I have to admit that in many situations I am attracted by the design of a product instead of the very essence of it. With food for example many times the cover is beautiful but the inside is awful. That’s why the old school vintage food might be better than a new hister packaging.

It rarely happens that I am attracted by the package and than I am not disappointed by the food or drinks. It always happens to me with wine for example, as I don’t have a strong knowledge of the amazing world of winery, I also pick the bottle with the most attractive label.

With Casa Mariol it was completely different. I saw this completely different bottle twice, in bars and restaurant here in Madrid but never tried it. The third time I saw it was at PUM PUM CAFE’. While I was waiting for my matcha latte para llevar I gooogle “Casa Mariol Vermut” and here we are.

I was even more impressed by the story of a famous Spanish product exported in Australia.

I bought a bottle the same day, last floor of the El Corte Ingles, but also available online. And than, right after taking this photos, I’ve tried it.

I love vermut in general, it’s my favourite after work choice, and this one in particular, the vermut negre of Casa Mariol really impressed me. I had it at home with this tortilla caliente casera I took in one of my favourite tapas bar in La Latina.

The taste is very strong but I can’t tell if it’s sweet or not, I can just tell that it’s strong, like if it was concentrate. I suggest to try it at PUM PUM CAFE’ or trust me and buy a bottle, it’s less than 8 €.

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[This is not a Spanish Restaurant, it’s a gratitude post about an unexpected present I’ve received yesterday]

Spending the xmas Holidays away from home is kind of weird, probably the first time, than it should become more easy.

You know I bought my first serious camera during these holidays, and it was an Amazing xmas present for myself. But Yesterday a courier rang my door with a mystery pack.

Two bottles of Wine were included and a series of instructions on how to serve them properly.

The real deal was the name of the producer, I mean the wine producer, it was called like me, Diana. I guess nothing was left to chance.

Even the name of this first red win was chosen with care. The description of it states:

BONARDA  – The Faithful Companion – Bosco del pozzo
The purple notes of the Croatina grape have developed into a ruby red. We can taste the berries, in particular, blackberries. It now has a more robust body, and there is a persistent aftertaste. Ripa del Ciliegio shows how the most traditional grape of the Oltrepò, usually used for sparkling wines, can also express itself perfectly in this still wine, producing something original and of stature. It is the ideal companion to those more sophisticated dishes.

I know, I am very lucky to have friends like this, and miss a lot the weekends spent together hiking.

 

MERCADO ANTON MARTIN

I love all the Madrid markets, probably I can even start a blog only about food markets.

I don’t know if all my interested is due to my father. He was working in markets selling fruits, and when I was a child I used to reach him sometimes.

It’s a very hard work and I totally respect all the workers that everyday wake up and open their stalls, even if it’s cold, it’s hard and all a lot of the other stalls are closed, it is still a beautiful job.

More information here: Mercado de Antón Martín.

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El Rastro was born in 1740. It is very popolar, on sunday mornings to go and walk around the stalls.

La Latina and Tirso de Molina undergrounds are always full of people direct to the market which is formed mostly by shops that open their doors showing their products on the streets.

Plaza the Cascorro is one of the central points even if you find modern shopping more than antiques. The very old part of the market is where all the tiny streets of La Latina are, there is not a precise route, you just need to get lost in the middle of the Rastro.

 

For the first time I went out with my very first professional camera on the afternoon of the the 25th of December, yes, Christmas!

The camera was my xmas gift to myself and Plaza Mayor with all the Christmas stalls, the baloons for the kids and the soap balls was the perfect place to start shooting.

The light was perfect and so different from one picture to another, slowly fading into dark.

[Nikon 1 J5 – 10 – 30 mm]

 

 

I’ve been many times to the garage of El Paracaidista, which is now called Mini Hub, and it’s not a garage in the traditional sense, but more a great location of innovative events, but never been to the main concept store, until today.

I definitely have to come back soon on the terrace and chilling under the sun because it is really amazing.

More information here: El Paracaidista.

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Come back on the 1st of December and you will discover what Diana has hunted for you around Madrid ????

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