More scenes from the current hood. Walking a dog leaves a lot of time for looking up. Until he decides it's time to go that is! We have one more week with this little guy to round out our house sitting summer. We've taken care of 11 cats and 3 dogs since we left Madrid in June! 🐶😺
Now that we are back in Madrid it's time to eat all the things! 😋 We finally got to try the newest and highly anticipated addition to Madrid's vegan scene, @bunnys_deli, the other day! They are all vegan and organic and make artesanal sweet and savory treats with most (if not all?) gluten free as well. We were impressed with everything but their desserts absolutely blew us away. The nutmeg muffin was one of the best muffins EVER and the New York style cheesecake legit tasted like cheesecakes we've had in NYC. Drooling just thinking of them now! 👅 Their menu changes daily so can't wait to see what else they have in store. The vegan scene in Madrid continues to explode!💕
House sitting in posh Madrid this week, where the buildings are ornate and the bars more expensive. It's amazing how big of a difference a few blocks make in terms of neighborhoods here. It'll be interesting to spend time in a different part of the city, but we're already missing our old hood. The apartment search continues!
New café alert for Madrileños! @plantatecafe is a super cute new cafe in Lavapiés that is both a plant store and a cafe. FANTASTIC coffee, cool vibes, and great people. New go to spot! They have plant milks and usually have a vegan cake option too! 😋 They are apparently working on getting Oatly on offer so here's hoping that happens soon because we may have fallen in love with its creaminess this summer in the UK and Germany. If you're in Madrid - go to this place and support them as they're just a few weeks old and deserve lots of love! If you're not in Madrid, where is your favorite cafe? (So we can write them all down and go there some day)! ☕☕☕
Granada from above. Little did we know when we were standing in this spot in La Alhambra last November that we'd have the reverse view house sitting 9 months later! Our house sit in Granada had the most beautiful view of the Alhambra, which we enjoyed sitting on their massive outdoor terrace each night. We are now back in Madrid and back to reality: apartment hunting. It would be so lovely to have a terrace of our own but really we are happy with anything that is bigger than our shoebox apartment last year! Anyone have any apartment leads in Madrid for us? (Somewhat rhetorical question....but not really) 😉
Granada is known for its tapas scene in which you get massive free tapas with each drink! While tapas exist throughout Spain, most times you have to pay separately for anything more than a bowl of chips, olives, or dips on bread (still awesome that those usually come free though). We weren't sure if we'd be able to find the free tapas in vegan for, but we needn't have worried. The couple we were house sitting for knew quite a few places that had vegan tapas options, including Bar Poe, this local little spot run by a British-Brazilian couple. Yet another reason we love house sitting - we never would have found this place on our own (it wasn't listed on Happy Cow even)! 🍷🍻
Last evening in Granada and what a sunset! La Alhambra, shown here, looms over the city and looks beautiful in any light. It's hard to believe this incredible building has been standing there for centuries, and that hundreds of years ago people would look up from these streets and see this same view. It's definitely a feeling that leaves you in awe every time!
Super excited for our first guest post on @green_living_spain, where we share the best spots for vegan tortilla in Madrid. For those not familiar with Spanish tortilla, it's not anything like Mexican tortilla! Traditionally the dish is made with potato, onion, and egg and one of THE most ubiquitous Spanish foods. There are many spots that make a vegan version though (usually with chickpea flour instead of egg), which are very different but all delicious! Head on over to Green Living Spain to have a read!
Walks in the Albayzín...the best way to explore this medieval Arabic neighborhood in Granada is to wander its tiny cobblestone alleys and literally get lost. White houses, overflowing greenery, and neverending winding streets, each one more picturesque than the last. Walking anywhere takes a long time since we both always stop to take photos! What's the most beautiful town you've visited? 🏡