Today I finally got a chance to go to one of Madrid’s several markets. There are so many, actually, that in order to decide which to go to first, I ended up pulling an eeny-meeny-miny-mo. The one I went to today is called La Paz. There are outdoor shops and a restaurant that lead to the entrance of the mercado. Once inside, I felt like I was in one of Anthony Bourdain’s episodes of No Reservations.The mercado was full of vendors selling fresh fruits, vegetables, cheese, and seafood and I just wanted to taste well, everything.
There are also small restaurants where all the locals — and many businessmen — come to eat. At this point, I was wishing I hadn’t packed my lunch.
I know ham is a very big part of the Spanish cuisine, but I don’t think I could ever eat this.
So many different types of beans.
Just when I thought this fish couldn’t get any scarier, the vendor decided to pretend it was alive and eating another fish.
The people here are friendly, to say the least. Once they saw me taking pictures of the food, they wanted in.
All this food had me day-dreaming about dinner tonight.
Fried eggs, potatoes, and Sol made the traditional dish “Paella” for me. It has rice, peas, red pepper, squid, shrimp, and mussels.
Then we had chocolate mousse with apples!