didn’t realize how late it was until it was nearly 3 o’clock in the morning.  I feel the same way that I did after we had our last dinner with Bruna; I really wish we had done this more often!!

Congratulations, Bea!  And good luck with everything.  Hopefully I will see you in the USA in the fall!!

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kathryn y trent, los chefs

kathryn y trent, los chefs

My two friends Kathryn & Trent hardly ever cooked in the US, so they took this move abroad as a chance to learn. They’ve been telling Dan and I that they wanted to cook for us ever since the fall, but we finally got around to it last week. They made a delicious baked cod with dill sauce, mashed potatoes and broccoli. Thanks so much for dinner, guys!!

PS. Have you ever seen this one minute brownie? We finished the meal off with it, topped with vanilla ice cream & strawberries.

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May 31, 2012 · 1:40 pm

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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paella con bea

  

Feliz Semana Santa!

Last night my roommate Bea showed me and a friend of her’s from class how to make paella.  She explained that everyone has their own ways of going about it, what vegetables to add, what order to add things in, etc, but she sticks to the way her dad has been making it her whole life and it was absolutely amazing!  She even called him in the midst of cooking to check if the chorizo sausage being spicy would change the flavor (it would, so we skipped on putting it).

After dinner we enjoyed homemade torrijas, which are basically slices of french toast toasted in cinnamon & sugar made out of a special type of bread.  They’re so common during semana santa (holy week), so Bea decided to make those too.  We talked about all sorts of things from our different cultures to music festivals.  I always like hearing people’s thoughts and opinions about different things, since we all have grown up in such different environments.

It was the perfect beginning to holy week, and I’m heading to Marbella tonight for the long weekend.  Thursday & Friday are both official holidays here in Madrid, so nearly everything will be closed.  We’re spending the first two days in a hostal by the beach in the old part of Marbella and then Saturday, Sunday & Monday with Jackie’s family.  I’m so excited to meet all of them and relax by the pool & beach all weekend.  It’s going to be weird not being at my house with my family for Easter, which makes me even more appreciative that Jackie’s parents have taken us in to celebrate the holiday with them!  A post with plenty of photos to come on Tuesday.  Enjoy your weekend & Happy Easter, amores:)

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vacación familiar en las islas canarias

If you speak Spanish, you’ll know that the title of this post translates to a family vacation in the canary islands.  I think I’ve mentioned this before, but I moved to Madrid with about 12 of my very best friends.  It’s fun, totally crazy and comforting, even if it means I speak a little bit too much English sometimes.  A lot of the time it’s also pretty dysfunctional.  We’re just like a big huge family of twenty-somethings high on the lives we’re living here.  In short, it’s absolutely awesome.

The second to last week of class was jam-packed with homework, papers and study guides.  We were slaving away to the ICADE-beast with the end coming closer and closer into sight.

Two days later, shoot to the most deserved beach weekend of my life.  We took a late flight from Madrid to Las Palmas, Gran Canaria on Thursday night and spent all day Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the beach.  We napped in the sun a lot, but also went for a swim, explored a sandbar full of tidal pools, little waterfalls & all sorts of sea creatures, and played beach paddleball.  We also walked around the Garden City of Las Palmas – a neighborhood of old, beautiful homes with even more beautiful gardens.  At night we made family dinners and sat around playing some drinking games in the apartment we had rented.  Dan found an awesome 9-person apartment online that worked out perfectly.  There was a huge new kitchen that even had a washer and dryer!!  We’ve missed dryers so much that we did all of our laundry before coming back to Madrid on Tuesday morning (#studyabroadproblems).

  

It was so relaxing to just be at the beach for the long weekend with a bunch of my American friends; the perfect rejuvenation needed for the last week of class and a week of finals (which I’m in the home stretch of right now!).  Hope you’ve all been getting some r&r mixed in with the hard work you’ve been up to.  Ciao, amores:)

  

P.S. In case this post didn’t answer the question, here’s an interesting article about why being in your 20s is awesome? (Via SP&A)  Enjoy!

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visitantes en madrid

{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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