Thursday, April 06, 2017

After El Rastro shopping, light brunch at Martina Cocina

During the visit of my friends, the Cobi sisters Lilliane and Girlie, I brought them to one of Madrid’s most fun Sunday activities- shopping (or window-shopping as the case may be) at the El Rastro flea market in La Latina.

After a morning of going through the stalls and buying little knickknacks, we were ready for some nourishment. The problem with looking for a place near El Rastro is that everything is packed, as eating and having a beer or two after shopping is the usual thing to do on Sundays as well.

Lilliane, ever the savvy traveler, used Foursquare to find a place near us where we could have some brunch. I didn’t even know you could use Foursquare for that purpose. I thought it was just an app for checking into a place to let people know where you’ve been. Apparently it’s now a city guide that helps you look for places to go. Always good to know about useful apps for finding places to eat.

Foursquare led us to Martina Cocina, a charming, homey place that was perfect for a morning meal. It was bright and had the perfect post-El Rastro ambience. Thankfully, we found an available table.

Martina Cocina
They had a few pescetarian options, and I chose the salmon bowl. It was perfect for my mood, it was light and tasty, and unique as well, owing to the crust and presentation.

Salmon bowl
After that healthy start, I decided to have a chocolate tart. It was a Sunday after all, and what are weekends for if not to indulge?

Chocolate tart
Martina Cocina was a delightful find. It’s worth another visit, and I do want to check out their Saturday brunch as well.

Martina Cocina
Plaza de Cazcorro, 11
28005 Madrid

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Disappointing experience with UberEats

I enjoy staying at home (too much at times), and once in a while, more often than I care to admit, I am too lazy to cook for myself or even to go out to eat. So, I've become rather a fan of food delivery. And in Madrid, there are many services to choose from.

Usually, I use the Deliveroo app on my phone for instant gratification for my cravings. But I saw that Uber had launched one too, called UberEats, so I downloaded it and after a few days, I decided to use it.

The app was easy enough to use, with a lot of options to choose from, so I placed an order for some pasta from an Italian restaurant. The app said that it would take around 35 minutes to deliver my order, so I eagerly awaited my lunch.

When the estimated time was almost up, I checked the app to track my food. It said that the driver was on the way, and that my order was about to arrive. Then the app said that my food had arrived. Well, not to my knowledge it hadn't.

I tried to call the driver, but the call wouldn't go through. I also sent a text message to ask where s/he was but got no reply. The app then asked me what I thought of the food and the delivery service. I then replied that I had not received it.

At this point, with an unsatisfied craving and growing hunger to deal with, what's a girl to do but use another service to have food delivered, right? So I used good ol' Deliveroo to order some Thai food as I'd lost my appetite for Italian at that point.

A week later, I got an email from UberEats saying that they would refund my money as my food didn't arrive. I appreciated the gesture, but I'm probably not going to try the service again. There are other many applications I can use, many other ways to satisfy my food cravings.

Maybe that experience was a sign that I should be cooking my own food much more often than I do anyway.