San Miguel Market, Madrid’s ‘Gastronomic Temple’

According to esmadrid.com “the Mercado de San Miguel is the city’s gastronomic temple, the contemporary essence of all the corners of Spanish cuisine.” San Miguel Market is Madrid's gastronomic delight, with foods that comprise the essence of Spanish cuisine

Opened in May 1916 as a food market, this centenary establishment (one of the city’s few and best examples of iron architecture) became Madrid’s first gastronomy market in May 2009.”

Certainly our visit there exposed us to some different foods we had never tried before. Here are packages of two items: Cocochas and Desmigados, and I have no idea what they are.tidbits for sale at San Miguel Market, Madrid's 'Gastronomic Temple' in SpainCarabinero de Huelva (Spanish Great Red Shrimp) and Navaja Gallega which appear to be Razor Clams – both are best grilled ‘a la plancha’. Notes about the seafood for sale at San Miguel Market, Madrid's 'Gastronomic Temple' in SpainI call them ‘Gooseneck barnacles’ but in Spain they are known as Percebe Gallego.Gooseneck barnacles for sale at Mercado San Miguel in Madrid, SpainTheir description says ‘they live in brusque coast swell areas’.Barnacle note at San Miguel Market, Madrid's 'Gastronomic Temple' in SpainSea urchins and fish heads for sale.Sea urchins and fish heads for sale at Mercado San Miguel in Madrid, SpainOysters and Champagne…Oysters and Champagne for sale at Mercado San Miguel in Madrid, SpainThen there are the more familiar items although they come in unfamiliar forms with unfamiliar names. Slabs of cheese…Cheese for sale at San Miguel Market, Madrid's 'Gastronomic Temple' in SpainBeans (frijoles in Spanish) but I’ve never seen some of these varieties such as ‘Verdinas’ or  ‘Alubia de Tolosa’Many different types of beans for sale at Mercado San Miguel in Madrid, SpainSome olive combos that I definitely want to try!Deli with olive tidbits for sale at Mercado San Miguel in Madrid, SpainDeli with olive tidbits for sale at Mercado San Miguel in Madrid, SpainSalamis and salted meats.Salamis for sale at Mercado San Miguel in Madrid, SpainSalami and meats for sale at Mercado San Miguel in Madrid, SpainAutumn is wild mushrooms season and they were available in abundance in Spain.Mushrooms for sale in the gastro market of San Miguel in MadridMushrooms for sale in MadridThen there are these giant Jamón Ibéricos – these I know are fabulous.
Giant Jamón Ibéricos for sale at Mercado San Miguel in Madrid, SpainThe back story to all this is that lately I have been busy putting together third editions of a series of Spanish textbooks at Soleducational.com I’ve been working on for years. Each chapter starts with an illustrated dialogue of our characters exploring various parts of the Hispanic world.Marcos & Miguel shopping in the Mercado de San MiguelOne of the new dialogues introduces ‘direct object pronouns’ and the easiest way to introduce them is via shopping. I have placed two characters in the Mercado de San Miguel in Madrid where the chef Miguel is purchasing delicacies for a TV cooking show with the help of his new friend Marcos. I particularly liked this market because I heard that it was one place where all the chefs shopped, sometimes with a glass of wine in their hands.

Being cartoons I can get away with more than although sadly the drawings have to be in black and white!Marcos carrying food

3 responses to “San Miguel Market, Madrid’s ‘Gastronomic Temple’

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