Monthly Archives: March 2007

NYT does about turn on Madrid, now it’s hip!

by Ben Curtis OK, so two different authors and two different opinions, but recently one New York Times article caused great resentment in comments left on this blog, for calling Madrid the “provincial, sleepy sister to Barcelona”. That was barely … Continue reading

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Reminder to self: 2 restaurants to write about

by Ben Curtis 1. The Chinese Restaurant Buen Gusto has been highly recommended as a cut above the rest. At Paseo Santa Maria de la Cabeza 60 (map). Tel: 91 530 50 62 2. La Copita Asturiana is one of … Continue reading

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Place your bets at Madrid’s Hipódromo

by Ben Curtis After around a decade of closure due to lack of sufficient public interest, Madrid’s Hipódromo horse racing track reopened last year. Today marked the beginning of the new season, which runs through to July 19th. This is … Continue reading

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Casa Camacho – make sure you use the loo

by Ben Curtis Zinc bar top and vermut on tap. Marvelous. How long can this sort of place last? As long as the owners I suppose, and it looks like this lot have a few years behind the bar in … Continue reading

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Madrid Characters #2 – The Coal Man!

by Ben Curtis While some people are still heating their flats with individual bottles of Butane gas, most of the buildings in our barrio have central heating – meaning that one big old boiler in the basement pumps hot water … Continue reading

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De Pelicula… Almodovar would love this set up…

by Ben Curtis There’s nothing like finding a view over the roofs of Madrid… This one is from a roof terrace high up in the Barrio of Noviciado. The owner of the flat attached to the view told me that … Continue reading

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Madrid Characters #1 – The Gas Man!

by Ben Curtis …and I thought that these days it was only country folk that ordered their gas by the bottle. Apparently not, as the Butanero can still be seen driving his lorry around Madrid. These men are herculean super-machos, … Continue reading

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