La Paz Mercado

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.

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I know ham is a very big part of the Spanish cuisine, but I don’t think I could ever eat this.

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So many different types of beans.

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Just when I thought this fish couldn’t get any scarier, the vendor decided to pretend it was alive and eating another fish.

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The people here are friendly, to say the least. Once they saw me taking pictures of the food, they wanted in.

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All this food had me day-dreaming about dinner tonight.

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Fried eggs, potatoes, and Sol made the traditional dish “Paella” for me. It has rice, peas, red pepper, squid, shrimp, and mussels.

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Then we had chocolate mousse with apples!

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