Salimos el Sabado – Poncelet Cheese Bar

Today I’m going to let you know about a place which specializes in one of my favorite foods EVER. (That would be cheese, in case you were wondering).

Last weekend I enjoyed lunch in  a “surprise” destination. It wasn´t my first time there, but it was my first time in the dining room area instead of the bar.

In Poncelet Cheese Bar I was surrounded by all things CHEESE. I believe it is the only cheese bar in Madrid. The decor is contemporary, pleasant, and a bit different. One wall is completely covered in a vertical garden. There is also a huge cheese case on the opposite side. Two workers were there the entire lunch-time cutting and wrapping cheeses. More than 140 cheeses are offered on their menu, but it is also possible to order many dishes without cheese. I´m not sure who would do that, but I´m sure someone is out there.

I consider myself a cheese-lover, but I had never tried burrata. It is one of the most amazing cheeses I´ve ever tasted. This cheese is made from fresh, solid mozzerella with an inside made of cream and more mozzerella. When you cut into the cheese, the cream and mozzerella runs out a bit like an egg. Maybe that’s not the most appetizing description, but it´s delicious. They have a Starter at Poncelet with burrata, tomato, and tuna. It was perfect.

Burrata cheese

Burrata – Perhaps my new favorite cheese

 

The entrée I ordered was a delicious sirloin steak (solomillo). Sadly, I forgot to snap a photo to show you.

For dessert, I tried their New York-style cheesecake. It really did taste like the real thing. The cheesecake was inside a hard shell, and sitting on top of graham cracker crumbs.

cheesecake Poncelet

Their Version of New York-Style Cheesecake

 

Before you go, check eltenedor.es for discounts. They currently have 40% off if you reserve your table through their site. The prices are a bit high, but with the discount it came to 70 euros for two people.

 

 

 

 

Barcelona & Zaragoza with the Abuelos

Back in April, my grandparents flew from New York to Madrid to visit me. I wasn’t exactly sure of our plan until they arrived and I discovered we would rent a car then drive to Barcelona and Zaragoza. Since I ran in a half-marathon that weekend, they went off on their own to explore cities near Madrid.

I love driving, and it was awesome to drive in Spain again. The last time was during a December trip to Morocco. The drive from Madrid to Barcelona took about 4.5 hours. The first thing my grandparents wanted to do after we checked into the hotel was find a drink. Gotta love them! I wish you all had the chance to meet them, because they are crazy in a cool way. I want to be like them when I “grow up.” Some of the earliest memories I have of them is flying in their plane and visiting their law offices. Now my grandfather is retired, and travels around the world doing what he loves; taking photos. Several years ago now he even took his Harley Davidson out for a spin on his 82nd birthday. My step-grandmother is 15 years younger and still enjoying working and traveling.

Our first dinner in Barcelona was at Tenorio. This place was very stylish and the food was really good.

Dinner at Tenorio

Next day we took a bus tour of the city. If there’s one thing I want to say to Barcelona it’s, “I’m not finished with you.” My grandparents weren’t feeling up to walking around too much and we didn’t go inside any of the tourist attractions. It’s okay because now I have an idea of what I want to see next time. We found some cool shops like this music shop.

Composers aplenty!

That evening we had dinner at 7 Portes which was another great restaurant, but very different from Tenorio.

Delicious dinner at 7 Portes. My grandparents are characters!

After Barcelona, we made our scenic way to Zaragoza. I probably drove through over 60 roundabouts and several small towns. The city was smaller, but lovely. I definitely want to return again to explore more. We visited the cathedral, walked around the streets, and ate and drank MORE. After this trip I felt like a complete blimp, but it was worth it. La Ontina is the restaurant in the NH Gran Hotel, and it was awesome. It was a bit comical when I had to do my best to translate everything on the menu and being said into English. Seriously delish!

La Ontina

It was a sad parting when we arrived in Madrid the next day. I’m so glad they were able to come out to see Spain and me and I’m hoping that I’ll be able to visit them when I make the upcoming short trip back to the US.

What places are worth checking out in Barcelona or Zaragoza?