Mercado de San Miguel in Madrid: a foodie’s paradise

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By Didu Losso in Cool Travel on Wednesday 16 January 2013

I discovered the most amazing place while visiting Madrid. This ancient food market, born 1916, with its iron architecture designed by architect Gustave Eiffel, became a space of multiple destinations in gastronomy. Within its 33 stores, beautifully arranged and decorated products are sold from amateurs hobbyests to chefs: from cheeses to wines, paellas, burgers to icecreams for local consumption (tapas). It’s both a very special gourmet market and tourist attraction in the historic Plaza de San Miguel.

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Viv(r)e la Vie!: photo series by Ana Galan

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By Low Lai Chow in New Photography on Saturday 10 November 2012

Based in Madrid and Paris, Ana Galan has an interesting photography series of couples who meet to dance every Sunday in a community center. Here, they pose with their profiles to the camera against a countryside landscape. The images deliberately evoke the Italian artist Piero Della Francesca’s iconic Diptych of the Duchess and Duke of Urbino.

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New art by Madrid-based David Trullo

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By Mapydh in New Art on Saturday 2 June 2012

David Trullo is a visual artist based in Madrid. He was artist in residence at the Museum of Modern Art in Dublin in 2002 and at the Karl Hofer Society, Universität der Kunst Berlin, in 2010. His photo and video artworks deal with the iconographical representation of beauty and the different levels attached to representation, context, reproduction and distribution of images. In all of Trullo’s photographic work, there is a connection with history, with the culture and belief of the Western world, where subjects such as prejudice, intolerance, religion, gender, desire or pain look into the past with a contemporary eye.

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Biografies: amazing book sculptures by Alicia Martin

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By Matt Blackwood in New Art on Tuesday 27 March 2012

Like rivers of text vomiting from second story windows, so too are the amazing book sculptures of Alicia Martin.

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Is this the greatest office space ever? Perhaps

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By Zolton in Architecture on Saturday 24 March 2012

Oh man, what we wouldn’t give to work out of this creative office space. Only we can’t because Selgas Cano architects in Madrid already do. D’oh! I guess we’ll take our place in the queue then.

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3D clay artwork by Irma Gruenholz

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By Casper Johansson in New Art on Tuesday 11 January 2011

Awesome 3D graphics work in clay and other materials by Irma Gruenholz, an illustrator from Madrid.

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Nude Bike Ride in Madrid

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By Laurie Smolenski in New Events on Thursday 12 August 2010

‘Indecent sinners, you are!’ screamed a Spanish granny, waving her cane at a gaggle of naked cyclists. Across the street, a passerby dropped his shopping bags, stripped to his tennies, and sprinted off to join the pack. This is Madrid’s annual Ciclonudista, a bike event in which hundreds of brazen activists gather in the nude for a rollicking ride to raise awareness for bicycle culture in the Spanish capital.

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Gary Fernandez

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By Casper Johansson in New Illustration on Wednesday 28 April 2010

There’s a bold sense of shape and colour in the work of Madrid-based freelance illustrator and designer, Gary Fernandez, who creates organic fashion art.

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Madrid’s Talk!

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By Laurie Smolenski in New Music on Friday 16 April 2010

With talent beyond their years and humility to grasp their weight of their predecessors, Madrid’s Talk! have earned their salt as being the only active Hammond trio of young musicians in the city. While replacing the bass with an organ is nothing new, what sets Talk! apart is not innovation, but the unharnessed ferocity with which they pay ode to the beastly Hammond organ.

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Bracelaces

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By Zolton in New Products on Friday 26 March 2010

Each one of these Bracelaces by Itunube is turned into an elegant drawing on the skin using different kinds of lace combined with leather, metal components and glass beads. They’re just US$25 in the Lost At E Minor store.

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ChocoLate Orgániko

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By The Urban Grocer in New Food and Packaging on Tuesday 9 February 2010

From a small Madrid-based boutique chocolatier comes the fantastic ChocoLate Orgániko. Made of 100% organic chocolate sourced in the Caribbean, the brand boasts too many cool sweets to list. But, we’ll still try. There’s green anise, fleur de sel, olive oil, and Ethiopian coffee beautifully paired with rich, deep dark chocolate.

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Bracelaces from Madrid

Zolton Editor

By Zolton in New Fashion on Wednesday 6 January 2010

Each one of these Bracelaces by Itunube is turned into an elegant drawing on the skin using different kinds of lace combined with leather, metal components and glass beads. They’re just US$25 in the Lost At E Minor store.

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La Terraza del Casino de Madrid

The Urban Grocer Contributor

By The Urban Grocer in Cool Travel on Thursday 1 October 2009

Dinner at La Terraza del Casino in Madrid is, without a doubt, a once-in-a-lifetime gastronomic experience. Commanding views of Madrid at night are overtaken only by the even more breathtaking, sometimes absurd, always surprising, cuisine. Executive Chef Paco Roncero, protégée to the infamous Ferrán Adrià of Barcelona’s El Bulli fame, is the master behind this untouchably creative, gastronomic achievement. Here, there is no menu.

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El Mollete, Madrid

The Urban Grocer Contributor

By The Urban Grocer in New Food and Packaging on Wednesday 16 September 2009

Located on an unassuming side street in central Madrid, El Mollete is a simple restaurant serving knock-out local dishes. Sliced potatoes cooked in olive oil are topped with salty, smoky, fried eggs broken just before serving to release their oozing, deep yellow yolks.

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New Practical Heritage

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By Snell in Architecture on Tuesday 9 September 2008

Herzog and de Meuron, the Swiss architects, have led the way with this re-use of the existing building fabric of CaixaForum in Madrid. Rather than being slavish to the existing openings, the building has been cut away for a contemporary practicality. We think this is an example of heritage not getting in the way of […]

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