Madrid Day 3 – El Buscon, Churros con chocolate, Retiro Park (take 2), and some random stuff

Last night for dinner we followed recommendations from Yelp (online rating and review service), which led us to El Buscon, about a 5 minute walk from here.  Like a lot of the restaurants in our area, it is a neighborhood bar and grill.  We enjoyed the very friendly service and great atmosphere.  We opted for their specialty, a dinner of a variety of meats for two, which included ribs, steak, lamb, chicken, and sausages with fries, salad, etc.  And all of that cost around $20.  We knew it would be more than we could finish, but it was fun getting to sample the variety.

El Buscon - Street view

El Buscon – Street view

Interior view of El Buscon

Interior view of El Buscon

Our dinner for two

Our dinner for two

This morning we walked to Chocolateria San Gines, a local favorite for their churros con chocolate.  We definitely did not want to miss this experience while in Madrid.  The people of Madrid have been getting churros from this restaurant in this location for over 100 years.  They were definitely worth the walk.  The dish consists of deep-fried dough with thick, warm chocolate for dipping.  They reminded me of chocolate-covered, Krispy Kreme doughnuts.

View of the outside of Chocolateria San Gines

View of the outside of Chocolateria San Gines

Churros and warm chocolate for dipping

Churros and warm chocolate for dipping

On the way back from the restaurant we transitioned through the Plaza Mayor and there was a large group buying, selling and trading coins and stamps.  We also saw a local protest and march (peaceful) in support of Cuba.

On our way back, there was a large gathering buying, selling, and trading coins and stamps in the plaza. This gathering happens every Sunday

On our way back, there was a large gathering buying, selling, and trading coins and stamps in the plaza. This gathering happens every Sunday

Protest and march along our route back to the hotel

Protest and march along our route back to the hotel

Later in the day we headed back out for our second trip to Retiro Park.  There were many families out with their children and others enjoying the sun and shade of the park (I am more about the shade).  We visited the Crystal Palace in the park, which is located on a small pond.  Not sure exactly why this building was constructed or what it is used for but today it was hosting an art exhibit.

Crystal Palace within Retiro Park

Crystal Palace within Retiro Park

Another view of the Crystal Palace

Another view of the Crystal Palace

Flowers and landscaping in the Retiro Park

Flowers and landscaping in the Retiro Park

On our walk back, we heard music ahead  of us but could not immediately locate the source.  As we walked closer we found that it was a life-size cuckoo clock, located on a second floor balcony of a nearby building.  The figures only come out of the building to chime the hour and when finished, they transition back into the building.

After lunch we found a great little local ice cream shop that had several flavors that did not contain milk.  Kind of glad we didn’t find this place until the last day because this might have been a daily stop.

Life-size cuckoo clock at a building in our neighborhood

Life-size cuckoo clock at a building in our neighborhood

I was so happy to find ice cream with no leche (milk) that I ordered enough for both hands. Actually I am holding Keena's so that she can take the picture

I was so happy to find ice cream with no leche (milk) that I ordered enough for both hands. Actually I am holding Keena’s so that she can take the picture

Now a few random things.  There is a restaurant close to our hotel called Miss Sushi.  While they have a sit-down restaurant they also specialize in sushi delivery.  They have a fleet of scooters with coolers mounted on them for the delivering drivers to use.  At night they speed up and down the street making their deliveries.

Sushi deliver machine. These guys mean business and sushi delivery has no speed limit and shows no fear.

Sushi deliver machine. These guys mean business and sushi delivery has no speed limit and shows no fear.

Some times you just notice the small things that are different than what you are used to.  In the multi-floor buildings the first floor is zero instead of one.  And not depicted in this photo, if you have doors below the main floor we have seen some elevators with negative floor numbers.

Floor zero as the main floor

Floor zero as the main floor

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One Comment

  1. Tess July 26, 2015 at 2:05 pm #

    Just realized I could comment.

    Keena, I am putting in a vote for your next baking adventure to be churros and chocolate since you guys can’t bring them home 🙂

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