Best of the Best: Spain/Morocco

April 17, 2012

I’ve been back home for a week now and have been thinking a lot about my fantastic trip.  There were so many special memories made that it is impossible to list all of the “bests.”  The Italy “bests” have already been posted and now it is time to turn to Spain and Morocco.   On our last couple of nights in Madrid, Janel and I put our heads together and came up with a list of our favs.  We decided to combine both places for this list.Once again, the “Worst” list is very short – a sign of a great trip!

BEST

Accommodations:  Riad Kniza (Marrakesh)

Massage: Spairport (Barcelona airport)

Attraction: Museo Cerralbo (Madrid)

Bar: El Siete (Madrid)

Olives: La Mamounia (Marrakesh)

Jamón: Poncelet Cheese Bar (Madrid)

Coffee: Toma Cafe http://www.facebook.com/tomacafe (Madrid); Cafe del Circulo de Bellas Artes (Madrid)

Tagine: La Pause / (Marrakesh)

Honorable Mention: Riad Kniza (Marrakesh)

CheesePoncelet Cheese Bar (Madrid)

Wine: Dominio de Tares Cepas Viejas 2008

Honorable Mention: Tilenus Pagos De Posada 2003

Cava: Lieu (Madrid)

Tapa/Ración: Kokotxas/Juana La Loca (Madrid); Gambas a la Plancha/Taberna la Mina (Madrid)

Mushrooms: El Cisne Azul (Madrid)

Tasting MenuLieu (Madrid)

Restaurant AmbienceLa Pause / (Marrakesh)

RestaurantService: Juana La Loca (Madrid); Taberna Gastromaquia (Madrid); La Pause / (Marrakesh); Lieu (Madrid)

Overall Restaurant ExperienceLieu (Madrid)

Honorable MentionLa Pause / (Marrakesh)

Discovery: Wine from the Bierzo region in Spain

Unexpected TreasureTaberna Gastromaquia (Madrid)

ExcursionLa Pause / (Marrakesh)

Purchase: Carpets (Marrakesh)

Use of Spanish: Purchase of cell phone by Linda

Negotiating: Purchase of ring and earrings after walking out of the shop TWICE even though we really wanted the items/ Marrakesh

Indulgence: Hammam/Riad Kniza (Marrakesh)

View: Rooftop Terrace at Cafe del Circulo de Bellas Artes (Madrid)

Honorable Mention: Rooftop Bar at Gastro MK (Marrakesh)

Sensory Overload:  Jemaa el Fna (Marrakesh)

People Watching: Restaurant Balcony in the rain Jemaa el Fna Square (Marrakesh)

New Friends: Hugo, Oskar, Boys at Poncelet, Daniele

Bang for the BuckTaberna Gastromaquia (Madrid)

Animal Encounter: Camels (Marrakesh)

Honorable Mention:  Tito (La Pause/Marrakesh)

Connection with an old amigo – Jesus/El Siete (Madrid)

Decision: Remaining in Jemaa el Fna Square during the rain (Marrakesh)

WORST:

Disappointment: SulaJamón Joselito (Madrid)

Luck: Losing TWO cell phones!

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4 thoughts on “Best of the Best: Spain/Morocco

    1. We LOVED Cepas Viejas!! After falling in love with it at Poncelet Cheese Bar, we searched the city until we found bottles for ourselves to take home.

      Really looking forward to enjoying it on a special occasion – gracias, y salud!

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