Our culinary adventure begins in the beautiful Plaza de Santa Ana in the heart of Madrid, a historical place where many years ago because of the interest shown by Joseph Bonaparte in Madrid embellish with colorful squares, demolished the Royal Monastery of Santa Ana in 1810.
The Plaza de Santa Ana is also the gateway to the ¨Barrio de las Letras¨, but if something should call the visitor's attention is the relationship he had this part of the city with the world of letters. Here resided most important poets and dramatists of the Golden Age Spain, as Cervantes, Lope de Vega, Quevedo and Góngora, the main theaters of the court were (the de la Cruz and Prince -today Español-), and Prado street, at the height of Leon Street, the hangout for actors, where they discussed the literati, felt and lived poetry and literature was. In fact, the area between the streets of Lope de Vega, Cervantes, San Agustín and part of Huertas is known as Barrio de Las Letras or Poets, you can even visit the house he lived Lope de Vega (Street Cervantes).
After this short tour in the time, let´s begin our gastronomic adventure in a well-known by locals and foreigners bar, bar none other than the sister of Javier Barden, the famous first Spanish actor to be nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor the role of the controversial exiled Cuban poet Reinaldo Arenas and in the film Before Night Falls.
Here we can see remnants of the old Christian Wall at the bottom of the Bar, which gives a different feel to the place, many locals do not know that there is this gem of Madrid.
Here you'll try some delicious ham croquettes and cod insurance will love , croquettes is a portion of dough made with various ingredients chopped linked with bechamel , is coated in egg and breadcrumbs and deep-fried . Usually round or oval shape. Are the specialty of the house, always well accompanied with a good wine, sangria or beer.
Then we will visit a cozy place that tells its story since entry into this place many locals usually go for the wonderful service, splendid Cecina is the best ham cow that exists in Spain and in the world and the Burgos sausage that is based in pig blood and rice as a base and seasoning: onion, lard, salt, pepper, paprika, oregano and other spices; that make the taste of this delicious sausage is unmatched. These dishes are highly desired by its exquisite flavor that will make you fell further in Spain and its gastronomic diversity.
Would you like to eat homemade food? Typical Spanish food as the mothers and grandmothers have prepared?
The next bar has this great value. This bar has a long tradition for its fantastic food every day surprises us with different dishes and succulent Spanish dishes. The homemade food is very appreciate by both locals and outsiders, as it is that special touch that complements a good day and further enhances any trip.
This place is known apart from their great homemade food for the quality of wines that has, the bar has a wide variety of wines from all over Spain and is one of the few places that sells the best wines of Madrid. Besides the service and experience of the owners make every moment.
Know why the locals are called cats?
In the eleventh century Christians attacked the Muslim fortress where now Madrid 1083, when King Alfonso VI of Castile got to win this population. It is said that in the heat of battle, one of the Christian soldiers, nicknamed "Cat", climbed the walls to change the Moorish standard by the Crown of Castile.
For this and other reasons we visit our next and last named Los Gatos, is in a beautiful tavern several years was the meeting place of all bullfighters and personalities of Madrid. In this place their pinchos and tapas are delicious and I could pick several of its range. This Tavern carries the nickname of Madrid by the previous history and many more who will have to travel through the narrow streets of the neighborhoods of Letters of Madrid.