Category Archives: Madrid

Happy as a Partridge – Author Kate Boyle on Life & Love in Madrid



Author, Kate Boyle talks about her novel Happy as a Partridge – Life and Love in Madrid. Kate spent two-and-a-half years living and teaching English in Madrid. Kate recounts her own experience of living in the Spanish capital which inspired her to write her first book whose protagonist is Evie Fuller, a girl approaching her thirties … Continue reading Happy as a Partridge – Author Kate Boyle on Life & Love in Madrid


Jamón Jamón! Spanish Ham 101 – Ibérico vs Serrano



An episode dedicated to that quintessential Spanish delicacy, jamón. When visiting Spain it’s a must-try tasty treat. I meet food guide Margit Sperling at Hermanos Benito Jamonería in Madrid’s Mostenses Market. With the help of ‘Jamonero’ José Ignacio Benito we sample Ibérico ham and Serrano ham and compare the differences. Margit gives useful advice on … Continue reading Jamón Jamón! Spanish Ham 101 – Ibérico vs Serrano


Lost & Found in Spain: Tales of An Ambassador’s Wife



I speak to Susan Solomont about her new book Lost & Found in Spain – Tales of an Ambassador’s Wife. When Susan’s husband, Alan Solomont was appointed US Ambassador to Spain under President Obama, she left her career in philanthropy, her friends and family to join her husband for three-and-a-half-years in Madrid. In this episode … Continue reading Lost & Found in Spain: Tales of An Ambassador’s Wife


Discovering Spanish wine with Luke Darracott & Roque Madrid



This week I’m talking all about el vino, Spanish wine. To help me explore the world of Spanish wine I’ve enlisted the help of wine lovers, wine experts Luke Darracott and Roque Madrid. In the episode I head along to their wine shop called Madrid & Darracott where we talk about the history of Spanish … Continue reading Discovering Spanish wine with Luke Darracott & Roque Madrid


Tapas – Talking and tasting with Margit Sperling from Walk & Eat Spain



Talking and tasting tapas with Margit Sperling from Walk and Eat Spain tour. Margit runs her own neighbourhood food tours in Madrid with a focus on the Malasaña barrio where she lives. In this episode we stop off in a couple of Margit´s favorite tapas stops, to sample cheese, wine and cañas. Along the way … Continue reading Tapas – Talking and tasting with Margit Sperling from Walk & Eat Spain


Chefugee: food, Spain’s refugees & a project building appetities not walls



In this episode of When in Spain I’m talking about refugees in Spain and a fantastic project and association based here in Madrid called Chefugee.  What is Chefugee? Chefugee collaborates closely with refugees and asylum seekers from all over the world to organize culinary events – from pop up dinners and lunches to catering, team … Continue reading Chefugee: food, Spain’s refugees & a project building appetities not walls


Spain’s evolving craft beer scene: supping ale at Madrid’s La Osita Pub



I discuss the growing craft beer scene in Spain with David Ross and Patrick Tuck at their new Madrid pub La Osita. (The little bear) David and Patrick are craft ale brewers, pub owners, friends and business partners. I head along to meet them at their newly-opened craft beer pub in the heart of Madrid. … Continue reading Spain’s evolving craft beer scene: supping ale at Madrid’s La Osita Pub


Flamenco! Steps, styles, shows & why ‘duende’ is a dirty word! Olé!



This week I’m talking Flamenco, that unmistakable Spanish art form, some might argue the very quintessence of Spain. Listen in as I attend a flamenco dance class for professional ‘bailaoras’ or flamenco dancers given by Belén López at Madrid’s Centro de Arte Flamenco y Danza Española Amor de Dios, a prestigious dance school. While I was there … Continue reading Flamenco! Steps, styles, shows & why ‘duende’ is a dirty word! Olé!


Holy sweets! Buying convent cookies from cloistered nuns – WIS033



I wanted a biscuit to enjoy with my coffee. But this week instead of heading to a supermarket for a run of the mill cookie, I went on a more mysterious shopping expedition to satiate my sweet fix. Yes, I went to see a nun. Well, actually not see, because like all nuns who bake … Continue reading Holy sweets! Buying convent cookies from cloistered nuns – WIS033


Top Spanish products – A shopping list of food, drink, fashion & a mop



Products that SCREAM spain! What are they? In this episode of When in Spain I take a walk around Madrid and try to identify 16 quintessential Spanish products, mostly food I have to admit! I also take a look at the stories and history behind the items on my Spanish shopping list. Join me on … Continue reading Top Spanish products – A shopping list of food, drink, fashion & a mop