Wee, Wee, Wee, Wee…all the way to my tummy! Madrid, Spain

9.19.14

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Today Nancy and I did something I have been looking forward to doing for months and that was to have roast suckling pig at the oldest restaurant in Madrid, or anywhere else for that matter. Restaurante Botin was opened in 1725 and specializes in roast suckling pig and I have to tell you it was simply amazing!  From the buildings exterior stone and wood to the tight interior hallways and creaky ancient floors, I knew this was going to be a memorable moment we were about to create. Just being inside this place was breathtaking.  We made reservations for the 1:00 lunch seating, as did many others, and had a memorable 2+ hour dining experience.  We befriended the patrons at the table next to us, Junko and Flo, two friends traveling Spain from Los Angeles California. They even shared some of their Sangria with us, two awesome people and our newest blog followers 🙂  They also had the roast suckling pig along with roasted lamb, we were all in agreement…yums all around!  After our memory making lunch we strolled to the Mercado De San Miguel where a lively symphony of freshly made foods and beverages were being enjoyed at each food counter. Since it was Saturday the place was packed shoulder to shoulder with tourists, locals and families. Too bad Nancy and I were too full from lunch to try anything as it looked delicious and extremely fresh.  Enough of my babbling, check out the pictures with captions.

I got as excited as a kid getting ready to go on a roller coaster when we walked up to the Botin.

I got as excited as a kid getting ready to go on a roller coaster when we walked up to the Botin.

I'm pretty sure we all had an easier time going up as we weren't full of pig like when we came down this narrow stair well.

I’m pretty sure we all had an easier time going up as we weren’t full of pig like when we came down this narrow stair well.

We walked by this on our way to be seated.

We walked by this on our way to be seated.

Pigs...

Pigs…

 More Pigs...


More Pigs…

And more pigs

And more pigs

Oh, and these pigs -- Nancy says..."you're little, you're cute and you're yummy"!

Oh, and these pigs — Nancy says…”you’re little, you’re cute and you’re yummy”!

Our starter dish was green beans with Iberico ham. Simple and delicious.

Our starter dish was green beans with Iberico ham. Simple and delicious.

This was Mike's Pig -- Nancy's looked the same...yummy!

This was Mike’s Pig — Nancy’s looked the same…yummy!

Now that's a happy Pig Tailed Pig eat'n girl!

Now that’s a happy Pig Tailed Pig eat’n girl!

This was Junko's Pig, complete with tail, how cute!

This was Junko’s Pig, complete with tail, how cute!

Our Pig Comrades, Flo and Junko with the Botin gate keeper....no reservation, no entrance!

Our Pig Comrades, Flo and Junko with the Botin gate keeper….no reservation, no entrance!

The market was in this really neat square glass building.

The market was in this really neat square glass building.

People, people, people, and food, food, food.

People, people, people, and food, food, food.

These Paella Preparers had some awesome looking fare going in huge pans.

These Paella Preparers had some awesome looking fare going in huge pans.

The variety was just endless.

The variety was just endless.

 

 

 

4 thoughts on “Wee, Wee, Wee, Wee…all the way to my tummy! Madrid, Spain

  1. JoJann

    At 1st I thought, oh no Nancy, don’t eat that, but that might be one of those things be on my bucket list before I die! Eat All The Bacon you want!

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  2. Floflo

    Mike and Nancy, we are so pleased to make your acquaintance! You two made our dining experience in Botín a memorable one. Thank you for mentioning us in your blog. Junko and I once again want to extend our congratulations on your upcoming wedding! Have fun in the remainder of your trip and when you reach to your final destination, let us know and we will be there in a heartbeat. Happy trails!

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    1. ilotsneo Post author

      Hi Flo — so great to hear from you, thank you for your comments! We too enjoyed the lunch we all had together at Botin, so memorable. How was your time in Barcelona?, we are excited ourselves for that upcoming adventure. Glad you found us on the our site and please stay in touch and follow along!

      Cheers,
      Mike & Nancy

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