February 13, 2016

Mimi’s Creperia

Though France is the home of the pancake-like sweet filled with even sweeter delights, my roommate and I were craving something different than the usual Spanish pastry.  A trip to Mimi’s Creperia fulfilled our dessert desires.  The creperia offered many sweet and savory options, but we had our sights set on the dessert crêpes.  Though I am sure what we ate was only a representation of the delicacies served in France, an average crêpe is still a delicious treat.  Stuffed with Nutella and white chocolate, topped with vanilla ice cream, I was proud to have finished my massive meal.

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A work of art.

Mimi’s Creperia is closed this month for renovations, but we plan return when the doors reopen in the spring.

 

The Year of the Fire Monkey

New York, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Los Angeles, Madrid… there seems to be a Chinatown in every metropolitan city!  With the Chinese New Year, the Year of the Fire Money, underway, event festivities drew in audiences from all over the city.  A celebration seemingly more popular than Valentine’s Day, with which some Chinese New Year proceedings shared a weekend this year, the Year of the Fire monkey meant positivity for many because of the symbolic prestige the animal holds in Chinese culture.  The New Year parade, which wound through the streets of Madrid’s Chinatown, radiated bright colors of the traditional costumes to contrast the overcast sky, while crowds of onlookers grasped monkey masks in honor of this year’s animal sign.  Similar to last weekend’s Carnaval parade, I did not expect the strength of cultural pride exuded by the people to be present in Madrid.  The Chinese people, as well as others in the Chinese community, put on a beautiful show of dress, dance, and song.  Even more powerful was the age range of the participants, with performers seemingly anywhere from 5 to 85 years old.  This dedication to the expression of their culture made watching the parade more inclusive, impressive and entertaining.

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Destination Locations

  • Mimi’s Creperia
    • Calle Postas, 17, 28012 Madrid
  • Chinatown, Madrid
    • Usera metro stop

 

Paz, Amor, Madrid

A.J.H.

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3 thoughts on “February 13, 2016

  1. Alyssa

    Thank you for the train pictures. I wish I were able to enjoy them with you, but that’s not to be. Time seems to be going fast but you are getting your traveling in. Be careful, enjoy and stay healthy. I look forward to seeing in a couple of months.

    Love, Pop Pop

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